Outreach Resources

We have a variety of outreach-specific resources available for those involved in our Outreach programming. Rapids Youth Soccer is available to help you with anything you might need as an outreach contractor or volunteer. Please reach out to our staff members for assistance.

Curtis Gardner
Director of Outreach
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 301

Megan Sforzini
Outreach Administrator
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 306

Melanie Stritch
Outreach Program Manager
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 304

Outreach Positions

Site Coordinators serve as a liaison between the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, their school/site, and their coach-mentors. Site coordinators will recruit 1-2 Coach-Mentors for their site, as well as recruit 10-15 students for each team.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Site Coordinator Resources

SITE COORDINATOR CHECKLISTSITE AGREEMENTDPS CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTPRACTICE FORMSITE COORDINATOR SPRING TRAININGREQUEST FOR PROGRAMMINGIMPORTANT DATES (SPRING 2018)PAYROLL FORM

Coach-Mentors will implement the Soccer for Success curriculum for a team of 10-15 students. Core components of the program include:

  • Physical Activity: 90 minute sessions are held at least three days a week to ensure students receive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.
  • Mentorship: Coach-Mentors stress the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and violence.
  • Nutrition: Educational activities teach the basics of nutrition and the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices and eating habits.
  • Family Engagement: We turn parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program’s teachings in their homes.
JOB DESCRIPTION

Coach-Mentor Resources

COACH-MENTOR CHECKLISTOUTREACH CONTRACTCONCUSSION TRAININGDPS CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTCOACH-MENTOR SPRING TRAININGIMPORTANT DATES (FALL 2017)IMPORTANT DATES (SPRING 2018)PAYROLL FORMCURRICULUM

NOTE: To log in and view the curriculum, use the email “[email protected]” and password “Denver1”.

The Outreach Field Coordinator will be the representative for the CRYSC Outreach Department at Soccer for Success game days. Field Coordinators will work closely with their Program Manager to help ensure Soccer for Success game days are delivered with fidelity, support coaches on league days, and relay any administrative questions or concerns regarding game days to their Program Manager. Field Coordinators will be permitted to coach a team if it does not conflict with league day responsibilities.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Field Coordinator Resources

OUTREACH CONTRACTPAYROLL FORM

The Outreach Referee will work closely with the Outreach staff and designated Field Coordinator to ensure game day matches are played according to the rules of the game. This includes promoting good sportsmanship, and ensuring player safety through enforcement of the rules.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Outreach Referee Resources

OUTREACH CONTRACTPAYROLL FORM
+ Site Coordinator

Site Coordinators serve as a liaison between the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, their school/site, and their coach-mentors. Site coordinators will recruit 1-2 Coach-Mentors for their site, as well as recruit 10-15 students for each team.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Site Coordinator Resources

SITE COORDINATOR CHECKLISTSITE AGREEMENTDPS CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTPRACTICE FORMSITE COORDINATOR SPRING TRAININGREQUEST FOR PROGRAMMINGIMPORTANT DATES (SPRING 2018)PAYROLL FORM
+ Coach-Mentor

Coach-Mentors will implement the Soccer for Success curriculum for a team of 10-15 students. Core components of the program include:

  • Physical Activity: 90 minute sessions are held at least three days a week to ensure students receive the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise.
  • Mentorship: Coach-Mentors stress the importance of doing well in school and avoiding negative influences such as drugs, alcohol, and violence.
  • Nutrition: Educational activities teach the basics of nutrition and the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices and eating habits.
  • Family Engagement: We turn parents and family members into advocates who reinforce the program’s teachings in their homes.
JOB DESCRIPTION

Coach-Mentor Resources

COACH-MENTOR CHECKLISTOUTREACH CONTRACTCONCUSSION TRAININGDPS CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTCOACH-MENTOR SPRING TRAININGIMPORTANT DATES (FALL 2017)IMPORTANT DATES (SPRING 2018)PAYROLL FORMCURRICULUM

NOTE: To log in and view the curriculum, use the email “[email protected]” and password “Denver1”.

+ Field Coordinator

The Outreach Field Coordinator will be the representative for the CRYSC Outreach Department at Soccer for Success game days. Field Coordinators will work closely with their Program Manager to help ensure Soccer for Success game days are delivered with fidelity, support coaches on league days, and relay any administrative questions or concerns regarding game days to their Program Manager. Field Coordinators will be permitted to coach a team if it does not conflict with league day responsibilities.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Field Coordinator Resources

OUTREACH CONTRACTPAYROLL FORM
+ Outreach Referee

The Outreach Referee will work closely with the Outreach staff and designated Field Coordinator to ensure game day matches are played according to the rules of the game. This includes promoting good sportsmanship, and ensuring player safety through enforcement of the rules.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Outreach Referee Resources

OUTREACH CONTRACTPAYROLL FORM

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the program?
This is a 9-week program that will run from September 5, 2017- November 4, 2017 in the Fall, and March 12, 2018 – May 19, 2018 in the Spring.

How many days a week do we practice?
Teams will practice 2 times a week with game days on Saturday.

How many players are on each team?
Each team should have between 12-14 players.

What ages can participate?
Our program is designed for grades 3-5. Each team should have a mixture of all three grade levels to ensure even competition at game days.

How long is each practice?
Practices should be scheduled for 75-90 minutes to ensure players have 60-75 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each practice.

 Are practice days set by CRYSC?
The program start and end dates are set by CRYSC, but practice days are determined by each site. Site coordinators must complete the Practice Schedule Google Form so we know when you practice.

What is the schedule for the league? When will teams receive their schedule?
The league games are scheduled for seven Saturdays throughout the season. Please refer to the Important Dates document for designated game days. Teams will be given their team’s schedule with match times the week prior to their first practice.

If we are not participating a league will we still have an opportunity to go to a Jamboree?
It is important to us to have all of our participants play games with other schools. While the jamboree will be different than in the past, we will still host a game day for non-league schools.

How do I recruit players for our team?
Here are a few suggestions for recruiting players:

  1. Create a registration event in coordination with a high-traffic school event (i.e. back to school night, PTA Meeting, parent conferences).
  2. Distribute Player Recruitment Flyers.

How can I request Soccer for Success programming at my school?
Please complete the Request for Programming form.

Is my site required to provide a soccer field to participate in Soccer for Success?
You do not need to have a full size soccer field, but each site must have a grassy field area for practices.

Do we hold practice when there is inclement weather?
Yes. Each site must have an indoor space for students to practice when there is inclement weather. This should be determined at the beginning of the season. Coaches must notify parents and school administrators when practice is moved indoors. You can find ideas for indoor practice activities in the supplemental curriculum.

Our coach is unable to attend a practice. What should we do?
If a coach is unable to attend a practice, they must notify their site coordinator to try to arrange for a substitute from your site. If a substitute from the site is unavailable, the program manager should be contacted. If a substitute is not available, the coach should cancel the practice. CRYSC will allow coaches to cancel practices up to two times each season with no monetary penalties. As of August 2016, CRYSC will no longer be responsible for paying substitute coaches. Any arrangements for substitutes will be made solely between the coach and the substitute.

We have a substitute coach at our site. What paperwork must they complete?
All substitute coaches must complete the same paperwork as your coaches. They must submit the Independent Contractor Agreement, pass a background check, submit a concussion certificate, attend training, and complete the DPS Partnership Agreement (if the substitute will be working with DPS students).

Should my players take home their uniform after each practice?
No! We will provide each player with a numbered drawstring bag to store their uniform for the season. At the end of each practice players must place their uniform (jersey and shin guards) into the drawstring bag and return it to their coach. We will provide a large mesh bag to each coach to store the uniforms.

Where should I store my equipment in between practices?
Each site is required to provide secure storage for their equipment and uniforms. Lost equipment will only be replaced if we have used equipment available.

 What equipment are coaches required to bring to game days/jamborees?
Coaches must bring their player’s uniforms (jersey, socks, and shin guards) to each game or jamboree day. Please bring your team’s soccer balls for pre-game warm-ups. We will provide goals and a game ball.

Are my players required to wear cleats?
Players are not required to wear cleats. Athletic shoes are required for players participating in game days.

One of my players lost a piece of their uniform. Can I get a replacement?
If a player loses any part of their uniform (jersey or shin guards), please contact your program manager. The player will receive a replacement, but it will be used (if available).

What equipment do my players get to keep at the end of the season?
Players will keep their jersey, shin guards, and player uniform bag. If your players are participating in the fall and spring seasons, they will keep the same uniform for the entire year. If your site serves a different population from fall to spring, your fall players will keep their uniform at the end of the fall season. CRYSC will provide a new set of uniforms for your spring players.

 What equipment should be returned to CRYSC at the end of the season?
Soccer balls, goals, cones, pinnies, and equipment bags must be returned to your program manager.

How can I access the mobile Soccer for Success Curriculum?
The mobile curriculum can be found at mobile.soccerforsuccess.com.

What is the log on information for the mobile curriculum?
Email: [email protected], Password: Denver1

Do I need to use the Soccer for Success curriculum?
Yes, you need to use the curriculum. The curriculum should be a resource for coach-mentors to keep the children engaged throughout the season.

I am coaching a team that has previously participated in the program. Is there additional curriculum I can use?
If your team is more advanced you can use the Grades 6-8 curriculum for you team.

What do I find in the curriculum?
The curriculum is separated by week and broken down by day. You will find your soccer and nutrition teaching points for the day. There are also two activities for the day. The coach will choose their team’s warmup and cooldown for each practice.

Are there other resources available on the website?
The website provides attention grabbers, warm-up and cool down activities.

Where can I find extra information about Nutrition on the website?
The Nutrition Background Information section breaks down each nutrition topic. This information can be accessed from the drop-down menu on the upper right hand corner of the site.

Why is there 12 weeks of curriculum when we only run 9 weeks?
The traditional Soccer for Success curriculum was designed as a 12-week program. You can pull activates from the additional two weeks and use in your practice at any time.

What should teams and players bring to game days?
Each player must wear their Rapids Youth Soccer jersey, shin guards, and socks. Players must wear athletic shoes to participate in game days. Cleats are not required. Players who choose to wear cleats may only wear soccer cleats. No football or baseball cleats will be allowed. They “away” team must wear the pinnies provided to them. Coaches should also bring soccer balls for team warm-ups.

Coaches must also bring a current team roster and a signed Release/Waiver/Indemnity Agreement for each player in order for them to participate in the game. The roster and waivers will be checked prior to the start of each game.

How many players will be on the field?
Snack service should be set up through your district’s Nutrition Services no less than three weeks prior to the start of the season. Individual kitchen managers cannot process your snack service application.

Is there training required to administer snacks?
Each team must field 7 eligible players (6 players + 1 goalkeeper). Goalkeepers must wear a different color than the rest of their team, but are not required to use goalie gloves.

How long are the games?
Games will have two 25-minute halves with a 5-minute half time.

Do you enforce offsides?
We do not enforce offsides.

Can my players head the ball?
No! Heading the ball is not allowed per the State of Colorado. If a player intentionally heads the ball, play will be stopped and a free kick will be awarded to the opposite team

Why is my goalkeeper not allowed to punt the ball?
Punting the ball is not allowed in 7v7 game rules per the U.S. Youth Soccer guidelines as this is a developmental experience for players.

Is it a requirement for our site to serve snack for our players?
Snack service is not required, but we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to provide after-school snacks for your players in our program.

How do I set up snack service for our players?
Snack service should be set up through your district’s Nutrition Services no less than three weeks prior to the start of the season. Individual kitchen managers cannot process your snack service application.

Is there training required to administer snacks?
Yes. The trainings are held by each school district. Site Coordinators will receive information regarding snack training when they call their Nutrition Service to set up snack service.

Is there a cost for snack service?
There is no upfront cost for snack service. However, CRYSC pays for each uneaten snack at DPS sites. On average, we are charged $1,000 per season for uneaten snacks.

That is a lot of money! Is there any way to lower that cost?
Yes! Please keep your snack roster up to date with your Kitchen Manager. Monitor your attendance roster for players who drop out of the program or repeatedly do not eat snack. Make changes to your snack roster as necessary at least once per month. Also, be sure to submit your snack roster to Nutrition Service coordinator every month.

I’m not at a DPS School, so why must I submit a snack roster each month to Nutrition Services?
Tracking snacks helps us ensure that we can continue to provide free snacks for our students.

What is a Site Coordinator?
The Site Coordinator is a staff member at the site who also oversees the Soccer for Success program. Site Coordinators serve as a liaison between CRYSC, their site/school, and their coaches.

What are the main responsibilities of the Site Coordinator?
Site Coordinators recruit coaches for their site, ensure their site’s onboarding paperwork is complete, secure indoor and outdoor practice space, recruit coach-mentors, recruit students, organize parent meetings, manage player registration packets, and submit snack and attendance rosters.

What onboarding paperwork must be completed by the Site Coordinator?
Site Coordinators must complete the Site Agreement, an Independent Contractor Agreement, the payroll form, the Practice Schedule Worksheet, and the DPS Confidentiality Agreement (if working with DPS students). They must also attend one training session. It is also the Site Coordinators responsibility to ensure their coach-mentors complete and submit their onboarding paperwork prior to the deadline.

 What is the weekly time commitment for the Site Coordinator?
In general, site coordinators will work about 1-2 hours per week. There will be a larger time commitment at the beginning of the season due to the onboarding process.

Is the Site Coordinator required to attend practices?
Site Coordinators are not required and are not paid to attend practices.

What is a Coach-Mentor?
The Coach-Mentors teach participants appropriate teamwork, sportsmanship, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices per the Soccer for Success curriculum.

What are the main responsibilities of the Coach-Mentor?
Coach-Mentors lead Soccer for Success practices, coach on game days, manage their team’s equipment, administer snacks for their players, track player attendance, and submit their player registration data to their program manager.

What onboarding paperwork must be completed by the Coach-Mentor?
Coach-Mentors must complete an Independent Contractor Agreement, the payroll form, and the DPS Confidentiality Agreement (if working with DPS students). They must also attend one training session.

 What is the weekly time commitment for the Coach-Mentor?
Coach-Mentors will lead two-hour afterschool practices twice per week (Monday-Friday), and coach games on Saturday mornings that last approximately one hour. There are seven games during the season. Coach-Mentors will also have data entry responsibilities related to player registration information and player attendance.

Why do sites need to collect data from players?
Soccer for Success sites are asked to collect player data at the beginning and end of each season to help the U.S. Soccer Foundation improve the overall program and generate key statistics to engage stakeholders on a national and local level. It provides measurable results of the SfS program.

What data needs to be collected?
Sites will be asked to collect pre- and post-season data height and weight for Body Mass Index (BMI) scores as well as PACER test scores. We will provide instructions for data collection prior to the beginning of the season.

Are all sites collecting data?
Not all sites will be asked to collect data. Site Coordinators will be contacted by their Program Manager if their site is selected to collect data prior to the start of the season.

Are there specific dates when our site needs to collect data?
Pre-Season Data Collection must take place during the first two weeks of practices. Post-Season Data Collection must take place during the last week of practices.

Who is responsible for data collection?
Site Coordinators will be responsible for acquiring data collection equipment for their site. Coach-Mentors will be responsible for collecting and reporting data.