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 play small-sided games (4 v. 4) with no goalkeepers, as we focus on improving each player’s technical ability with the ball.
  • Teams are coached by parent volunteer coaches and generally consist of 7-8 players.
  • Practice is held once a week for 60 minutes and games are played at a centralized location on Saturdays.
  • Teams play 7-8 games each season, plus Soccerfest, a free and fun festival at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, in the spring.
EXAMPLE SESSION
Our curriculum is constantly evolving in order to provide the best for our players and provide connections from our recreational programming through our top competitive teams. At this age, we focus primarily on building player’s technical foundations as they are not developmentally ready for the tactical decision making of the larger game. You can see an example session of the provided curriculum above. For more ideas on what to work on with your player at home check out this blog.

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

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.

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.

At this age, consistency is key and thus players will keep the same format from U6 through U8.

Spring Priority Deadline: February 12

Spring Registration Closes: March 7

Spring Schedule:

**Please note that there are seven games scheduled over seven game days. In order to accommodate make-up days due to weather cancellations, one of the Saturdays will be a doubleheader. Doubleheader days help us eliminate the need for makeup games during the week or on Sundays. The doubleheader day will be different depending on the team so families with multiple players are not overly scheduled for one weekend. Please note your team’s doubleheader day when final game schedules are released.

April 2018

Game 1: April 7
Game 2: April 14
Game 3: April 21
Game 4: April 22
Game 5: April 28

May 2018

Game 6: May 5
Game 7: May 12
Game 8: May 19

Regan Brown
U6 – U8 Program Director
regan@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 212

+ 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 play small-sided games (4 v. 4) with no goalkeepers, as we focus on improving each player’s technical ability with the ball.
  • Teams are coached by parent volunteer coaches and generally consist of 7-8 players.
  • Practice is held once a week for 60 minutes and games are played at a centralized location on Saturdays.
  • Teams play 7-8 games each season, plus Soccerfest, a free and fun festival at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, in the spring.
+ Curriculum
EXAMPLE SESSION
Our curriculum is constantly evolving in order to provide the best for our players and provide connections from our recreational programming through our top competitive teams. At this age, we focus primarily on building player’s technical foundations as they are not developmentally ready for the tactical decision making of the larger game. You can see an example session of the provided curriculum above. For more ideas on what to work on with your player at home check out this blog.

+ 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

+ The Rapids Way

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.

+ 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.

At this age, consistency is key and thus players will keep the same format from U6 through U8.

+ Dates

Spring Priority Deadline: February 12

Spring Registration Closes: March 7

Spring Schedule:

**Please note that there are seven games scheduled over seven game days. In order to accommodate make-up days due to weather cancellations, one of the Saturdays will be a doubleheader. Doubleheader days help us eliminate the need for makeup games during the week or on Sundays. The doubleheader day will be different depending on the team so families with multiple players are not overly scheduled for one weekend. Please note your team’s doubleheader day when final game schedules are released.

April 2018

Game 1: April 7
Game 2: April 14
Game 3: April 21
Game 4: April 22
Game 5: April 28

May 2018

Game 6: May 5
Game 7: May 12
Game 8: May 19

+ Contact

Regan Brown
U6 – U8 Program Director
regan@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 212

6U-8U Recreational Leagues

Beginner to Advanced
$155 Per Season (Spring 2018)
  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Beginner/Advanced

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Denver/Aurora

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Crestmoor Park: 39.739200, -104.985000
Stapleton Central Park: 39.761425, -104.886214
The Eddy: 39.718477, -104.866476
Rocky Mountain Lake Park: 39.763158, -105.024490

Uniforms

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club partners with Altitude Authentics to provide quality uniforms and fan gear. All 6U-8U 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 10U Recreational league.

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 10AM-5PM and Saturdays 10AM-3PM
Phone number 303.405.1304

Team Store at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Hours
Fridays: (when there are no events) 12-5PM
Rapids Game Days: 10AM – one hour prior to game start
DSGP phone number is 303-727-3300

BUY UNIFORM ONLINE

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Premier Training Option

Premier Training 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.

Premier Training focuses on individual, technical development and decision-making following the proven Rapids Curriculum. Building a technical foundation and on-ball confidence, Premier Training 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.

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

6U-8U Premier Training

Beginner to Advanced
$95 Per Season / Per Year
  • 6 Sessions Per Season

  • Tuesday Sessions Begin April 12 at F-15 Park

  • Thursday Sessions Begin April 10 at Crestmoor Park

  • Tuesday Sessions run from 6-7PM

  • Thursday Sessions run from 5:30-6:30PM

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Soccerfest

Soccerfest is a free in-house festival tournament that focuses on a fun-filled day of soccer to wrap-up the season and bring all 6U-8U Recreational league participants to one location on one day with most games against teams not previously played.

Spanning approximately two hours, all teams are invited to play 3-4, 20 minute games at Dicks Sporting Good Park for the festival. Teams will have a break in between games and will be out at the festival for approximately 2 hours. Our Spring 2018 Soccerfest is tentatively scheduled for May 12. We will send out more information the closer we get to this fun event.

It is a great community event, and a chance for our young players to play at the great fields out at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Every team is required to provide a volunteer coach to coach the team throughout the season. The volunteer coach is almost always a parent of a player on the team.

The coach will be provided with a curriculum from our staff for every session, and will be provided with other training opportunities throughout the season. Our staff will help support every coach throughout the season, so even if coaches have never played soccer before, we can help you have a successful season. We recommend that each team has a coach and an assistant coach at this age to help players stay engaged throughout every session.

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 BonziTeam.

Rapids Youth Soccer posts all our game schedules on BonziTeam two weeks before the first scheduled game. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to your Bonzi 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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Goalkeeper Training

Rapids goalkeeper staff work with players to enhance all levels of play during this eight-week program available to Select players free of charge and all other players for a small charge.

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Summer Camps

Summer camps are a great way to keep players busy and active during the summer months. Find out more what Rapids Youth Soccer offers for beginner to advanced players.

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Winter Training

Winter can be a great time to keep your soccer skills sharp. Check out all the programs Rapids Youth Soccer offers to our players to help them stay active over the long winter months.

Yes, uniforms are required for players to play. You can buy uniforms online or from Altitude Authentics.

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