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.
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.
|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|