CRYSC U11-U19 programming continues to build upon the technical foundation started in the U3-U10 programs and builds on the Colorado Rapids curriculum. Program offerings provide recreational options for all ages U11 through U19.
Training and games are held at convenient, centralized, community locations in the Denver and Aurora metro areas. Game format is played in a 9v9 format from U11 through U19. Team sizes of 12-14 players ensures plenty of game time to apply the skills and techniques that are presented in the twice weekly curriculum based training.
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-
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.
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.
Fall Registration Opens: May 1
Fall Priority Deadline: July 15
Fall Registration Closes: July 26
First League Game: September 9
Game 2: September 2
Game 3: September 9
Game 4: September 16
Game 5: September 30
Game 6: October 14
Game 7: October 21
Game 8: October 28
Game 9: November 11
Beginner to Intermediate
- Practice Twice/Week
- Convenient Local Practices/Games
- Volunteer Parent Coach
- Recreational Uniform Kit
- Team Formed by Registration
- Optional Paid Staff Coaches are Available for a Fee
Deadline to Fall Registration
Registration Deadline is Coming
The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club partners with Altitude Authentics to provide quality uniforms and fan gear. All U11 to U19 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 while participating in the recreational programs at Rapids Youth Soccer.
Uniforms are NOT included in registration costs.
How to Buy Your Uniform Locally or Purchase Online
You can purchase your uniform at The Pepsi Center or Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Pepsi Center Hours
M-F 10-5 and Saturdays 10-3
Phone number 303.405.1304
Team Store at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Hours
Fridays: (when there are no events) 12-5
Rapids Gamedays: 10am – one hour prior to game start
DSGP phone number is 303-727-3300
Preparing for Tryouts
Players participating in the U11 – U19 recreational league that are interested in joining the Competitive program at Rapids Youth Soccer should reach out to the staff to indicate an interest in joining the competitive program.
Rapids Youth Soccer puts a lot of focus on the ongoing evaluation process, meaning staff would like to see players throughout the entire year to gauge their development level to properly assist in placing the player into the Competitive program.
Competitive Player Evaluation Process
- Parent-Volunteers | Parent-volunteer forms are collected mid-season and at the end of each season.
- Staff-Coaches | Staff-coach forms are submitted at the end of all staff-led programs.
- Field Coordinators | Field Coordinator forms are submitted weekly to the program DOC.
- Kick-Arounds | Kick-rounds are held four times each season on Sundays.
- In-House Events | Seasonal in-house events are used to evaluate, such as the community cup, festivals, and Soccerfest.
- Tryouts | Tryouts are held in late May, early June every year and are the final piece to the Player Placement process.
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.
There are many differences between Competitive and Rec soccer. One of the biggest factors is the level of commitment. Many Competitive players are devoted mainly to the sport of soccer and enjoy the competitiveness of the atmosphere. Additionally, Competitive teams are coached by professional coaches hired and managed by the Rapids staff. Competitive teams also train more often than recreational teams.
Uniforms can be purchased at Altitude Authentic’s, or online.
Yes you can. We do not guarantee that we can meet all requests, but we will do our best to accommodate them.
The Fall season is from August-November and the Spring season runs from March-May.