The CRYSC Goalkeeping program has been built over the past 13 years by the
Colorado Rapids First Team goalkeeper coach, Chris Sharpe. The program has
been constructed specifically to enable the youth goalkeepers of CRYSC to grow,
develop, excel, succeed, and, most importantly, enjoy the position, no matter what
level and or age group the individual is playing. As the programs expand toward the
future, we plan to continue to build our goalkeepers from within the club, beginning
at the U8-10 level. Rapids Youth Soccer offers brief seasonal goalkeeper training for
younger players with an interest in goalkeeping. This allows players to get a feel for
the unique position before making the decision to be a goalkeeper. Our Goalkeeping
Program is regarded as one of the top programs in the country.
For every goalkeeper, regardless of age, level, or ability – to come to training on a weekly basis and develop a deeper love for the position of goalkeeping; through hard work, great concentration and pure enjoyment of the sport. Your reward will be games on the weekend and being able to showcase your ability you have learned through our curriculum.
- Goalkeeper Specific Speed/Agility Fitness
- Footwork and Handling
- Shot Stopping – Front and Angles
- Reactions and Reflexes
- Crosses and High Balls
- 1 v 1, Breakaways, Blocks
- Starting and Set Positions
- Short Distribution
- Long Distribution
- Classroom Session on Starting Positions and Setting Up Set Pieces
- Field Sessions on Setting Up Set Pieces
- Psychology of the Goalkeeper in Games and Training
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Rapids Goalkeeping Staff
|Chris Sharpe||First Team Assistant / Goalkeeper Coach / CRYSC Goalkeeping Director||720.878.7564||Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jeff Oleck||Associate Director of Goalkeeping||303.399.5858 ext. 207||Jeff.Oleck@rapidsyouthsoccer.org|
|Brandyn Bumpas||Assistant Director of Goalkeeping||303.399.5858 ext. 220||Brandyn@rapidsyouthsoccer.org|
|Gary Seville||Fort Collins Director of Goalkeeping||303.399.5858 ext. 256||Gary.Seville@rapidsyouthsoccer.org|
Rapids Staff Bios
Colorado Rapids 1st Team Assistant & Goalkeeper Coach / Academy Goalkeeper Director
USSF A License
MLS Pro A Goalkeeper License
2000/2001 Australian U/20 World Youth Championships Team
2004 Australian U/23 Athens Olympic Games Team
1998-2000: Blackburn Rovers Football Club
2000/2001: Southampton Football Club
2001-2003: Northern Spirit Football Club
2003/2004: Parramatta Power Football Club
2004/2005: Chesterfield Football Club
2006 – 2007: Viborg FF
2007-08: Koge Boldklub
2008-2012: Colorado Rapids. (MLS USA)
2013 – Current: Colorado Rapids First Team Goalkeeper Coach. (MLS)
2010: Regis University Men’s Goalkeeper Coach.
2009 – Current: US Soccer Men’s Colorado Training Center Goalkeeper Coach.
2008- Current: Colorado Rapids Academy Director of Goalkeeping.
2008 – Current: Core Goalkeeper Academy Director
Coaching Bio: CRYSC Associate Director of Goalkeeping (June 2018-present), Colorado Storm Director of Goalkeeping (2016-2018), Northwestern University Assistant & GK Coach (2013-2016), Team Evanston Director of Goalkeeping (2013-2016), Valparaiso University Associate Head Coach & GK Coach (2009-2013), NWI United Director of Coaching (2009-2013), Wabash College Assistant & GK Coach (2006-2009), Region II ODP GK Coach (2008-2009), Indiana ODP GK Coach (2006-2009), Dynamo FC ’92 Boys Head Coach (2006-2009)
Playing History: FC Indiana – NPSL/PASL (2006-2008), Valparaiso University (2002-2006), Indianapolis United (1998-2002)
Position: Assistant Director of Goalkeeping | Central Region
Coaching Bio: Rapids Assistant Director of Goalkeeping (July 2016 – present), Core Goalkeeper Academy Staff Director (May 2011 – present), Regis University Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper Coach (August 2018 – present), Metropolitan State University Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper Coach (August 2016 – August 2018) Colorado Mesa Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper Coach (August 2013 – 2016)
Playing History: Colorado Mesa University 2012 – 2014 , NCST 2007-2009 , Colorado Rush 2003 – 2007, J.K. Mullen High School Varsity 2003 – 2007, Colorado ODP 2000-2007 , US Youth National Team (2005 – 2008)
Personal: Colorado Mesa University Alumni
Coaching Bio: Colorado Rapids Director of Goalkeeping – North Region (May 2019 – present), United FC (Southern California) Head Goalkeeper Coach/Assistant Coach (January 2014 – May 2015), California Polytechnic State University Head Goalkeeper Coach (August 2014 – November 2014), SLO SC Head Goalkeeper Coach (June 2013 – August 2014), Mission College Preparatory School Head JV Coach/Assistant Varsity Coach (November 2013 – January 2014)
Playing History: California Polytechnic State University Goalkeeper (2009 – 2014), US Maccabiah Men’s Soccer Team (Summer 2009), US National Team (2005 – 2007), Region IV ODP (2005 – 2009), US Super-Y National Team (2005 – 2007), Marin FC (2003 – 2009)
Personal: Graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 2014 with a degree in Kinesiology
Coaching Bio: Rapids Assistant Director of Goalkeeping (July 2018 – present), Core Goalkeeper Academy Assistant Director (May 2013 – present), Storm FC Head Coach and Director of Goalkeeping (May 2013 – June 2018), Arsenal Colorado Head Coach (2012 – 2013)
Playing History: Arsenal Colorado Gold 2003 – 2010, Fort Collins High School Varsity 2007 – 2010, Colorado ODP 2009-2010
Personal: Graduated from Colorado State University in 2014 with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Computer Information Systems (CIS)
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.
Staying in shape is a major key for a goalkeepers success. Some simple things that your son or daughter can do to improve as a young goalkeeper include:
- 20 1-2 touch passes,
- perfecting their set stance,
- 20 stationary dives left and right,
- 20 two footed jump rope, and
- footwork (2 feet over the top/2 feet sideways/shuffle).
It is preferable for a goalkeeper to have new gloves at the start of each season, but not necessary. This does not mean that you should throw away your old pair! In fact, you should keep your old pair and use them as training gloves for two reasons:
- This will allow you to preserve your game gloves and keep them healthy, and
- Using your old gloves in training will force you to concentrate on you hand shape when catching.
In order to help your goalkeeper practice footwork and agility at home, look into purchasing a jump rope, an agility ladder, and a few cones (3-4).
It is important for a young goalkeeper to watch high level and professional soccer games to observe the the intangibles higher level goalkeepers present during a match, such as:
- The approach to a game (warm-up,
- Organization/ communication, and
- Decision making.
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. The appropriate time for your son or daughter to become goalkeeper specific all depends on them. If you recognize that your child is enjoying one position more than others, that would warrant a move to position-specific training.
On the other hand, once a child reaches a certain age (13+) it is worth evaluating their ability, playing time, and physique to determine how that player can best help the team have success in terms of the position he or she plays.