Recreational Season Dates
Recreational registration is by a single season, and players must re-register each season. The dates below provide a general overview of the seasonal dates, but members will receive more detailed dates for the specific age group and the program in their confirmation email.
- Registration Opens – May 1
- Registration Late Fee – August 15
- Registration Closes – August 14
- Training Starts – Second to Last Week of August
- First Game Kicks Off – Last Week of August
- Registration Opens – November 1
- Registration Closes – March 15
- Registration Late Fee – March 16
- Training Starts – Second to Last Week of March
- First Game Kicks Off – First Saturday of April
Spring Registration Opens In…
Rapids Fort Collins Fields
CRYSC recreational programming takes place at various local parks in your region. Specific practice details are determined by several factors including seasonal park permits, volunteer coach schedules, park closures, other youth sports in the area, and many others. Practice and game locations cannot be guaranteed, but we are committed to finding convenient locations for all our recreational teams to train and play at. The map below includes our most frequently used parks for recreational programming in your region.
Rapids Youth Soccer partners with Soccer.com for all uniform needs. All CRYSC recreational players are required to purchase the uniform kit (white top, burgundy top, black shorts, and black socks) before the first game. We recommend ordering at least three weeks prior to their first game to ensure they have it in time for game day. Players are required to wear the official CRYSC jersey combo for games. This uniform kit is usable throughout all recreational programs.
It is important to note that uniforms are NOT included in registration costs. Additionally, uniforms are unavailable to purchase on-site at any CRYSC office – they must be purchased online via Soccer.com.
**Soccer Start players do not need to purchase a uniform kit; their t-shirt will be provided at the first session**
Recreational Volunteer Roles
CRYSC recreational teams thrive thanks to our parent volunteers. All teams are coached by a parent volunteer (or two!) with the support of their Program Director and Administrator. Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to developing remarkable coaches and providing resources such as an example curriculum, coaching equipment, and coaching education sessions. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your player’s age group Director if you’re curious about coaching a team!
Rapids Youth Soccer provides Colorado’s best youth soccer camps. Camps are offered throughout the year for three-year-olds to 18-year-olds, from beginner to elite. Off-season camps in the summer and winter offer the perfect opportunity for recreational players to continue playing and developing their soccer skills.
Recreational CRYSC Tournaments
CRYSC offers tournaments for teams of all ages and competition levels throughout the year. We encourage our recreational teams to check out the three tournaments listed below for a fun-filled weekend with their team to create lifelong memories.
Colorado’s Biggest Recreational Tournament! Calling all Colorado-based recreational and competitive teams – join us this spring for the annual Rapids Youth Soccer Rock Cup Tournament! Join the 300+ other teams across Colorado for a great spring season closer. The Rock Cup will kick off the third weekend of May at The Gates Soccer Complex and DICK’S Sporting Goods Park.
Bringing Regional & National Competition to the Front Range! Register today for the annual Kelvin Norman Memorial Tournament, the first weekend of June, hosted by Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer. The Kelvin Norman tournament is one of the region’s premier early summer competitions featuring teams from across the United States, including Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Wyoming, and more!
CRYSC Player Pathways
Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to providing a pathway for all our players, from recreational to Elite. Our child-centric approach focuses on developing the heart of our players through fun, safe, and age-appropriate soccer environments. Our recreational program starts at three years old and continues for as long as a player wants to participate in our recreational programming. As seen in the diagram below, as players grow, there are opportunities to enter our other pathways through competitive and Elite programming.
Our recreational programming is the foundation of all CRYSC pathways.
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Front Range In House
RAPIDS TRAINING CENTERS
Player ID Position Specific
ELITE DEVELOPMENT SQUADS
Youth Club Elite
Helpful Links: What’s Next For Your Player
Soccer has two seasons, one in the fall and one in the spring. 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. During the summer and winter off-season we offer a variety of camps for players to continue to improve upon their skills.
Age groups are often denoted with a number and then the letter “U” in youth soccer. The stands for “Under”. As an example, a 6U league or camp, means it is for players six and under. Our programming operates based on what year players were born. So, if a player is five but going to be six that year, then they would be considered a 6U player for the fall and spring seasons. In the fall, all players move up an age group.
The ‘Find a Program’ at the top of the page should help show you the best programs for your child based on their birthday.
Yes, uniforms are required for players to play. Members can click here to be brought to the CRYSC uniforms page. This page details the ordering process for each program with specific program links to order uniforms.
- Required: Players are required to wear shin guards and soccer cleats. Only Soccer Start players can opt for athletic shoes instead of cleats.
- Recommended: Players should bring their own water and wear appropriate athletic clothing to practices. Players should have their own soccer balls which should also be brought to each practice (see below).
- Soccer Start through 8U need a size 3 ball
- 9U – 12U need a size 4 ball
- 13U – 18U need a size 5 ball
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 or with the teammate you want is to register early.
- 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 50% of registration fees. Grant amounts are awarded based on demonstrated financial need.
- Any player interested in obtaining financial assistance must complete a financial aid application. Click here for more information.
- 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 Eric Fehr ([email protected]).
A child must be three-years-old at the start of Soccer Start.
- All our teams are gender specific, except in our Soccer Start program for toddlers and preschoolers.
- Some regions will have coed teams at 5U or 6U depending on the number of registrants that season.
Players with January and February birth dates may find themselves in a situation where they are more developed physically and/or mentally as the first born in their age group. The club will consider allowing them to “play up” an age group to support their development. Please indicate the desire to “play up” with their classmates during registration 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.
Players with November and December birth dates may find themselves in a situation as the youngest players in their age group that they want to “play down” with the age group below them. Please indicate the desire to “play down” with their classmates during registration 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. Additionally, this is not allowed for any players participating in a state-ran league.
- 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 Priority Player 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.
Check our field status webpage for the most up-to-date field conditions. Information is usually available on weekdays at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (depending on when we hear from our field partners) and Saturdays by 8:00 am.