CRYSC 11U-19U Competitive Programs are Colorado’s premier option for growing, learning, and developing in youth soccer. The Competitive Program builds on the foundation players have learned throughout their time with Rapids Youth Soccer, including philosophy, the Rapids curriculum, and The Rapids Way. Program offerings cover the spectrum of player pathways, from new players to competitive, all the way to the top leagues in the United States.

Training and game locations will vary depending on level of play of each team. Game format is played in line with U.S. Soccer directives for small-sided games, which is 9v9 for 11U/12U and 11v11 for 13U-19U. Team sizes may vary depending on age and level of play.

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The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to achieve our long-term player development initiative. 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 puts players in realistic situations, which should always include decision-making elements.

When coaching soccer, WPW can be used in a variety of ways to break down techniques, skills, or tactics. Most commonly the players are taken from practice with high game context to a low one, before returning 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. 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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March/April/May 2021

  • Practices Begin: Late February / Early March
  • Rapids Ice Breaker: February 27th & 28th (Boys) & March 6th & 7th (Girls)
  • League Begins:  March 13th
  • Rapids Rock Cup: May 21st – 23rd
  • Tryouts:  June 1st & 2nd

June 2021

  • Fall 2021 Team Meetings
  • Uniforms Ordered for Fall

August/September/October 2021

  • Practices Begin:  Early August
  • CRYSC Friendlies:  August 7th or 8th
  • Rapids Classic:  August 21st & 22nd
  • League Begins:  August 28th
  • Rapids Labor Day Challenge: September 4th – 6th

Xavi Rico

Boys Director of Coaching
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 241

Kayla Grimsley

Girls Director of Coaching
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 121

Overview

CRYSC 11U-19U Competitive Programs are Colorado’s premier option for growing, learning, and developing in youth soccer. The Competitive Program builds on the foundation players have learned throughout their time with Rapids Youth Soccer, including philosophy, the Rapids curriculum, and The Rapids Way. Program offerings cover the spectrum of player pathways, from new players to competitive, all the way to the top leagues in the United States.

Training and game locations will vary depending on level of play of each team. Game format is played in line with U.S. Soccer directives for small-sided games, which is 9v9 for 11U/12U and 11v11 for 13U-19U. Team sizes may vary depending on age and level of play.

Curriculum

Coming Soon

Philosophy

The Whole-Part-Whole (WPW) philosophy is a learning model used by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club to achieve our long-term player development initiative. 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 puts players in realistic situations, which should always include decision-making elements.

When coaching soccer, WPW can be used in a variety of ways to break down techniques, skills, or tactics. Most commonly the players are taken from practice with high game context to a low one, before returning 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. 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

Dates & Deadlines

March/April/May 2021

  • Practices Begin: Late February / Early March
  • Rapids Ice Breaker: February 27th & 28th (Boys) & March 6th & 7th (Girls)
  • League Begins:  March 13th
  • Rapids Rock Cup: May 21st – 23rd
  • Tryouts:  June 1st & 2nd

June 2021

  • Fall 2021 Team Meetings
  • Uniforms Ordered for Fall

August/September/October 2021

  • Practices Begin:  Early August
  • CRYSC Friendlies:  August 7th or 8th
  • Rapids Classic:  August 21st & 22nd
  • League Begins:  August 28th
  • Rapids Labor Day Challenge: September 4th – 6th
Contact

Xavi Rico

Boys Director of Coaching
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 241

Kayla Grimsley

Girls Director of Coaching
[email protected]
303.399.5858 ext. 121

2021/2022 Tryout Registration

2021/2022 Competitive Tryouts

Who Should Register an Intent to Play:

Any and all players who intend to play with CRYSC during the 21/22 season

Who Needs to Attend Tryouts:

  • All players interested in joining a Rapids North Competitive Team
  • All players wishing to play for the Rapids Youth Soccer community must register their Intent to Play.

2021/2022 Player Placement Presentation

Blue teams offer players the opportunity to continue playing soccer and training with the guidance of our professionally trained coaching staff.

Blue teams practice three times per week and participate in the Colorado Soccer Association leagues.  It is common for Blue teams to play 1-2 in-state tournaments and/or college showcase events per year depending on the age-group.  Although Blue players will often participate in off-season Rapids camps, there is no expectation for teams to train in the off-season.

Blue Teams

$1,420/$810 11U-14U | 15U-19U
  • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

    • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

    • Train 2/Week + Staff Training

    • Two Local Tournaments a Year

    • Some In-State Travel for Leagues

    • Compete in State Leagues

    • Optional Off-Season Training

    White teams are competitive teams that typically compete in mid-level CSA competitive leagues.

    Similar to our top teams, these teams practice three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games and demand substantial time commitments from players. They typically play in 2-3 in-state tournaments and/or local college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  With the combined two seasons and off-season training during the winter, teams in this division play for 9 months each year.

    White Teams

    $1,420/$810 11U-14U | 15U-19U
    • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

    • Train 2/Week + Staff Training

    • Two Local Tournaments a Year

    • Some In-State Travel for Leagues

    • Compete in State Leagues

    • Indoor Winter Training in January

    Burgundy teams represent the second-most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training.

    These teams are expected to train 10 months out of the year, three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games.  It is typical for Burgundy teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association.

    Burgundy teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for high school age groups during the season.  As such, elite level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

    Burgundy Teams

    $1,525/$810 11U-14U | 15U-19U
    • Aug – Nov | Jan – June

    • Train 2/Week + Staff Training

    • Three-Four Local & Out of State Tournaments a Year

    • In- and Out-of-State Travel for Leagues and Tournaments

    • Compete in State A Division

    • Outdoor Winter Training and Elite Camps

    Select teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training.

    These teams are expected to train 10 months out of the year, three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games.  It is typical for Select teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association.

    Select teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for all Select teams.  As such, elite level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

    Select Teams

    $1,525/$810 11U-14U | 15U-19U
    • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

    • Train 2/Week + Staff Training

    • Three-Four Local & Out of State Tournaments a Year

    • In- and Out-of-State Travel for Leagues and Tournaments

    • Compete in State League

    • Outdoor Winter Training and Elite Camps

    Blue

    Blue teams offer players the opportunity to continue playing soccer and training with the guidance of our professionally trained coaching staff.

    Blue teams practice three times per week and participate in the Colorado Soccer Association leagues.  It is common for Blue teams to play 1-2 in-state tournaments and/or college showcase events per year depending on the age-group.  Although Blue players will often participate in off-season Rapids camps, there is no expectation for teams to train in the off-season.

    Blue Teams

    $1,420/$810 11U-14U | 15U-19U
    • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

      • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

      • Train 2/Week + Staff Training

      • Two Local Tournaments a Year

      • Some In-State Travel for Leagues

      • Compete in State Leagues

      • Optional Off-Season Training

      White

      White teams are competitive teams that typically compete in mid-level CSA competitive leagues.

      Similar to our top teams, these teams practice three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games and demand substantial time commitments from players. They typically play in 2-3 in-state tournaments and/or local college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  With the combined two seasons and off-season training during the winter, teams in this division play for 9 months each year.

      White Teams

      $1,420/$810 11U-14U | 15U-19U
      • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

      • Train 2/Week + Staff Training

      • Two Local Tournaments a Year

      • Some In-State Travel for Leagues

      • Compete in State Leagues

      • Indoor Winter Training in January

      Burgundy

      Burgundy teams represent the second-most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training.

      These teams are expected to train 10 months out of the year, three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games.  It is typical for Burgundy teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association.

      Burgundy teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for high school age groups during the season.  As such, elite level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

      Burgundy Teams

      $1,525/$810 11U-14U | 15U-19U
      • Aug – Nov | Jan – June

      • Train 2/Week + Staff Training

      • Three-Four Local & Out of State Tournaments a Year

      • In- and Out-of-State Travel for Leagues and Tournaments

      • Compete in State A Division

      • Outdoor Winter Training and Elite Camps

      Select

      Select teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group, and therefore these players and parents are required to demonstrate a higher commitment to training.

      These teams are expected to train 10 months out of the year, three days per week during the season, in addition to weekend games.  It is typical for Select teams to play in the highest leagues within the Colorado Soccer Association.

      Select teams will play in 2-4 tournaments and/or college showcases per year depending on the age-group.  Out-of-state travel should be expected for all Select teams.  As such, elite level players must have a substantial commitment to the sport of soccer for training and games.

      Select Teams

      $1,525/$810 11U-14U | 15U-19U
      • Aug – Nov | Mar – June

      • Train 2/Week + Staff Training

      • Three-Four Local & Out of State Tournaments a Year

      • In- and Out-of-State Travel for Leagues and Tournaments

      • Compete in State League

      • Outdoor Winter Training and Elite Camps

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      Uniform FAQs

      Warm-ups will be available 8-10 weeks after the order is placed, and will be picked up and distributed by team managers.

      You may purchase replacement items online or in store. Please allow up to 3 business days to receive replacement items that need to be customized (i.e. jerseys, track jacket, backpack). If you chose to ship your replacement item, please allow up to 6-7 business days to receive your order.

      **Please note there will be no returns accepted for customized products. This includes jerseys, track jackets, and backpacks.

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      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.

      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.

      The Culture Keeper is an important piece to the development of a community-based organization. Culture Keepers do just as the title explains, they help build a culture within the team, providing opportunities for the team and families to have fun and enjoy their time with Rapids Youth Soccer more fully.

      The Culture Keeper get the fun task of setting up team events at tournaments, such as eating out together, setting up events while in town, such as laser tag. The Culture Keeper organizes opportunities for the team’s to better develop friendships with each other to help build long-lasting friendships outside of soccer.

      Culture Keeper Expectations

      • Stay involved with the team and informed about upcoming soccer events.
      • Set up events outside of soccer for the team to build relationships with each other.
      • Plan ahead for all upcoming events to build team and family camaraderie through in-town and out-of-town events.

      Culture Keeper Support

      • Rapids Youth staff provide suggests for Culture Keeper ideas.
      • Rapids Youth Soccer provides a meeting with all Culture Keepers to talk through logistics of the year.
      • Rapids Youth Soccer will have a manual coming out soon outlining ideas for the Culture Keeper to use.
      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.

      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.
      Culture Keeper

      The Culture Keeper is an important piece to the development of a community-based organization. Culture Keepers do just as the title explains, they help build a culture within the team, providing opportunities for the team and families to have fun and enjoy their time with Rapids Youth Soccer more fully.

      The Culture Keeper get the fun task of setting up team events at tournaments, such as eating out together, setting up events while in town, such as laser tag. The Culture Keeper organizes opportunities for the team’s to better develop friendships with each other to help build long-lasting friendships outside of soccer.

      Culture Keeper Expectations

      • Stay involved with the team and informed about upcoming soccer events.
      • Set up events outside of soccer for the team to build relationships with each other.
      • Plan ahead for all upcoming events to build team and family camaraderie through in-town and out-of-town events.

      Culture Keeper Support

      • Rapids Youth staff provide suggests for Culture Keeper ideas.
      • Rapids Youth Soccer provides a meeting with all Culture Keepers to talk through logistics of the year.
      • Rapids Youth Soccer will have a manual coming out soon outlining ideas for the Culture Keeper to use.

      Understanding Your Child’s Year-Long Evaluation

      The Competitive program provides an opportunity for players who want to learn and develop in an environment that challenges and educates them in the game of soccer. Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to supporting and developing those players that are committed to developing themselves.

      Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to a year-long evaluation process of our homegrown players. This year-long evaluation and feedback process provides our players with a complete overview of their progress during their time with Rapids Youth Soccer.

      Below is an overview of exactly what is done during the year to provide our players with the most comprehensive evaluation and feedback process.

      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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      GOALKEEPER TRAINING

      Rapids Youth Soccer has one of the most robust goalkeeper programs in the nation. The curriculum and training methodology is oversaw by the pro team goalkeeper coach.

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      WINTER TRAINING

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

      Rapids Youth Soccer is on a two-year cycle for uniform with adidas. Players should change uniforms approximately every two years, which usually falls in line growth of players.

      Your registration covers coaching fees, field fees, and administrative fees for the season. You are responsible for additional tournament expenses and tournament travel.

      During the regular CSA season, teams generally compete against other clubs across the Front Range. Some teams may travel as far north Fort Collins, as far south as Pueblo or as far west as Grand Junction. Not all ages and levels will compete against clubs in these areas and these trips generally happen once per season.

      Tournament travel varies based on the age and competitive level of the team.

      All competitive team coaches are USSF Licensed and participate in intensive in-house coach education throughout the season.