A Little Bit About CRYSC

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (CRYSC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Rapids Youth Soccer is Colorado’s premier youth soccer experience and the only club in Colorado to offer opportunities from three-years-old to professional, from beginner to Major League Soccer.

CRYSC offers youth soccer programs of all levels to thousands of children year-round in and around the Front Range. With satellite leagues across Colorado, we are confident we can provide your child a fun and enriching place to play soccer.

How We Are Different

  • Professional Team Partnership
  • Largest Outreach in Nation
  • Development Academy Affiliation
  • Full-Time Dedicated Athletic Trainer
  • Highest Licensed Coaches Nationally
  • Dedicated Technical Staff
  • Professional Goalkeeper Coaches
  • Partnership with Sport Psychology Consultants

Purpose

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to being ‘The Heart Behind the Crest’ by focusing on our player’s development both on and off the field first.

Niche

Our coaches are our number one influencer of a CRYSC player’s participation with the club. Our niche is ‘To Develop Remarkable Coaches’ to create remarkable experiences for our players.

Core Values

  • Win Within: CRYSC strives to become the destination youth soccer club within Colorado for all levels of players. We are constantly striving to improve, in a pursuit for perfection.
  • In & Up: Within CRYSC, we value collectively lifting those up in our sphere of influence through consistent development.
  • Keep it Simple, Keep it Small: As an organization we prioritize delivering complete information to our members as well as giving straightforward feedback on the field to our players.
  • Enjoyment First: Fun is central to all interactions within CRYSC. We understand the importance of finding joy in the good times as well as the challenging in order to continue growing.
  • Moment of Truth: Every moment matters at CRYSC. We will never stop trying to create remarkable experiences for our staff, coaches, players, and members through each encounter.
  • Own It: CRYSC welcomes the responsibility of working with youth across Colorado. We own our role both on and off the field to influence a player’s development.

Board Members

  • Caleb Meyer
  • Evan Husney
  • Sharon Schneider
  • Stephen Redden
  • Lindsey Ghiselli
  • Lisa D’Ambrosia
  • Andres Pedraza
  • Sean O’Hara
  • Manny Rodriguez
  • Casey Dugan
  • Robert Klamser

2021 Board Reelection Members

Andrés Pedraza is excited to join the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, and bring with him his passion toward the development of young players, and his vast professional experience from working at multiple Fortune 500 organizations. Since he was a child in Colombia, or even as a young adult in the Denver Metropolitan area, Andrés was devoted to the sport of soccer. In fact, like many kids, he dreamt of playing professionally one day, but unfortunately, this never materialized. In his younger years, he experienced first-hand the monetary hardships of playing competitive soccer and the necessity for additional outreach tools for monolingual parents. During college, he attended DU, the University of Miami, and UC Denver where he developed a niche in the creation and the delivery of complex financial strategies. Most recently, he transitioned from managing a multibillion-dollar budget for a supply chain organization to lead very large M&A and restructuring operations of key NBC/Telemundo assets. Andrés is going to focus his energy on breaking down language barriers; in order for all families in our footprint to thoroughly enjoy the Rapids experience. Finally, in his spare time, Andrés loves to watch soccer matches with his wife and his 3-year-old son and hopes to instill in him the same love and passion he has for the sport.

Biography coming soon.

Casey and his wife Cori have 2 children, Coen (10yo) & Emma (7yo).  Coen has been part of CRYSC for 5 years and has developed a passion for soccer, particularly goalkeeping. Being a former competitive athlete through high school and college, Casey appreciates the impact an organization like CRYSC can have on a child’s development and is excited to play a more active role in the future of the club.  Casey is currently the Director of Pharmacy Services at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and earned his Pharm.D. from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lindsey lives in Denver with her husband and their three children. She grew up in Southern California, played soccer for LMU, and moved to Colorado 17 years ago. In 2004 she left the corporate world of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to re-direct her energy to being a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer. She has been blessed with various opportunities to serve disadvantaged youth in the Denver community. She has enjoyed her experiences as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for foster children in Denver and Arapahoe county, as a tutor for Reading Partners Colorado, and now as a mentor for Denver Kids. Lindsey is passionate about soccer, and the valuable role youth sports play in a child’s physical and emotional development. She is looking forward to another year supporting CRYSC.

Lisa brings knowledge and experience of various Board positions and her passion for youth soccer and youth personal development to the Rapids Youth Organization.  Lisa and her husband, Greg, have three daughters, two playing soccer in the ECNL program with Rapids and one who has moved on from Rapids ECNL program to play Division 1 soccer.  They both enjoy watching their children grow and develop as soccer players and leaders on and off the field. Lisa received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of the South, J.D. from University of Mississippi School of Law and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Lisa is the Managing Director of Minor & Brown, P.C., a Denver law firm, where she focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions and Commercial Real Estate.

Manny is the chief marketing, experience and customer officer for UCHealth, a nationally recognized, nonprofit health care system. Actively involved in the Denver community, Mr. Rodriguez is a member of the board of trustees with Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Boy Scouts of America-Denver Council, President of the CMO Club Denver Chapter, Co-Chair of the Denver 2026 World Cup Host City Bid Committee and he is the Board Chair of the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. A leukemia survivor, Mr. Rodriguez does public/motivational speaking to raise awareness – and funds – for leukemia research and causes.

Having been involved in Rapids Youth Soccer for the last five years as a parent and coach, I am excited to increase my commitment to the program. Born and raised in southern California, I played a variety of sports, but soccer was always my first love. Eventually, my soccer skill couldn’t keep up with my passion, so I hung up my cleats and rowed competitively for Loyola Marymount University, where I earned a Bachelors in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance. I moved to Colorado in 2012 for a better quality of life for my family and to start a legal services company. I’ve served on the board of a local school and a program that supported under-served youth by providing access to physical fitness through CrossFit. My passion for Rapids soccer runs deep. With all three kids involved in the program, I’m at a Rapids training or game every day of the week. Rapids soccer has given so much to my family and I’m honored to give back to such an amazing organization.

Sean M. O’Hara is an Architect and a founding partner with EVstudio, a Denver based architecture and engineering firm. He has served multiple terms on the Denver Board of the American Institute of Architects and is currently a board member with the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council. Both Sean and his wife Stephanie have coached Rapids rec teams for their three children and his daughters currently play for Rapids competitive teams.

Stephen Redden is passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve and maximize their potential. He has worked in this capacity in a variety of companies and non-profit organizations throughout his career. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University (BS Computer Engineering 1994, MBA 1995) and Dallas Theological Seminary (MA Biblical Studies 2007).

In 2009 Stephen moved to Denver, CO with his wife Kate and his sons Ethan (16) and Andrew (13) to be part of founding New Denver Church, a non-denominational Christian church where he still works today as a pastor. Stephen also leads the Church Cooperative of Denver, a network to foster collaboration among local churches, and does leadership and strategy consulting through Core Ventures.

A lifelong soccer fan, Stephen first got involved with youth soccer in Denver in 2009 through Fusion Soccer, which would later become Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer. He volunteered as a coach with CRYS from 2011 to 2017, coaching teams from U5 to U10.

2021 Current Board Members

Biography coming soon.

Sharon Schneider is an entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and strategy consultant to the next generation of social impact founders and family offices. Currently, Sharon is Executive Director of the Telluray Foundation in Colorado and also serves on the board of the Denver Tennis Park and Bright by Text. Previously, Sharon served as the founding Director of the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group. She was also co-founder and CEO of the for profit social enterprise Moxie Jean, which was acquired by Schoola in 2015.

Sharon and her husband have 3 kids, 2 of which are committed Rapids players. Together they coached their youngest daughter’s team for several seasons but are now happy to cheer from the sidelines, making encouraging noises but never shouting directions because that would be pointless and annoying to other spectators.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is Colorado’s premier local soccer club. We work hard to ensure that all children that wish to play soccer are given an opportunity to play regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.

Each year, the club provides need-based grants to players that would not be able to play without financial assistance.  Annual grants range in amount depending on available resources, and range from 10% of registration fees to 60% of registration fees.  Grant amounts are awarded based on demonstrated financial need.

Any player interested in obtaining financial assistance must complete a grant application form

Application fees are $50.00 for recreational players and $100 for competitive players

Families that wish to ensure that all children are able to participate in Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club programming may make tax-deductible contributions to our grant program by contacting Brenda House.

Registration end dates differ by programs. Make sure to visit the specific page you are interested in registering for to get the most up-to-date registration registration time-frames. Often, you may register your player after the deadlines, based on availability, but you will be subject to a late processing fee of $25. Players who register late are placed on teams after the players who register before the deadline.

A child must be three-years-old at the start of Soccer Start.

Soccer has essentially two seasons. The beginning of the soccer year is in the fall with the remainder of the year taking place in the spring. Most recreational registrations are season-by-season, with some recreational and competitive leagues a full-year registration.

Registration can be done easily online by clicking on the Register button in the menu bar.

We accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express). We also accept personal checks, ACH and cash. We pretty much accept it all, but we can’t accept the deed on your house, a car, soccer equipment, or children left at practice as a form of payment.

All our teams are gender specific, except in our Soccer Start program for toddlers and preschoolers.

Use our age calculator to determine which age group your child should register for. Soccer in the United States is determined by the year the child was born. A child born in 2010 is a 2010 player.

Players with January and February birth dates may find themselves in this situation. This is called “playing up.” Please indicate the desire to “play up” with their classmates online under Special Requests. We will do our best to accommodate players in this situation, but please understand we may determine it more appropriate for your player to play in the designated age group.

Definitely! We will do our best to place your child according to your request. However, we cannot guarantee special placement. The best way to ensure your child plays on the team you want is to register early.

Early registration is the best way to get on any specific team, as placements are handled by order of registration. So if you want to guarantee that you return to the same team, please register early in the registration period.

Players who register late are not guaranteed to return to their team. If you register after the deadline, it is VERY possible that you will lose your spot to a new player. Players who take a season off are not guaranteed their spot back.

The uniform is NOT included in the registration fee for any of our programs except Soccer Start.

Required: Players are required to wear shin guards, soccer cleats (except for Soccer Start) or athletic shoes.

Recommended: Players should bring their own water and wear appropriate clothing to practices. Players should have their own soccer balls which should also be brought to each practice (see below).

Soccer Start through U8 need a size 3 ball.

U9 – U12 need a size 4 ball.

U13 – U18 need a size 5 ball.

Our volunteer coaches get to choose the practice days/times/locations, but we try to place players on teams as close to their home as possible. We have fields in central Denver, East Denver, Aurora, and Centennial.

All Soccer Start-U8 teams will practice once a week for 45 minutes to 1 hour. All older teams will practice 2-3 times per week for 1 hour.

Check our field status website on the homepage of our website, or call our weather line, 303-399-5858 – ext 5, for field updates. Information is usually available on week days at 2:00 pm and Saturdays by 7:30 am.

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    Contact Information

    Address:
    Fort Collins: No physical office, reach out via email if needed

    North: 1070 W 124th Ave #100, Westminster, CO 80234

    Central/South: 111 Havana St, Aurora, CO 80010

    Castle Rock: No physical office, reach out via email if needed

    Phone Number:
    303.399.5858

    Email:
    info@rapidsyouthsoccer.org

    We Are Open:
    Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm