Colorado Rapids Women

The Colorado Rapids Women is the official Women’s Premier Soccer League team, owned and operated by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. The 2019 summer will be it’s inaugural season. The WPSL is in its 22nd season and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with more than 100 clubs from coast-to-coast. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

CRYSC is excited to announce the addition of this team, and to be a part of the WPSL. There has always been a clear player pathway for the young men, in our club, with our MLS team partnership. Now, CRYSC can offer an elite level women’s team, not only for the young women in our club, but other elite level female soccer players across the state, and country.

Coming soon.

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to achieve our long-term player development initiative. 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 puts players in realistic situations, which should always include decision-making elements.

When coaching soccer, WPW can be used in a variety of ways to break down techniques, skills, or tactics. Most commonly the players are taken from practice with high game context to a low one, before returning 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. 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.

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In addition to our technical soccer curriculum and teaching philosophy, we aim to represent The Rapids Way in all our programming. 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 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 before teaching group actions and tactics. This includes the WPW philosophy and long-term development planning. The technical, tactical, physical, and psycho-social pieces of our soccer curriculum come together in the form of a distinct style of play, 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.

Tryouts

  • When: April 29 & May 3; 5:30-7:30pm
  • Where: Gates Soccer Complex – Field 6
  • Who: Any non-college player 15U+ (April 29); Anyone 15U+ (May 3)
  • Additional Info: Must register to tryout. Cost is $25/player

Home Game Information

  • When: May 24, June 14, June 15, June 16, June 22 – all games kickoff @ 6pm
  • Where: Colorado School of Mines – Stermole Soccer Complex
  • Ticket Pricing: $10/adult; $5/child or FREE when wearing a Rapids Jersey *Children under the age of 3 are FREE
  • Tickets will be sold at the stadium — cash only

Playoffs

  • Central Region Semi-Finals and Final: July 13 & July 15
  • National Semi-Finals and Final: July 19 & July 21

Andrew Kummer
WPSL Head Coach
akummer@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 215

Peter May
WPSL Assistant Coach
peter.may@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 204

Neil Alvarado
Sponsorship & Partnerships Director
neil.alvarado@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 113

Overview

The Colorado Rapids Women is the official Women’s Premier Soccer League team, owned and operated by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. The 2019 summer will be it’s inaugural season. The WPSL is in its 22nd season and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with more than 100 clubs from coast-to-coast. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

CRYSC is excited to announce the addition of this team, and to be a part of the WPSL. There has always been a clear player pathway for the young men, in our club, with our MLS team partnership. Now, CRYSC can offer an elite level women’s team, not only for the young women in our club, but other elite level female soccer players across the state, and country.

Curriculum

Coming soon.

Philosophy

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to achieve our long-term player development initiative. 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 puts players in realistic situations, which should always include decision-making elements.

When coaching soccer, WPW can be used in a variety of ways to break down techniques, skills, or tactics. Most commonly the players are taken from practice with high game context to a low one, before returning 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. 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

In addition to our technical soccer curriculum and teaching philosophy, we aim to represent The Rapids Way in all our programming. 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 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 before teaching group actions and tactics. This includes the WPW philosophy and long-term development planning. The technical, tactical, physical, and psycho-social pieces of our soccer curriculum come together in the form of a distinct style of play, 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.

Dates & Deadlines

Tryouts

  • When: April 29 & May 3; 5:30-7:30pm
  • Where: Gates Soccer Complex – Field 6
  • Who: Any non-college player 15U+ (April 29); Anyone 15U+ (May 3)
  • Additional Info: Must register to tryout. Cost is $25/player

Home Game Information

  • When: May 24, June 14, June 15, June 16, June 22 – all games kickoff @ 6pm
  • Where: Colorado School of Mines – Stermole Soccer Complex
  • Ticket Pricing: $10/adult; $5/child or FREE when wearing a Rapids Jersey *Children under the age of 3 are FREE
  • Tickets will be sold at the stadium — cash only

Playoffs

  • Central Region Semi-Finals and Final: July 13 & July 15
  • National Semi-Finals and Final: July 19 & July 21
Contact

Andrew Kummer
WPSL Head Coach
akummer@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 215

Peter May
WPSL Assistant Coach
peter.may@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 204

Neil Alvarado
Sponsorship & Partnerships Director
neil.alvarado@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 113

Rapids Women WPSL Page

Selection Process

The selection process for the Colorado Rapids Women is an ongoing process. The coaching staff will select a pool of players following tryouts, however some players may be selected based upon coach recommendation, previous playing experience and alumni status.

WPSL League Alignment

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