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.
- Balance and Coordination
- Gross Motor
- Curiosity and Discovery
- Imagination and Creativity
- Think and Problem Solving
- Positive/Negative Behaviors
Late Fee Begins: March 1st
Team Rosters Released: Starting on March 26th
Deadline to Register: March 30th
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: Crestmoor Park -or- Rocky Mountain Lake Park
Dates: April 2, 2018-May 7, 2018 (Make-Up Dates: May 14, May 21)
Tuesday Evenings: Stapleton Central Park -or- Green Valley Ranch
Dates: April 3, 2018-May 8, 2018 (Make-Up Dates: May 15, May 22)
Wednesday Evenings: Crestmoor Park
Dates: April 4, 2018-May 9, 2018 (Make-Up Dates: May 16, May 23)
Thursday Evenings: Stapleton Central Park -or- Del Mar Park
Dates: April 5-May 10 (Make-Up Dates: May 17, May 24)
Weekend Program Dates:
Saturday Mornings: Crestmoor Park -or- Stapleton Central Park
Dates: April 7-May 12 (Make-Up Dates: May 19, May 26)
Saturday Mornings: Rocky Mountain Lake Park -or- Stapleton Central Park
Dates: April 7-May 12 (Make-Up Dates: May 19, May 26)
Programming Mid-January to Early March
Deadline to Register: January 13
Location: All winter soccer start programs will be located indoors at The Eddy training facility (111 Havana St, Aurora, 80010)
Dates & Times:
- Monday Evenings | 4:00-4:50PM
January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19
- Tuesday Evenings | 4:00-4:50PM
January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20
- Wednesday Evenings | 4:00-4:50PM
January 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21
- Thursday Evenings | 4:00-4:50PM
January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
- Saturday Mornings | 10:00-10:50AM or 11:00-11:50AM
January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24
Parents choose one day and time when registering. Players will then attend the same day and time during the entire six-week season.
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.
For Preschoolers and Toddlers
- Six Week Season
- 50-Minute Sessions Each Week
- Paid/Volunteer Coaches
- Proven Curriculum for Fun
- Uniform Included
- Locations across Denver/Aurora
Deadline to Winter Registration
All Winter Soccer Start programs will be located indoors at The Eddy training facility.
Steps to a Great Season
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.