Soccer Start is a Whole Child Development program introduction to soccer for 3 to 5 year old players. This innovative program focuses on physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development through fun, creative, and imaginative programming. Our staff and volunteer coaches are taught formative systems to engage children of different stages to captivate attention and understanding. The program’s curriculum is designed to build a foundation for developing players to improve their physical literacy skills, technical soccer skills, and instill a love of soccer and being active.

Players are placed in small groups with a parent volunteer leading the group’s session every week. Sessions will last 45 minutes. Groups will remain the same throughout the season unless players need a different environment to develop throughout the season.  Soccer Start runs for 6 weeks in the fall and in the spring, with the first 3 sessions focusing on players learning the basics of soccer and the last 3 weeks allowing the players to experience the game format.

Results of the program should demonstrate growth and development of players socially and physically with a solid foundation of soccer skills to move on to a more structured recreational soccer program in our 6U – 8U programs.

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Kati Dugan
Director of Soccer Start
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 131

Physical
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Gross Motor
  • Sensory
Cognitive
  • Curiosity and Discovery
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Think and Problem Solving
  • Positive/Negative Behaviors
Social/Emotional
  • Sharing/Cooperation
  • Listening/Communication
  • Self-Expression/Confidence
  • Happiness

Soccer Start is a developmental pathway for beginner soccer players to grow and develop within the Rapids Youth Soccer organization. Following a specific whole-child development curriculum, each week the children will use their imaginations as they go on adventures. Using creativity, curiosity, discovery, and social integration techniques, all while integrating soccer and physical fitness.

Programming June through July 2021

Join us for a soccer adventure with Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer’s toddler and preschool soccer program, Soccer Start! Program includes age-appropriate programming one day per week in each 6-week season. Players learn the basics of soccer in a team environment full of imaginative games and activities. T-shirt included in registration fee. You get to pick the day/time/location that works best for your family.

Ages: Players born January 2017 – July 2018

Dates & Times & Location:

Mondays | 5:00-5:45pm | Douglas County Fairgrounds | June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 12, 19

Wednesdays | 5:00-5:45pm | Douglas County Fairgrounds | June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21

Note: No sessions July 5-9 in observance of Independence Day

Make-up sessions: Week of July 26th

Cost: $85

Questions about the Summer Soccer Start program? Please contact Kati Dugan, [email protected]

Programming September through October 2021

Deadline to Register: Aug 27

Start Date: Tuesday, Sept 7 (after Labor Day)

End Date: Week of Oct 18

Make up sessions (if needed): Week of Oct 25

Parents choose one day and time when registering. Players will then attend the same day and time during the entire six-week season.

See the full Fall schedule

Programming March through May 2022

Deadline to Register: March 18

Start Date: Week of March 28

End Date: Week of May 2

Make up sessions (if needed): Week of May 9

Parents choose one day and time when registering. Players will then attend the same day and time during the entire six-week season.

See the full spring schedule

Overview

Soccer Start is a Whole Child Development program introduction to soccer for 3 to 5 year old players. This innovative program focuses on physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development through fun, creative, and imaginative programming. Our staff and volunteer coaches are taught formative systems to engage children of different stages to captivate attention and understanding. The program’s curriculum is designed to build a foundation for developing players to improve their physical literacy skills, technical soccer skills, and instill a love of soccer and being active.

Players are placed in small groups with a parent volunteer leading the group’s session every week. Sessions will last 45 minutes. Groups will remain the same throughout the season unless players need a different environment to develop throughout the season.  Soccer Start runs for 6 weeks in the fall and in the spring, with the first 3 sessions focusing on players learning the basics of soccer and the last 3 weeks allowing the players to experience the game format.

Results of the program should demonstrate growth and development of players socially and physically with a solid foundation of soccer skills to move on to a more structured recreational soccer program in our 6U – 8U programs.

Child Development
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Contact

Kati Dugan
Director of Soccer Start
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 131

Learning Skills
Physical
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Gross Motor
  • Sensory
Cognitive
  • Curiosity and Discovery
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Think and Problem Solving
  • Positive/Negative Behaviors
Social/Emotional
  • Sharing/Cooperation
  • Listening/Communication
  • Self-Expression/Confidence
  • Happiness
Curriculum

Soccer Start is a developmental pathway for beginner soccer players to grow and develop within the Rapids Youth Soccer organization. Following a specific whole-child development curriculum, each week the children will use their imaginations as they go on adventures. Using creativity, curiosity, discovery, and social integration techniques, all while integrating soccer and physical fitness.

Summer Camps

Programming June through July 2021

Join us for a soccer adventure with Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer’s toddler and preschool soccer program, Soccer Start! Program includes age-appropriate programming one day per week in each 6-week season. Players learn the basics of soccer in a team environment full of imaginative games and activities. T-shirt included in registration fee. You get to pick the day/time/location that works best for your family.

Ages: Players born January 2017 – July 2018

Dates & Times & Location:

Mondays | 5:00-5:45pm | Douglas County Fairgrounds | June 7, 14, 21, 28 July 12, 19

Wednesdays | 5:00-5:45pm | Douglas County Fairgrounds | June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21

Note: No sessions July 5-9 in observance of Independence Day

Make-up sessions: Week of July 26th

Cost: $85

Questions about the Summer Soccer Start program? Please contact Kati Dugan, [email protected]

Fall Dates

Programming September through October 2021

Deadline to Register: Aug 27

Start Date: Tuesday, Sept 7 (after Labor Day)

End Date: Week of Oct 18

Make up sessions (if needed): Week of Oct 25

Parents choose one day and time when registering. Players will then attend the same day and time during the entire six-week season.

See the full Fall schedule

Spring Dates

Programming March through May 2022

Deadline to Register: March 18

Start Date: Week of March 28

End Date: Week of May 2

Make up sessions (if needed): Week of May 9

Parents choose one day and time when registering. Players will then attend the same day and time during the entire six-week season.

See the full spring schedule

Soccer Start

For Preschoolers and Toddlers
$80 Per Season
  • Six Week Season

  • 45-Minute Sessions Each Week

  • Paid/Volunteer Coaches

  • Proven Curriculum for Fun

  • Uniform Included

  • Locations across Castle Rock

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Fall Programs

Early September – Late October 2020

Bison Park | 9/13-10/18 | 5:15pm-6:00pm

Founders Park | 9/7-10/12 | 5:15pm-6:00pm

Bison Park | 9/8-10/13 | 5:15pm-6:00pm

Founders Park | 9/9-10/14 | 5:15pm-6:00pm

Douglas County Fairgrounds | 9/11-10/16 | 9:00am-9:45am

Spring Programs

March through May 2021

Bison Park | 5:15-6:00pm | March 28 – May 2

Founders Park | 5:15-6:00pm | March 29 – May 3

Bison Park | 5:15-6:00pm | March 30 – May 4

Founders Park | 5:15-6:00pm | March 31 – May 5

Douglas County Fairgrounds | 9:00-9:45am | April 2 – May 7

Volunteer to Coach

Coaching in the Soccer Start program provides a proper introduction to volunteer coaching through appropriate educational support with on- and off-field education to prepare all coaches for a fun and rewarding session and season.

All teams will be led by a parent volunteer coach with a provided Rapids curriculum. There will also be a knowledgeable site director and staff coach at each location to support and assist for the season. Rapids staff provides all curriculum, equipment, and communication necessary for the season.

All parent volunteer coaches must complete a background check with the Colorado Soccer Association and read through our volunteer handbook before the first session of the season.

If you are interested in being a volunteer coach, check out this list to see what is expected of you throughout the season.

  • Communicate clearly with your team’s families and players about when practice and events will be throughout the season.
  • Use the curriculum that is designed by the Rapids staff for each of your sessions
  • Help every player on your team succeed on and off the field
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your session to set and start the session on time

Rapids Youth Soccer provides all volunteer coaches the resources they need to be successful on and off the field with players. Coaching this age can be so rewarding and the start to a long-term volunteer role as a youth soccer coach for your child’s team.

Sessions plans will be available to all coaches on a weekly basis outlining exactly what to do, how to do it, and how to communicate it effectively.

The Rapids Youth Soccer professional staff will be on site and integrated with every team to make sure all volunteer coaches are set up for success and supported in their role.

Overview

Coaching in the Soccer Start program provides a proper introduction to volunteer coaching through appropriate educational support with on- and off-field education to prepare all coaches for a fun and rewarding session and season.

All teams will be led by a parent volunteer coach with a provided Rapids curriculum. There will also be a knowledgeable site director and staff coach at each location to support and assist for the season. Rapids staff provides all curriculum, equipment, and communication necessary for the season.

All parent volunteer coaches must complete a background check with the Colorado Soccer Association and read through our volunteer handbook before the first session of the season.

Expectations

If you are interested in being a volunteer coach, check out this list to see what is expected of you throughout the season.

  • Communicate clearly with your team’s families and players about when practice and events will be throughout the season.
  • Use the curriculum that is designed by the Rapids staff for each of your sessions
  • Help every player on your team succeed on and off the field
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your session to set and start the session on time
Education/Support

Rapids Youth Soccer provides all volunteer coaches the resources they need to be successful on and off the field with players. Coaching this age can be so rewarding and the start to a long-term volunteer role as a youth soccer coach for your child’s team.

Sessions plans will be available to all coaches on a weekly basis outlining exactly what to do, how to do it, and how to communicate it effectively.

The Rapids Youth Soccer professional staff will be on site and integrated with every team to make sure all volunteer coaches are set up for success and supported in their role.

Uniforms and Equipment

All players will be provided a T-shirt at the first session, and should wear that T-shirt for every session. This t-shirt will help distinguish the players team each week.

Players should wear shin guards, socks, and athletic clothes that are appropriate for the weather at the time of the season. We recommend that players also wear cleats to every session because they provide more secure footing for players as they are learning the game. However, cleats are not required to participate in the program.

All players should bring a water bottle and soccer ball to every session.

Uniforms

All players will be provided a T-shirt at the first session, and should wear that T-shirt for every session. This t-shirt will help distinguish the players team each week.

Equipment

Players should wear shin guards, socks, and athletic clothes that are appropriate for the weather at the time of the season. We recommend that players also wear cleats to every session because they provide more secure footing for players as they are learning the game. However, cleats are not required to participate in the program.

All players should bring a water bottle and soccer ball to every session.

Rapids Youth Soccer =

Steps to a Great Season

Find Your Desired Park Location

Rapids Youth Soccer offers locations across Denver and Aurora. Find a program close to home, gather friends, and build a neighborhood 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

Soccer Start is a great time to get involved with your child. Many of our older recreational programs require coaches, so take this time to get acquainted with the Rapids curriculum and educational support system. The Soccer Start program will help train volunteer coach by pairing them with a staff coach to help them coach throughout the Fall and Spring season.

Get the Right Equipment

The only piece of equipment this program requires is shin guards. Make sure to have weather appropriate sports clothing and water. Cleats are optional. A training top is included with your registration fee.

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.
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SOCCER CAMPS

Rapids Youth Soccer runs some of the best soccer camps in the region and nation. Click through to learn more about Rapids camp opportunites.

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WHAT'S NEXT

After Soccer Start, players move in to the U5 - U8 recreational league where they'll have designated practice and games. Get more info now.

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RAPIDS TICKETS

Come join us as we cheer on our comrades on the nation's best Major League Soccer team, the Colorado Rapids.

We will take extra precaution with this age group when it comes to playable temperatures. It is our policy to not cancel practices if fields are open for play, but Rapids Youth Soccer will make that determination based on case-by-case basis.

Weather in Colorado can be interesting to say the least. There are many times that it will be raining in one part of the city and not five miles away. Each decision will be made on a case-by-case basis, based on what we believe to be in the best interest of the kids and the program.

If there is lightening within 10 miles, practice will be delayed for 30 minutes. If there is no lightening and the fields are open, the session will take place.

We will do our best to reschedule canceled sessions, but sometimes the Colorado weather does not corporate. We can only guarantee 6 sessions and will do our best to get all 7 sessions in throughout the season.

Soccer balls, jerseys, and all other equipment will be provided by the Rapids Youth Soccer organization.

You should wear weather appropriate clothing and be prepared for any change in weather. Please bring water.

All players need shin guards with socks that cover the shin guards.

Cleats are recommended, but not required.

At the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, we believe that if a player is engaged and having fun with an activity, they will learn and understand more than if they are disengaged and bored during a drill. We believe that we should design our curriculum in a way to excite and engage our players, so that they are excited and ready to learn throughout the whole session.

It is our goal to keep kids constantly moving and not standing around.

Once practice locations are finalized, you will receive an email with a map and location. You can also use the map on our website to find all of the Soccer Start locations.