Some Words About CRYSC
Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is a local soccer club who strives to provide an opportunity for all levels of players from beginner to advanced, from three to professional. CRYSC is one of the only true full-service soccer clubs in the nation providing soccer for all types of players from all different types of backgrounds.
How We Are Different
- Professional Team Partnership
- Largest Outreach in Nation
- Development Academy Affiliation
- Highest Licensed Coaches Nationally
- Dedicated Technical Staff
- Professional Goalkeeper Coaches
We provide an environment where young soccer players from diverse backgrounds are guided and inspired to reach their full potential both on and off the field.
Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is committed to providing the community with a model of quality youth development, education, and inspiration through the sport.
- To provide quality coaching that engages, challenges and inspires young athletes, regardless of previous experience, to reach their highest level in the sport of soccer;
- To provide the best possible facilities where talented young soccer players can access programming that allows them to enjoy the sport, to mature and reach their full potential;
- To fulfill civic responsibility by actively participating in community partnerships and activities;
- To encourage and provide support allowing our athletes to achieve academic success;
- To provide a pathway open to all young soccer players who wish to participate, allowing them to reach their full potential through identification, education, and competition;
- To provide an environment where young soccer players build character through the development of important life skills such as time management, responsibility, resilience, sportsmanship, work ethic and teamwork;
- To provide an environment where open honest communication between staff, players and parents is encouraged;
- To provide a structure and environment where winning is important but player development is paramount;
- To create a safe environment that contributes to the development of mentally and physically healthy individuals that have self-confidence and respect for themselves and for others,
- To provide our membership with a high level of customer service that ensures a quality experience; and,
- To create an environment that facilitates the growth of the sport of soccer and fosters a love of the game.
Derek’s CRYSC Board appointment commenced in the Fall of 2015. He has been associated with the Club as a volunteer coach every year since 2008. Derek is a Colorado native and played with the Denver Kickers as a youth and collegiately at Regis University. Derek lives in Denver with his wife, Lisa, and their three sons who currently play within the Rapids youth program. Professionally, Derek is a Partner for a Denver based estate and financial planning firm. He also is an active Board of Trustee Member at Regis University.
Evan joined the CRYSC Board in 2013, and has played a vital role in helping lead the organization and our continuous efforts to provide a positive experience for kids of all ages and abilities. Born and raised in Denver, he has two children actively playing for the Club. Evan played soccer competitively through college and still plays today in various adult leagues in town. In his career, Evan is a corporate attorney with Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, and co-founder of Nokero, a company that provides solar products for use in off-grid environments.
A Board member since 2013, George has a long history with CRYSC. He enjoyed coaching with his children’s in-house teams for years prior to competitive soccer. A Cleveland native and Denison University grad, he moved to Denver in 1995 and is happy raising his family in Colorado. He’s played competitive soccer through college, and continues playing in adult leagues. Professionally, George is a tech-industry veteran, most recently as the principal of BrainSpark Media, which he co-founded in 2005.
John has been on the CRYSC Board since 2013. An accomplished youth player from Ann Arbor, MI, his motivations stem from his passion for the game and his experience working with a number of non-profit organizations in recent years. He attended the University of Cincinnati where he obtained a BA in economics. John has a son who plays for the club and he still plays in pick-up soccer games around town when time allows. On the professional side, John enjoys a career in the insurance industry.
Kevin Scott is interested in becoming a board member because he has three children in the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, and has been an active member in the Club for years. Kevin obtained the National E coaching license and has been a coach for the past seven years within the U5-U8 Rec program. He has recently been involved in helping the Rapids Youth Club understand and improve player and parent satisfaction and retention. Kevin received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professionally, Kevin is a Certified Financial Planner helping financial advisers adapt and improve their businesses as a Sr. VP at Gravity Investments. He and his family have resided in Park Hill since 2004.
Lindsey joined the board because she is passionate about soccer and the valuable role it provides our children. Lindsey lives in Denver with her husband, Gary, and their three children who are currently avid soccer players. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Colorado 12 years ago. Prior to moving to Denver she worked in management at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for 7 years until 2004 when their daughter was born. Lindsey was a scholarship athlete who played soccer for Loyola Marymount University, a NCAA Division 1 program in the WCC. Lindsey’s youngest child just started kindergarten so she is ready to take on new challenges.
Mark has been a Board member since 2013, and is a longtime proponent and active supporter of the Denver community where he and his family have resided for nearly 16 years. Mark has coached all three of his children, and continues to coach his two young daughters and many of their Park Hill and Stapleton neighborhood friends. With an older son in the Club, Mark has seen the CRYSC evolve first-hand and effectively applies these experiences as a board member. Outside of youth soccer, Mark enjoys his career as a seasoned tech-marketing professional.
Peter has served on the Board since May 2013 and has been a volunteer youth coach since 2006. He has two children playing for the Club. He grew up in Atlanta, GA and over the course of his playing career earned NSCAA All-America honors and is a member of the Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame. He continues to play in men’s leagues in Colorado. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and served on their Board of Trustees. Peter is a partner of The Decatur Group, a private equity firm focused on investing in middle-market companies.
Reed joined the Board in November 2015. He has two children in the Club, both starting at the youth level and now playing in the competitive ranks. A Colorado native, he played at Ohio Wesleyan University, one of the most successful Division III programs in the US. Soccer has been a defining part of Reed’s life and he is committed to helping CRYSC provide equally rewarding experiences for all players and families. Professionally, Reed is a Managing Director for Raymond James, overseeing the firm’s investment banking efforts in the Healthcare Technology industry.
Board Member Candidates
Since 2010, Christi has worked for the local nonprofit Urban Land Conservancy, leading marketing, public relations, overall operations, Board communications, impact investments and grants management to support the strategic acquisition of land and preservation of buildings to create sustainable benefits in under served communities. Before joining ULC, Christi served as Program Director for the ACE Mentor Program of Colorado. She was responsible for organizing volunteers to work with high school students in 14 schools within 4 districts where they mentored in the fields are architecture, construction and engineering. Christi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder (Go Buffs!).
A competitive swimmer growing up, Christi’s soccer career didn’t begin until later in life when she played in adult leagues for 10 years. She passed along her passion for the sport to her 2 children, her son currently plays in the Rapids program and her daughter loves “coaching” him.
Sharon Schneider is an entrepreneur and consultant to social impact organizations. She currently works with members of the Walton family on developing and implementing their philanthropic portfolios. Previously, Sharon was the co-founder and CEO of e-commerce innovator Moxie Jean, the online destination for gently used clothes that provides a convenient and fashionable alternative to the destructive power of fast fashion. Moxie Jean was acquired by Schoola in August 2015.
Before starting Moxie Jean in 2011, Sharon spent 12 years as a staff member and consultant to private foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and dozens of small family foundations, on issues ranging from strategic planning and outcome management to engaging your family in philanthropy.
Sharon has an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. (summa cum laude) from the University of Toledo. She lives in Denver with her husband, a high school science teacher, and their three children
Ted has been associated with the Club as a volunteer coach since 2014. A Colorado native, Ted played club soccer in the FC Boulder organization and at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Ted lives in Denver with his wife, Katharine, and their two boys (Tripp and Max) who both participate in the Rapids youth program. Ted’s passion is promoting an active lifestyle for the youth and the growth of the game by developing players socially, mentally and physically. Professionally, Ted is the Founder and Managing Partner at FreshTrax Consulting a Denver-based corporate finance consulting firm and CFO for a Denver-based technology company.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is Colorado’s premier local soccer club. We work hard to ensure that all children that wish to play soccer are given an opportunity to play regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.
Each year, the club provides need-based grants to players that would not be able to play without financial assistance. Annual grants range in amount depending on available resources, and range from 10% of registration fees to 60% of registration fees. Grant amounts are awarded based on demonstrated financial need.
Any player interested in obtaining financial assistance must complete a grant application form
Application fees are $50.00 for recreational players and $100 for competitive players
Families that wish to ensure that all children are able to participate in Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club programming may make tax-deductible contributions to our grant program by contacting Brenda House.
Registration end dates differ by programs. Make sure to visit the specific page you are interested in registering for to get the most up-to-date registration registration time-frames. Often, you may register your player after the deadlines, based on availability, but you will be subject to a late processing fee of $25. Players who register late are placed on teams after the players who register before the deadline.
A child must be three-years-old at the start of Soccer Start.
Soccer has essentially two seasons. The beginning of the soccer year is in the fall with the remainder of the year taking place in the spring. Most recreational registrations are season-by-season, with some recreational and competitive leagues a full-year registration.
Registration can be done easily online by clicking on the Register button in the menu bar.
We accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express). We also accept personal checks, ACH and cash. We pretty much accept it all, but we can’t accept the deed on your house, a car, soccer equipment, or children left at practice as a form of payment.
All our teams are gender specific, except in our Soccer Start program for toddlers and preschoolers.
Use our age calculator to determine which age group your child should register for. Soccer in the United States is determined by the year the child was born. A child born in 2010 is a 2010 player.
Players with January and February birth dates may find themselves in this situation. This is called “playing up.” Please indicate the desire to “play up” with their classmates online under Special Requests. We will do our best to accommodate players in this situation, but please understand we may determine it more appropriate for your player to play in the designated age group.
Definitely! We will do our best to place your child according to your request. However, we cannot guarantee special placement. The best way to ensure your child plays on the team you want is to register early.
Early registration is the best way to get on any specific team, as placements are handled by order of registration. So if you want to guarantee that you return to the same team, please register early in the registration period.
Players who register late are not guaranteed to return to their team. If you register after the deadline, it is VERY possible that you will lose your spot to a new player. Players who take a season off are not guaranteed their spot back.
The uniform is NOT included in the registration fee for any of our programs except Soccer Start.
Required: Players are required to wear shin guards, soccer cleats (except for Soccer Start) or athletic shoes.
Recommended: Players should bring their own water and wear appropriate clothing to practices. Players should have their own soccer balls which should also be brought to each practice (see below).
Soccer Start through U8 need a size 3 ball.
U9 – U12 need a size 4 ball.
U13 – U18 need a size 5 ball.
Our volunteer coaches get to choose the practice days/times/locations, but we try to place players on teams as close to their home as possible. We have fields in central Denver, East Denver, Aurora, and Centennial.
All Soccer Start-U8 teams will practice once a week for 45 minutes to 1 hour. All older teams will practice 2-3 times per week for 1 hour.
Check our field status website on the homepage of our website, or call our weather line, 303-399-5858 – ext 5, for field updates. Information is usually available on week days at 2:00 pm and Saturdays by 7:30 am.