About our Academy
When the Little Rock Rangers launched in 2015, part of the club's mission statement included improving soccer in the greater central Arkansas area. The club is making a large step towards meeting that goal with the Little Rock Rangers Academy. Our Academy focuses on a more year-round training experience for players who are committed to accelerating their development through our 3 training programs... the Young Bucks, FUN'damentals, and the Rangers EPA. The Rangers Academy is led by former professional and international soccer player and coach, Ante Jazic.
The Young Bucks is centered on children new to organized sports in the 4-6 year old age range. The sessions will be 45 minutes to 1 hour a week for 8 weeks each season. The sessions will be instructed by Rangers players and the curriculum will be provided and overseen by Coach Ante Jazic. Young Bucks' parents will participate occasionally, sometimes overseeing a training station, especially with 4 year olds. The program is designed to encourange the player to fall in love with the game, while at the same time, providing the players and parents a strong foundation in basic movement skills like jumping, landing, kicking, throwing and catching in a fun and safe environment.
Our FUN'damentals Program, as its name states is all about the... fundamentals. It is designed to bridge the gap between our Young Bucks and our EPA players. FUN'damentals also serves as a good transition for players who are entering our Academy from other recreational soccer programs.
The Elite Performance Academy (EPA) was designed as a supplemental training program that serious and experienced players participate in to keep their skills honed through the normal "Club" offseason. Due to the popularity of the program, we are now offering it year round.