The U12 and U16 Richmond United teams compete in EDP Development Leagues because the Development Academy does not have U12 and U16 age groups. The league is made up of clubs who have Development Academy teams. The players on the teams are players who are expected to enter the DA the following year again.
Due to US Soccer not running the U12 and U16 league itself, there are no US Soccer run Showcases for these age groups. Instead, these age groups will compete in additional high-level regional Showcases, for example the Jefferson Cup, during the 2019/20 season.
A player registered with the Richmond United U12 and U16 team could have the opportunity to play on and older RU team within the DA. If the coaching staff determines that it would be beneficial for the individual development pathway of a player to play up, the player can be made a Developmental Players and play up to 12 games with the older DA team without losing eligibility for his current team."