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 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

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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 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 Tryout Registration

CRYSC Development Academy Tryouts

CRYSC Development Academy Boys Tryouts (2008 to 2006 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. New players to Rapids Youth who wish to play in the 2019/2020 season for Rapids Youth Soccer, as a Development Academy Player
3. Any player interested in trying out for the Rapids DA and the Rapids Youth Club teams

Who Should Attend Tryouts:

1. Any current, non-DA, Rapids 2008, 2007, 2006 player who has received an invitation from Elite program staff
2. All new players to Rapids Youth Soccer, who have played at an Elite level, and who have been invited from Elite program staff

Times:

  • 2008 | Time TBD | DSGP Field TBD
  • 2007 | Time TBD | DSGP Field TBD
  • 2006 | Time TBD | DSGP Field TBD

*Please arrive at Eighteen76 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.

Teams

See current roster, coaching staff, and schedule of each CRYSC Development Academy team:

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