The 5U-8U Recreational League provides a fun, safe, and developmentally appropriate soccer environment for 4- to 8-year-olds. The 5U-8U Recreational program is designed to help players continue to grow in the sport of soccer by introducing them to formalized games. The specialized curriculum helps players grow in their technical skills and learn the rules of soccer at a developmentally appropriate level for their age. Players will receive a solid foundation of coaching needed to continue into the 9U-10U level and onward.

  • Teams play small-sided games (4 v 4) with no goalkeepers, as we focus on improving each player’s technical ability with the ball.
  • Teams are coached by parent volunteer coaches with the guidance and help of the club’s director, Clint Shade.  Teams generally consist of 6-8 players.
  • 5U practices once a week.
  • 6U – 8U practice twice a week.
  • Games are played at a centralized location.
  • 5U Teams play 8 games each season.
  • 6U-8U Teams play 14 games each season (Weeknight and Saturday’s)
EXAMPLE SESSION
Our curriculum is constantly evolving in order to provide the best for our players and provide connections from our recreational programming through our top competitive teams. At this age, we focus primarily on building player’s technical foundations as they are not developmentally ready for the tactical decision making of the larger game. You can see an example session of the provided curriculum above. For more ideas on what to work on with your player at home check out this blog.

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to train age-appropriate curriculum aimed at the long-term development of a soccer player. The WPW philosophy was first outlined by Malcolm Knowles in 1973 and is used in many learning situations, both practical and theory based. When added to a well-planned and well-thought out pedagogy, the WPW philosophy will put players in realistic situations, that should always includes decision-
making elements.

When coaching soccer, this can be used in a variety of ways to break down a technique, skill, or tactic. Most commonly the players are taken from a practice with high game context to a low one, before returning back to the original practice. When possible it is best to practice the game, or elements of the game, in their entirety. An example of this could occur in a topic such as ‘Defending in the Direct Game Channel’. What do you do if the individuals or units in your squad don’t understand how to defend 1v1 or 2v2? You break it down.

‘Whole’ doesn’t necessarily mean a game. Actually in this theory, a ‘whole’ practice could be a series of complex skills that can be broken down into more discrete skills. The ‘whole’ element should be as realistic to the game as possible, then the coach looks to pull actions or components of the game and break them down into chunks so the players can understand and digest the information. The coach will then pull those elements back together into the game situation.

References: Swanson, R.A. & Law, B. (1993). Whole-part-whole learning model. Performance Improvement Quarterly. 6(1), pp 43-53.

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5U- One practice a week.  This practice is with their volunteer coach and the Director of Coaching.  We call this Age Group Training.  We have 2 locations to select from: Trail Winds in Thornton off 136th and Holly or Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn off 112th and Pecos.  Northwest Open Spaces has Age Group Training on Thursday nights at 5 pm.  Trail Winds which has Age Group Training on Wednesday nights at 5 pm.  Games are Saturdays at Northwest Open Spaces usually between 9 am and 3 pm.

 

6U- One practice a week.  This practice is with their volunteer coach Director of Coaching.  This is referred to as Age Group Training.  We have 2 locations to select from: Trail Winds in Thornton off 136th and Holly or Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn off 112th and Pecos.  Northwest Open Spaces has Age Group Training on Tuesday at 5 pm.  Trail Winds has Age Group Training on Monday at 5 pm.  There will be two games per week, one weeknight and one Saturday.  Northwest Open Spaces weeknight game is Thursday at 5 pm.  Trail Winds weeknight game is Wednesday at 5 pm.  If you select either the Trail Winds or Northwest Open Spaces location, both have games Saturdays at Northwest Open Spaces usually between 9 am and 3 pm.

 

7U/8U Girls- One practice a week. This practice is with their volunteer coach and the Director of Coaching.  This is referred to as Age Group Training.  We have 2 locations to select from:  Trail Winds in Thornton off 136th and Holly or Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn off 112th and Pecos.  Northwest Open Spaces has Age Group Training on Tuesday at 6:15 pm.  Trail Winds has Age Group Training on Monday at 6:15 pm.  They then have 2 games per week, one weeknight and one Saturday.  Northwest Open Spaces weeknight game is Thursday at 6:15 pm.  Trail Winds weeknight game is Wednesday at 6:15 pm.  If you select either the Trail Winds or Northwest Open Spaces location, both have games Saturdays at Northwest Open Spaces usually between 9 am and 3 pm.

 

7U/8U Boys- One practice a week.  This practice is with their volunteer coach and the Director of Coaching.  This is referred to as Age Group Training.  We have 2 locations to select from:  Trail Winds in Thornton off 136th and Holly or Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn off 112th and Pecos.  Northwest Open Spaces has Age Group Training on Thursday at 6:15 pm.  Trail Winds has Age Group Training on Wednesday at 6:15 pm.  They then have 2 games per week, one weeknight and one Saturday.  Northwest Open Spaces weeknight game is Tuesday at 6:15 pm.  Trail Winds weeknight game is Monday at 6:15 pm.  If you select either the Trail Winds or Northwest Open Spaces location, both have games Saturdays at Northwest Open Spaces usually between 9 am and 3 pm.

Spring 2021 Priority Deadline for Returning Players: 1/15/2021

Fall Late Fee Begins: 2/15/2021

Spring Schedule: 

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled due to weather they will be moved to either the end of April or beginning of May. Reschedules can take place on Sundays as needed.

Practice Starts the week of March 8th, 2021

Games:

March 20th, 27th

April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

May 1st, 8th, 15th

Clint Shade
Recreational Director
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 242

Overview

The 5U-8U Recreational League provides a fun, safe, and developmentally appropriate soccer environment for 4- to 8-year-olds. The 5U-8U Recreational program is designed to help players continue to grow in the sport of soccer by introducing them to formalized games. The specialized curriculum helps players grow in their technical skills and learn the rules of soccer at a developmentally appropriate level for their age. Players will receive a solid foundation of coaching needed to continue into the 9U-10U level and onward.

  • Teams play small-sided games (4 v 4) with no goalkeepers, as we focus on improving each player’s technical ability with the ball.
  • Teams are coached by parent volunteer coaches with the guidance and help of the club’s director, Clint Shade.  Teams generally consist of 6-8 players.
  • 5U practices once a week.
  • 6U – 8U practice twice a week.
  • Games are played at a centralized location.
  • 5U Teams play 8 games each season.
  • 6U-8U Teams play 14 games each season (Weeknight and Saturday’s)
Curriculum
EXAMPLE SESSION
Our curriculum is constantly evolving in order to provide the best for our players and provide connections from our recreational programming through our top competitive teams. At this age, we focus primarily on building player’s technical foundations as they are not developmentally ready for the tactical decision making of the larger game. You can see an example session of the provided curriculum above. For more ideas on what to work on with your player at home check out this blog.

Philosophy

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to train age-appropriate curriculum aimed at the long-term development of a soccer player. The WPW philosophy was first outlined by Malcolm Knowles in 1973 and is used in many learning situations, both practical and theory based. When added to a well-planned and well-thought out pedagogy, the WPW philosophy will put players in realistic situations, that should always includes decision-
making elements.

When coaching soccer, this can be used in a variety of ways to break down a technique, skill, or tactic. Most commonly the players are taken from a practice with high game context to a low one, before returning back to the original practice. When possible it is best to practice the game, or elements of the game, in their entirety. An example of this could occur in a topic such as ‘Defending in the Direct Game Channel’. What do you do if the individuals or units in your squad don’t understand how to defend 1v1 or 2v2? You break it down.

‘Whole’ doesn’t necessarily mean a game. Actually in this theory, a ‘whole’ practice could be a series of complex skills that can be broken down into more discrete skills. The ‘whole’ element should be as realistic to the game as possible, then the coach looks to pull actions or components of the game and break them down into chunks so the players can understand and digest the information. The coach will then pull those elements back together into the game situation.

References: Swanson, R.A. & Law, B. (1993). Whole-part-whole learning model. Performance Improvement Quarterly. 6(1), pp 43-53.

@coachdanwright. Coachdanwright.blogspot.co.uk

Logistics

5U- One practice a week.  This practice is with their volunteer coach and the Director of Coaching.  We call this Age Group Training.  We have 2 locations to select from: Trail Winds in Thornton off 136th and Holly or Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn off 112th and Pecos.  Northwest Open Spaces has Age Group Training on Thursday nights at 5 pm.  Trail Winds which has Age Group Training on Wednesday nights at 5 pm.  Games are Saturdays at Northwest Open Spaces usually between 9 am and 3 pm.

 

6U- One practice a week.  This practice is with their volunteer coach Director of Coaching.  This is referred to as Age Group Training.  We have 2 locations to select from: Trail Winds in Thornton off 136th and Holly or Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn off 112th and Pecos.  Northwest Open Spaces has Age Group Training on Tuesday at 5 pm.  Trail Winds has Age Group Training on Monday at 5 pm.  There will be two games per week, one weeknight and one Saturday.  Northwest Open Spaces weeknight game is Thursday at 5 pm.  Trail Winds weeknight game is Wednesday at 5 pm.  If you select either the Trail Winds or Northwest Open Spaces location, both have games Saturdays at Northwest Open Spaces usually between 9 am and 3 pm.

 

7U/8U Girls- One practice a week. This practice is with their volunteer coach and the Director of Coaching.  This is referred to as Age Group Training.  We have 2 locations to select from:  Trail Winds in Thornton off 136th and Holly or Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn off 112th and Pecos.  Northwest Open Spaces has Age Group Training on Tuesday at 6:15 pm.  Trail Winds has Age Group Training on Monday at 6:15 pm.  They then have 2 games per week, one weeknight and one Saturday.  Northwest Open Spaces weeknight game is Thursday at 6:15 pm.  Trail Winds weeknight game is Wednesday at 6:15 pm.  If you select either the Trail Winds or Northwest Open Spaces location, both have games Saturdays at Northwest Open Spaces usually between 9 am and 3 pm.

 

7U/8U Boys- One practice a week.  This practice is with their volunteer coach and the Director of Coaching.  This is referred to as Age Group Training.  We have 2 locations to select from:  Trail Winds in Thornton off 136th and Holly or Northwest Open Spaces in Northglenn off 112th and Pecos.  Northwest Open Spaces has Age Group Training on Thursday at 6:15 pm.  Trail Winds has Age Group Training on Wednesday at 6:15 pm.  They then have 2 games per week, one weeknight and one Saturday.  Northwest Open Spaces weeknight game is Tuesday at 6:15 pm.  Trail Winds weeknight game is Monday at 6:15 pm.  If you select either the Trail Winds or Northwest Open Spaces location, both have games Saturdays at Northwest Open Spaces usually between 9 am and 3 pm.

Dates

Spring 2021 Priority Deadline for Returning Players: 1/15/2021

Fall Late Fee Begins: 2/15/2021

Spring Schedule: 

**Please note these are the anticipated game days. If games are cancelled due to weather they will be moved to either the end of April or beginning of May. Reschedules can take place on Sundays as needed.

Practice Starts the week of March 8th, 2021

Games:

March 20th, 27th

April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

May 1st, 8th, 15th

Contact

Clint Shade
Recreational Director
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 242

5U-6U Recreational Leagues

Beginner to Advanced
$110 Per season
  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 7-14 Games

  • Beginner/Advanced

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

7U-8U Recreational Leagues

Beginner to Advanced
$135 Per season
  • 8-9 Week Season

  • 12-14 Games

  • Beginner/Advanced

  • Proven Curriculum

  • Uniform Separate

  • Volunteer Coaches

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Uniforms

All Recreational players are required to purchase the uniform kit (white top, burgundy top, black shorts, and black socks) before the first game. Players are required to wear the official CRYSC jersey combo for games. This uniform kit is usable throughout all recreational teams.

Recreational members can click here to be brought to the CRYSC team store page on Soccer.com. Select the ‘Rec Kit’ under collections and enter your player’s name to proceed to the recreational uniform page. Recreational players do not receive numbers on their uniforms.  If you click on the item picture there is youth sizing with dimensions you can look through to order for your child.

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

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Coach Expectations

  • Communicate clearly with the team throughout the season.
  • Lead every practice session or find a substitute if they cannot be present.
  • Coach every game or find a substitute if they cannot be at the game.
  • Find a practice location and time that works for them and their team.
  • Warm up team and meet opposing coach before every game.
  • Update League Apps with practice schedule and other team events

Coach Education Opportunities

  • Rapids Youth provides coaching sessions for all coaches throughout the season.
  • A website with additional coaches resources available to all coaches.
  • One-on-one support to talk through drills and game setup.
  • Pre-season meetings and coaching educational meetings.

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 the team for the season.

Team Manager Responsibilities

  • Working with the coach to communicate with the team about sessions and games.
  • Setting up a snack rotation for the season.
  • Setting up pictures with the club’s photographer on picture day.
  • Setting up an end-of-season party for the team.
  • Work with Coach Volunteer to make sure Bonzi Team is updated

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.

Game Facilitator Expectations

Every team is required to provide a game facilitator for half of every game. The game facilitator will act as the referee for the game, and should referee in a way to help the players learn and understand the rules.

  • Tell which team should kick the ball in after it goes out of bounds.
  • Call any fouls that happen during the game and explain to players why it is a foul.
  • Provide education on the game to player during games.
  • Keep players safe and the game under control.
GAME FACILITATOR CARD
Coach

Coach Expectations

  • Communicate clearly with the team throughout the season.
  • Lead every practice session or find a substitute if they cannot be present.
  • Coach every game or find a substitute if they cannot be at the game.
  • Find a practice location and time that works for them and their team.
  • Warm up team and meet opposing coach before every game.
  • Update League Apps with practice schedule and other team events

Coach Education Opportunities

  • Rapids Youth provides coaching sessions for all coaches throughout the season.
  • A website with additional coaches resources available to all coaches.
  • One-on-one support to talk through drills and game setup.
  • Pre-season meetings and coaching educational meetings.
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 the team for the season.

Team Manager Responsibilities

  • Working with the coach to communicate with the team about sessions and games.
  • Setting up a snack rotation for the season.
  • Setting up pictures with the club’s photographer on picture day.
  • Setting up an end-of-season party for the team.
  • Work with Coach Volunteer to make sure Bonzi Team is updated

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.
Game Facilitator

Game Facilitator Expectations

Every team is required to provide a game facilitator for half of every game. The game facilitator will act as the referee for the game, and should referee in a way to help the players learn and understand the rules.

  • Tell which team should kick the ball in after it goes out of bounds.
  • Call any fouls that happen during the game and explain to players why it is a foul.
  • Provide education on the game to player during games.
  • Keep players safe and the game under control.
GAME FACILITATOR CARD

Understanding Your Time in the 5U-8U Recreational League

The 5U-8U recreational league is the first time players will begin having practices during the week and games on the weekend. It’s important for parents to understand what is available to their child during their time in the 5U-8U program including any supplemental programs and what to expect as players move into the 9U league. Parent Volunteer Coaches decide with the input of other parents on the team when and where to practice for the season. Practices are held at local parks across North Denver. All 5U-8U recreational teams are given approximately 20 yards by 30 yards to practice. Team schedules can be found on your Team Connect.

Rapids Youth Soccer posts all our game schedules on Team Connect two weeks before the first scheduled game. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to your Team Connect account.

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.

Rapids Youth

Provides operations and oversight for kids to have a great soccer experience.

Rapids Pro

Provides curriculum and educational resources for players.

Parents

Work in conjunction with Rapids Youth to support kids’ desires.

Coaches

Educate, inspire, and help all children excel at the level they desire.

Referees

Keep the game safe and fun for kids at all levels.
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SOCCER CAMPS

Rapids Youth Soccer runs some of the best soccer camps in the region and nation. Click through to learn more about Rapids camp opportunites.

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WHAT'S NEXT

After the 6U-8U league, players move in to the 9U/10U league where they have a choice of staying recreational or moving into more advanced programming. Get more info now.

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WINTER TRAINING

Join us indoors at the Rapids North office for technical soccer training from November through March.

Yes, uniforms are required for players to play.

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Players need shin guards, socks, and cleats, a size three soccer ball, water, and weather appropriate clothing.

Absolutely, we hope players are able to play with their friends. Please request this when registering your child for soccer.

Yes, you can do this when registering. We’ll do our best to make it happen.

The Fall season is from August-November and the Spring season is form March-May