CRYSC Development Academy Tryouts
CRYSC Development Academy Boys Tryouts (2008 to 2005 Boys)
Date: Monday, May 20; Tuesday, May 21; Wednesday, May 22
Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Who Should Register:
1. All current CRYSC Development Academy players who are interested in playing on a 2019/2020 DA team
2. All current 2005-2006 CRYSC Boys ECNL players who are interested in playing on a 2019/2020 DA team
3. Any current CRYSC RTC player, who receives an invitation, and who wishes to play in the 2019/2020 season for Rapids Youth Soccer, as a Development Academy Player
4. Any player, from outside the club, who receives an invitation and is interested in trying out for the Rapids DA and Rapids ECNL
**If you are unsure whether you fit this criteria, please reach out to Morgan Kennedy, Director of Elite Operations, at email@example.com
Who Should Attend Tryouts:
1. All current Youth DA Players
2. Any current, non-DA, Rapids 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 player who has received an invitation from Elite program staff
3. All new players to Rapids Youth Soccer, who have played at an Elite level, and who have been invited from Elite program staff
4. All Goalkeepers
- 2008 | 5:00pm-6:30pm | DSGP Field 22
- 2007 | 6:45pm-8:15pm | DSGP Field 24
- 2006 | 6:45pm-8:15pm | DSGP Field 22
- 2005 | 5:00pm-6:30pm | DSGP Field 24
*Please arrive at the concession stand by fields 19 and 20, 45 minutes prior to the posted tryout time in order to check in.
The selection process for the CRYSC Development Academy teams is an ongoing process, but invite only. The coaching staff will select a full-time roster in August, however certain players may be added as part-time players throughout the course of the season. Part-time players are allowed to play a certain number of games with the assigned DA team, and are allowed to train with them when their CRYSC team does not have training. We are constantly evaluating current CRYSC players in order to fulfill our promise in the player pathway.
CRYSC Boys DA offers placement for 13U and 14U. The junior development academy placement involves both regular season conference games, and one National event among non-conference opponents. Rapids Boys elite programming offers player identification, training, and development opportunities for top players within each conference, coaching development programs, and a direct path into the MLS Development Academy program.
These teams will train 10 months out of the year, at least four days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games. DA teams will play in 1-2 DA events per year. Out-of-state travel should be expected, and will be paid separately through their team treasurer.
The DA boys teams will also participate in an Elite program, preseason event. This event will be a four night, five day trip to Steamboat Springs occurring prior to the fall season.
Development Academy Teams
- Aug – Nov | Jan – June
- Train 4/Week at Gates South
- Video of all Local Games (14U)
- DA League Fees
- Pre-Season Event in Steamboat Springs
- Indoor Winter Training Space at The Eddy
- Outdoor Winter Training (with weather permitting)
Understanding Rapids Fees
We want all Rapids Youth Soccer members to know exactly how their fees are being used. It is important to understand how much work goes in to creating a great experience for all our players.
While Rapids Youth Soccer does have higher registration fees than a few other clubs, the Rapids Youth Club takes a different approach to registration fees and what is required of our members. We call it an all-in fee approach. Outside of uniforms, Rapids Youth Soccer covers almost all other fees including coaching stipends, tournament fees, and additional training. Additionally, Rapids Youth Soccer pays the best rates to our coaches in the entire state. We do this to recruit and retain some of the nation’s best coaches for our players.
Rapids Youth Soccer hires some of the nation’s top coaches for our competitive program and through our commitment to quality, consistency, and excellence, Rapids Youth Soccer provides a compensation to our competitive coaches that exceeds all other clubs in Colorado. And it is our dedication to our players that the experience and education they receive is beyond what they would receive elsewhere.
Transparency is an important piece to building a community nonprofit organization. It is important for our members to understand where the fees they pay go to.
Meet CRYSC’s Head Athletic Trainer Julie Graves
Julie Graves is Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club’s first, full-time Head Athletic Trainer. As a Colorado native, Julie has been around sports her entire life. She was a gymnast until ninth grade, and then pursued being a Student Athletic Trainer throughout high school until she graduated from D’Evelyn High School in Lakewood, CO. Julie attended and graduated college at Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. She then moved to southern California to attend Azusa Pacific University for graduate school. As a graduate assistant, her main sports were men’s soccer, women’s water polo, and men and women’s tennis. Her favorite sport to work with was the men’s soccer team. After earning her Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies, she moved back to Colorado and was offered the Assistant Athletic Trainer position at Colorado Christian University. She worked with all 15 sports at CCU.
In March 2016, Julie was hired on with University of Colorado Health and CU Sports Medicine as the Head Athletic Trainer for Colorado Storm to build a Sports Medicine Program for the elite soccer club. Julie has now joined the CRYSC through the club merger with Storm. In her spare time, Julie loves exploring all the beautiful places Colorado has to offer and trying new Denver restaurants. She is also an avid Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies fan!
University of Denver Center For Performance Excellence + CRYSC
Rapids Youth Soccer has partnered with the Center for Performance Excellence (CPEX) to provide opportunities for players with CRYSC to develop as individuals using soccer as a vehicle for personal development and growth. CPEX is a nonprofit consulting organization that provides sport and performance psychology and life skills coaching. Every day the mental performance consultants use performance as a vehicle for positive social change and to teach mental strategies to achieve personal excellence. CPEX consultants strive to help all their clients achieve performance excellence, which includes helping them work toward fulfillment, meaning, and satisfaction in life by increasing capability, developing consistency, and connecting to the joy of performing. CPEX consultants provide the opportunity to train the mind along with the body and to create valuable connections between thoughts and actions.
CPEX consultants are currently earning their Masters of Arts in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Consultants receive a minimum of 250 hours of training prior to working with clients. Training involves rigorous, multi-layered supervision, hands-on instruction and education, and direct observation of working consultants in the field. All consultants are supervised by recognized experts and leaders in sport and performance psychology with over 45 years of professional practice.
Within CRYSC, CPEX provides group and team consultations to all Elite teams as well as workshops for athletes, parents, and coaches throughout every region. CPEX also offers individual sessions for CRYSC athletes at a discounted rate. For more information on the University of Denver’s Center For Performance Excellence visit their website here.
CPEX Individual Sessions
CPEX also offers individual sessions for CRYSC athletes at a discounted rate. There is an introductory individual consult (approximately 25-30 minutes) for all CRYSC athletes at no cost. For individual session rates, see below. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-871-2202.
All sessions are 45 minutes
All sessions are 45 minutes
All sessions are 45 minutes
|Andrew Kummer||Elite Programming Technical Director||303.399.5858 ext. 215||Akummer@rapidsyouthsoccer.org|
|Morgan Kennedy||Elite Programming Director||303.399.5858 ext. 209||Morgan.Kennedy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org|
|Jeff Oleck||Associate Director of Goalkeeping||303.399.5858 ext. 207||Jeff.Oleck@rapidsyouthsoccer.org|
|Julie Graves||Athletic Trainer||303.399.5858 ext. 128||Julie.Graves@rapidsyouthsoccer.org|