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Rapids Youth Soccer is Colorado’s premier soccer coaching destination. Supported by a curriculum spanning from the MLS First team down to preschool, Rapids Youth Soccer offers coaching opportunities for every coach, from beginner to advanced.

Full-Time Opportunities (click positions to expand)

Executive Level

Director of Education

A critical role in Senior Management of the club, be a creator, owner, supporter and manager of all CRYSC education provisions. Relative to the CRYSC Player Development Plan for the Elite, Competitive, Select and Recreational Programs, this role will oversee the development and implementation of regional, club wide and external facing coach education opportunities and the progress made towards being recognized as leading club nationally in coach education.

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to the Technical Director, Donald Gillies ([email protected]) with ‘Director of Education’ in the subject.

Click here to view the application for the Director of Education role at Rapids Youth Soccer!

Regional Management

Operations & Administration

11U-14U Girls Director of Coaching

This position reports to the club Central Director of Player and Coach Development. The 11U-14U Girls Director of Coaching (DOC) is responsible for making sure the 11U-14U girls competitive program not only meets but exceeds the needs expectations of CRYSC members, partners and guests. Additionally, this role needs to ensure programs and services within the region align with the overall mission, vision and strategy of CRYSC. 

The Central 11U-14U Girls Director of Coaching (DOC) will oversee the technical and operations for the Central Region of Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club’s 11U-14U girls advanced level programs, including, but not limited to, design the 11U-14U girls curriculum and technical methodology within the parameters of the Colorado Rapids system, exemplifying the ‘Heart Behind the Crest’ in all communications with members, partners, and guests, and create a process for and oversee the implementation of the overall Colorado Rapids Technical Development Plan.

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to the Ash Hopkins, [email protected]

Click here to view the application for the Girls 11U-14U Director of Coaching role at Rapids Youth Soccer!

Part-Time Opportunities (click positions to expand)

Tier I: Beginner Coaching Opportunities

Soccer Start Staff Coach

CLUB VISION:

“To be the heart behind the crest.” 

At Rapids Youth Soccer, we focus on whole player development, both on and off the field. We strive for players to develop a lifelong love of the game and use the skills learned through their time with Rapids to allow them to be successful in all they desire to achieve.   

POSITION VISION: 

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club is looking for passionate coaches to be part of the Soccer Start Program. Soccer Start employs dynamic and motivated individuals to deliver a high-level experience for our youngest Rapids families, ages 3-5 years old. The vocation of the coach, in their role as a trainer, is to introduce players (boys and girls) who want to discover the joys of soccer and initiate them in its practices. 

CORE VALUES:

  1. Win Within – We strive to be the best in all that we are able to control as individuals and as an organization. We look to be recognized locally and nationally for our expertise and efforts to build a forward-thinking and progressive youth soccer organization.
  2. In and Up – We look to develop ourselves and those around us working to raise the overall quality and impact of everyone we work with, inside and outside the organization.
  3. Keep it Simple, Keep it Small – We work to simplify big thoughts and expectations into community and personal executions.
  4. Enjoyment First – We work to not only enjoy our work, but help those around us enjoy it as well. Additionally, when we win the hearts of our players, their development will improve.
  5. Moment of Truth – We recognize the importance of every moment and interaction to create something remarkable.
  6. Own It – We own our roles and responsibilities and hold a high standard for the expectations we are held to. 

POSITION OBJECTIVES:

  1. Lead training sessions for six weeks per season. 
  2. Promote learning through play.
  3. Promote a sporting education based on respect and fair play from the youngest age.
  4. Encourage a spirit based on the enjoyment of playing.
  5. Foster a safe environment for players and spectators. 
  6. Focus on physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development through the program. 
  7. Model good behavior through positive action and attention. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Read the coaching plan each week prior to the session. The Soccer Start curriculum is designed to be relatable and fun for the kids, while also teaching them the basic skills of soccer.
  • Arrive 20-30 minutes early to ensure enough time for set up and wear Rapids gear each week.
  • Inform the Soccer Start Program Director and Site Director of any absent sessions, following the established process.
  • Introduce children to soccer in a fun, inviting, and non-threatening atmosphere where they can learn, grow and play together – regardless of skill level or experience.
  • Emphasize having fun and learning the sport – not winning or what the score is.
  • Teach the basic rules of the game and reinforce these rules during activities and scrimmages.
  • Focus activities on basic soccer skill development, hand/eye and foot/eye coordination, listening skills, and teamwork.
  • Help players understand the concept of the sport through the final scrimmages.
  • Attend Coach Education and paid staff meetings.
  • Check fields before the sessions for any possible hazards that could cause injury. 
  • Make sure all players have been picked up before leaving the practice field.

MARKERS OF SUCCESS:

  • Positive experience: Every member of the training staff should provide a high-level experience for our Rapids families. 
  • Creating a good learning environment: By letting the game be the teacher, the players are encouraged to learn. 
  • Develop player self-esteem and self-confidence: The value of understanding children, being fair and enthusiastic, as well as being a positive role model, cannot be underestimated.

Locations: Central Region; Crestmoor Park, Central Park Area, and North-West Denver Area. Teachers and early childhood educators a plus. 

The Club provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Job Type: Independent contractor, 6-week commitment 

Pay is $15 per hour payable on a monthly basis. Position is an independent contractor and not an employee of the Club, and therefore is not entitled to any of the benefits associated with such employment. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Charlie Alvarez Bacha, [email protected], with the subject titled “Soccer Start Coach”. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Beginner Camp Coach

Rapids Recreational Camps are designed for players of all levels to have fun and play soccer in a safe environment. Players range in age from five to ten years old. Each coach works with a group of approximately 10 similarly-aged players. Minimal soccer experience is required, but coaches must be able to engage a group of children with enthusiasm. The camp curriculum and equipment will be provided.

Pay: $15-$25 per hour depending on experience

Tier II: Intermediate Coaching Opportunities

Rapids Development Center Staff Coach

Rapids Development Centers are designed as additional training for players from five to ten years old to build on their technical soccer foundation. Coaches are provided a Rapids curriculum session for their group of 8-11 players every week with a specific technical focus. Sessions run for one hour once a week in the evenings. Minimal soccer experience is required but enthusiasm for working with kids and high energy is important. Equipment will be provided, but coaches are expected to come early to all sessions in order to assist with setup. There is a one season (6 sessions/weeks) commitment for this position.

Pay: $15-$25 per hour depending on experience

9U-10U Recreational PLUS Staff Coach

CRYSC U9/10 Rec PLUS staff coaches are responsible for coordinating one to two teams in an hour-long training slot, twice per week. Rec PLUS coaches are expected to implement and adjust the U9/10 curriculum based on the level of their teams. Coaches will coordinate, support, and advise volunteer coaches on the direction of their teams. Rec PLUS staff coaches are not required to attend game days. Weekly training slots run from 5-6PM, and 6-7PM at centralized locations. Coaches must be available for one or both slots to be considered for position. Rec PLUS coaches are required to attend program specific coach education once per season.

Pay: $200-350 per month per team, depending on experience

U11+ Recreational Team Coach

CRYSC U11+ Rec League coaches work with one team of girls and/or boys within the CRYSC Recreational Soccer League for a full season. Coaches run two practices per week and manage weekly games that compete against the other teams within the Rapids Youth Soccer league. Each season lasts  8 to 10 weeks. In addition to soccer techniques, league coaches reinforce values central to soccer, such as teamwork, discipline, respect, and etc.

Coaches must be able to commit to hour-long two training sessions and a 1.5 hours game day every Saturday (excluding holiday weekends) during the season. A one season commitment minimum is required, but we prefer that coaches are able to commit to two seasons. Coaches should understand they will be the point of contact for families and players within their team. Coaches are responsible for ensuring players are aware of games, practices, and other important news.

Pay: $1,200 per team

Intermediate Camp Coach

Intermediate camp coaches work with players between five to 12 years old. Staff coaches are expected to guide players to build on their technical soccer foundation. All coaches are provided a Rapids curriculum session for their group of 8-12 players each day with a specific technical focus. Camp sessions range from half day (3 hours) to full day (6 hours) experiences. Previous playing and coaching experience is desired, along with an enthusiasm for working with, and teaching, kids. High energy is extremely important to this position. Equipment will be provided, but coaches are expected to come early to all sessions in order to assist with setup. There is a one season (6 session) commitment for this position.

Pay: Between $30 to $40 an hour. Compensation is dependent upon licensing and/or experience.

Tier III: Advanced Coaching Opportunities

U9/10 Select Team Coach

CRYSC U9-U10 Select coaches are responsible for introducing top male and female soccer players to the first step in the elite player development process. Coaches are expected to set professional standards for participation while also facilitating a fun, positive, and developmentally-appropriate environment for 8 to 10 year olds.

Select coaches should have a considerable background in both playing and coaching soccer, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff.  Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

Coaches at this level will be most qualified and experienced with coaching players between 8 and 10 years old. Training sessions for Select groups take place three times per week with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 2-3 tournaments which take place on the weekend each season. The fall season will run from August until early November and the spring season will run from March until early June. Additionally, Select coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. During this time, teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

Pay: Compensation is dependent upon licensing and experience. Payments are made monthly over a 10 month period.

U11-U14 White, Blue, or Gold Team Coach

CRYSC U11-U14 White Blue and Gold Team Coaches are responsible for running training sessions and leading games for a team of competitive male and/or female players. Training sessions for these groups take place three times per week with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 1-2 tournaments which take place on the weekend each season. The fall season will run from August until early November and the spring season will run from March until early June. Additionally, White, Blue and Gold team coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. Teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

White, Blue, and Gold team coaches are expected to facilitate a fun, positive and professionally structured learning environment for the players on their team. Coaches should have a considerable background in playing and some coaching experience, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff. Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

Pay: Compensation is dependent upon licensing and experience. Payments are made monthly over a 10 month period.

U11-U14 Select or Burgundy Team Coach

CRYSC U11-U14 Select and Burgundy teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group. Coaches at this level will be our most qualified and experienced in the game. Training sessions for Select and Burgundy groups take place three times per week with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 2-3 tournaments which take place on the weekend each season. The fall season will run from August until early November and the spring season will run from March until early June. Additionally, Select and Burgundy team coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. Teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

Select and Burgundy team coaches are expected to facilitate a fun, positive, and professionally structured learning environment for the players on their team. Coaches should have a considerable background in both playing and coaching soccer, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff. Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

Pay: Compensation is dependent upon licensing and experience. Payments are made monthly over a 10 month period.

U15-U19 White, Blue, or Gold Team Coach

CRYSC U15-U19 White, Blue and Gold Team Coaches are responsible for running training sessions and leading games for a team of competitive male and/or female players. Training sessions for these groups take place three times per week (White teams) 2 times a week (Blue/Gold teams) with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 2-3  tournaments which take place on the weekend each season. The spring season for these teams goes from March through June. Additionally, White, Blue and Gold team coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. Teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

White, Blue, and Gold team coaches are expected to facilitate a fun, positive, and professionally structured learning environment for the players on their team. Coaches should have a considerable background in playing and some coaching experience, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff. Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

The U15 teams will have a primary season and a secondary season. The secondary season is an optional fall season offered through the club. Teams that play in the secondary season will still have league games and one event. Coaches would be compensated for training sessions and games as they would in the primary season.

Pay: Compensation is dependent upon licensing and/or experience.

U15-U19 Select or Burgundy Team Coach

U15 – U19 Select and Burgundy teams represent the most competitive teams in a given age group. Coaches at this level will be our most qualified and experienced in the game. Training sessions for Select and Burgundy groups take place three times per week with games on Saturday. Teams also participate in 2-3 tournaments and 1 State competition which take place on the weekend each season. The spring season for these teams goes from March through June. Additionally, Select and Burgundy team coaches are responsible for winter training which takes place in January and February. Teams will train twice per week outdoors with one pre-season tournament before moving to the spring training schedule.

Select and Burgundy team coaches are expected to facilitate a fun, positive, and professionally structured learning environment for the players on their team. Coaches should have a considerable background in both playing and coaching soccer, and be able and willing to communicate with players, parents and technical and administrative club staff. Coaches will be educated in and expected to implement the Rapids Youth Soccer player development philosophy, methodology and curriculum.

The U15 teams will have a primary season and a secondary season. The secondary season is an optional fall season offered through the club. Teams that play in the secondary season will still have league games and one event. Coaches would be compensated for training sessions and games as they would in the primary season.

Pay: Compensation is dependent upon licensing and/or experience.

Advanced Camp Coach

Advanced camp coaches will work with players that range from 9 to 18 years old.  Staff coaches will be expected to teach, and build upon, the 4 pillars of the game (technical, tactical, psychosocial and physical). The coaches will be provided a Rapids curriculum session for their group of 10-15 players each camp day that will have a specific technical focus. Camp sessions range from half day (3 hours) to full day (6 hours) experiences. Previous playing and coaching experience is required along with an enthusiasm for working with, and teaching, kids. High energy is extremely important to this position. Equipment will be provided, but coaches are expected to come early to all sessions in order to assist with setup.

Pay: Compensation is dependent upon licensing and/or experience.

Event Staff Opportunites

Event Site Manager

CRYSC tournament staff is looking for help in 2021 operating and facilitating events! Opportunities to staff events are open to all who are interested in applying. For the Site manager roles, we are looking for individuals who can provide leadership, focus on a customer service approach that wows members and clients, and who can deliver excellence across all workflows and communication.

  • Direct Report: Tournament Director
  • Tasks and Responsibilities:
    • Oversee a designated tournament site assigned by Tournament Director for the entirety of an event weekend. 
    • Execute game schedule as listed and ensure all teams who play at the facility have a good customer service experience.
    • Lead all staff on site and be point of contact for all contractors on site, including, but not limited to: Referees, medical staff, vendors, all event staff, coaches, managers, spectators, and more.
    • Make decisions on behalf of the Tournament Director when he/she is not present/available. 
    • Oversee day-before setup and event preparations at assigned locations. 
    • Oversee team check-in, team form verification, and ensure a smooth check-in process for all teams. 
    • Execute medal distribution process along with Site Coordinators.
    • Exclusive discretion of staff equipment such as radios and golf carts.
  • Culture/Leadership:
    • Establish, implement, evaluate, and provide leadership for the Colorado Rapid’s administrative mission for club events, including, but not limited to team recruitment and retention, marketing, effective communication, customer service, administration, and organization.
    • Create and foster positive internal and external working relationships. 
  • Compensation: Compensation is dependent upon relationship to club and experience of the individual. 

For more information, please reach out to Tournament Director, Marcus Owerko, at [email protected]

Event Site Coordinator

CRYSC tournament staff is looking for help in 2021 operating and facilitating events! Opportunities to staff events are open to all who are interested in applying. For the Site Coordinator role, we are looking for individuals who can help facilitate event operations, focus on a customer service approach that wows members and clients, and bring positive energy and a helping hand for all events.

  • Direct Report: Site Manager
  • Tasks and Responsibilities:
    • General assistant and helper for Site Manager.
    • Assist with setup and event preparations the morning of the first event day. 
    • Operate entrances and exits of events, execute team form verification, and ensure smooth a check-in process for all teams.
    • Assist in perimeter security to enforce capacity rules and COVID safety policies.
    • Execute medal distribution process determined by Site Manager. 
    • Sanitation: Consistent cleaning of high traffic areas, trash collection and disposal. 
  • Compensation: Dependent upon the applicant’s relationship to club and experience of the applicant.

For more information, please reach out to Tournament Director, Marcus Owerko, at [email protected]

Event Administrative Internship

This internship is open to any current university students who are in need of credits to complete a degree. This role would be a great fit for any students studying or interested in Sports Management, Business Operations, Facility Management, etc.

  • Direct Report: Tournament Director 
  • Administration & Communication:
    • Help create, implement and manage the registration process for all tournaments through appropriate sports management systems.
    • Assist with the timely collection of fees and recording of payments for all tournaments.
    • Develop online event brochure per event.
    • Oversee customer service tournament email account.
  • Operations:
    • Assist Tournament Director during event weekends with all oversight duties.
    • Assist with securing and verifying tournament referees. Act as a point of contact for referee assignors.
    • Coordinate on-site setup at remote tournament locations.
    • Provide a customer service presence on the fields for tournaments and recruiting events.
  • Culture/Leadership:
    • Establish, implement, evaluate, and provide leadership for the Colorado Rapid’s administrative mission for club events, including, but not limited to team recruitment and retention, marketing, effective communication, customer service, administration, and organization.
    • Create and foster positive internal and external working relationships. 
  • Compensation:
    • Will vary based on the requirements of the student’s internship as outlined byt their university.

For more information, please reach out to Tournament Director, Marcus Owerko, at [email protected]

Event Staff Volunteer | CRYSC Community Aid Program

Any individual with a relationship to CRYSC is eligible to participate in the program. All applicants will begin as “Site Coordinator”, and have the opportunity to move up to “Site Manager” after gaining experience working  multiple events. All individuals will work scheduled event hours and report hours back to the Tournament Director at the end of each event. All compensation will be added directly to the individual’s club account credit, and will NOT be compensated directly through check/direct deposit. 

Click here to apply for our Rapids Event Staff Community Program!

Direct Report: Site Manager

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • General assistant and helper for Site Manager.
  • Assist with setup and event preparations on first day of event.
  • Manage entrances and exits, verify team forms, and ensure a smooth check-in process.
  • Assist in perimeter security to enforce capacity rules and COVID safety policies.
  • Execute medal distribution process led by Site Manager.
  • Sanitation: Consistent cleaning of high traffic areas, trash collection and disposal.
  • Any help required on site not limited to the above responsibilities.   

Compensation: $15 per hour credited directly to your club account.

Desired (but not required) Qualifications for Event Volunteers:

  1. Team player, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.
  2. Organization and/or leadership skills.
  3. Ability to be physically active and willing to work long hours during events.
  4. Competent with technology including Word, Excel, etc.
  5. Willing to work a full weekend tournament (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

Program-eligible community includes:

  1. Parents
  2. Coaches
  3. Managers
  4. Players 16 & Up

Traditional Hours:

  • Friday 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Saturday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Sunday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Central Recreational Site Director

The Central Recreational Site Director will support the organization by being the lead for their designated location by managing recreational game day sites and ensuring proper and punctual setup and takedown of game day fields while providing exceptional customer service for families, players, and coaches. The Field Coordinator will be responsible for being the main CRYSC point of contact on game days and contribute to provide a high-quality game day experience for members.

Field Coordinators must be a minimum of 18 years old and able to lift up to 50lbs of equipment. This is a physically active outdoor position that includes and is not limited to goals to being carried out to the fields, extended periods of standing, walking to various fields, and being outside in moderate weather conditions. A background in coaching experience and/or referee training is preferred but not required. Mandatory job training will be required.

Position Vision:

To oversee and own all aspects of setting up and managing game day sites for our Central Recreational programs. 

Operations

  • Act as the main point person while games are taking place; typically between the hours of 8am-4pm on Saturdays and occasionally Sundays. You are expected to be at the fields for the entirety of time that games are taking place, in addition to the adequate time needed for field set up and take down.
  • The Site Director is responsible for having all fields and Rapids signage set up a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the first games starting. Must be able to safely assemble, store, and maintain collapsible goals for all fields with 3v3, 5v5, and 7v7 size dimensions.
  • The Site Director will be responsible for overseeing unique accommodations at each site to ensure members and spectators are safe and comfortable.
  • After the last game has ended, the Site Director is responsible for breaking down all fields and signage.
  • Site Directors will address in-the-moment disputes with tact, consideration for all parties involved, and sensitivity to CRYSC protocols.
  • The Site Director will assist any in-the-moment medical and safety emergencies that may occur and report them to the Central Recreational Recreational Coordinator.

Player Experience

  • CRYSC Site Directors will provide players, coaches, and families with a game day experience marked by professional field organization, customer friendly on-site support, and enjoyment.
  • Greet and welcome players and their families to the fields; cheer them on as they get ready for their game!
  • Help promote and implement the Let-Us-Play philosophy during games. This includes having conversations with families who are not abiding by the Let-Us-Play guidelines and handing out Let-Us-Play cards to all players to give to their families at the beginning of the season.
  • Provide game facilitator cards to coaches prior to the first game of the season.
  • Handing out Rapids and/or partner items (swag) periodically throughout the season.

Communication/Player Recruitment

  • Adhere to the club’s 24 hour communication policy in all forms of communication; email and voicemail.
  • Coordinating, communicating, and collaborating with CRYSC Recreational Program Directors as needed throughout the season.
  • During games the Site Director will observe and take notes of players that may qualify to be invited to Elite and Select programming. These notes will be shared with the corresponding Director of Coaching for these age groups. 

Customer Service

  • Implement, maintain and exemplify a standard of superior customer service across all interactions with members, coaches, and staff. 
  • Provide informative, friendly, and professional customer service for any game-related questions. Site Directors must be prepared to answer questions parent volunteer coaches may have about CRYSC in-house game day rules and tournament formats both accurately and concisely. Route questions to the corresponding program or league manager as necessary. 
  • Orienting spectators and teams to their proper field and viewing areas.

Job Type: Part-TIme, 7-week season, 8-game day commitment
Contract: $150 per day

Ready to Apply and Join the Club?

Apply for part-time Coaching Positions or for our Event Staff Community Aid Program through the links below: