CRYSC 11U-19U programming continues to build upon the technical foundation started in the 4U-10U programs and builds on the Colorado Rapids curriculum. Program offerings provide recreational options for all ages 11U through 19U.

Trainings are held at convenient, centralized, community locations in the Denver and Aurora metro areas. Game format is played in a 9v9 format from 11U through 19U. Team sizes of 12-15 players ensures plenty of game time to apply the skills and techniques that are presented in the twice weekly curriculum based training.

11U+ Rapids teams participate in the Front Range League with the Colorado Soccer Association. All games are held on Saturdays unless there is need for a makeup that can fall on a Sunday or during the week. Home games are based out of Aurora Sports Park or the Gates Soccer Complex with away games across the Front Range depending on the opposing team’s home location. All schedules are communicated to the Volunteer Parent Coaches and Team Managers who load them into the team’s Team Connect app. Please refer to your Team Connect for a calendar.

Recreational Rec PLUS Training
Player Attributes Child enjoys soccer, especially for the
fun and social atmosphere but needs
motivating to practice at home.
Child loves soccer and practices at
home when prompted. Child gets
excited about practice and skill
development.
Season Two 8-9 week long seasons Two 8-9 week long seasons, Tuesday/Thursday practices
Coaching Parent volunteer coach Parent volunteer coach and
staff coach
League Play 11U- Inter Branch League

12U and older- CSA Front Range League

11U- Inter Branch League

12U and older- CSA Front Range League

Playing Format 11U- 7v7

12U and older- 9v9

11U- 7v7

12U and older- 9v9

Team Size 11U: 10-12 players

12U and older: 12-15 players

11U: 10-12 players

12U and older: 12-15 players

11U-19U Recreational

Beginner to Intermediate
$215 Per Season
  • Practice Twice/Week

  • Convenient Local Practices/Games

  • Volunteer Parent Coach

  • Recreational Uniform Kit

  • Team Formed by Registration

11U-19U Rec PLUS

Beginner to Intermediate
$385 Per Season
  • Practice Twice/Week

  • Convenient Local Practices/Games

  • Volunteer Parent Coach

  • Recreational Uniform Kit

  • Team Formed by Registration

Visit the Coaches Portal.

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to train age-appropriate curriculum aimed at the long-term development of a soccer player. 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 will put players in realistic situations, that should always includes decision-
making elements.

When coaching soccer, this can be used in a variety of ways to break down a technique, skill, or tactic. Most commonly the players are taken from a practice with high game context to a low one, before returning back 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, then 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

 

We all know what ideal spectatorship in youth sports looks and sounds like. It is encouraging and exemplifies good sportsmanship. The ideal Let Us Play spectator cheers for players supportively without micromanaging their decisions, and always has a positive tone.

At Rapids Youth Soccer Club, we commit to fostering an environment where players grow in confidence as masters of their own on-the-field decision making. Too often well intentioned, enthusiastic exuberance can come with shouting instructions, trying to coach from the stands (joysticking the players), and negative comments or actions.

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.

Fall Registration Opens: Week of May 18th

Fall Priority Deadline for Returning Players: July 15th

Fall Late Fee Begins: August 7th

Fall Waitlist Begins: August 14th

Fall Registration Closes: August 21st

Training Starts: Week of August 31st

Fall Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled due to weather they will be moved to either the end of October or beginning of November. Reschedules can take place on Sundays as needed.

September 2020

Game Day 1: September 12th
Game Day 2: September 19th
Game Day 3: September 26th

October 2020

Game Day 4: October 10th
Game Day 5: October 17th
Game Day 6: October 24th
Game Day 7: October 31st

November 2020

Game Day 8: November 7
Game Day 9/10: November 14/15

Spring Priority Deadline for Returning Players: TBD

Spring Late Fee Begins: TBD

Spring Waitlist Begins: TBD

Spring Registration Closes: TBD

Spring Game Schedules Posted: TBD

Spring Training Starts: TBD

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled due to weather they will be moved to Sundays as needed.

Spring Schedule:

March 2020

TBD

April 2020

TBD

May 2020

TBD

Regan Brown

Recreational Administrator
regan@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 212

Levi Boggess

11U-18U Recreational Director
levi.boggess@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 214

Kincaid Schmidt

Zone 1 Technical Director
kincaid@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 203

Overview

CRYSC 11U-19U programming continues to build upon the technical foundation started in the 4U-10U programs and builds on the Colorado Rapids curriculum. Program offerings provide recreational options for all ages 11U through 19U.

Trainings are held at convenient, centralized, community locations in the Denver and Aurora metro areas. Game format is played in a 9v9 format from 11U through 19U. Team sizes of 12-15 players ensures plenty of game time to apply the skills and techniques that are presented in the twice weekly curriculum based training.

11U+ Rapids teams participate in the Front Range League with the Colorado Soccer Association. All games are held on Saturdays unless there is need for a makeup that can fall on a Sunday or during the week. Home games are based out of Aurora Sports Park or the Gates Soccer Complex with away games across the Front Range depending on the opposing team’s home location. All schedules are communicated to the Volunteer Parent Coaches and Team Managers who load them into the team’s Team Connect app. Please refer to your Team Connect for a calendar.

Recreational Rec PLUS Training
Player Attributes Child enjoys soccer, especially for the
fun and social atmosphere but needs
motivating to practice at home.
Child loves soccer and practices at
home when prompted. Child gets
excited about practice and skill
development.
Season Two 8-9 week long seasons Two 8-9 week long seasons, Tuesday/Thursday practices
Coaching Parent volunteer coach Parent volunteer coach and
staff coach
League Play 11U- Inter Branch League

12U and older- CSA Front Range League

11U- Inter Branch League

12U and older- CSA Front Range League

Playing Format 11U- 7v7

12U and older- 9v9

11U- 7v7

12U and older- 9v9

Team Size 11U: 10-12 players

12U and older: 12-15 players

11U: 10-12 players

12U and older: 12-15 players

11U-19U Recreational

Beginner to Intermediate
$215 Per Season
  • Practice Twice/Week

  • Convenient Local Practices/Games

  • Volunteer Parent Coach

  • Recreational Uniform Kit

  • Team Formed by Registration

11U-19U Rec PLUS

Beginner to Intermediate
$385 Per Season
  • Practice Twice/Week

  • Convenient Local Practices/Games

  • Volunteer Parent Coach

  • Recreational Uniform Kit

  • Team Formed by Registration

Curriculum

Visit the Coaches Portal.

Philosophy

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to train age-appropriate curriculum aimed at the long-term development of a soccer player. 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 will put players in realistic situations, that should always includes decision-
making elements.

When coaching soccer, this can be used in a variety of ways to break down a technique, skill, or tactic. Most commonly the players are taken from a practice with high game context to a low one, before returning back 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, then 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

 

We all know what ideal spectatorship in youth sports looks and sounds like. It is encouraging and exemplifies good sportsmanship. The ideal Let Us Play spectator cheers for players supportively without micromanaging their decisions, and always has a positive tone.

At Rapids Youth Soccer Club, we commit to fostering an environment where players grow in confidence as masters of their own on-the-field decision making. Too often well intentioned, enthusiastic exuberance can come with shouting instructions, trying to coach from the stands (joysticking the players), and negative comments or actions.

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.

Fall Dates

Fall Registration Opens: Week of May 18th

Fall Priority Deadline for Returning Players: July 15th

Fall Late Fee Begins: August 7th

Fall Waitlist Begins: August 14th

Fall Registration Closes: August 21st

Training Starts: Week of August 31st

Fall Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled due to weather they will be moved to either the end of October or beginning of November. Reschedules can take place on Sundays as needed.

September 2020

Game Day 1: September 12th
Game Day 2: September 19th
Game Day 3: September 26th

October 2020

Game Day 4: October 10th
Game Day 5: October 17th
Game Day 6: October 24th
Game Day 7: October 31st

November 2020

Game Day 8: November 7
Game Day 9/10: November 14/15

Spring Dates

Spring Priority Deadline for Returning Players: TBD

Spring Late Fee Begins: TBD

Spring Waitlist Begins: TBD

Spring Registration Closes: TBD

Spring Game Schedules Posted: TBD

Spring Training Starts: TBD

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled due to weather they will be moved to Sundays as needed.

Spring Schedule:

March 2020

TBD

April 2020

TBD

May 2020

TBD

Contact

Regan Brown

Recreational Administrator
regan@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 212

Levi Boggess

11U-18U Recreational Director
levi.boggess@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 214

Kincaid Schmidt

Zone 1 Technical Director
kincaid@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 203

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Uniforms

All 6U-18U Recreational players are required to purchase the uniform kit (white top, burgundy top, black shorts, and black socks) 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 18U Recreational league as long as it fits the player.

Recreational members can click here to be brought to the CRYSC team store page on Soccer.com. Select the ‘Rec Kit’ under collections and enter your player’s name to proceed to the recreational uniform page. Recreational players do not receive numbers on their uniforms.  If you click on the item picture there is youth sizing with dimensions you can look through to order for your child.

It is important to note that uniforms are NOT included in registration costs.

*Updated uniform picture coming soon.

The 11U-18U Recreational league builds on the philosophy of the 9U-10U program by providing an environment where players find both success and challenges. Teams play 9v9 in the CSA Front Range League. Teams are placed in divisions based on coach feedback and historic game information from CSA.

Teams generally consist of 12-15 players. These teams are coached by parent-volunteers who follow a curriculum provided by Program Directors to run training sessions. Teams practice twice per week (60 minutes each) and play games on Saturdays in the Front Range League which requires travel for away games. Teams play 8-9 games each season.

Each team gets 8-9 games each season during the 9-10 week season. Some weekends may consist of double-header games with a small break in-between games. This will eliminate the need for makeup games on weeknights and Sundays, maximizing the soccer experience and family time.

The Fall season runs from September through the first week of November, and the Spring season from March through May.

The 11U-18U Rec PLUS Training program builds off the Recreational program with a Rapids Youth staff coach training the teams during the week. Teams still train at centralized locations across Denver. The staff trainer will work with teams twice per week following the age group curriculum provided by the Program Director. A parent volunteer leads the team during the Saturday games.

Teams generally consist of 12-15 players. These teams are coached by parent-volunteers who follow a curriculum provided by Program Directors to run training sessions. Teams practice twice per week (60 minutes each) and play games on Saturdays in the Front Range League which requires travel for away games. Teams play 8-9 games each season.

Each team gets 8-9 games each season during the 9-10 week season. Some weekends may consist of double-header games with a small break in-between games. This will eliminate the need for makeup games on weeknights and Sundays, maximizing the soccer experience and family time.

The Fall season runs from September through the first week of November, and the Spring season from March through May.

11U-18U Recreational

The 11U-18U Recreational league builds on the philosophy of the 9U-10U program by providing an environment where players find both success and challenges. Teams play 9v9 in the CSA Front Range League. Teams are placed in divisions based on coach feedback and historic game information from CSA.

Teams generally consist of 12-15 players. These teams are coached by parent-volunteers who follow a curriculum provided by Program Directors to run training sessions. Teams practice twice per week (60 minutes each) and play games on Saturdays in the Front Range League which requires travel for away games. Teams play 8-9 games each season.

Each team gets 8-9 games each season during the 9-10 week season. Some weekends may consist of double-header games with a small break in-between games. This will eliminate the need for makeup games on weeknights and Sundays, maximizing the soccer experience and family time.

The Fall season runs from September through the first week of November, and the Spring season from March through May.

11U-18U Rec PLUS Training

The 11U-18U Rec PLUS Training program builds off the Recreational program with a Rapids Youth staff coach training the teams during the week. Teams still train at centralized locations across Denver. The staff trainer will work with teams twice per week following the age group curriculum provided by the Program Director. A parent volunteer leads the team during the Saturday games.

Teams generally consist of 12-15 players. These teams are coached by parent-volunteers who follow a curriculum provided by Program Directors to run training sessions. Teams practice twice per week (60 minutes each) and play games on Saturdays in the Front Range League which requires travel for away games. Teams play 8-9 games each season.

Each team gets 8-9 games each season during the 9-10 week season. Some weekends may consist of double-header games with a small break in-between games. This will eliminate the need for makeup games on weeknights and Sundays, maximizing the soccer experience and family time.

The Fall season runs from September through the first week of November, and the Spring season from March through May.

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Every team is required to provide a volunteer coach to coach the team throughout the season. The volunteer coach is almost always a parent of a player on the team.

The coach will be provided with a curriculum from our staff for every session, and will be provided with other training opportunities throughout the season. Our staff will help support every coach throughout the season, so even if coaches have never played soccer before, we can help you have a successful season. We recommend that each team has a coach and an assistant coach at this age to help players stay engaged throughout every session.

Coach Expectations

  • Lead every practice session of find a substitute if they cannot be present.
  • Coach every game of find a substitute if they cannot be at the game.
  • Find a practice location and time that works for them and their team.
  • Communicate clearly with the team throughout the season.

Coach Education Opportunities

  • Rapids Youth provides coaching sessions for all coaches throughout the season.
  • A website with additional coaches resources available to all coaches.
  • One-on-one support to talk through drills and game setup.
  • Pre-season meetings and coaching educational meetings.

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.
Coach Volunteer

Every team is required to provide a volunteer coach to coach the team throughout the season. The volunteer coach is almost always a parent of a player on the team.

The coach will be provided with a curriculum from our staff for every session, and will be provided with other training opportunities throughout the season. Our staff will help support every coach throughout the season, so even if coaches have never played soccer before, we can help you have a successful season. We recommend that each team has a coach and an assistant coach at this age to help players stay engaged throughout every session.

Coach Expectations

  • Lead every practice session of find a substitute if they cannot be present.
  • Coach every game of find a substitute if they cannot be at the game.
  • Find a practice location and time that works for them and their team.
  • Communicate clearly with the team throughout the season.

Coach Education Opportunities

  • Rapids Youth provides coaching sessions for all coaches throughout the season.
  • A website with additional coaches resources available to all coaches.
  • One-on-one support to talk through drills and game setup.
  • Pre-season meetings and coaching educational meetings.
Team Manager Volunteer

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.

11U+ Rapids teams participate in the Front Range League with the Colorado Soccer Association. All games are held on Saturdays unless there is need for a makeup that can fall on a Sunday or during the week. Home games are based out of Aurora Sports Park or the Gates Soccer Complex with away games across the Front Range depending on the opposing team’s home location. All schedules are communicated to the Volunteer Parent Coaches and Team Managers who load them into the team’s Team Connect app. Please refer to your Team Connect for a calendar.

Practices are held at local parks across Denver and Aurora. Parent Volunteer Coaches coordinate with the other parents on the team to find a centralized park to hold training at twice a week. The days and times are determined by the Parent Volunteer Coach based on what parks the club has permitted that season. This training schedule should be uploaded into the team’s Team Connect app when days and locations have been agreed upon.

Game Schedules

11U+ Rapids teams participate in the Front Range League with the Colorado Soccer Association. All games are held on Saturdays unless there is need for a makeup that can fall on a Sunday or during the week. Home games are based out of Aurora Sports Park or the Gates Soccer Complex with away games across the Front Range depending on the opposing team’s home location. All schedules are communicated to the Volunteer Parent Coaches and Team Managers who load them into the team’s Team Connect app. Please refer to your Team Connect for a calendar.

Practice Schedules

Practices are held at local parks across Denver and Aurora. Parent Volunteer Coaches coordinate with the other parents on the team to find a centralized park to hold training at twice a week. The days and times are determined by the Parent Volunteer Coach based on what parks the club has permitted that season. This training schedule should be uploaded into the team’s Team Connect app when days and locations have been agreed upon.

Volunteers

Parent-volunteer forms are collected mid-season and at the end of each season.

Staff

Staff-coach forms are submitted at the end of all staff-led programs.

Field Coordinators

Forms are submitted weekly to the program DOC.

Kick-Arounds

Kick-rounds are held four times each season on Sundays.

In-House Events

Seasonal in-house events are used to evaluate, such as the community cup, festivals, and Soccerfest.

Tryouts

Tryouts are held in late May, early June every year.

Preparing for Tryouts

Players participating in the U11 – U19 recreational league that are interested in joining the Competitive program at Rapids Youth Soccer should reach out to the staff to indicate an interest in joining the competitive program.

Rapids Youth Soccer puts a lot of focus on the ongoing evaluation process, meaning staff would like to see players throughout the entire year to gauge their development level to properly assist in placing the player into the Competitive program.

Competitive Player Evaluation Process
  • Parent-Volunteers | Parent-volunteer forms are collected mid-season and at the end of each season.
  • Staff-Coaches | Staff-coach forms are submitted at the end of all staff-led programs.
  • Field Coordinators | Field Coordinator forms are submitted weekly to the program DOC.
  • In-House Events | Seasonal in-house events are used to evaluate, such as the community cup, festivals, and Soccerfest.
  • Tryouts | Tryouts are held in late May, early June every year and are the final piece to the Player Placement 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.

There are many differences between Competitive and Rec soccer. One of the biggest factors is the level of commitment. Many Competitive players are devoted mainly to the sport of soccer and enjoy the competitiveness of the atmosphere. Additionally, Competitive teams are coached by professional coaches hired and managed by the Rapids staff. Competitive teams also train more often than recreational teams.

Uniforms can be purchased online at Soccer.com.

Yes you can.  We do not guarantee that we can meet all requests, but we will do our best to accommodate them.

The Fall season is from August-November and the Spring season runs from March-May.