Soccer Start is a Whole Child Development program introduction to soccer for 3 to 5 year old players. This innovative program focuses on physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development through fun, creative, and imaginative programming. Our staff and volunteer coaches are taught formative systems to engage children of different stages to captivate attention and understanding. The program’s curriculum is designed to build a foundation for developing players to improve their physical literacy skills, technical soccer skills, and instill a love of soccer and being active.

Players are placed in small groups with a staff coach and parent volunteer leading the group’s session every week. Sessions will last 50 minutes. Groups will remain the same throughout the season unless players need a different environment to develop throughout the season.

Results of the program should demonstrate growth and development of players socially and physically with a solid foundation of soccer skills to move on to a more structured recreational soccer program in our U6 – U8 programs.

Physical
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Gross Motor
  • Sensory
Cognitive
  • Curiosity and Discovery
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Think and Problem Solving
  • Positive/Negative Behaviors
Social/Emotional
  • Sharing/Cooperation
  • Listening/Communication
  • Self-Expression/Confidence
  • Happiness

Registration

Deadline to Register: June 7

Team Rosters Released: June 5

Parents choose one location, day, and time when registering. Players will then attend the same location, day, and time during the entire six-week season.

Weekday Program Dates:

Monday Evenings: Stapleton Central Park
Dates:
June 12, 2017-July 24, 2017 (Off week of July 4)

Time: 5:30-6:20PM

Tuesday Evenings: Ash Grove Park
Dates:
June 13, 2017-July 25, 2017 (Off week of July 4)

Time: 5:30-6:20PM

Wednesday Evenings: Stapleton Central Park
Dates:
June 14, 2017-July 26, 2017 (Off week of July 4)

Time: 5:30-6:20PM

Thursday Evenings: Aurora Area
Dates: 
June 15, 2017-July 27, 2017 (Off week of July 4)

Time: 5:30-6:20PM

Weekend Program Dates:

Saturday Mornings: Stapleton Central Park
Dates:
June 17, 2017- July 29, 2017 

Times:
9-9:50AM
10-10:50AM

Saturday Mornings: Ash Grove Park
Dates:
June 17, 2017- July 29, 2017

Times:
9:30-10:20AM

Registration

Late Fee Begins: August 7

Team Rosters Released: Starting on September 4

Deadline to Register: September 11

Parents choose one location, day, and time when registering. Players will then attend the same location, day, and time during the entire six-week season.

Weekday Program Dates:

Monday Evenings: Northfield/Stapleton Area
Dates:
September 11, 2017-October 16, 2017 (Make-Up Dates: October 23, October 30)

Time: 5:10-6PM

Tuesday Evenings: Highlands/NW Denver Area -or- Crestmoor Area -or- Green Valley Ranch Area
Dates:
September 12, 2017-October 17, 2017 (Make-Up Dates: October 24, October 31)

Time: 5:10-6PM

Wednesday Evenings: Stapleton Area
Dates:
September 13, 2017-October 18, 2017 (Make-Up Dates: October 25, November 1)

Time: 5:10-6PM

Thursday Evenings: Crestmoor Area -or- Aurora Area
Dates: September 14, 2017-October 19, 2017 (Make-Up Dates: October 26, November 2)

Time: 5:10-6PM

Weekend Program Dates:

Saturday Mornings: Crestmoor Area -or- Stapleton Area
Dates:
September 16, 2017- October 21, 2017 (Make-Up Dates: October 28, November 4)

Times:
9-9:50AM

Saturday Mornings: Highlands/NW Denver Area
Dates:
September 16, 2017- October 21, 2017 (Make-Up Dates: October 28, November 4)

Times:
10-10:50AM

Soccer Start is a developmental pathway for beginner soccer players to grow and develop within the Rapids Youth Soccer organization. Following a specific whole-child development curriculum, each week the children will use their imaginations as they go on Adventures. Using creativity, curiosity, discovery, and social integration techniques, all while integrating soccer and physical fitness..

What is The Rapids Way? The Rapids Way embodies everything we are and stand for as a soccer club. 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 individual 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 prior to teaching group actions and tactics. Using the Whole-Part-Whole teaching model we are able to build a Long-Term Development Plan that drives each player’s experiences in the four key pillars of the game: technical, tactical, physical and psycho-social. These individual pieces come together in the form of a distinct style of play that develops in our teams that is 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.

Teddy Hagen
Soccer Start Program Director
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 209

DETAILED PROGRAM INFORMATION

Soccer Start

For Preschoolers and Toddlers
$75 Per Season
  • Six Week Season

  • 50-Minute Sessions Each Week

  • Paid/Volunteer Coaches

  • Proven Curriculum for Fun

  • Uniform Included

  • Locations across Denver/Aurora

Deadline to Fall Registration

2017/09/11 23:59:59

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Runway 35 Park: 39.782626, -104.887945
Crestmoor Park: 39.714710, -104.916370
Rocky Mtn Lake Park: 39.782662, -105.030352
Green Valley Ranch: 39.778576, -104.751418
Stapleton Central Park: 39.761425, -104.886214
Del Mar Park: 39.724822, -104.848219

Program Locations

All Soccer Start programs will be held at neighborhood parks throughout Denver and Aurora to provide a convenient and simple system for you and your child to enjoy youth soccer programming. 

Monday night neighborhood sessions will be held at Runway 35. Time: 5:10-6PM

Tuesday night neighborhood sessions will be held Crestmoor Park, Green Valley Ranch East Park, and Rocky Mtn Lake Park (Highlands). Time: 5:10-6PM

Wednesday night neighborhood sessions will be held at Stapleton Central Park Time: 5:10-6PM

Thursday night neighborhood sessions will be held at Crestmoor Park and Del Mar Park. Time: 5:10-6PM

Saturday sessions will be held at Crestmoor Park, Stapleton Central Park at 9-9:50AM and Rocky Mtn Lake Park (Highlands) at 10-10:50AM.

Volunteer to Coach

Coaching in the Soccer Start program provides a proper introduction to volunteer coaching through appropriate educational support with on- and off-field education to prepare all coaches for a fun and rewarding session and season.

All teams will have a volunteer coach who will partner with a knowledgeable staff coach for the season. In the Fall season, the staff coaches will lead the sessions and the volunteer coaches will support. In the Spring season, the volunteer coach will lead sessions while the staff coach will support.

All volunteer coaches must complete a background check with the Colorado State Association and read through our volunteer handbook before the first session of the season.

If you are interested in being a volunteer coach, check out this list to see what is expected of you throughout the season.

  • Communicate clearly with your team’s families and players about when practice and events will be throughout the season.
  • Use the curriculum that is designed by the Rapids staff for each of your sessions
  • Help every player on your team succeed on and off the field
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your session to set and start the session on time

Rapids Youth Soccer provides all volunteer coaches the resources they need to be successful on and off the field with players. Coaching this age can be so rewarding and the start to a long-term volunteer role as a youth soccer coach for your child’s team.

Sessions plans will be available to all coaches on a weekly basis outlining exactly what to do, how to do it, and how to communicate it effectively.

The Rapids Youth Soccer professional staff will be on site and integrated with every team to make sure all volunteer coaches are set up for success and supported in their role.

+ Overivew

Coaching in the Soccer Start program provides a proper introduction to volunteer coaching through appropriate educational support with on- and off-field education to prepare all coaches for a fun and rewarding session and season.

All teams will have a volunteer coach who will partner with a knowledgeable staff coach for the season. In the Fall season, the staff coaches will lead the sessions and the volunteer coaches will support. In the Spring season, the volunteer coach will lead sessions while the staff coach will support.

All volunteer coaches must complete a background check with the Colorado State Association and read through our volunteer handbook before the first session of the season.

+ Expectations

If you are interested in being a volunteer coach, check out this list to see what is expected of you throughout the season.

  • Communicate clearly with your team’s families and players about when practice and events will be throughout the season.
  • Use the curriculum that is designed by the Rapids staff for each of your sessions
  • Help every player on your team succeed on and off the field
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your session to set and start the session on time
+ Education/Support

Rapids Youth Soccer provides all volunteer coaches the resources they need to be successful on and off the field with players. Coaching this age can be so rewarding and the start to a long-term volunteer role as a youth soccer coach for your child’s team.

Sessions plans will be available to all coaches on a weekly basis outlining exactly what to do, how to do it, and how to communicate it effectively.

The Rapids Youth Soccer professional staff will be on site and integrated with every team to make sure all volunteer coaches are set up for success and supported in their role.

Uniforms and Equipment

All players will be provided a T-shirt at the first session, and should wear that T-shirt for every session. This t-shirt will help distinguish the players team each week.

Players should wear shin guards, socks, and athletic cloths that are appropriate for the weather at the time of the session. We recommend that players also wear cleats to every session because they provide more secure footing for players as they are learning the game. However, cleats are not required to participate in the program.

All players should bring a water bottle and soccer ball to every session.

+ Uniforms

All players will be provided a T-shirt at the first session, and should wear that T-shirt for every session. This t-shirt will help distinguish the players team each week.

+ Equipment

Players should wear shin guards, socks, and athletic cloths that are appropriate for the weather at the time of the session. We recommend that players also wear cleats to every session because they provide more secure footing for players as they are learning the game. However, cleats are not required to participate in the program.

All players should bring a water bottle and soccer ball to every session.

Rapids Youth Soccer =

Steps to a Great Season

Find Your Desired Park Location

Rapids Youth Soccer offers locations across Denver and Aurora. Find a program close to home, gather friends, and build a neighborhood team.

Get Registered

Getting registered is quick and easy. During the registration process you’ll be able to identify your preferred park and request friends and coaches.

Volunteer to Coach

Soccer Start is a great time to get involved with your child. Many of our older recreational programs require coaches, so take this time to get acquainted with the Rapids curriculum and educational support system. The Soccer Start program will help train volunteer coach by pairing them with a staff coach to help them coach throughout the Fall and Spring season.

Get the Right Equipment

The only piece of equipment this program requires is shin guards. Make sure to have weather appropriate sports clothing and water. Cleats are optional. A training top is included with your registration fee.

Wait for Information from Us

We’ll be in touch with you about which team your child is on, your team’s schedule, who your coach is, which park you’ll participate at, what to bring, and anything else you need to know to have an amazing season.
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MEET OUR STAFF

Rapids Youth Soccer hires some of the nation's best youth soccer minds to prepare our kids for a long-term career in soccer.

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WHAT'S NEXT

After Soccer Start, players move in to the U6 - U8 recreational league where they'll have designated practice and games. Get more info now.

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RAPIDS TICKETS

Come join us as we cheer on our comrades on the nation's best Major League Soccer team, the Colorado Rapids.

We will take extra precaution with this age group when it comes to playable temperatures. It is our policy to not cancel practices if fields are open for play, but Rapids Youth Soccer will make that determination based on case-by-case basis.

Weather in Colorado can be interesting to say the least. There are many times that it will be raining in one part of the city and not five miles away. Each decision will be made on a case-by-case basis, based on what we believe to be in the best interest of the kids and the program.

If there is lightening within 10 miles, practice will be delayed for 30 minutes. If there is no lightening and the fields are open, the session will take place.

We will do our best to reschedule canceled sessions, but sometimes the Colorado weather does not corporate. We can only guarantee 6 sessions and will do our best to get all 7 sessions in throughout the season.

Soccer balls, jerseys, and all other equipment will be provided by the Rapids Youth Soccer organization.

You should wear weather appropriate clothing and be prepared for any change in weather. Please bring water.

All players need shin guards with socks that cover the shin guards.

Cleats are recommended, but not required.

At the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, we believe that if a player is engaged and having fun with an activity, they will learn and understand more than if they are disengaged and bored during a drill. We believe that we should design our curriculum in a way to excite and engage our players, so that they are excited and ready to learn throughout the whole session.

It is our goal to keep kids constantly moving and not standing around.

Once practice locations are finalized, you will receive an email with a map and location. You can also use the map on our website to find all of the Soccer Start locations.