Boys Development Academy (DA)

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Development Academy is an elite program that aims to develop the best talent in not only the state of Colorado, but in the region and even nation. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy was created to enhance the development, and environment, of the country’s top players through high technical standards, increased training, less total games, and a focus on meaningful competition. Our goal is to create an environment that is player centered, allowing each player to reach his full potential — whether this be a call up to our MLS Club affiliate Development Academy program, identification for various youth National Teams, or eventually playing at the college level.

CRYSC is one of 197 clubs accepted into the Development Academy Program, having teams represented in the U-12, U-13, and U-14 age groups. The Development Academy Program is a full-time, 10 month program running from the beginning of September and concluding with Championships in July. Each team plays approximately 30 league games and trains four times per week starting in August. There will be times during the year, with no games scheduled, that clubs will break from league play and mandatory frequency of training. See the full match schedule of our participating teams.

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The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to achieve our long-term player development initiative. The WPW philosophy was first outlined by Malcolm Knowles in 1973 and is used in many learning situations, both practical and theory based. When added to a well-planned and well-thought out pedagogy, the WPW philosophy puts players in realistic situations, which should always include decision-making elements.

When coaching soccer, WPW can be used in a variety of ways to break down techniques, skills, or tactics. Most commonly the players are taken from practice with high game context to a low one, before returning to the original practice. When possible, it is best to practice the game, or elements of the game, in their entirety. An example of this could occur in a topic such as ‘Defending in the Direct Game Channel’. What do you do if the individuals or units in your squad don’t understand how to defend 1v1 or 2v2? You break it down.

‘Whole’ doesn’t necessarily mean a game. Actually, in this theory, a ‘whole’ practice could be a series of complex skills that can be broken down into more discrete skills. The ‘whole’ element should be as realistic to the game as possible. The coach looks to pull actions or components of the game and break them down into chunks so the players can understand and digest the information. The coach will then pull those elements back together into the game situation.

References: Swanson, R.A. & Law, B. (1993). Whole-part-whole learning model. Performance Improvement Quarterly. 6(1), pp 43-53.

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In addition to our technical soccer curriculum and teaching philosophy, we aim to represent The Rapids Way in all our programming. The Rapids Way is much more than just what we do and how we do it. It encompasses who we are as a Club, from how we handle our administrative details to how coaches instruct players in training to how our players and families conduct themselves on and off the field. The Club’s mission and vision shape a philosophy, methodology, and culture that provide a framework for us to work in these key areas.

The Rapids Way is defined by the experience each player has from the time they enter the Club to the time they graduate.  From a technical perspective, we focus on establishing an individual foundation before teaching group actions and tactics. This includes the WPW philosophy and long-term development planning. The technical, tactical, physical, and psycho-social pieces of our soccer curriculum come together in the form of a distinct style of play, consistent from our most inexperienced levels to our elite levels in the Club.

The culture we create provides a system of support for all of our young players. We take pride in the professionalism exhibited by our coaching staff, from the way they teach to their demeanor and appearance at sessions and games. Our parents are well informed and respectful on the sidelines, during both games and practices, which in turn creates a fun, safe and enjoyable atmosphere for our players to develop. This is captured in our free-flowing and positive thinking style of play.

We have a saying in the Club, “Prepare your child for the path, not the path for your child.” This is the Rapids Way.

Tryouts

  • When: May 20, 21, 22
  • Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
  • Who: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 boys – INVITE ONLY

Preseason Event

  • When: July 28-August 1
  • Where: Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Who: All rostered CRYSC Development Academy players (2006 & 2007 only)

Season Overview

  • Rapids Friendlies: First weekend of August
  • Training: 4x per week; August-May with a break during December-January
  • Development Academy Games: Early September-Mid May
  • Jr. Development Academy Showcase: First weekend of November in San Diego, CA

Andrew Kummer
Elite Programming Technical Director
akummer@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 215

Morgan Kennedy
Director of Elite Operations
morgan.kennedy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 209

Overview

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Development Academy is an elite program that aims to develop the best talent in not only the state of Colorado, but in the region and even nation. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy was created to enhance the development, and environment, of the country’s top players through high technical standards, increased training, less total games, and a focus on meaningful competition. Our goal is to create an environment that is player centered, allowing each player to reach his full potential — whether this be a call up to our MLS Club affiliate Development Academy program, identification for various youth National Teams, or eventually playing at the college level.

CRYSC is one of 197 clubs accepted into the Development Academy Program, having teams represented in the U-12, U-13, and U-14 age groups. The Development Academy Program is a full-time, 10 month program running from the beginning of September and concluding with Championships in July. Each team plays approximately 30 league games and trains four times per week starting in August. There will be times during the year, with no games scheduled, that clubs will break from league play and mandatory frequency of training. See the full match schedule of our participating teams.

Curriculum

Coming Soon

Philosophy

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to achieve our long-term player development initiative. The WPW philosophy was first outlined by Malcolm Knowles in 1973 and is used in many learning situations, both practical and theory based. When added to a well-planned and well-thought out pedagogy, the WPW philosophy puts players in realistic situations, which should always include decision-making elements.

When coaching soccer, WPW can be used in a variety of ways to break down techniques, skills, or tactics. Most commonly the players are taken from practice with high game context to a low one, before returning to the original practice. When possible, it is best to practice the game, or elements of the game, in their entirety. An example of this could occur in a topic such as ‘Defending in the Direct Game Channel’. What do you do if the individuals or units in your squad don’t understand how to defend 1v1 or 2v2? You break it down.

‘Whole’ doesn’t necessarily mean a game. Actually, in this theory, a ‘whole’ practice could be a series of complex skills that can be broken down into more discrete skills. The ‘whole’ element should be as realistic to the game as possible. The coach looks to pull actions or components of the game and break them down into chunks so the players can understand and digest the information. The coach will then pull those elements back together into the game situation.

References: Swanson, R.A. & Law, B. (1993). Whole-part-whole learning model. Performance Improvement Quarterly. 6(1), pp 43-53.

@coachdanwright. Coachdanwright.blogspot.co.uk

The Rapids Way

In addition to our technical soccer curriculum and teaching philosophy, we aim to represent The Rapids Way in all our programming. The Rapids Way is much more than just what we do and how we do it. It encompasses who we are as a Club, from how we handle our administrative details to how coaches instruct players in training to how our players and families conduct themselves on and off the field. The Club’s mission and vision shape a philosophy, methodology, and culture that provide a framework for us to work in these key areas.

The Rapids Way is defined by the experience each player has from the time they enter the Club to the time they graduate.  From a technical perspective, we focus on establishing an individual foundation before teaching group actions and tactics. This includes the WPW philosophy and long-term development planning. The technical, tactical, physical, and psycho-social pieces of our soccer curriculum come together in the form of a distinct style of play, consistent from our most inexperienced levels to our elite levels in the Club.

The culture we create provides a system of support for all of our young players. We take pride in the professionalism exhibited by our coaching staff, from the way they teach to their demeanor and appearance at sessions and games. Our parents are well informed and respectful on the sidelines, during both games and practices, which in turn creates a fun, safe and enjoyable atmosphere for our players to develop. This is captured in our free-flowing and positive thinking style of play.

We have a saying in the Club, “Prepare your child for the path, not the path for your child.” This is the Rapids Way.

Dates & Deadlines

Tryouts

  • When: May 20, 21, 22
  • Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
  • Who: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 boys – INVITE ONLY

Preseason Event

  • When: July 28-August 1
  • Where: Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Who: All rostered CRYSC Development Academy players (2006 & 2007 only)

Season Overview

  • Rapids Friendlies: First weekend of August
  • Training: 4x per week; August-May with a break during December-January
  • Development Academy Games: Early September-Mid May
  • Jr. Development Academy Showcase: First weekend of November in San Diego, CA
Contact

Andrew Kummer
Elite Programming Technical Director
akummer@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 215

Morgan Kennedy
Director of Elite Operations
morgan.kennedy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 209

2019/2020 Intent to Play

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 morgan.kennedy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

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

Times:

  • 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.

Selection Process

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

$2,500/$2,615 13U | 14U
  • 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.

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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 cpex@rapidsyouthsoccer.org or call 303-871-2202.

1 Session

All sessions are 45 minutes
$45

3 Sessions

All sessions are 45 minutes
$120

5 Sessions

All sessions are 45 minutes
$175

Contacts

NameTITLEPHONEEMAIL
Andrew KummerElite Programming Technical Director303.399.5858 ext. 215Akummer@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
Morgan KennedyElite Programming Director303.399.5858 ext. 209Morgan.Kennedy@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
Jeff OleckAssociate Director of Goalkeeping303.399.5858 ext. 207Jeff.Oleck@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
Julie GravesAthletic Trainer303.399.5858 ext. 128Julie.Graves@rapidsyouthsoccer.org