Girls Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)

The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009. The goal of this program is to strengthen the developmental experience for elite female soccer players in the United States through:

  • Developing player-centered programming model
  • Fostering one of the most competitive environments in youth soccer, through national events and leagues with multiple flights
  • Improving the daily training environment for member clubs by providing best practices, and guidelines, while also giving each club freedom to decide what is best for their players

The Rapids Youth Soccer Club is one of 80 ECNL Member Clubs and has six participating teams, offering placement for the 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, and 18U/19U age groups. CRYSC is a part of the Northwest Conference, the largest conference in the league, which is comprised of 16 total clubs.

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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/Kick-Arounds

  • When: May 5, May 12, May 19
  • Where: Gates South Soccer Complex
  • Who: All current ECNL players, any current RTC player, and any outside player who has been INVITED by CRYSC Elite Staff

Preseason Event

  • When: July 28-August 1
  • Where: Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Who: All rostered ECNL girls players

Season Overview

  • Rapids Friendlies: First weekend of August
  • Training: 3x per week
  • ECNL League Games: Mid September through Mid March
  • Events: Each team will attend two ECNL events per season
  • ECNL National Playoffs: Late June – Location TBD

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 Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009. The goal of this program is to strengthen the developmental experience for elite female soccer players in the United States through:

  • Developing player-centered programming model
  • Fostering one of the most competitive environments in youth soccer, through national events and leagues with multiple flights
  • Improving the daily training environment for member clubs by providing best practices, and guidelines, while also giving each club freedom to decide what is best for their players

The Rapids Youth Soccer Club is one of 80 ECNL Member Clubs and has six participating teams, offering placement for the 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, and 18U/19U age groups. CRYSC is a part of the Northwest Conference, the largest conference in the league, which is comprised of 16 total clubs.

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/Kick-Arounds

  • When: May 5, May 12, May 19
  • Where: Gates South Soccer Complex
  • Who: All current ECNL players, any current RTC player, and any outside player who has been INVITED by CRYSC Elite Staff

Preseason Event

  • When: July 28-August 1
  • Where: Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Who: All rostered ECNL girls players

Season Overview

  • Rapids Friendlies: First weekend of August
  • Training: 3x per week
  • ECNL League Games: Mid September through Mid March
  • Events: Each team will attend two ECNL events per season
  • ECNL National Playoffs: Late June – Location TBD
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

Elite Player Placement/Tryout Information

CRYSC 13U-19U (2007-2001) ECNL Girls

Dates: May 5, 12 and 19
Where: Gates South Soccer Complex – Field 6
Who Should Register:

  1. All current Rapids Youth Soccer players who are currently on an ECNL girls team who are interested in playing on a 2019/2020 Rapids Elite team
  2. Any current RTC player who receives an invite, specific to kick-arounds, and who is interested in playing on a 2019/2020 Rapids Elite team
  3. New players to Rapids Youth, who have received an invite from the Elite technical staff, and who wish to play in the 2019/2020 for Rapids Youth Soccer

Who Should Attend Tryouts:

  1. All current internal Rapids Youth ECNL players and selected RTC players, must register their Intent to Play and attend the Tryout event.
  2. New Players, from outside the Rapids Youth Soccer System, who have received an invitation, must register their Intent to Play and attend the Tryout event.

Times:

  • 13U and 14U Girls – 12:00-1:30pm
  • 15U and 16U Girls – 2:00-3:30pm
  • 17U and 19U Girls – 4:00-5:30pm

*Please arrive at Gates South 45 minutes prior to the posted tryout time in order to check in.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Under the Elite Section

  • Girls born between 2007 and 2001 will register under option “(3.2a) ECNL GIRLS 2019/2020 PLAYER”

2019/2020 Tryout Registration

ECNL girls teams offer players the opportunity to play at the highest level of youth soccer competition in the US, therefore will require a very high commitment to training and additional player development.

These teams will train 10 months out of the year, at least three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games. The game schedules for these age groups will include ECNL league games, CSA league games (13U and 14U only), along with various tournaments that are selected by the Elite Programming Technical Director. ECNL teams will play in 2-3 ECNL events per year. Out-of-state travel should be expected, and will be paid separately through their team treasurer.

All ECNL girls teams will also participate in an Elite program, preseason event. This event will be a four night, five day trip to Steamboat Springs occurring prior to the fall season.

ECNL Teams

$2,375/$1,885 13U-14U | 15U-19U
  • Aug – Nov | Feb – June

  • Train 3/Week at Gates South

  • Video of all Local Games (15U-19U)

  • ECNL League Fees

  • Pre-Season Event in Steamboat Springs

  • CSA League (13U & 14U only)

  • Indoor Winter Training Space at The Eddy

  • Outdoor Winter Training (with weather permitting)

Understanding Rapids Fees

We want all Rapids Youth Soccer members to know exactly how their fees are being used. It is important to understand how much work goes in to creating a great experience for all our players.

While Rapids Youth Soccer does have higher registration fees than a few other clubs, the Rapids Youth Club takes a different approach to registration fees and what is required of our members. We call it an all-in fee approach. Outside of uniforms, Rapids Youth Soccer covers almost all other fees including coaching stipends, tournament fees, and additional training. Additionally, Rapids Youth Soccer pays the best rates to our coaches in the entire state. We do this to recruit and retain some of the nation’s best coaches for our players.

Rapids Youth Soccer hires some of the nation’s top coaches for our competitive program and through our commitment to quality, consistency, and excellence, Rapids Youth Soccer provides a compensation to our competitive coaches that exceeds all other clubs in Colorado. And it is our dedication to our players that the experience and education they receive is beyond what they would receive elsewhere.

Transparency is an important piece to building a community nonprofit organization. It is important for our members to understand where the fees they pay go to.

Rapids Youth Soccer =

Meet CRYSC’s Head Athletic Trainer Julie Graves

Julie Graves is Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club’s first, full-time Head Athletic Trainer. As a Colorado native, Julie has been around sports her entire life. She was a gymnast until ninth grade, and then pursued being a Student Athletic Trainer throughout high school until she graduated from D’Evelyn High School in Lakewood, CO. Julie attended and graduated college at Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. She then moved to southern California to attend Azusa Pacific University for graduate school. As a graduate assistant, her main sports were men’s soccer, women’s water polo, and men and women’s tennis. Her favorite sport to work with was the men’s soccer team. After earning her Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies, she moved back to Colorado and was offered the Assistant Athletic Trainer position at Colorado Christian University. She worked with all 15 sports at CCU.

In March 2016, Julie was hired on with University of Colorado Health and CU Sports Medicine as the Head Athletic Trainer for Colorado Storm to build a Sports Medicine Program for the elite soccer club. Julie has now joined the CRYSC through the club merger with Storm. In her spare time, Julie loves exploring all the beautiful places Colorado has to offer and trying new Denver restaurants. She is also an avid Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies fan!

University of Denver Center For Performance Excellence + CRYSC

Rapids Youth Soccer has partnered with the Center for Performance Excellence (CPEX) to provide opportunities for players with CRYSC to develop as individuals using soccer as a vehicle for personal development and growth. CPEX is a nonprofit consulting organization that provides sport and performance psychology and life skills coaching. Every day the mental performance consultants use performance as a vehicle for positive social change and to teach mental strategies to achieve personal excellence. CPEX consultants strive to help all their clients achieve performance excellence, which includes helping them work toward fulfillment, meaning, and satisfaction in life by increasing capability, developing consistency, and connecting to the joy of performing. CPEX consultants provide the opportunity to train the mind along with the body and to create valuable connections between thoughts and actions.

CPEX consultants are currently earning their Masters of Arts in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Consultants receive a minimum of 250 hours of training prior to working with clients. Training involves rigorous, multi-layered supervision, hands-on instruction and education, and direct observation of working consultants in the field. All consultants are supervised by recognized experts and leaders in sport and performance psychology with over 45 years of professional practice.

Within CRYSC, CPEX provides group and team consultations to all Elite teams as well as workshops for athletes, parents, and coaches throughout every region. CPEX also offers individual sessions for CRYSC athletes at a discounted rate. For more information on the University of Denver’s Center For Performance Excellence visit their website here.

CPEX Individual Sessions

CPEX also offers individual sessions for CRYSC athletes at a discounted rate. There is an introductory individual consult (approximately 25-30 minutes) for all CRYSC athletes at no cost. For individual session rates, see below. For more information contact cpex@rapidsyouthsoccer.org or call 303-871-2202.

1 Session

All sessions are 45 minutes
$45

3 Sessions

All sessions are 45 minutes
$120

5 Sessions

All sessions are 45 minutes
$175

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