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Rapids Youth Soccer is Colorado premier coaching soccer teaching resource. Supported by a curriculum reaching from the First team down to three-years-old, Rapids Youth Soccer offers opportunities for beginner to advanced level coaches.

Full-Time Opportunities

11U-19U RECREATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION

11U – 19U RECREATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The 11U-19U Recreational Program Director manages operations for the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club’s (CRYSC) recreational program for recreational participants age 11U and older at the Central and South Branches, including, but not limited to organization, communication, and administration.

This position is 80% office administration and 20% field duties. This position reports directly to the Zone 1 Technical Director.  

The following is a broad overview of duties to be performed by the 11U-19U Recreational Program Director.

Executive Responsibilities

With oversight from the Zone 1 Technical Director, establish, implement, evaluate and lead the CRYSC mission for 11U-19U recreational programs, including, but not limited to; coach and player recruitment, development, education, and retention. In addition, effective communication, administration, and organization.

Administrative Responsibilities

Oversee administrative duties for the 11U-19U recreational program, including, but not limited to; player recruitment and registration, allocation of field assignments, player placement, creating and managing leagues, updating team and player information in GotSoccer, creating community events, marketing and building partnerships to grow programming, and all ongoing daily duties as required to enhance the coach, player, and parent experience.

Communication Responsibilities

Develop, organize and communicate effectively in-person, over the phone and through email all information for the 11U-19U recreational program including, but not limited to; program overview, coach and player placement, team assignments, registration dates, program information, updates to members, key transition information and all ongoing communication to keep members informed. Provide excellent customer service, including responding to all emails and phone calls within 24 hours.

Player Development Responsibilities

With the supervision of the Zone 1 Technical Director, implement the technical portion of the 11U-19U recreational program by providing age- and developmentally-appropriate curricula for recreational teams and programs consistent with the CRYSC club-wide curriculum and methodology; evaluate players appropriately by leading, facilitating and evaluating the player placement process in conjunction with other staff, and oversee all off-season components of the program including, but not limited to; summer and winter camps and programming.

Coaching Development Responsibilities

With the supervision of the Zone 1 Technical Director, implement appropriate education opportunities for staff and volunteer coaches; identify, hire, retain and lead additional technical staff, including support staff and team coaches; organize and evaluate age-appropriate coaching clinics.  Lead the identification, recruitment, placement and education process for parent-volunteer coaches; support volunteers with coaching resources, including equipment, coaching clinics, curriculum, in-person game-day support, and other opportunities that help simplify the volunteer coach role.

Marketing and Growth Responsibilities

Consistently work to grow and develop programming; working with local schools, private organizations, and other non-traditional outlets that help grow and develop the CRYSC programs, name, and brand. Act as an ambassador for the Club in the community, representing the Club with the utmost care and diligence, promoting the brand and all it offers throughout the Front Range.

Field Responsibilities

Promote the Rapids Way by supporting parent-volunteer coaches with on-field guidance in training sessions and games. Foster a positive game-day experience for teams by serving as a point of contact for coaches, parents and referees during league games. Observe and evaluate coaches to ensure the implementation of the Rapids Way for all teams. Observe and evaluate players to ensure each individual is supported in their experience and development..

Salary commensurate with experience. CRYSC is an EEO company.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Kincaid Schmidt, Zone 1 Technical Director, at kincaid@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

9U-13U GIRLS DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION

9U-13U GIRLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is the youth soccer arm of the professional team, the Colorado Rapids. Rapids North, a region of the Youth Club, serving the Thornton, Broomfield, Westminster, Brighton, Arvada, Longmont, and Louisville area is looking for a highly energetic, customer service focused 9U-13U Girls Director of Coaching.

 

POSITION VISION

Be the central channel for all design and delivery of the 9U-13U girls Competitive program for Rapids North.

 

POSITION MAJOR OBJECTIVES:

  1. Communication – Develop and maintain a consistent communication process with coaches, parents, and players, establishing relationships and trust at all levels of the game;
  2. Architecture – Architect and design the 9U-13U girls curriculum and technical methodology within the parameters of the Colorado Rapids system;
  3. Implementation – Create a process for and oversee the implementation of the overall Colorado Rapids Technical Development Plan;
  4. Assessment Process – Create an assessment process which includes key performance and assessment indicators for the soccer product, providing the club and all stakeholders a transparent set of assessment measures by which the soccer process can be evaluated on a continuous basis;
  5. Culture – Serve as a key leader in creating a culture within the coaches, players, and teams that results in a memorable player and team experience..

 

POSITION JOB FUNCTIONS

 

Communication

First and foremost, communication is quality and reliable communication is at our core and is the most important piece of our work.

  • Create and maintain quality rapport with all coaches, players, and parents, developing trust and reliability in yourself and the brand;

 

Design

Our leaders must be able to construct and architect a clear pathway for player development following the Colorado Rapids Player Development Plan.

  • Assist in the implementation of club onboarding and philosophy, curriculum, and methodology understanding at all ages and levels of play;
  • Supervise the player placement process throughout the year, giving coaches a working knowledge of ideal player attributes at each level;
  • Design and support the recruitment and development of coaching staff to expand the implementation of a comprehensive technical and cultural experience.

 

Teach

We have found the best directors in youth soccer have a passion for education. Education is the foundation of why we do what we do and where we strive for excellence in ourselves and our peers.

  • Maintain and fully implement all the educational objectives and courses as outlined in the Technical Development Plan;
  • Oversee the implementation and execution of the mission, curriculum, and methodology of club technology platforms;
  • Maintain the voice for the Rapids style of play through internal communication and constant communication with coaches at competitive levels;
  • Oversee coach training and mentorship for Rapids North 9U-13U, including the development and execution of coaching seminars and training sessions; and
  • Develop secondary educators across the club, acting as a pipeline for information at all levels.

 

Lead

We look to every director as a leader in the organization and have high standards for each person’s ability to develop a standard of excellence.

  • Maintain a clear philosophy and pathway to guide all programs, practices, and decision-making as laid out by the Colorado Rapids Long-Term Player Development plan;
  • Ensure that the Technical Development Plan is a core element of Rapids Youth Soccer’s mission for the future;
  • Extend and further promote a hunger, passion, and competitiveness to play at the highest levels offered with Rapids Youth Soccer;
  • Oversee and support the implementation of a Personal Development Plan for each competitive coach;
  • Continue to develop the capacities (technical, tactical, mental, physical, personal, lifestyle) of players to reach levels beyond youth in order to maximize the possibility of further opportunities. (i.e. college, Development Academy, professional); and
  • Maintain competitiveness and standing in Colorado, regional, and national markets.

 

Evaluate

Constant evaluation of program experience at all levels, from the players to coaches to parents which will allow us to make adjustments to increase program enjoyment.

  • Oversee the objectives of player movement at the Competitive level;
  • Maintain procedures for monitoring and evaluating the progress of the Technical Development Plan;
  • Implement the Club’s coach evaluation process which includes: written assessments, interviews and feedback, specific recommendations for further development and follow-up; and
  • Implement the Club’s measurements for success for the implementation of the Technical Development Plan, including at the player and coach level.

 

POSITION MARKERS OF SUCCESS

  • Joy in the Soccer Experience – a positive player experience is naturally different at each level of competition and age. Our goal as a club is for our players to love playing soccer and our soccer process should be consistent with this goal, which we believe is not mutually exclusive across competitive levels;
  • Retention and Satisfaction – a successful soccer process should result in improved retention across the club on an annual and longitudinal basis;
  • Playing Style – a successful soccer process should result in consistency in playing style across all levels and ages of the club, relative to the level of competition;
  • Consistency – our soccer process should result in a more consistent player experience across the club versus the existing environment where player experience can vary widely based on each individual team and coach;
  • Member Enjoyment – several factors are part of developing a club loved by its membership, consisting of players, staff, coaches, families, and partners. We believe the individual player and team experience is the single greatest factor that results in building the club our membership desires. A successful soccer process should result in an experience that engages players, staff, coaches, families, and partners as proud stakeholders of Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club.

 

Salary commensurate with experience, ranging from $35,000 – $45,000 with other opportunities for compensation. CRYSC is a EEO employer. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Aaron Smith, aaron.smith@rapidsyouthsoccer.org, with subject titled “Girls Director of Coaching”. Application will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Outreach Opportunities

Field Coordinator

Our Outreach Program provides under-served youth with soccer opportunities through clinics, leagues, and scholarships. We serve thousands of students in low-income Denver and Greeley communities. Our in-house divisions are teams within our free Soccer for Success after-school program. The schools we work with compete on Saturdays during spring and fall seasons. The Outreach Field Coordinator will set up and tear down 1-2 game day fields for seven game days, ensure Soccer for Success game days are delivered with fidelity, support coaches on league days, and be the onsite representative for the CRYSC Outreach Department. Field Coordinators must be 18 years old.

Pay: $15/hr, 4-5 hours per game day.

Outreach Referee

Our Outreach Program provides under-served youth with soccer opportunities through clinics, leagues, and scholarships. We serve thousands of students in low-income Denver and Greeley communities. Our in-house divisions are teams within our free Soccer for Success after-school program. The schools we work with compete on Saturdays during spring and fall seasons. The Outreach Referee will 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. Experience either playing, coaching, or refereeing soccer matches is a plus. We provide training in-house, free of charge.

Pay: $20 per game, 3-4 games per day.

Coach-Mentor

Our Outreach Program provides under-served youth with soccer opportunities through clinics, leagues, and scholarships. We serve thousands of students in low-income Denver and Greeley communities. Our in-house divisions are teams within our free Soccer for Success after-school program. Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in under-resourced urban communities. Coach-Mentors will implement the Soccer for Success curriculum for a team of 12-15 students. Coach-Mentors must be 18 years old. Prior soccer experience is not required, but experience coaching youth sports or participating in team sports is helpful. Teams will practice twice per week after-school and participate in game days within their community on Saturday mornings.

Pay: $810/season

Tier I: Beginner Coaching Opportunities

Soccer Start Staff Coach

Our Soccer Start coaches are high energy, fun, and engaging individuals who introduce 3- to 5-year olds to soccer and physical literacy through imaginative games and activities. Coaches lead players through a 50-minute session with the help of a parent volunteer. The Soccer Start Program Director will provide coaches with education opportunities and a six-week season curriculum. Each session has a different adventure theme each week. Soccer Start coaches are in charge of groups of 8-12 players. We ask that our coaches have experience with young children, however, they do not have to have any prior soccer experience. As a Soccer Start coach, your #1 goal is to have fun with the players in an engaging and developmentally appropriate way.

Pay: $25/per session

Beginner Camp Coach

Rapids Recreational Camps are designed for players of all levels to have fun and play soccer in a safe environment. Players range in age from five to ten years old. Each coach works with a group of approximately 10 similarly-aged players. Minimal soccer experience is required, but coaches must be able to engage a group of children with enthusiasm. The camp curriculum and equipment will be provided.

Pay: Depends on Experience

Tier II: Intermediate Coaching Opportunities

Premier Training Staff Coach

Premier Training is designed as additional training for players from five to eight years old to build on their technical soccer foundation. Coaches are provided a Rapids curriculum session for their group of 8-11 players every week with a specific technical focus. Sessions run for one hour once a week in the evenings. Minimal soccer experience is required but enthusiasm for working with kids and high energy is important. Equipment will be provided, but coaches are expected to come early to all sessions in order to assist with setup. There is a one season (6 session) commitment for this position.

Pay: $25/per hour

U9/10 Recreational PLUS Staff Coach

CRYSC U9/10 Rec PLUS staff coaches are responsible for coordinating two teams in an hour-long training slot, twice per week. Rec PLUS coaches are expected to implement and adjust the U9/10 curriculum based on the level of their teams. Coaches will coordinate, support, and advise volunteer coaches on the direction of their teams. Rec PLUS staff coaches are not required to attend game days. Weekly training slots run from 5-6PM, and 6-7PM at centralized locations. Coaches must be available for both slots to be considered for position.

Pay: $400 per team

U11+ Recreational Team Coach

CRYSC U11+ Rec League coaches work with one team of girls and/or boys within the CRYSC Recreational Soccer League for a full season. Coaches run two practices per week and manage weekly games that compete against the other teams within the Rapids Youth Soccer league. Each season lasts  8 to 10 weeks. In addition to soccer techniques, league coaches reinforce values central to soccer, such as teamwork, discipline, respect, and etc.

Coaches must be able to commit to hour-long two training sessions and a 1.5 hours game day every Saturday (excluding holiday weekends) during the season. A one season commitment minimum is required, but we prefer that coaches are able to commit to two seasons. Coaches should understand they will be the point of contact for families and players within their team. Coaches are responsible for ensuring players are aware of games, practices, and other important news.

Pay: $1,200 per team

Intermediate Camp Coach

Intermediate camp coaches work with players between five to 12 years old. Staff coaches are expected to guide players to build on their technical soccer foundation. All coaches are provided a Rapids curriculum session for their group of 8-12 players each day with a specific technical focus. Camp sessions range from half day (3 hours) to full day (6 hours) experiences. Previous playing and coaching experience is desired, along with an enthusiasm for working with, and teaching, kids. High energy is extremely important to this position. Equipment will be provided, but coaches are expected to come early to all sessions in order to assist with setup. There is a one season (6 session) commitment for this position.

Pay: Between $30 to $40 an hour. Compensation is dependent upon licensing and/or experience.

Tier III: Advanced Coaching Opportunities

U9/10 Select Team Coach

CRYSC U9-U10 Select coaches are responsible for introducing top male and female soccer players to the first step in the elite player development process. Coaches are expected to set professional standards for participation while also facilitating a fun, positive, and developmentally-appropriate environment for 8 to 10 year olds.

Select coaches should have a considerable background in both playing and coaching soccer, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff.  Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

Coaches at this level will be most qualified and experienced with coaching players between 8 and 10 years old. Training sessions for Select groups take place three times per week with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 2-3 tournaments which take place on the weekend each season. The fall season will run from August until early November and the spring season will run from March until early June. Additionally, Select coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. During this time, teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

Pay: $400 to $600 per month, per team.  Compensation is dependent upon licensing and experience. Payments are made monthly over a 10 month period.

U11-U14 White, Blue, or Gold Team Coach

CRYSC U11-U14 White Blue and Gold Team Coaches are responsible for running training sessions and leading games for a team of competitive male and/or female players. Training sessions for these groups take place three times per week with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 1-2 tournaments which take place on the weekend each season. The fall season will run from August until early November and the spring season will run from March until early June. Additionally, White, Blue and Gold team coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. Teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

White, Blue, and Gold team coaches are expected to facilitate a fun, positive and professionally structured learning environment for the players on their team. Coaches should have a considerable background in playing and some coaching experience, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff. Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

Pay: $3,500 to $5,000 per year, per team. Compensation is dependent upon licensing and experience. Payments are made monthly over a 10 month period.

U11-U14 Select or Burgundy Team Coach

CRYSC U11-U14 Select and Burgundy teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group. Coaches at this level will be our most qualified and experienced in the game. Training sessions for Select and Burgundy groups take place three times per week with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 2-3 tournaments which take place on the weekend each season. The fall season will run from August until early November and the spring season will run from March until early June. Additionally, Select and Burgundy team coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. Teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

Select and Burgundy team coaches are expected to facilitate a fun, positive, and professionally structured learning environment for the players on their team. Coaches should have a considerable background in both playing and coaching soccer, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff. Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

Pay: $6,000 to $8,500 per year, per team. Compensation is dependent upon licensing and experience. Payments are made monthly over a 10 month period.

U15-U19 White, Blue, or Gold Team Coach

CRYSC U15-U19 White, Blue and Gold Team Coaches are responsible for running training sessions and leading games for a team of competitive male and/or female players. Training sessions for these groups take place three times per week (White teams) 2 times a week (Blue/Gold teams) with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 2-3  tournaments which take place on the weekend each season. The spring season for these teams goes from March through June. Additionally, White, Blue and Gold team coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. Teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

White, Blue, and Gold team coaches are expected to facilitate a fun, positive, and professionally structured learning environment for the players on their team. Coaches should have a considerable background in playing and some coaching experience, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff. Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

The U15 teams will have a primary season and a secondary season. The secondary season is an optional fall season offered through the club. Teams that play in the secondary season will still have league games and one event. Coaches would be compensated for training sessions and games as they would in the primary season.

PayWhite ($3,000 – $4,250) per season depending on the licenses and experience. Blue/Gold ($1,500 – $2,550) per season depending on the licenses and experience

U15-U19 Select or Burgundy Team Coach

U15 – U19 Select and Burgundy teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group. Coaches at this level will be our most qualified and experienced in the game. Training sessions for Select and Burgundy groups take place three times per week with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 2-3 tournaments and 1 State competition which take place on the weekend each season. The spring season for these teams goes from March through June. Additionally, Select and Burgundy team coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. Teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

Select and Burgundy team coaches are expected to facilitate a fun, positive, and professionally structured learning environment for the players on their team. Coaches should have a considerable background in both playing and coaching soccer, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff. Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

The U15 teams will have a primary season and a secondary season. The secondary season is an optional fall season offered through the club. Teams that play in the secondary season will still have league games and one event. Coaches would be compensated for training sessions and games as they would in the primary season.

Pay: $4,000 – $5,950 per season, depending on the licenses and experience.

Advanced Camp Coach

Advanced camp coaches will work with players that range from 9 to 18 years old.  Staff coaches will be expected to teach, and build upon, the 4 pillars of the game (technical, tactical, psychosocial and physical). The coaches will be provided a Rapids curriculum session for their group of 10-15 players each camp day that will have a specific technical focus. Camp sessions range from half day (3 hours) to full day (6 hours) experiences. Previous playing and coaching experience is required along with an enthusiasm for working with, and teaching, kids. High energy is extremely important to this position. Equipment will be provided, but coaches are expected to come early to all sessions in order to assist with setup.

Pay: $30 to $40 an hour. Compensation is dependent upon licensing and/or experience.