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•More than 300 former Raptor Players have gone on to play at the College level.
•3 former players now play in the MLS
•Currently More ODP Players than any other local Club
•More National Team players come from Raptors FC than any other local Club
•TopDrawerSoccer.com has listed 2 Raptors FC players on the Top 100 players in the Country
•Only Player from Rockford named to ESPN’s Rize All Chicago Team
•Only local Club to have players selected to All-Midwest Regional Team
•Entire Coaching staff is certified and licensed while more Raptors Coaches hold advanced diploma‘s and more Licensed "A" coaches than any other local club.
•Average tenure for a Raptors Coach is more than 6 years with the Club and many have been with the Club since the inception.
•National Champions (2 times)
•National Runner-up 2004 and 2005
•Regional Champions (5 Times)
•Establishedin 1994 as one professional team in the former USISL (now called USL, a second divisionleague below MLS) with the help of Dr. Wedgbury and established Youth system shortly thereafter. Doing so with the sole purpose of creating quality soccer training opportunity for Rockford’s youth. Later was the backing for establishing ISC and Sportscore Two as The premier Soccer Facility in the Country.
•Annually provides more than $70,000 in scholarships and financial aid for players.
•Annually provides recreational leagues for more than 2,000 kids
•ONLY Local Club that have participated in MRL (boys & Girls) since its inception.
•Established and continues to host one of the most successful and sought after tournaments in the Midwest and Country as The Puma Cup hosts more than 680 teams annually over 2 weekends in April.
•Established and hired a Full-time Professional Athletic Trainer. To continue to raise and set the bar for other Clubs to try and copy but not duplicate. The ONLY local Club to do so.
•2009 Raptors named as PUMA Premier ClubThe Rockford Raptors have received the designation as a Puma Premier Club. They join an elite group of clubs from across the nation: Sacramento United (Sacramento, Ca), Les Bois SC (Boise, ID), Southern California Blues (Costa Mesa, CA), Albion SC (San Diego, Ca), TSF Academy (Lincoln Park, NJ), Brooklyn Italians, (New York, NY), Charlotte United (Charlotte, NC) and Snohomish United (Snohomish, WA)
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Rockford Raptors FC
Please see below for the Raptors FC outline of programs available for yor child. Contact us with any questions you may have.
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The Rockford Raptors are happy to report that we will return to Training on Monday, June 29th For the entire Club (2012-2001). In order to be able to return to training we had to follow all guide lines and we have created a protocol that everyone needs to follow. This Protocol is set to follow Phase 4. We ask everyone to make sure to read our protocol and make sure that your daugther and/or son follow this anytime that we have training and or games.
Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our soccer community. We understand that our member organizations want to get back on the field, but this must be done with strict focus on the safety of the players, coaches, referees and families and follow state and local guidelines for resumption of activities. The purpose of this document is to provide IYSA member soccer organizations and their athletes, parents, and coaches with information that they can use to assist them with developing their return-to-activity programming specific to their situation in context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinois is currently in Restore Illinois Phase 3 with all of the state on track to reach Phase 4 on Friday, June 26. When a regon is designated Phase 4 by the state of Illinois, gatherings of fifty (50) or fewer people including full team training, games and tournaments are allowed as long as capacity and safety precautions are maintained.
This Protocol is based on Illinois Department of Public Health, US Soccer and US Youth Soccer guidelines for soccer organizations, clubs and teams that have reached the Restore Illinois Phase 4. The information in this document is NOT intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, Illinois Youth Soccer Association makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, your organization is expected to strictly comply with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidelines for the resumption of play and seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials in your area if you have specific questions. These guidelines address only early phases of return-to-play and additional guidelines may, or may not, follow as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.
Although the young and healthy may be subject to less severe cases of COVID-19, every case of this disease is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors that may occur within our communities. Health consequences may be long-standing and only apparent weeks after initial infection and recovery. Until COVID-19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way of eliminating the risk of infection. This should always be at the forefront when designing and considering return-to-activity.
PLEASE NOTE ALL DOCUMENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND STATE REQUIREMENTS
Restore Illinois Phase 4 Information
Restore Illinois Phase 3 Information
Additional COVID-19 Documents & Info
Due to the Covid-19 deadline for return to play we are currently working on new dates for club tryouts.
If you are new to the club and want to try out please fill out the attached form below. Once reviewed, a member of our staff will contact you with further information.
For additional information contact us at email@example.com
Dear Raptors Family,
With the Governors anticipated announcement later this week to move Illinois to Phase 3 of the state’s recovery plan on June 1, we'd like to inform you of the club's plans when we reach this stage.
Despite the opportunity to conduct training sessions with 10 or fewer people, we have decided not to return to the training fields until at least June 15th. Based on the protocols and guidelines set forth by US Soccer, the USYSA, and the IYSA (https://illinoisyouthsoccer.demosphere-secure.com/illinois-youth-soccer-return-to-activiy-protocol-updated-may-26), the feasibility of conducting these sessions pose many logistical and safety challenges that would be difficult to meet at this time.
Additionally, due to the State’s strict guidelines and protocols the Rockford Park District is required to adhere to for this reopening, Sportscore 2 will remain closed until further notice.
Every registered player will be required to complete the new “IYSA Communicable Disease Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement” before being allowed to return to any club activities. Please complete the attached form and email it to your team coach or manager to keep on file.
Until we can return to the field, we will continue to offer the current lineup of club-wide training with our live technical training on Monday and Wednesday, and Movement Fitness SAQ Training on Tuesday and Thursday. We will also be scheduling future webinars that will benefit our players on and off the field.
Due to the uncertainty of when we can return to the field we will not be holding in-person tryouts. All Raptors players registered with the club for 2019-2020 season will offered a "Club" roster spot for the 2020-2021 season.
Any new players wishing to be considered for the upcoming season should complete the New Player Tryout Formhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=14R-KPW4ArH6LchZ_-9ZkDS7e008MQbEsBxkN0BVnBQM
Once the coaching staff has had thorough time to evaluate the list of returning players, along with any new players wishing to join the club, actual "Team" rosters will be announced with the goal of placing each player at a training and competition level appropriate to support their continued development.
Details on how to register and accept your place in the club for 2020-2021 season will be available soon. Club fees will not be increased and will remain the same as 2019-20.
We’d like to again thank all of you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate our way through these unprecedented times. We’re all eager to get back on the pitch and resume training and games but the health and safety of all our players, parents, and coaches remains the top priority. We will keep you updated as new developments are announced. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns.
Frank Mateus, Executive Director
Hugh Ward, Director of Coaching
Roland Hahn, ECNL Director
During this difficult time it is even more important that we support our locally owned businesses.
Please see attached a list of businesses that are owned by our Raptor families.
This list will be updated on a daily basis. If you want to add your business to the list, please email Hugh Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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