CRYSC 11U-19U Competitive Programs are Colorado’s premier option for growing, learning, and developing in youth soccer. The Competitive Program builds on the foundation players have learned throughout their time with Rapids Youth Soccer, including philosophy, the Rapids curriculum, and The Rapids Way. Program offerings cover the spectrum of player pathways, from new players to competitive, all the way to the top leagues in the United States.

Training and game locations will vary depending on level of play of each team. Game format is played in line with U.S. Soccer directives for small-sided games, which is 9v9 for 11U/12U and 11v11 for 13U-19U. Team sizes may vary depending on age and level of play.

Coming Soon

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

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.

July – August 2018

  • Training Starts: Mid-July
  • Schedules Posted: August 10
  • Game Day: August 25

September to December

  • Game Day: September 8
  • Game Day: September 15
  • Game Day: September 22
  • Game Day: September 29
  • Game Day: October 13
  • Game Day: October 20
  • Game Day: October 27
  • Game Day: November 3
  • Game Day: November 10
  • Game Day: November 11

January – March

  • Coming Soon!

Brett O’Connor
11U-19U Boys Director
brett.oconnor@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 233

Trey Harrington
11U-19U Girls Director
trey.harrington@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 232

+ Overview

CRYSC 11U-19U Competitive Programs are Colorado’s premier option for growing, learning, and developing in youth soccer. The Competitive Program builds on the foundation players have learned throughout their time with Rapids Youth Soccer, including philosophy, the Rapids curriculum, and The Rapids Way. Program offerings cover the spectrum of player pathways, from new players to competitive, all the way to the top leagues in the United States.

Training and game locations will vary depending on level of play of each team. Game format is played in line with U.S. Soccer directives for small-sided games, which is 9v9 for 11U/12U and 11v11 for 13U-19U. Team sizes may vary depending on age and level of play.

+ 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

July – August 2018

  • Training Starts: Mid-July
  • Schedules Posted: August 10
  • Game Day: August 25

September to December

  • Game Day: September 8
  • Game Day: September 15
  • Game Day: September 22
  • Game Day: September 29
  • Game Day: October 13
  • Game Day: October 20
  • Game Day: October 27
  • Game Day: November 3
  • Game Day: November 10
  • Game Day: November 11

January – March

  • Coming Soon!
+ Contact

Brett O’Connor
11U-19U Boys Director
brett.oconnor@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 233

Trey Harrington
11U-19U Girls Director
trey.harrington@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 232

2018/2019 Competitive Tryouts

CRYSC Castle Rock Tryouts have been completed for the 2018/2019 year. Please contact the office for more information and to get registered.

2018/2019 Tryout Information

White teams are competitive teams that typically compete in mid-level CSA competitive leagues. Similar to our top teams, these teams practice three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games and demand substantial time commitments from players. They typically play in 2-3 in-state tournaments and/or local college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  With the combined two seasons and off-season training during the winter, teams in this division play for 9 months each year.

White Teams

$1,825/$1,000 U11-U14 | 15-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

  • Train 3/Week In Castle Rock

  • Two Local Tournaments a Year

  • Some In-State Travel for Leagues

  • Compete in State League

  • Indoor Winter Training

Burgundy teams represent the second-most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training.

These teams are expected to train 10 months out of the year, three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games.  It is typical for Burgundy teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association.

Burgundy teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for high school age groups during the season.  As such, elite level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

Burgundy Teams

$1,825/$1,000 U11-U14 | U15-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Jan – June

  • Train 3/Week In Castle Rock

  • Three-Four Local & Out of State Tournaments a Year

  • In- and Out-of-State Travel for Leagues and Tournaments

  • Compete in State League

  • Outdoor Winter Training and Elite Camps

Select teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training.

These teams are expected to train 10 months out of the year, three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games.  It is typical for Select teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association.

Select teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for all Select teams.  As such, elite level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

Select Teams

$1,825/$1,000 U11-U14 | U15-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

  • Train 3/Week In Castle Rock

  • Three-Four Local & Out of State Tournaments a Year

  • In- and Out-of-State Travel for Leagues and Tournaments

  • Compete in State League

  • Winter Training and Elite Camps

ECNL (Elite Club National League) teams participate in some of the highest levels of youth soccer competition in the United States.

Age groups are defined by birth years and players should plan for tryouts by the year they were born.

Evaluating players for the teams is a year-long process. Our current players are evaluated and placed on a team appropriate to their development. We also scout league games, host local and regional evaluation sessions, watch high school games and bring players in to train with our current teams.

Tryout dates will be held in late May to early June with exact dates being updated prior to this date range.

ECNL

1,125-2,050 U13-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Feb – June

  • Train 4/Week

  • Tournaments as requested by Staff

  • Travel Required for League & Tournaments

  • Compete in ECNL Tournaments and Showcases

Academy teams play in the highest level of youth soccer competition, US Soccer’s Development Academy, as well as in MLS specific youth events. Deserving Academy players train with our professionals on a regular basis and participate in reserve games with the team. All training and games take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where players have access to top facilities both on and off the field.

Age groups are defined by birth years and players should plan for tryouts by the year they were born.

Evaluating players for the teams is a year-long process. Our current players are evaluated and placed on a team appropriate to their development. We also scout league games, host local and regional evaluation sessions, watch high school games and bring players in to train with our current teams.

Tryout dates will be held in late May to early June with exact dates being updated prior to this date range.

Development Academy

U12-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Feb – June

  • Train 4/Week @ DSGP

  • Tournaments as requested by DA

  • Travel Required for League & Tournaments

  • Compete in USSF DA League

+ White

White teams are competitive teams that typically compete in mid-level CSA competitive leagues. Similar to our top teams, these teams practice three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games and demand substantial time commitments from players. They typically play in 2-3 in-state tournaments and/or local college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  With the combined two seasons and off-season training during the winter, teams in this division play for 9 months each year.

White Teams

$1,825/$1,000 U11-U14 | 15-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

  • Train 3/Week In Castle Rock

  • Two Local Tournaments a Year

  • Some In-State Travel for Leagues

  • Compete in State League

  • Indoor Winter Training

+ Burgundy

Burgundy teams represent the second-most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training.

These teams are expected to train 10 months out of the year, three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games.  It is typical for Burgundy teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association.

Burgundy teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for high school age groups during the season.  As such, elite level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

Burgundy Teams

$1,825/$1,000 U11-U14 | U15-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Jan – June

  • Train 3/Week In Castle Rock

  • Three-Four Local & Out of State Tournaments a Year

  • In- and Out-of-State Travel for Leagues and Tournaments

  • Compete in State League

  • Outdoor Winter Training and Elite Camps

+ Select

Select teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training.

These teams are expected to train 10 months out of the year, three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games.  It is typical for Select teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association.

Select teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for all Select teams.  As such, elite level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

Select Teams

$1,825/$1,000 U11-U14 | U15-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

  • Train 3/Week In Castle Rock

  • Three-Four Local & Out of State Tournaments a Year

  • In- and Out-of-State Travel for Leagues and Tournaments

  • Compete in State League

  • Winter Training and Elite Camps

+ ECNL

ECNL (Elite Club National League) teams participate in some of the highest levels of youth soccer competition in the United States.

Age groups are defined by birth years and players should plan for tryouts by the year they were born.

Evaluating players for the teams is a year-long process. Our current players are evaluated and placed on a team appropriate to their development. We also scout league games, host local and regional evaluation sessions, watch high school games and bring players in to train with our current teams.

Tryout dates will be held in late May to early June with exact dates being updated prior to this date range.

ECNL

1,125-2,050 U13-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Feb – June

  • Train 4/Week

  • Tournaments as requested by Staff

  • Travel Required for League & Tournaments

  • Compete in ECNL Tournaments and Showcases

+ Development Academy

Academy teams play in the highest level of youth soccer competition, US Soccer’s Development Academy, as well as in MLS specific youth events. Deserving Academy players train with our professionals on a regular basis and participate in reserve games with the team. All training and games take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where players have access to top facilities both on and off the field.

Age groups are defined by birth years and players should plan for tryouts by the year they were born.

Evaluating players for the teams is a year-long process. Our current players are evaluated and placed on a team appropriate to their development. We also scout league games, host local and regional evaluation sessions, watch high school games and bring players in to train with our current teams.

Tryout dates will be held in late May to early June with exact dates being updated prior to this date range.

Development Academy

U12-U19
  • Aug – Nov | Feb – June

  • Train 4/Week @ DSGP

  • Tournaments as requested by DA

  • Travel Required for League & Tournaments

  • Compete in USSF DA League

Rapids Youth Soccer =

Benefits of Rapids Youth Soccer

Understand what makes Rapids Youth Soccer the premier youth soccer organization in the state.
Professional Curriculum

Rapids Youth provides a professional teaching curriculum that extends from the professional team down to three-years-old.

Exclusive

Being a part of Rapids Youth Soccer provides exclusive access to soccer events across the front range in Colorado and nationally.

Community

Rapids Youth Soccer focuses on more than just creating great soccer experiences, we focus on creating great communities.

Education

Rapids Youth Soccer is a premier soccer teaching club stressing individual development and collective possession.

Communication

Rapids Youth Soccer believes focuses on quality communication at all levels with families, players, and coaches.

Organization

A knowledgeable staff and the support of the Rapids professional team front office, you’ll find organization at its finest.

Registration Deadline is Coming

REGISTER NOW

Uniforms

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club partners with Soccer Stop to provide quality uniforms and fan gear. All 5U-8U Recreational players are required to purchase the uniform kit before the first game. Players are required to wear the official CRYSC jersey combo for games. This uniform kit is usable all the way through the 10U Recreational league.

Uniforms are NOT included in registration costs.

How to Buy Your Uniform Locally or Purchase Online

You can purchase your uniform at any participating Soccer Stop location.

Soccer Stop Highlands Ranch
8130 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80122
303-740-9300

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am to 7pm
Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 12pm to 5pm

Uniform FAQs

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club partners with Soccer Stop to provide quality uniforms and fan gear. All 5U-8U Recreational players are required to purchase the uniform kit before the first game. Players are required to wear the official CRYSC jersey combo for games. This uniform kit is usable all the way through the 10U Recreational league.

Uniforms are NOT included in registration costs.

How to Buy Your Uniform Locally or Purchase Online

You can purchase your uniform at any participating Soccer Stop location.

Soccer Stop Highlands Ranch
8130 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80122
303-740-9300

Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am to 7pm
Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 12pm to 5pm

The order deadline for competitive kits is June 24th, 2016. Kits must be ordered and paid for by the deadline to ensure delivery for the start of the season.

Team managers are a very important piece to the success of any youth soccer team. In order to take some of the responsibilities off of the coach’s plate, teams are requested to have a team manager volunteer to organize the team for the season.

Team Manager Responsibilities

  • Working with the coach to communicate with the team about sessions and games.
  • Setting up a snack rotation for the season.
  • Setting up pictures with the club’s photographer on picture day.
  • Setting up an end-of-season party for the team.

Club Support for Team Managers

  • One-on-one support if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Educational opportunities at meetings and in person about next steps for the team.
  • An administrative staff to provide any support you need.

The Culture Keeper is an important piece to the development of a community-based organization. Culture Keepers do just as the title explains, they help build a culture within the team, providing opportunities for the team and families to have fun and enjoy their time with Rapids Youth Soccer more fully.

The Culture Keeper get the fun task of setting up team events at tournaments, such as eating out together, setting up events while in town, such as laser tag. The Culture Keeper organizes opportunities for the team’s to better develop friendships with each other to help build long-lasting friendships outside of soccer.

Culture Keeper Expectations

  • Stay involved with the team and informed about upcoming soccer events.
  • Set up events outside of soccer for the team to build relationships with each other.
  • Plan ahead for all upcoming events to build team and family camaraderie through in-town and out-of-town events.

Culture Keeper Support

  • Rapids Youth staff provide suggests for Culture Keeper ideas.
  • Rapids Youth Soccer provides a meeting with all Culture Keepers to talk through logistics of the year.
  • Rapids Youth Soccer will have a manual coming out soon outlining ideas for the Culture Keeper to use.
+ Team Manager

Team managers are a very important piece to the success of any youth soccer team. In order to take some of the responsibilities off of the coach’s plate, teams are requested to have a team manager volunteer to organize the team for the season.

Team Manager Responsibilities

  • Working with the coach to communicate with the team about sessions and games.
  • Setting up a snack rotation for the season.
  • Setting up pictures with the club’s photographer on picture day.
  • Setting up an end-of-season party for the team.

Club Support for Team Managers

  • One-on-one support if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Educational opportunities at meetings and in person about next steps for the team.
  • An administrative staff to provide any support you need.
+ Culture Keeper

The Culture Keeper is an important piece to the development of a community-based organization. Culture Keepers do just as the title explains, they help build a culture within the team, providing opportunities for the team and families to have fun and enjoy their time with Rapids Youth Soccer more fully.

The Culture Keeper get the fun task of setting up team events at tournaments, such as eating out together, setting up events while in town, such as laser tag. The Culture Keeper organizes opportunities for the team’s to better develop friendships with each other to help build long-lasting friendships outside of soccer.

Culture Keeper Expectations

  • Stay involved with the team and informed about upcoming soccer events.
  • Set up events outside of soccer for the team to build relationships with each other.
  • Plan ahead for all upcoming events to build team and family camaraderie through in-town and out-of-town events.

Culture Keeper Support

  • Rapids Youth staff provide suggests for Culture Keeper ideas.
  • Rapids Youth Soccer provides a meeting with all Culture Keepers to talk through logistics of the year.
  • Rapids Youth Soccer will have a manual coming out soon outlining ideas for the Culture Keeper to use.

Understanding Your Child’s Year-Long Evaluation

The Competitive program provides an opportunity for players who want to learn and develop in an environment that challenges and educates them in the game of soccer. Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to supporting and developing those players that are committed to developing themselves.

Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to a year-long evaluation process of our homegrown players. This year-long evaluation and feedback process provides our players with a complete overview of their progress during their time with Rapids Youth Soccer.

Below is an overview of exactly what is done during the year to provide our players with the most comprehensive evaluation and feedback process.

Player Centered Success Model

The Player Centered Success model puts the best interests of the player first. This is done by understanding each and every players definition of success and helping them achieve it. Every player at every level of their soccer career has different levels of success.

Rapids Youth

Provides operations and oversight for kids to have a great soccer experience.

Rapids Pro

Provides curriculum and educational resources for players.

Parents

Work in conjunction with Rapids Youth to support kids’ desires.

Coaches

Educate, inspire, and help all children excel at the level they desire.

Referees

Keep the game safe and fun for kids at all levels.
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Goalkeeper Training

Rapids goalkeeper staff work with players to enhance all levels of play during this eight-week program available to Select players free of charge and all other players for a small charge.

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Summer Camps

Summer camps are a great way to keep players busy and active during the summer months. Find out more what Rapids Youth Soccer offers for beginner to advanced players.

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Winter Training

Winter can be a great time to keep your soccer skills sharp. Check out all the programs Rapids Youth Soccer offers to our players to help them stay active over the long winter months.

Rapids Youth Soccer is on a two-year cycle for uniform with adidas. Players should change uniforms approximately every two years, which usually falls in line growth of players.

Your registration covers coaching fees, tournament fees, and administrative fees for the season. You are responsible for tournament travel.

During the regular CSA season, teams generally compete against other clubs across the Front Range. Some teams may travel as far north Fort Collins, as far south as Pueblo or as far west as Grand Junction. Not all ages and levels will compete against clubs in these areas and these trips generally happen once per season.

Tournament travel varies based on the age and competitive level of the team. Select and Burgundy teams travel out of state for at least one and up to four tournaments and/or college showcases. White and Blue teams only participate in tournaments that take place in Colorado.

Select, Burgundy, and White teams train three times per week.  Blue level teams train twice per week.

Select, Burgundy, and White teams train twice per week outside in January and February.  Blue level players have the option of attending these training sessions.

All competitive team coaches are USSF Licensed and participate in intensive in-house coach education throughout the season.