The Need for Elite Development Squads
EDS was developed with a philosophy of allowing players time and space to grow. Opportunity and age should not be a barrier to player development; they should be key pillars in how we consider ‘potential’ talent being developed. Ensuring that our players have access to these opportunities, at a time in their lives that suits their physical, emotional, and personal development within the game is an underpinning philosophy of this project.
With the club already having ECNL for the Boys and Girls, we wanted to provide a program to allow players to play in their home Region, while still getting the chance to push themselves in pursuit of the next level. This led to the creation of our Elite Development Squad pools. The EDS Pools (12-22 players for our 11U-12U Ages, 16-24 players for our 13U-19U ages) are then narrowed down to a ‘travel roster’, which participates in one event each season, allowing the team to compete against the Region’s best players.
- EDS travel roster players participate in each USYS E64 fixture (unlimited rosters), allowing the team to compete against strong clubs in the Mountain Region and National Showcases.
- Elite Development Squads train weekly from August through March, giving the players a regular training environment and supplementing what they get from their own ‘full-time’ team.
EDS Registration Fees
- August – November & January – June
- Training 1x Per Week
- Indoor Winter Training Space at Regis University
- Outdoor Winter Training (Weather Permitting)
- Game Fee is $25 / Game (Home and Away)
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Developing Talent Solution
The EDS Program provides a solution to the current problems found in the elite development pathway. By providing another level of elite programming we give players more time and space to grow while providing exposure to elite environments.
CRYSC Player Pathway
The inclusion Elite Development Squads in the player pathway will provide support for emerging talent and players not quite ready to sustain involvement in the ECNL program. Throughout a player’s involvement with EDS, they will have multiple opportunities to scrimmage and play competitively against high-level teams, including Rapids ECNL teams. The Director of the EDS program is in constant dialogue with the Directors of the Elite boys and girls ECNL teams with a view to understanding the opportunities to expose EDS players to the ECNL environment and give them a pathway to make a move to the next level. Additionally, if an ECNL player is not appropriately placed or doesn’t feel comfortable in the Elite program, then there is a level very close by that they can continue to grow and develop with high-quality players.
The EDS project is focused on providing players with an opportunity for extra development in a positive environment that we believe will stand them in good stead wherever their playing future lies.
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Player ID Position Spcific
ELITE DEVELOPMENT SQUADS
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EDS Staff Contacts
|Donald Gillies||Elite Technical Director||303.399.5858 ext. 160||[email protected]|
|Eryn Rubin||Elite Regional Manager||303.399.5858 ext. 127||[email protected]|
|Jair Vasquez||13U-19U EDS Director||303.918.9218||[email protected]|
|Matt Saul||11U/12U EDS Director||303.399.5858 ext. 209||[email protected]thsoccer.org|
|Diego Cerro||Director of Recruitment & Development||[email protected]|
|Christie Hurt||Elite Futsal & EDS Administrator||303.399.5858 ext. 107||[email protected]|
|Jen Metz||Elite Programming Administrator||303.399.5858 ext. 117||[email protected]|