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The Rapids Youth Soccer 11U-14U Competitive Programs are Colorado’s premier option for growing, learning, and developing in youth soccer. The Competitive Program builds on the foundation players have learned throughout their time with Rapids Youth Soccer, including philosophy, the Rapids curriculum, and The Rapids Way. Teams are decided through our year-long player evaluation process followed by Player Placement events at the end of May.

  • Teams are coached by professionally trained coaches
  • Training and game locations will vary depending on level of play of each team
  • 11U-14U Competitive Teams registration is for the fall & spring season, a full soccer year
  • Game format is played in line with U.S. Soccer directives for small-sided games, which is 9v9 for 11U/12U and 11v11 for 13U-19U
  • Team sizes may vary depending on age and level of play

For a more comprehensive overview, continue scrolling to view the level and age group breakdown below.

Caiman Stevens11U-14U Girls Director of Coaching - Central[email protected]720-440-2644
Etzael Gonzalez11U-14U Boys Director of Coaching - Central[email protected]720-449-6527
Joey  CarsonCompetitive Administrator - Central[email protected]719.377.2768
Joe NascoDirector of Goalkeeping - Central[email protected]720.336.0309
Daniel NestorHigh School Director of Coaching & ECNL-RL Boys Technical Lead - Central[email protected]720-263-4313

CRYSC is committed to lowering the barriers to youth soccer programming. We offer robust financial aid packages annually to players who apply. Scholarship opportunities are available for all qualifying Rapids players in our Rec and Competitive programs. To learn more about the process and to apply for financial aid, click the button below to be brought to our Scholarship page. You can view specific competitive scholarship information under the ‘Competitive & Elite Application Process’ tab.

It is critical to apply by the deadlines listed on the scholarship page for players to be fully considered for a financial aid package. 

Overview

The Rapids Youth Soccer 11U-14U Competitive Programs are Colorado’s premier option for growing, learning, and developing in youth soccer. The Competitive Program builds on the foundation players have learned throughout their time with Rapids Youth Soccer, including philosophy, the Rapids curriculum, and The Rapids Way. Teams are decided through our year-long player evaluation process followed by Player Placement events at the end of May.

  • Teams are coached by professionally trained coaches
  • Training and game locations will vary depending on level of play of each team
  • 11U-14U Competitive Teams registration is for the fall & spring season, a full soccer year
  • Game format is played in line with U.S. Soccer directives for small-sided games, which is 9v9 for 11U/12U and 11v11 for 13U-19U
  • Team sizes may vary depending on age and level of play

For a more comprehensive overview, continue scrolling to view the level and age group breakdown below.

Contact
Caiman Stevens11U-14U Girls Director of Coaching - Central[email protected]720-440-2644
Etzael Gonzalez11U-14U Boys Director of Coaching - Central[email protected]720-449-6527
Joey  CarsonCompetitive Administrator - Central[email protected]719.377.2768
Joe NascoDirector of Goalkeeping - Central[email protected]720.336.0309
Daniel NestorHigh School Director of Coaching & ECNL-RL Boys Technical Lead - Central[email protected]720-263-4313
Scholarships

CRYSC is committed to lowering the barriers to youth soccer programming. We offer robust financial aid packages annually to players who apply. Scholarship opportunities are available for all qualifying Rapids players in our Rec and Competitive programs. To learn more about the process and to apply for financial aid, click the button below to be brought to our Scholarship page. You can view specific competitive scholarship information under the ‘Competitive & Elite Application Process’ tab.

It is critical to apply by the deadlines listed on the scholarship page for players to be fully considered for a financial aid package. 

11U-14U Competitive Season Dates

The 11U-14U competitive program registration is for the fall and spring seasons together. The dates below provide a general overview, but teams participate in different tournaments throughout the year, which are communicated at the start of each season.

Fall Season 

  • Team Offers Sent – The Week of Memorial Day
  • Team Orientation Meetings – Throughout June & July
  • Fall Training Starts – Last Week of July/Early August
  • Rapids Friendlies – First Weekend of August
  • Rapids Classic – Third Weekend of August
  • Fall Games Kick Off – Last Weekend of August

Spring Season

  • Spring Training Starts – Mid-January
  • Spring Games Kick Off – Second Weekend in March
  • Intent to Play Registration Opens – April 1
  • 11U-14U Player Placement (Tryouts) – Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday After Memorial Day
  • Team Offer Sent – The Week of Memorial Day

Competitive Teams Breakdown

Within the Rapids Competitive program, we have multiple levels of teams to create the best environment for our players. Below, is a brief overview of the levels but you can find more detailed information on the age group pages.

Select teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training. 

These teams are expected to train ten months out of the year, three days per week during the season, and weekend games.  It is typical for Select teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association. 

Select teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for Select teams depending on age group.  As such, elite-level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games

Central Competitive – Select Teams [11U-14U]

Age Groups: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Seasons: Spring, Fall, Winter
$2960Per Year
  • Additional Tournament Fees Separate
  • August – May
  • Train 3 Days per Week in Fall and Spring
  • Train 2 Days per Week in Winter
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In and Out of State Travel
  • Winter Training Included

Burgundy teams represent the second-most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training. 

These teams are expected to train ten months out of the year, three days per week during the season, and weekend games.  It is typical for Burgundy teams to play in the high Centennial or Champions divisions within the Colorado Soccer Association. 

Burgundy teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for high school age groups during the season.  As such, elite-level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

Central Competitive – Burgundy Teams [11U-14U]

Age Groups: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Seasons: Spring, Fall, Winter
$2960Per Year
  • Additional Tournament Fees Separate
  • August – May
  • Train 3 Days per Week in Fall and Spring
  • Train 1 Day per Week in Winter
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In and Out of State Travel
  • Winter Training Included

White teams are competitive teams that typically compete in mid-level CSA competitive leagues. 

Similar to our top teams, these teams practice three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games, and demand substantial time commitments from players. They typically play in 2-3 in-state tournaments and/or local college showcases per year depending on the age group.  With the combined two seasons and off-season training during the winter, teams in this division play for ten months each year.

Central Competitive – White Teams [11U-14U]

Age Groups: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Seasons: Spring, Fall, Winter
$2245Per Year
  • Additional Tournament Fees Separate
  • August – May
  • Train 3 Days per Week in Fall and Spring
  • Train 2 Days per Week in Winter
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In and Out of State Travel
  • Winter Training Included

Blue and gold teams offer players the opportunity to continue playing soccer and training with the guidance of our professionally trained coaching staff.

 Blue/Gold teams practice two to three days per week and participate in the Colorado Soccer Association Centennial League.  It is common for Blue/Gold teams to play 2-3 in-state tournaments and/or college showcase events per year depending on the age group.  Although Blue players will often participate in off-season Rapids camps, there is no expectation for teams to train in the off-season.

Central Competitive – Blue/Gold Teams [11U-14U]

Age Groups: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Seasons: Spring, Fall, Winter
$1805Per Year
  • Additional Tournament Fees Separate
  • August – May
  • Train 3 Days per Week in Fall and Spring
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In-State Travel

After we form the teams for the Primary season, we will reach out to the families to gather interest in playing the Secondary season. We offer the second season to those players that are in Middle School (8th graders) or those 9th graders that choose to play with Rapids instead of their High School. The season is in fall for the boys and spring for the girls.

Central Competitive – Secondary (8th and 9th Graders Only)

Age Groups: 14U, 15U
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Boys: Summer, Fall
Girls: Spring, Winter
$810Per Year
  • August – November (Boys)
  • February – May (Girls)
  • Train 3 Days per Week
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In-State Travel
Select

Select teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training. 

These teams are expected to train ten months out of the year, three days per week during the season, and weekend games.  It is typical for Select teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association. 

Select teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for Select teams depending on age group.  As such, elite-level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games

Central Competitive – Select Teams [11U-14U]

Age Groups: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Seasons: Spring, Fall, Winter
$2960Per Year
  • Additional Tournament Fees Separate
  • August – May
  • Train 3 Days per Week in Fall and Spring
  • Train 2 Days per Week in Winter
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In and Out of State Travel
  • Winter Training Included
Burgundy

Burgundy teams represent the second-most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training. 

These teams are expected to train ten months out of the year, three days per week during the season, and weekend games.  It is typical for Burgundy teams to play in the high Centennial or Champions divisions within the Colorado Soccer Association. 

Burgundy teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for high school age groups during the season.  As such, elite-level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

Central Competitive – Burgundy Teams [11U-14U]

Age Groups: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Seasons: Spring, Fall, Winter
$2960Per Year
  • Additional Tournament Fees Separate
  • August – May
  • Train 3 Days per Week in Fall and Spring
  • Train 1 Day per Week in Winter
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In and Out of State Travel
  • Winter Training Included
White

White teams are competitive teams that typically compete in mid-level CSA competitive leagues. 

Similar to our top teams, these teams practice three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games, and demand substantial time commitments from players. They typically play in 2-3 in-state tournaments and/or local college showcases per year depending on the age group.  With the combined two seasons and off-season training during the winter, teams in this division play for ten months each year.

Central Competitive – White Teams [11U-14U]

Age Groups: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Seasons: Spring, Fall, Winter
$2245Per Year
  • Additional Tournament Fees Separate
  • August – May
  • Train 3 Days per Week in Fall and Spring
  • Train 2 Days per Week in Winter
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In and Out of State Travel
  • Winter Training Included
Blue/Gold

Blue and gold teams offer players the opportunity to continue playing soccer and training with the guidance of our professionally trained coaching staff.

 Blue/Gold teams practice two to three days per week and participate in the Colorado Soccer Association Centennial League.  It is common for Blue/Gold teams to play 2-3 in-state tournaments and/or college showcase events per year depending on the age group.  Although Blue players will often participate in off-season Rapids camps, there is no expectation for teams to train in the off-season.

Central Competitive – Blue/Gold Teams [11U-14U]

Age Groups: 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Seasons: Spring, Fall, Winter
$1805Per Year
  • Additional Tournament Fees Separate
  • August – May
  • Train 3 Days per Week in Fall and Spring
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In-State Travel
Secondary (8th and 9th Graders Only)

After we form the teams for the Primary season, we will reach out to the families to gather interest in playing the Secondary season. We offer the second season to those players that are in Middle School (8th graders) or those 9th graders that choose to play with Rapids instead of their High School. The season is in fall for the boys and spring for the girls.

Central Competitive – Secondary (8th and 9th Graders Only)

Age Groups: 14U, 15U
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Boys: Summer, Fall
Girls: Spring, Winter
$810Per Year
  • August – November (Boys)
  • February – May (Girls)
  • Train 3 Days per Week
  • Compete in State League
  • Possible In-State Travel

The Player Placement Process

*Registering your player’s Intent to Play is not a commitment to the club for next season but ensures you will receive all tryout information and updates. All players planning on participating in Rapids Youth competitive programming must complete the Intent to Play registration.*

Rapids Youth Soccer recognizes the stress and anxiety that tryouts can create for players and that one or two days of observing players does not always reflect how they perform throughout the season. That is why Rapids Youth uses the entire year/season to evaluate players within our programming. The player placement process is meant to provide an opportunity for players new to competitive programming or those outside of the club who want to join to have a structured time to come and play in front of our staff and coaches. We highly recommend that parents reach out to competitive staff before the player placement process to begin that evaluation and conversation regarding placement sooner.

Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City

Tuesday, May 28th

  • 5:00 – 6:15 PM – 2014 Boys
  • 6:15 – 7:30 PM – 2014 Girls
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM – High School Girls (2006-2010)

Wednesday, May 29th

  • 5:00 – 6:15 PM – 2014 Boys & Girls
  • 6:15 – 7:30 PM – 2012 & 2013 Boys and Girls
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM – 2011 Boys and Girls, 2010 Boys

Monday, June 3rd

  • 5:00 – 6:15 PM – 2009, 2007, and 2006 Boys
  • 6:30 – 7:45 PM – 2008 Boys

Connect with Rapids Central Competitive or Register your Intent to Play (ITP) today!

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Uniforms

Rapids Youth Soccer partners with Soccer.com for all uniform needs. New competitive players will receive an email from Soccer.com with a link to order the uniform at the beginning of each season. Our competitive uniforms operate on a two-year cycle.

The Rapids Youth Soccer field player kit includes two match jerseys, two match shorts, two pairs of socks, a training shirt, training shorts, training socks, a training jacket, training pants, and a backpack.

The Rapids Youth Soccer goalkeeper kit includes one match jersey, one match shorts, a pair of socks, a training shirt, training shorts, training socks, a training jacket, training pants, and a backpack.

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

Competitive uniform kit

Uniform FAQs

Players will receive an invite to their team on Soccer.com with ordering instructions after they have been placed on a team and accepted their spot on the roster. This will include their number for the season and all required pieces in the kit.

The order deadline for competitive kits is July 1st for the fall season. The order deadline for competitive kits is December 20th for the spring season. Kits must be ordered and paid for by the deadline to ensure delivery for the start of the season.

The club assigns numbers to players in order to minimize issues with duplicates and ensure that there is consistency across the regions. Numbers are communicated to families prior and then uploaded into Soccer.com, simplifying the process for when families place orders.

Soccer.com is a one-stop shop with a range of equipment along with uniform pieces for the club and even fanwear. Make sure to check out the ‘Recommended’ and ‘Optional’ tabs for additional pieces such as cleats, gloves, and other key gear pieces that make sure your player is prepared for all weathers to play.

No, Soccer.com is fully online with no physical retail spaces. The Eddy indoor facility and North office have sample uniforms in various sizes for families to come and try on if they would like. Reach out to your age-group Director or Administrator to coordinate a time to come by either location.

Team Volunteers

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 different functions of the team for the season. They work with the Team Treasurer to help with the team culture and create a fun experience for everyone involved.

Team Manager Responsibilities

  • Working with the coach to communicate with the team about trainings and games.
  • Planning and communicating social events for the team.
  • Coordinating travel when necessary for Tournaments/Events.
  • Registering teams for Tournaments with the Team Treasurer.

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.

Team Treasurers are a very important piece to the success of any youth soccer team. Treasurers help manage the team’s finances for the season, working with the coach and Team Manager to plan and coordinate travel and tournament participation among other team activities. The club supports our Treasurers with trainings, resources, and Administrators.

Team Treasurer Responsibilities

  • Registering for Tournaments with the Team Treasurer
  • Entering coach travel fees
  • Assisting with reimbursements
  • Managing the team’s budget

Club Support for Team Treasurers

  • 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.
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 different functions of the team for the season. They work with the Team Treasurer to help with the team culture and create a fun experience for everyone involved.

Team Manager Responsibilities

  • Working with the coach to communicate with the team about trainings and games.
  • Planning and communicating social events for the team.
  • Coordinating travel when necessary for Tournaments/Events.
  • Registering teams for Tournaments with the Team Treasurer.

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.
Team Treasurer

Team Treasurers are a very important piece to the success of any youth soccer team. Treasurers help manage the team’s finances for the season, working with the coach and Team Manager to plan and coordinate travel and tournament participation among other team activities. The club supports our Treasurers with trainings, resources, and Administrators.

Team Treasurer Responsibilities

  • Registering for Tournaments with the Team Treasurer
  • Entering coach travel fees
  • Assisting with reimbursements
  • Managing the team’s budget

Club Support for Team Treasurers

  • 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.

Understanding Your Time in the 11U-14U Competitive Rapids Programs

The Competitive program provides an opportunity for players who want to learn and develop in an environment that challenges and educates them in the game of soccer. Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to supporting and developing those players that are committed to developing themselves.

Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to a year-long evaluation process of our homegrown players. This year-long evaluation and feedback process provides our players with a complete overview of their progress during their time with Rapids Youth Soccer. Coaches will meet with each player at the end of the fall and spring season to discuss growth, development, and progress throughout the season.

Our youngest competitive players grow and develop at different rates. Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to finding the best environment for each player to continue their progress at the club and outside of soccer as well. Specific questions should be directed at their coach and Age Group Director.

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SOCCER CAMPS

Rapids Youth Soccer offers a variety of camps to help players continue their growth and 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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Program FAQs

Rapids Youth Soccer is on a two-year cycle for uniform with Adidas. Players should change uniforms approximately every two years, which usually falls in line growth of players.

Your registration covers coaching fees, tournament fees, and administrative fees for the season. You are responsible for tournament travel.

During the regular CSA season, teams generally compete against other clubs across the Front Range. Some teams may travel as far north as Fort Collins, as far south as Pueblo or as far west as Grand Junction. Not all ages and levels will compete against clubs in these areas and these trips generally happen once per season.

Tournament travel varies based on the age and competitive level of the team. Select and Burgundy teams travel out of state for at least one and up to four tournaments and/or college showcases. White and Blue teams only participate in tournaments that take place in Colorado.

All teams train three times per week.

Select, Burgundy, and White teams train twice per week outside in January and February.  Blue level players have the option of attending these training sessions.

All competitive team coaches are USSF Licensed or are in the process of completing USSF certification. All competitive coaches participate in intensive in-house coach education throughout the season.

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 competitive scholarship information under the ‘Competitive & Elite Application Process’ tab.