CRYSC 9U-10U programming continues to build upon the technical foundation started in the Soccer Start and 5U-8U programs and builds on the Colorado Rapids curriculum. Program offerings cover the spectrum of player pathways, from beginner to pre-competitive leagues, that offer the highest level of competition in the State.

Training and games are held at convenient, centralized, community locations in the Denver metro area (practices will be in Castle Rock). The game format is played in line with US Soccer Directives for small-sided games, which is 7v7 with goalkeepers. Team sizes of 10-12 players ensure plenty of game time to apply the skills and techniques that are presented in the twice (Rec and Rec+) weekly curriculum-based training.

While any family can elect to participate in the Recreational or Rec+ Programs, players must be invited to join the Select Program. Our Rapids Youth Soccer Staff works directly with volunteer coaches, players, and parents throughout the year to evaluate and place players in the most developmentally-appropriate environment. It is our intention to provide a place for every player to play at 9U/10U, no matter what their playing ability might be or their desired level of competition.

9U-10U Recreational9U-10U Rec+ Training9U-10U Select
Player AttributesChild enjoys soccer, especially for the fun and social atmosphere but needs motivating to practice at home.Child loves soccer and practices at home when prompted. Child gets excited about practice and skill development.Child has a passion for soccer and practices at home without being prompted. Thrives in a structured/disciplined environment.
SeasonSeparate Fall & Spring seasons that are 8-9 weeks long. Practice 2X practice per week. Practice schedule set by volunteer coach in collaboration with CRYSC admin.Separate Fall & Spring seasons that are 7-8 weeks long. Practice 2X per week. Practice schedule is set by the Program Director, expect a potential Monday or Friday time.8-10 month commitment (Fall & Spring)
CoachingParent volunteer coachParent volunteer coach and staff trainer for practicesProfessional, licensed staff coach
League PlayRecreational CRYSC Interbranch League on Saturdays in the Denver Metro Area (Castle Rock, Aurora, South Denver)Recreational CRYSC Interbranch League on Saturdays in the Denver Metro Area (Castle Rock, Aurora, South Denver)Weekend games across the Front Range with 2-4 local tournaments
Playing Format7v77v77v7
Goalkeeper TrainingIntroductory opportunitiesIntroductory opportunitiesIncluded 1x/week
Team Size10-12 players10-12 players10-12 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 can explore content, develop an understanding for the clubs coaching ‘language’ and create their own sessions. As the club continues to update and add new drills and practices, RISE will open up new educational opportunities for coaches, offer a more rewarding CRYSC experience for members, and ultimately enhance the level and consistency of soccer being played across the Club.

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

  • Registration Opens – May 1
  • Registration Deadline (or when teams are full) – August 1
  • Registration Late Fee – August 1
  • Registration Last Minute Fee –  August 15
  • Training Starts – Last Week of August
  • First Game Kicks Off – Saturday After Labor Day
  • Registration Opens – November 1
  • Registration Deadline (or when teams are full) – March 1
  • Registration Late Fee – March 1
  • Registration Last Minute Fee –  March 15
  • Training Starts – Second to Last Week of March
  • First Game Kicks Off – First Saturday of April
Katie  BeaudoinSoccer Start-9U Recreation Director - Castle Rock[email protected]719.357.7584
Alex Martinez10U-19U Recreation & Camps Director - Castle Rock[email protected]719.387.1326
Jennifer  GarceauRecreational Administrator - Castle Rock[email protected]303.578.2758
Overview

CRYSC 9U-10U programming continues to build upon the technical foundation started in the Soccer Start and 5U-8U programs and builds on the Colorado Rapids curriculum. Program offerings cover the spectrum of player pathways, from beginner to pre-competitive leagues, that offer the highest level of competition in the State.

Training and games are held at convenient, centralized, community locations in the Denver metro area (practices will be in Castle Rock). The game format is played in line with US Soccer Directives for small-sided games, which is 7v7 with goalkeepers. Team sizes of 10-12 players ensure plenty of game time to apply the skills and techniques that are presented in the twice (Rec and Rec+) weekly curriculum-based training.

While any family can elect to participate in the Recreational or Rec+ Programs, players must be invited to join the Select Program. Our Rapids Youth Soccer Staff works directly with volunteer coaches, players, and parents throughout the year to evaluate and place players in the most developmentally-appropriate environment. It is our intention to provide a place for every player to play at 9U/10U, no matter what their playing ability might be or their desired level of competition.

9U-10U Recreational9U-10U Rec+ Training9U-10U Select
Player AttributesChild enjoys soccer, especially for the fun and social atmosphere but needs motivating to practice at home.Child loves soccer and practices at home when prompted. Child gets excited about practice and skill development.Child has a passion for soccer and practices at home without being prompted. Thrives in a structured/disciplined environment.
SeasonSeparate Fall & Spring seasons that are 8-9 weeks long. Practice 2X practice per week. Practice schedule set by volunteer coach in collaboration with CRYSC admin.Separate Fall & Spring seasons that are 7-8 weeks long. Practice 2X per week. Practice schedule is set by the Program Director, expect a potential Monday or Friday time.8-10 month commitment (Fall & Spring)
CoachingParent volunteer coachParent volunteer coach and staff trainer for practicesProfessional, licensed staff coach
League PlayRecreational CRYSC Interbranch League on Saturdays in the Denver Metro Area (Castle Rock, Aurora, South Denver)Recreational CRYSC Interbranch League on Saturdays in the Denver Metro Area (Castle Rock, Aurora, South Denver)Weekend games across the Front Range with 2-4 local tournaments
Playing Format7v77v77v7
Goalkeeper TrainingIntroductory opportunitiesIntroductory opportunitiesIncluded 1x/week
Team Size10-12 players10-12 players10-12 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 can explore content, develop an understanding for the clubs coaching ‘language’ and create their own sessions. As the club continues to update and add new drills and practices, RISE will open up new educational opportunities for coaches, offer a more rewarding CRYSC experience for members, and ultimately enhance the level and consistency of soccer being played across the Club.

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

Fall Dates
  • Registration Opens – May 1
  • Registration Deadline (or when teams are full) – August 1
  • Registration Late Fee – August 1
  • Registration Last Minute Fee –  August 15
  • Training Starts – Last Week of August
  • First Game Kicks Off – Saturday After Labor Day
Spring Dates
  • Registration Opens – November 1
  • Registration Deadline (or when teams are full) – March 1
  • Registration Late Fee – March 1
  • Registration Last Minute Fee –  March 15
  • Training Starts – Second to Last Week of March
  • First Game Kicks Off – First Saturday of April
Contacts
Katie  BeaudoinSoccer Start-9U Recreation Director - Castle Rock[email protected]719.357.7584
Alex Martinez10U-19U Recreation & Camps Director - Castle Rock[email protected]719.387.1326
Jennifer  GarceauRecreational Administrator - Castle Rock[email protected]303.578.2758

9U-10U Recreational

For Beginner and Intermediate Players born 2014&2015
$230 Per Season

  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Practice 2x per Week

  • Convenient Local Practices

  • Volunteer Parent Coaches

  • Recreational Uniform Kit Separate

  • Teams Formed by Registration

9U-10U Rec PLUS

For Beginner and Intermediate Players born 2014&2015
$345 Per Season

  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Practice 2x per Week

  • Convenient Local Practices

  • Staff & Volunteer Parent Coach

  • Recreational Uniform Kit Separate

  • Teams Formed by Registration

$20 Early Bird Discount Ends 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 their first game to ensure they have it in time for game day. Players are required to wear the official CRYSC jersey combo for games. This uniform kit is usable throughout all recreational programs.

It is important to note that uniforms are NOT included in registration costs. Additionally, uniforms are unavailable to purchase on-site at any CRYSC office – they must be purchased online via Soccer.com.

9U – 10U Recreational

The 9U and 10U Recreational interbranch league builds on the philosophy of the 5U-8U program by providing an environment where players find both success and challenges. Teams play small-sided games with goalkeepers (7v7), emphasizing the development of the individual player in a fun and rewarding environment. Teams are placed in divisions with other teams of likeability based on coach surveys and previous season performance.

Training:

Teams generally consist of 10-12 players. These teams are coached by parent-volunteers who follow a curriculum provided by Program Directors to run training sessions. Teams practice twice per week at convenient locations in Castle Rock.

Games:

Each team plays 7-8 games in our Interbranch League with games in Castle Rock, Aurora and South Denver. Some weekends may consist of double-header games with a small break in-between games. There are also potential makeup dates on Sundays (please see the Dates tabs).

Dates:

The Fall season runs from September through the last week of October, and the Spring season from March through May.

9U – 10U Rec+ Training

The 9U and 10U Recreational+ interbranch league builds on the philosophy of the 5U-8U program by providing an environment where players find both success and challenges. Teams play small-sided games with goalkeepers (7v7) with emphasis on the development of the individual player in a fun and rewarding environment. Teams are placed in divisions with other teams of like ability based on coach surveys and previous season performance.

Training:

Teams generally consist of 10-12 players. The 9U-10U Rec+ Training program builds off the Recreational program with a Rapids Youth staff coach training the teams during the week. Teams still train at centralized locations in Castle Rock. The staff trainer will work with teams twice per week following the age group curriculum provided by the Program Director. A parent volunteer leads the team during the Saturday games.

Games:

Each team plays 7-8 games in our Interbranch League with games in Castle Rock, Aurora and South Denver. Some weekends may consist of double-header games with a small break in-between games. There are also potential makeup dates on Sundays (please see the Dates tabs).

Dates:

The Fall season runs from September through the last week of October, and the Spring season from March through May.

9U – 10U Select

Participants in the Select Program represent an elite standard within each age group and are expected to demonstrate a higher commitment to training for the purpose of development. Each age group is comprised of tiered teams, all led by licensed staff coaches. Participation in the Select Program is by invitation only. Rapids staff select players based upon staff observations throughout the year during training, games, kick-arounds, Rapids Development Centers, Rec parent coach evaluations and any tournaments with final approval from the Director of the Select Program.

9U/10U Recreational

9U – 10U Recreational

The 9U and 10U Recreational interbranch league builds on the philosophy of the 5U-8U program by providing an environment where players find both success and challenges. Teams play small-sided games with goalkeepers (7v7), emphasizing the development of the individual player in a fun and rewarding environment. Teams are placed in divisions with other teams of likeability based on coach surveys and previous season performance.

Training:

Teams generally consist of 10-12 players. These teams are coached by parent-volunteers who follow a curriculum provided by Program Directors to run training sessions. Teams practice twice per week at convenient locations in Castle Rock.

Games:

Each team plays 7-8 games in our Interbranch League with games in Castle Rock, Aurora and South Denver. Some weekends may consist of double-header games with a small break in-between games. There are also potential makeup dates on Sundays (please see the Dates tabs).

Dates:

The Fall season runs from September through the last week of October, and the Spring season from March through May.

9U - 10U Rec+ Training

9U – 10U Rec+ Training

The 9U and 10U Recreational+ interbranch league builds on the philosophy of the 5U-8U program by providing an environment where players find both success and challenges. Teams play small-sided games with goalkeepers (7v7) with emphasis on the development of the individual player in a fun and rewarding environment. Teams are placed in divisions with other teams of like ability based on coach surveys and previous season performance.

Training:

Teams generally consist of 10-12 players. The 9U-10U Rec+ Training program builds off the Recreational program with a Rapids Youth staff coach training the teams during the week. Teams still train at centralized locations in Castle Rock. The staff trainer will work with teams twice per week following the age group curriculum provided by the Program Director. A parent volunteer leads the team during the Saturday games.

Games:

Each team plays 7-8 games in our Interbranch League with games in Castle Rock, Aurora and South Denver. Some weekends may consist of double-header games with a small break in-between games. There are also potential makeup dates on Sundays (please see the Dates tabs).

Dates:

The Fall season runs from September through the last week of October, and the Spring season from March through May.

9U - 10U Select

9U – 10U Select

Participants in the Select Program represent an elite standard within each age group and are expected to demonstrate a higher commitment to training for the purpose of development. Each age group is comprised of tiered teams, all led by licensed staff coaches. Participation in the Select Program is by invitation only. Rapids staff select players based upon staff observations throughout the year during training, games, kick-arounds, Rapids Development Centers, Rec parent coach evaluations and any tournaments with final approval from the Director of the Select Program.

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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

  • Lead every practice session of find a substitute if they cannot be present.
  • Coach every game of find a substitute if they cannot be at the game.
  • Find a practice location and time that works for them and their team.
  • Communicate clearly with the team throughout the season.

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 an end-of-season party for the team.

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.

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.

Game Facilitator Expectations

  • 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

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

  • Lead every practice session of find a substitute if they cannot be present.
  • Coach every game of find a substitute if they cannot be at the game.
  • Find a practice location and time that works for them and their team.
  • Communicate clearly with the team throughout the season.

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 an end-of-season party for the team.

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

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.

Game Facilitator Expectations

  • 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.

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer in Action

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‼️🔥‼️ CHEER ON YOUR #2 RANKED IN THE NATION @corapidswomen in their @wpsl home opener matches this weekend!! Attend in-person or stream from home!

🗓️ Home opener vs Pride this Fri, May 19th @ 7PM
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🗓️ Home match vs Burn this Sun, May 21 @ 7PM
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📍 Regis University West Turf Field, tickets available at the gate

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💪👏💪 CONGRATS to our Rapids 09G North White team for going undefeated in the @coloradosoccerassociation league season! GO RAPIDS! #OneClubOneCommunity
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✅ A cheeky header
✅ High fives all around
🔥 Our goal of the weekend, scored by Rapids 08G Central Secondary
📧 Send in your goals to social@rapidsyouthsoccer.org for a chance to feature on our pages!!
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Understanding Your Time in the 9U-10U Leagues

The 9U-10U leagues provide opportunities for beginner to advanced players. As players prepare for their future soccer playing experience, It’s essential for parents and players to understand what is available to their child during their time in the 9U-10U programs, including any supplemental programs and what to expect as players move into the 11U league.

Volunteers

Parent-volunteer notes are collected throughout the season.

Staff

Staff-coach forms are submitted at the end of all staff-led programs.

Field Coordinators

Forms are submitted weekly to the program DOC.

Kick-Arounds

Kick-rounds are held during the spring.

Tournaments

Recreational teams often participate in tournaments where staff can observe them.

Tryouts

Tryouts are held in late May, early June every year.

Preparing for Tryouts

The entire player placement process from 10U to 11U takes place during a player’s 10U year. Tryouts are the final step in a year-long evaluation process.

It truly takes a village to create a great soccer program and to provide proper placement for the appropriate development of every player. Below you will find how a player is evaluated throughout their 10U year with Rapids Youth Soccer.

  • Parent-Volunteers | Parent-volunteer notes are collected throughout the season.
  • Staff-Coaches | Staff-coach forms are submitted at the end of all staff-led programs.
  • Kick-Arounds | Kick-rounds are held during the Spring Season.
  • Tournaments | Many recreational teams participate in tournaments where staff are able to observe them.
  • Tryouts | Tryouts are held in late May, early June every year and are the final piece to the Player Placement process.

Helpful Links: What’s Next For Your Player

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9U-10U SELECT

The 9U-10U Select program is by invitation only. Go to the program page to understand more and find contact information if you're interested in learning more.

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SOCCER CAMPS

Rapids Youth Soccer offers a variety of camps to help players continue their development year-round. Check out the full Camps page to see how your player can continue to play after their last game!

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11U COMPETITIVE

After our 9U-10U leagues, players are eligible to tryout for our 11U Competitive Programs. Get more information on CRYSC Competitive teams here.

All players will need to purchase a uniform prior to the first game if they do not have one already. Our vendor is Soccer.com, click here to be brought the recreational order page.

Yes, you can do this when registering under “coach request” or “teammate request.” We cannot 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. We offer camps in the Summer (June – July) and Winter (November – February) as well.

Participation in the Select Program is by invitation only.  Rapids staff will select players based upon staff observations throughout the year during training, games, and other club events with final approval from the Age-Group Directors of Coaching.

Teams are formed by birth year, gender, and previous team placement. We allow teams to stay together for as long as they like. Returning players take priority to return to the previous team when registered and paid in full by January 15th for the Spring season and July 15th for the Fall season. Players may request to play with specific teammates or friends as long as they are in the same birth year. Players wishing to join an existing team will be placed in order of registration date. For players having no specific requests, we try to place them on a team that practices as close to their home as possible. We do not place players by skill in the recreational program. Everyone is welcome!

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. Small-sided games at the younger ages improves their skill level but also allows the player to see the field. The player can conceptualize time and space with the support of a triangle formation. We slowly progress to 5v5, 7v7, and 9v9 for the same reasons.

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.

For teams playing in 9U or older, half of the games will be at home (local Castle Rock parks) and half will be away. Away games will be at parks within 50 mile radius of Castle Rock.

Absolutely! Soccer is a universal sport in which a player must manipulate the ball with their feet. This aspect alone levels the playing field for a new player with an existing player. 

If one player dominates the game, we ask that player to expand on their skill set. It may be that we ask for non-dominant foot shots only. This allows the more experienced player to continue to develop while allowing the less experienced players to develop at their own pace. 

Additionally, we believe that every player is important and their developmental trajectory is theirs and theirs alone. One of the benefits of playing team sports is the diversity in player abilities and skills. Some players on the team may be talented with dribbling, some are talented at bringing a positive attitude to the team. Every child on a team is valuable, regardless of “soccer skill.”