The 6U-8U Recreational League provides a fun, safe, and developmentally appropriate soccer environment for 5- to 8-year-olds. The 6U-8U Recreational program is designed to help players continue to grow in the sport of soccer by introducing them to formalized games on Saturdays. The specialized curriculum helps players grow in their technical skills and learn the rules of soccer at a developmentally appropriate level for their age. Players will receive a solid foundation of coaching needed to continue into the 9U-10U level and onward.

  • Teams are coached by parent volunteer coaches
  • Practice is held once or twice a week for 60 minutes and games are played at a centralized location on Saturdays.
  • Teams play 7-8 games each season.
Small-Sided Game Model Goalkeeper Team Size
6U (2016 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

7U (2015 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

8U (2014 birth years)

5v5 Yes

8-10 players

RISE (Rapids Integrated System of Excellence) is a one-of-a-kind youth soccer development platform that houses our club’s curriculum. RISE provides an online space where coaches, players, and members can interact, creating a living and growing classroom. By connecting the CRYSC community online, RISE will open up new educational opportunities for players and coaches, offer a more rewarding CRYSC experience for members, and ultimately enhance the level and consistency of soccer being played across the Club.

GO TO RISE

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to train age-appropriate curriculum aimed at the long-term development of a soccer player. 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 will put players in realistic situations, that should always includes decision-
making elements.

When coaching soccer, this can be used in a variety of ways to break down a technique, skill, or tactic. Most commonly the players are taken from a practice with high game context to a low one, before returning back 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, then 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

Rapids Youth Soccer’s curriculum focuses on small-sided games. The more touches a player gets on the ball the quicker they will improve and the more fun they’ll have.

 

Small-Sided Game Model Goalkeeper

Team Size

6U (2015 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

7U (2014 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

8U (2013 birth years)

5v5

Yes 8-10 players

Fall Registration Opens: First week of May

Fall Priority Deadline for Returning Players: June 30th

Fall Late Fee Begins: August 1st

Fall Waitlist Begins: August 13th

Fall Registration Closes: August 13th

Training Starts: Week of August 30th

Fall Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled or delayed due to weather and/or COVID-19 they will be moved to either the end of October or beginning of November. Reschedules can take place on Sundays as needed.

September 2021

Game Day 1: September 11th
Game Day 2: September 18th
Game Day 3: September 25th

October 2021

Game Day 4: October 2nd
Game Day 5: October 9th
Game Day 6: October 16th
Game Day 7: October 23rd
Game Day 8: October 30th

Spring registration opens: November 1st

Spring Priority Deadline for Returning Players: January 20th

Spring Late Fee Begins: February 15th

Spring Waitlist Begins: February 26th

Spring Registration Closes: February 26th

Training Starts: Week of March 15th

March 2021

Game Day 1: March 27th

April 2021

Game Day 2: April 3rd

Game Day 3: April 10th

Game Day 4: April 17th

Game Day 5: April 24th

May 2021

Game Day 6: May 1st

Game Day 7: May 8th

Game Day 8: May 15th

Charlie Bacha
Soccer Start – 7U Recreational Director
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 236

Chris Gartside
8U-10U Director of Coaching
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 203

Ingrid Alvarez
Recreational Coordinator
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 126

Overview

The 6U-8U Recreational League provides a fun, safe, and developmentally appropriate soccer environment for 5- to 8-year-olds. The 6U-8U Recreational program is designed to help players continue to grow in the sport of soccer by introducing them to formalized games on Saturdays. The specialized curriculum helps players grow in their technical skills and learn the rules of soccer at a developmentally appropriate level for their age. Players will receive a solid foundation of coaching needed to continue into the 9U-10U level and onward.

  • Teams are coached by parent volunteer coaches
  • Practice is held once or twice a week for 60 minutes and games are played at a centralized location on Saturdays.
  • Teams play 7-8 games each season.
Small-Sided Game Model Goalkeeper Team Size
6U (2016 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

7U (2015 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

8U (2014 birth years)

5v5 Yes

8-10 players

Curriculum
RISE (Rapids Integrated System of Excellence) is a one-of-a-kind youth soccer development platform that houses our club’s curriculum. RISE provides an online space where coaches, players, and members can interact, creating a living and growing classroom. By connecting the CRYSC community online, RISE will open up new educational opportunities for players and coaches, offer a more rewarding CRYSC experience for members, and ultimately enhance the level and consistency of soccer being played across the Club.

GO TO RISE
Philosophy

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to train age-appropriate curriculum aimed at the long-term development of a soccer player. 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 will put players in realistic situations, that should always includes decision-
making elements.

When coaching soccer, this can be used in a variety of ways to break down a technique, skill, or tactic. Most commonly the players are taken from a practice with high game context to a low one, before returning back 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, then 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

Logistics

Rapids Youth Soccer’s curriculum focuses on small-sided games. The more touches a player gets on the ball the quicker they will improve and the more fun they’ll have.

 

Small-Sided Game Model Goalkeeper

Team Size

6U (2015 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

7U (2014 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

8U (2013 birth years)

5v5

Yes 8-10 players
Fall Dates

Fall Registration Opens: First week of May

Fall Priority Deadline for Returning Players: June 30th

Fall Late Fee Begins: August 1st

Fall Waitlist Begins: August 13th

Fall Registration Closes: August 13th

Training Starts: Week of August 30th

Fall Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled or delayed due to weather and/or COVID-19 they will be moved to either the end of October or beginning of November. Reschedules can take place on Sundays as needed.

September 2021

Game Day 1: September 11th
Game Day 2: September 18th
Game Day 3: September 25th

October 2021

Game Day 4: October 2nd
Game Day 5: October 9th
Game Day 6: October 16th
Game Day 7: October 23rd
Game Day 8: October 30th

Spring Dates

Spring registration opens: November 1st

Spring Priority Deadline for Returning Players: January 20th

Spring Late Fee Begins: February 15th

Spring Waitlist Begins: February 26th

Spring Registration Closes: February 26th

Training Starts: Week of March 15th

March 2021

Game Day 1: March 27th

April 2021

Game Day 2: April 3rd

Game Day 3: April 10th

Game Day 4: April 17th

Game Day 5: April 24th

May 2021

Game Day 6: May 1st

Game Day 7: May 8th

Game Day 8: May 15th

Contact

Charlie Bacha
Soccer Start – 7U Recreational Director
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 236

Chris Gartside
8U-10U Director of Coaching
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 203

Ingrid Alvarez
Recreational Coordinator
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 126

6U Recreational Leagues

Beginner to Advanced
$140 Per season
  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Beginner/Advanced

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Centennial/South Denver

7U Recreational Leagues

Beginner to Advanced
$140 Per season
  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Beginner/Advanced

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Centennial/South Denver

8U Recreational Leagues

Beginner to Advanced
$175 Per season
  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Beginner/Advanced

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Centennial/South Denver

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Uniforms

Rapids Youth Soccer partners with Soccer.com for all uniform needs. All CRYSC recreational players are required to purchase the uniform kit (white top, burgundy top, black shorts, and black socks) before the first game. We recommend ordering at least three weeks prior to ensure they have it in time. Players are required to wear the official CRYSC jersey combo for games. This uniform kit is usable throughout all recreational programs.

Recreational members can click here to be brought to the CRYSC uniforms page. This page details the ordering process for each program with specific links and a FAQ section to help answer the most common uniform questions. If your player already has a recreational uniform they do not need to order a new one until they have outgrown it.

It is important to note that uniforms are NOT included in registration costs.

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Rapids Development Center

Rapids Development Center (RDC) is a program designed to improve technical skills and decision making for our 6U-8U program participants. This program is a supplementary, fee-based, program that provides an additional training option outside the players normal team practice and game.

RDC focuses on individual, technical development and decision-making following the proven Rapids Curriculum. Building a technical foundation and on-ball confidence, RDC is staffed by our professional Colorado Rapids Youth coaching staff and provides extra time on the ball for those players, both boys and girls, that just can’t get enough.

In addition, players are placed with other players of similar developmental ability helping them push their abilities.

RDC is a weekly training option during the season and requires a separate registration.

 

Tuesday Location/Time
6U-7U BOYS (2016-2015 Birth Years) 5:00-5:45PM @ Gates North
6U-7U GIRLS (2016-2015 Birth Years) 5:45-6:30PM @ Gates North
Wednesday
8U BOYS (2014 Birth Years) 5:00-5:45PM @ Gates North
8U GIRLS (2014 Birth Years) 5:00-5:45PM @ Gates North
8U BOYS (2014 Birth Years) 6:00-6:45PM @ Gates North
8U GIRLS (2014 Birth Years) 6:00-6:45PM @ Gates North
Thursdays
6U-7U GIRLS (2016-2015 Birth Years) 5:00-5:45PM @ Gates North
6U-7U BOYS (2016-2015 Birth Years) 5:45-6:30PM @ Gates North
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Rapids Development Center

Beginner to Advanced
$85 Per 6 Weeks
  • 6 Sessions Per Season

  • Fall starts the week of September 13th

Coach Expectations

  • Communicate clearly with the team throughout the season.
  • Lead every practice session or find a substitute if they cannot be present.
  • Coach every game or find a substitute if they cannot be at the game.
  • Find a practice location and time that works for them and their team.
  • Warm up team and meet opposing coach before every game
  • Provide a game facilitator for half of each game
  • Turn in player tracking document at the end of every season
  • Update Bonzi Team with practice schedule and other team events
COACHES PORTAL

Coach Education Opportunities

  • Rapids Youth provides coaching sessions for all coaches throughout the season.
  • A website with additional coaches resources available to all coaches.
  • One-on-one support to talk through drills and game setup.
  • Pre-season meetings and coaching educational meetings.

Team managers are a very important piece to the success of any youth soccer team. In order to take some of the responsibilities off of the coach’s plate, teams are requested to have a team manager volunteer to organize the team for the season.

Team Manager Responsibilities

  • Working with the coach to communicate with the team about sessions and games.
  • Setting up a snack rotation for the season.
  • Setting up pictures with the club’s photographer on picture day.
  • Setting up an end-of-season party for the team.
  • Work with Coach Volunteer to make sure Bonzi Team is updated

Club Support for Team Managers

  • One-on-one support if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Educational opportunities at meetings and in person about next steps for the team.
  • An administrative staff to provide any support you need.

Game Facilitator Expectations

Every team is required to provide a game facilitator for half of every game. The game facilitator will act as the referee for the game, and should referee in a way to help the players learn and understand the rules.

  • Tell which team should kick the ball in after it goes out of bounds.
  • Call any fouls that happen during the game and explain to players why it is a foul.
  • Provide education on the game to player during games.
  • Keep players safe and the game under control.
GAME FACILITATOR CARD
Coach

Coach Expectations

  • Communicate clearly with the team throughout the season.
  • Lead every practice session or find a substitute if they cannot be present.
  • Coach every game or find a substitute if they cannot be at the game.
  • Find a practice location and time that works for them and their team.
  • Warm up team and meet opposing coach before every game
  • Provide a game facilitator for half of each game
  • Turn in player tracking document at the end of every season
  • Update Bonzi Team with practice schedule and other team events
COACHES PORTAL

Coach Education Opportunities

  • Rapids Youth provides coaching sessions for all coaches throughout the season.
  • A website with additional coaches resources available to all coaches.
  • One-on-one support to talk through drills and game setup.
  • Pre-season meetings and coaching educational meetings.
Team Manager

Team managers are a very important piece to the success of any youth soccer team. In order to take some of the responsibilities off of the coach’s plate, teams are requested to have a team manager volunteer to organize the team for the season.

Team Manager Responsibilities

  • Working with the coach to communicate with the team about sessions and games.
  • Setting up a snack rotation for the season.
  • Setting up pictures with the club’s photographer on picture day.
  • Setting up an end-of-season party for the team.
  • Work with Coach Volunteer to make sure Bonzi Team is updated

Club Support for Team Managers

  • One-on-one support if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Educational opportunities at meetings and in person about next steps for the team.
  • An administrative staff to provide any support you need.
Game Facilitator

Game Facilitator Expectations

Every team is required to provide a game facilitator for half of every game. The game facilitator will act as the referee for the game, and should referee in a way to help the players learn and understand the rules.

  • Tell which team should kick the ball in after it goes out of bounds.
  • Call any fouls that happen during the game and explain to players why it is a foul.
  • Provide education on the game to player during games.
  • Keep players safe and the game under control.
GAME FACILITATOR CARD

Understanding Your Time in the 6U-8U Recreational League

The 6U-8U recreational league is the first time players will begin having practices during the week and games on the weekend. It’s important for parents to understand what is available to their child during their time in the 6U-8U program including any supplemental programs and what to expect as players move into the 9U league. Parent Volunteer Coaches decide with the input of other parents on the team when and where to practice for the season. Practices are held at local parks across Denver and Aurora. All 6U-8U recreational teams are given approximately 20 yards by 30 yards to practice. Team schedules can be found on your LeagueApps account.

Rapids Youth Soccer posts all our game schedules on Team Connect two weeks before the first scheduled game. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to your Team Connect account.

Player Centered Success Model

The Player Centered Success model puts the best interests of the player first. This is done by understanding each and every players definition of success and helping them achieve it. Every player at every level of their soccer career has different levels of success.

Rapids Youth

Provides operations and oversight for kids to have a great soccer experience.

Rapids Pro

Provides curriculum and educational resources for players.

Parents

Work in conjunction with Rapids Youth to support kids’ desires.

Coaches

Educate, inspire, and help all children excel at the level they desire.

Referees

Keep the game safe and fun for kids at all levels.
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SOCCER CAMPS

Rapids Youth Soccer runs some of the best soccer camps in the region and nation. Click through to learn more about Rapids camp opportunites.

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WHAT'S NEXT

After the 6U-8U league, players move in to the 9U/10U league where they have a choice of staying recreational or moving into more advanced programming. Get more info now.

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WINTER TRAINING

Join us at The Eddy for winter indoor camps and leagues from November through March. With futsal leagues, camps, state of the art TOCA Training, speed and agility training, players of all ages and ability levels are sure to find something they'll love.

Yes, uniforms are required for players to play.

All 6U-18U Recreational players are required to purchase the uniform kit before the first game. Players are required to wear the official CRYSC jersey combo for games. This uniform kit is usable all the way through the 18U Recreational league as long as it fits the player.

Exact purchasing information will be provided soon.

It is important to note that uniforms are NOT included in registration costs.

Players need shin guards, socks, and cleats, a size three soccer ball, water, and weather appropriate clothing.

Absolutely, we hope players are able to play with their friends. Please request this when registering your child for soccer.

Yes, you can do this when registering. We’ll do our best to make it happen.

The Fall season is from August-November and the Spring season is form March-May