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 (2014 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

7U (2013 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

8U (2012 birth years)

5v5 Yes

8-10 players

3

EXAMPLE SESSION
Our curriculum is constantly evolving in order to provide the best for our players and provide connections from our recreational programming through our top competitive teams. At this age, we focus primarily on building player’s technical foundations as they are not developmentally ready for the tactical decision making of the larger game. You can see an example session of the provided curriculum above. For more ideas on what to work on with your player at home check out this blog.

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

 

We all know what ideal spectatorship in youth sports looks and sounds like. It is encouraging and exemplifies good sportsmanship. The ideal Let Us Play spectator cheers for players supportively without micromanaging their decisions, and always has a positive tone.

At Rapids Youth Soccer Club, we commit to fostering an environment where players grow in confidence as masters of their own on-the-field decision making. Too often well intentioned, enthusiastic exuberance can come with shouting instructions, trying to coach from the stands (joysticking the players), and negative comments or actions.

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.

Rapids Youth Soccer’s curriculum focuses on small-sided games. The more touches a player gets on the ball the quicker they will improve and the more fun they’ll have.

Small-Sided Game Model Goalkeeper Team Size Ball Size
6U (2014 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

7U (2013 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

8U (2012 birth years)

5v5 Yes

8-10 players

3

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 24th
Game Day 7: October 31st

November 2020

Game Day 8: November 7th

Spring Priority Deadline for Returning Players: TBD

Spring Late Fee Begins: TBD

Spring Waitlist Begins: TBD

Spring Registration Closes: TBD

Spring Schedule:

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

TBD 2021

TBD 2021

Kincaid Schmidt
Zone 1 Technical Director
kincaid@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 203

Regan Brown
Recreational Administrator
regan@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 212

Brian Sheehan
8U-10U Program Director
brian.sheehan@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 213

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 (2014 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

7U (2013 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

8U (2012 birth years)

5v5 Yes

8-10 players

3

Curriculum
EXAMPLE SESSION
Our curriculum is constantly evolving in order to provide the best for our players and provide connections from our recreational programming through our top competitive teams. At this age, we focus primarily on building player’s technical foundations as they are not developmentally ready for the tactical decision making of the larger game. You can see an example session of the provided curriculum above. For more ideas on what to work on with your player at home check out this blog.

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

The Rapids Way

 

We all know what ideal spectatorship in youth sports looks and sounds like. It is encouraging and exemplifies good sportsmanship. The ideal Let Us Play spectator cheers for players supportively without micromanaging their decisions, and always has a positive tone.

At Rapids Youth Soccer Club, we commit to fostering an environment where players grow in confidence as masters of their own on-the-field decision making. Too often well intentioned, enthusiastic exuberance can come with shouting instructions, trying to coach from the stands (joysticking the players), and negative comments or actions.

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.

Logistics

Rapids Youth Soccer’s curriculum focuses on small-sided games. The more touches a player gets on the ball the quicker they will improve and the more fun they’ll have.

Small-Sided Game Model Goalkeeper Team Size Ball Size
6U (2014 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

7U (2013 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

8U (2012 birth years)

5v5 Yes

8-10 players

3

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 24th
Game Day 7: October 31st

November 2020

Game Day 8: November 7th

Spring Dates

Spring Priority Deadline for Returning Players: TBD

Spring Late Fee Begins: TBD

Spring Waitlist Begins: TBD

Spring Registration Closes: TBD

Spring Schedule:

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

TBD 2021

TBD 2021

Contact

Kincaid Schmidt
Zone 1 Technical Director
kincaid@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 203

Regan Brown
Recreational Administrator
regan@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 212

Brian Sheehan
8U-10U Program Director
brian.sheehan@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
303.399.5858 ext. 213

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

Fall Returning Player Priority Deadline…

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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

Rapids Development Centers (RDCs) are designed to improve technical skills and decision making for our 6U-8U program participants. This program is a supplementary, fee-based, program that provides an additional training option outside the players normal team practice and game.

The focus of Rapids Development Centers is on individual, technical development and decision-making following the proven Rapids Curriculum. Building a technical foundation and on-ball confidence, RDC’s are staffed by our professional Colorado Rapids Youth coaching staff and provide extra time on the ball for those players, both boys and girls, that just can’t get enough.

In addition, players are placed with other players of similar developmental ability helping them push their abilities.

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

Wednesday Thursday
6U-8U 6U-8U
5:00-5:50PM @ Crestmoor Area 5:00-5:50PM @ Stapleton Area
rapids-develop-center

6U-8U Rapids Development Center

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

  • Spring starts the week of September 14th

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 Bonzi Team with 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 Bonzi Team 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 Bonzi Team with 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 Bonzi Team 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 Team Connect.

Rapids Youth Soccer posts all our game schedules on Team Connect app two weeks before the first scheduled game. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to your Team Connect 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, and 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