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 are coached by parent volunteer coaches
  • 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
Small-Sided Game Model Goalkeeper Team Size Ball Size
6U (2015 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

7U (2014 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

8U (2013 birth years)

5v5 Yes

8-10 players

3

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 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 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 Registration Opens: Week of May 18th

Fall Priority Deadline for Returning Players: July 15th

Fall Late Fee Begins: August 7th

Fall Waitlist Begins: August 14th

Fall Registration Closes: August 21st

Fall Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled or delayed due to weather and/or COVID-19 they will be moved to either the end of October or beginning of November. Reschedules can take place on Sundays as needed. 

September 2020

Game Day 1: September 12th
Game Day 2: September 19th
Game Day 3: September 26th

October 2020

Game Day 4: October 3rd
Game Day 5: October 10th
Game Day 6: October 17th
Game Day 7: October 24th
Game Day 8: October 31st

Spring registration opens: Week of November 1st

Spring Priority Deadline for Returning Players: January 27th

Spring Late Fee Begins: March 1st

Spring Waitlist Begins: March 12th

Spring Registration Closes: March 12th

Spring Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. There are two doubleheader weekends currently planned to avoid playing during DPS spring break.

April 2021

Game Day 1: April 10th
Game Day 2: April 17th
Game Day 3: April 24th
Game Day 4: April 25th

May 2021

Game Day 5: May 1st
Game Day 6: May 8th
Game Day 7: May 15th
Game Day 8: May 22nd

Jayla Elstad
Recreational Administrator
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 210

Brian Sheehan
8U-10U Program Director
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 213

Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are available for all qualifying Rapids players in both our Rec and Competitive programs. To learn more about the process and to apply for financial aid click here to be brought to our scholarship page. There you can view specific recreational scholarship information under the ‘Recreational Application Process’ tab.

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 are coached by parent volunteer coaches
  • 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
Small-Sided Game Model Goalkeeper Team Size Ball Size
6U (2015 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

7U (2014 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

8U (2013 birth years)

5v5 Yes

8-10 players

3

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 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.

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

Fall Registration Opens: Week of May 18th

Fall Priority Deadline for Returning Players: July 15th

Fall Late Fee Begins: August 7th

Fall Waitlist Begins: August 14th

Fall Registration Closes: August 21st

Fall Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled or delayed due to weather and/or COVID-19 they will be moved to either the end of October or beginning of November. Reschedules can take place on Sundays as needed. 

September 2020

Game Day 1: September 12th
Game Day 2: September 19th
Game Day 3: September 26th

October 2020

Game Day 4: October 3rd
Game Day 5: October 10th
Game Day 6: October 17th
Game Day 7: October 24th
Game Day 8: October 31st

Spring Dates

Spring registration opens: Week of November 1st

Spring Priority Deadline for Returning Players: January 27th

Spring Late Fee Begins: March 1st

Spring Waitlist Begins: March 12th

Spring Registration Closes: March 12th

Spring Schedule:

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. There are two doubleheader weekends currently planned to avoid playing during DPS spring break.

April 2021

Game Day 1: April 10th
Game Day 2: April 17th
Game Day 3: April 24th
Game Day 4: April 25th

May 2021

Game Day 5: May 1st
Game Day 6: May 8th
Game Day 7: May 15th
Game Day 8: May 22nd

Contact

Jayla Elstad
Recreational Administrator
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 210

Brian Sheehan
8U-10U Program Director
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 213

Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are available for all qualifying Rapids players in both our Rec and Competitive programs. To learn more about the process and to apply for financial aid click here to be brought to our scholarship page. There you can view specific recreational scholarship information under the ‘Recreational Application Process’ tab.

6U Recreational League

Beginner to Advanced
$135 Per season
  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Beginner/Advanced

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Denver/Aurora

7U Recreational League

Beginner to Advanced
$135 Per season
  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Beginner/Advanced

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Denver/Aurora

8U Recreational League

Beginner to Advanced
$170 Per season
  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-8 Games

  • Beginner/Advanced

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

  • Locations across Denver/Aurora

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Uniforms

All 6U-18U Recreational players are required to purchase the uniform kit (white top, burgundy top, black shorts, and black socks) 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 18U Recreational league as long as it fits the player.

Recreational members can click here to be brought to the CRYSC team store page on Soccer.com. Select the ‘Rec Kit’ under collections and enter your player’s name to proceed to the recreational uniform page. Recreational players do not receive numbers on their uniforms.  If you click on the item picture there is youth sizing with dimensions you can look through to order for your child.

It is important to note that uniforms are NOT included in registration costs.

*Updated uniform picture coming soon.

Rapids Youth Soccer =

Rapids Development Center

We know how important it is for our young players to get lots of touches on the ball! This program is designed to build technical proficiency, give players a decision making framework consistent with the CRYSC player development plan, and to help them apply their skills and knowledge effectively in fun small sided games. At the end of the day, we want brave players willing to take risks. The Rapids Development Centers give them the confidence to do so in the presence of other like-minded peers who love soccer.

RDC players will frequently have a ball at their feet. Our staff coaches work with your player to improve a variety of soccer skills, monitor their progress, and make recommendations for future Rapids programming. Changing direction with the ball and dynamic movements to beat defenders are staples of this camp (i.e. scissors, step over, cuts, etc.). Coaches will also have time to work with players on their individual decision making during small sided games. Players will be encouraged to use their new skills in a game setting, because it’s not just about learning new moves, it’s about learning when to use them and why!

Feel free to reach out to Brian Sheehan ([email protected]) should you have any more questions!

Rapids Development Centers are offered as weekly training options throughout the year in six week blocks and requires a separate registration.

Wednesday Thursday
6U-8U 6U-8U
5:00-5:50PM @ Crestmoor Area 5:00-5:50PM @ Stapleton Area
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6U-8U Rapids Development Center

Beginner to Advanced
$90 Per Six Weeks
  • 6 Sessions Per Registration

  • Spring starts the week of April 12th

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 LeagueApps with the 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 LeagueApps 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 LeagueApps with the 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 LeagueApps 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 LeagueApps account.

Rapids Youth Soccer posts all our game schedules on LeagueApps two weeks before the first scheduled game. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to your LeagueApps 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 from Soccer.com.

Players need shin guards, socks, 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

Scholarship opportunities are available for all qualifying Rapids players in both our Rec and Competitive programs. To learn more about the process and to apply for financial aid click here to be brought to our scholarship page. There you can view specific recreational scholarship information under the ‘Recreational Application Process’ tab.