TOPSoccer

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TOPSoccer is On!! 

 

Come Join Us Anytime!! 

 

Spring 2011 Schedule: March 5,  19, & 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23

 

Location: Loma Colorado (between Rio Rancho High School and the Aquatic Center)

 

Time: 3:30 - 4:30pm.

 

Cost: $50.00 for the season

 


Registration forms: Click Here to Print.

 

Welcome to TOPSoccer Program with Rio Rancho Soccer Club:

TOPSoccer is a community-based training and learning environment for athletes with disabilities, organized by Rio Rancho Soccer Club (RRSC) and New Mexico Youth Soccer Association (NMYSA). The program is designed to initiate / provide a life-long healthy, wholesome love, and relationship with soccer for any boy and girl AGE 9 - 14 who has a mental or physical disability.  RRSC is dedicated to developmental soccer and to offering a place to play for everyone. Together we grow the youth in our community.

 History of TOPSoccer:

Special Olympic Organization and the United States Youth Soccer Association created the TOPSoccer in 1992. 

   Definition of Disability: 

I. Who Is an Individual With a Disability? The Three Prongs of the Definition. 

 

A. A person with a disability (a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities). 

1. Physical or mental impairment. 

2. Examples of major life activities: caring for himself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working 

3. Substantially limits: unable to perform major life activity, or significantly restricted as to the condition, manner, or duration under which major life activity can be performed, in comparison to the average person/most people.

II. Must be assessed without regard to mitigating measures (prosthetics, assistive devices, medications, etc.) 

B. A person with a record of a disability. 

C. A person who is regarded as having a disability.

III. Someone who has a physical or mental impairment that does not substantially limit major life activities but who is treated as if the impairment does constitute such a limitation. 

IV. Someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities only as a result of the attitudes of others toward such impairment.

V. Someone who has no impairment but who is treated as if they have a substantially limiting impairment.   

Placement and Registration of Athletes: 

1. Registration procedures should be the same as those used for regular league teams. 

a. Registration form should include a section for medical history.
b. Athletes with Down-Syndrome are required to have a current neck x-ray. If the x-ray is positive, for their safety, it is strongly recommended that they do not take part in team play. 
c. Medical waivers may be required. 

2. Placement is made by ability, not age. 

Cost Involved: 

1. Basic Fall Season Registration Fee $50. 



TOPSoccer Q & A: 

 

 Q. What exactly is a TOPSoccer player?
A. Any youth player between the ages of 4 – 19 that has a physical or mental disability that limits their ability to perform at the level of play they have chosen to participate.  
 

Q. How are the TOPSoccer players covered by insurance? 
A. The same as all the other players. Covered by family insurance and the NMYSA insurance. There is no additional costs. 

 

Q. If a child has disability must they play in the TOPSoccer Program? 
A. No

 

Q. What is UNIFIED SOCCER? 
A. Unified soccer is soccer played with a certain ratio of players with disabilities to players without disabilities. Example: In 5 V 5 game, ratio is 3 players with disabilities and 2 players without disabilities of a team playing at the same time. Unified soccer is a great way to start a TOPSoccer program.

 

Q. What types of disabilities are we talking about when it comes to TOPSoccer? 
A. Disabilities could range from children in wheel chairs, mental retardation, down-syndrome, learning disability, hearing impaired, etc. The list is endless. Athletes with Down-Syndrome are required to have a current cervical spine x-ray. As a result of this x-ray athletes diagnosed with Symptomatic Atlantoaxial Instability (AAI) will not be permitted to participate in soccer activities. 
 

 

Questions?

 

 

Junro Narita at doc@rioranchosoccer.com

Rick Smith at gkcoach@hotmail.com