The 6U-8U Recreational League provides a fun, safe, and developmentally appropriate soccer environment for kids ages 5 – 8. We design our recreational program to help players continue to grow in the sport of soccer by introducing them to formalized games on Saturdays. Our specialized curriculum helps players advance their technical skills and learn the rules of soccer at an age-appropriate level. 

  • Small-sided games focus on improving each player’s technical ability with the soccer ball
  • Parent Volunteer Coaches for all teams
  • Games played at a centralized location on Saturdays (some Sunday games possible)
  • Teams play 7-8 games each season
6U 7U 8U
Birth year 
Players born in 2017 Players born in 2016 Players born in 2015
Practices 1x per Week (60 min) 2x per Week (60 min each) 2x per Week (60 min each)
Additional Training No Rapids Development Center              (additional fee) Rapids Development Center                (additional fee)
Playing Format 3v3 3v3 5v5
Goalkeepers?  No No Yes
Team Size 5-6 Players 5-6 Players 8-9 Players
League Play In-House in Castle Rock In-House in Castle Rock Interbranch in Castle Rock, Aurora, South Denver

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 Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (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.

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. 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. 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.

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) 

WPW is 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 will put players in realistic situations, that should always include decision-making elements.

We have a saying in the Club, “Prepare your child for the path, not the path for your child.” This is the Rapids Way.

Registration Opens: November 1

$20 Early Bird Discount Ends: November 30

$10 Early Bird Discount Ends: January 2, 9:00 am

Priority Deadline for Returning Players: January 15

Players registered after Jan 15 will be placed on teams in the date order of registration based on availability.

$20 Late Fee Begins: February 6

Registration Closes: When Teams are full

Training Dates: February 27 – May 12

 

In-House (6U&7U) and Interbranch (8U) Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days.

  • Game 1: March 25
  • Game 2: April 1
  • Game 3: April 8
  • Game 4: April 15
  • Game 5: April 22
  • Game 6: April 29
  • Game 7: May 6
  • Game 8: May 13
  • Make-Up Dates (if needed): Sundays and May 20/21
Katie  Beaudoin8U-18U Boys & Girls Program Director - Castle Rock[email protected]719.357.7584
Jennifer  GarceauRecreational Administrator - Castle Rock[email protected]303.578.2758
Overview

The 6U-8U Recreational League provides a fun, safe, and developmentally appropriate soccer environment for kids ages 5 – 8. We design our recreational program to help players continue to grow in the sport of soccer by introducing them to formalized games on Saturdays. Our specialized curriculum helps players advance their technical skills and learn the rules of soccer at an age-appropriate level. 

  • Small-sided games focus on improving each player’s technical ability with the soccer ball
  • Parent Volunteer Coaches for all teams
  • Games played at a centralized location on Saturdays (some Sunday games possible)
  • Teams play 7-8 games each season
6U 7U 8U
Birth year 
Players born in 2017 Players born in 2016 Players born in 2015
Practices 1x per Week (60 min) 2x per Week (60 min each) 2x per Week (60 min each)
Additional Training No Rapids Development Center              (additional fee) Rapids Development Center                (additional fee)
Playing Format 3v3 3v3 5v5
Goalkeepers?  No No Yes
Team Size 5-6 Players 5-6 Players 8-9 Players
League Play In-House in Castle Rock In-House in Castle Rock Interbranch in Castle Rock, Aurora, South Denver
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 Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (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.

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. 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. 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.

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) 

WPW is 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 will put players in realistic situations, that should always include decision-making elements.

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

Registration Opens: November 1

$20 Early Bird Discount Ends: November 30

$10 Early Bird Discount Ends: January 2, 9:00 am

Priority Deadline for Returning Players: January 15

Players registered after Jan 15 will be placed on teams in the date order of registration based on availability.

$20 Late Fee Begins: February 6

Registration Closes: When Teams are full

Training Dates: February 27 – May 12

 

In-House (6U&7U) and Interbranch (8U) Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days.

  • Game 1: March 25
  • Game 2: April 1
  • Game 3: April 8
  • Game 4: April 15
  • Game 5: April 22
  • Game 6: April 29
  • Game 7: May 6
  • Game 8: May 13
  • Make-Up Dates (if needed): Sundays and May 20/21
Contact
Katie  Beaudoin8U-18U Boys & Girls Program Director - Castle Rock[email protected]719.357.7584
Jennifer  GarceauRecreational Administrator - Castle Rock[email protected]303.578.2758

6U Recreational League

For Beginner to Advanced Players
$145 Per Season
  • 10-11 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Practice 1x per Week

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Castle Rock

7U Recreational Leagues

For Beginner to Advanced Players
$165 Per Season
  • 10-11 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Practice 2x per Week

  • Add’l Development Center offered

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Castle Rock

8U Recreational Leagues

For Beginner to Advanced Players
$185 Per Season
  • 10-11 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Practice 1x per Week

  • Add’l Development Center offered

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Castle Rock, Aurora, South Denver

7U/8U Rapids Development Center

For Intermediate to Advanced Players
$100 Per Season
  • Add-On to regular Practice

  • One Session per Week (Wed or Thu)

  • 6 Week Program

  • For Players interested in Select/Competitive

  • Led by Recreational Director

  • Focus on Individual Skill Development

Practices Begin In…

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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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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
  • Update PlayMetrics with practice schedule and other team events

Coach Education Opportunities

  • Rapids Youth provides coaching sessions for all coaches throughout the season.
  • Our RISE platform has additional 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

  • Work with the coach to communicate with the team about practices and games in PlayMetrics.
  • Set up a snack rotation for the season.
  • Set up an end-of-season party for the team.

Club Support for Team Managers

  • One-on-one support from your Program Director if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Educational opportunities at meetings and in-person about next steps for the team.
  • An administrator 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.
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
  • Update PlayMetrics with practice schedule and other team events

Coach Education Opportunities

  • Rapids Youth provides coaching sessions for all coaches throughout the season.
  • Our RISE platform has additional 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

  • Work with the coach to communicate with the team about practices and games in PlayMetrics.
  • Set up a snack rotation for the season.
  • Set up an end-of-season party for the team.

Club Support for Team Managers

  • One-on-one support from your Program Director if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Educational opportunities at meetings and in-person about next steps for the team.
  • An administrator 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.

Steps to a Great Season

Find Your Desired Park Location

Rapids Youth Soccer offers locations across Castle Rock. Find a program close to home, gather friends, and build a neighborhood team. Or register yourself to be placed on a team.

Get Registered

Getting registered is quick and easy. During the registration process you’ll be able to identify your preferred park and request friends and coaches.

Volunteer to Coach

Our Recreational Programs require Coaches. We will help you to get acquainted with the Rapids Curriculum and Educational Support System.

Get the Right Equipment

Make sure to order your uniform kit right after registration so you are ready for game days! You will also need shin guards, socks and a ball. Make sure to have weather appropriate sports clothing and water.

Wait for Information from Us

We’ll be in touch with you about which team your child is on, your team’s schedule, who your coach is, which park you’ll participate at, what to bring, and anything else you need to know to have an amazing season.

Show up to the First Day

Goals and all other equipment will be available at the field on your first day. All you need to do is show up with your ball and have a great time!

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 when and where to practice for the season. Practices are held at local parks across Castle Rock. All 6U-8U recreational teams are given approximately 20 yards by 30 yards to practice. Team schedules can be found on your PlayMetrics calendar.

Rapids Youth Soccer posts all our game schedules on PlayMetrics two weeks before the first scheduled game. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to your PlayMetrics 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. Our vendor is Soccer.com, click here to be brought to the recreational order page. Do NOT select a team, simply scroll to “Collection” and select “Rec Kit.” You can click on the item picture for youth sizing with dimensions to ensure the right fit for your child.

Players need shin guards, socks, and cleats, a size 3 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 from March – May.

We offer camps in the Summer (June – July) and Winter (November – February) as well.

For the Recreational Program, practice days, times, and locations are determined by the Parent Volunteer Coach. Practices are held at local Castle Rock parks.

Games will be played on Saturdays and Sundays (as needed) and games will be played at local Castle Rock parks. Game times will vary each weekend with games starting as early as 9:00am or as late as 4:00pm.

Simply put, the more touches on the ball a player gets, the better the player skill set becomes.  In a 3v3 environment, with 6 players on the field, players get more opportunities to touch the ball than if they played 11v11, with 22 players on the field. Additionally, soccer is a game of triangles. Having small-sided games at the younger ages not only increases their skill level but also allows the player to see the field.  The player is able to conceptualize time and space with the support of a triangle formation. We slowly progress to 5v5, 7v7, and 9v9 for the same reasons.

Makeup games due to weather cancellations will automatically be rescheduled for the following Sunday (8 days later); however, coaches may coordinate another date for make up games.

For our current field conditions and weather policies, please visit our Weather Policy page.