Fall Youth Academy Schedule

U5/6 Start:September 4th
U5/6 End: October 27th
U5/6 Play Days: 11am – September 15, 29; October 13, 27
U7/8 Start: August 28th
U7/8 End: October 27th

U7/8 Game Days: September 8, 15*, 22, 29; October 6*, 13, 20*, 27.
* denotes Friendlies with other clubs – schedule may change on these dates

PROPOSED WEEKLY GAME SCHEDULE:
(schedules will be sent via email weekly and are subject to change based on #s of players)

9am – U7B*; U7G*; U8G*
10am – U8B*

U5/6 Play Days: At least 4 throughout the Fall season.

U7/8 Game Days: At least 8 throughout the Fall season, including Friendlies (with other clubs)

Tentative GAME SCHEDULE: (schedules will be sent via email weekly)
9am – U7B*; U7G*; U8G*
10am – U8B*
11am – U5/6 Play Days

Boys & Girls Coaching Director Info:

Director: Joe Manley 505-600-5644 joe.manley@riorapids.org

East Side (Arroyo Del Oso Park)
Tuesdays & Fridays (Tentative)

  • U5: 4:45-5:30
  • U6: 5:45-6:30
  • U7: 4:45-5:40
  • U8: 5:45-6:45

West Side (Ventana Ranch Park)
Wednesdays & Fridays (Tentative)

  • U5-6: 4:45-5:30
  • U7-8: 5:30-6:30

Rio Rapids Youth Academy Skills Videos

Coach Joe will be posting weekly videos to challenge your players to master new skills. Videos will be posted on our YouTube channel. Encourage your child to watch the video and try what coach Joe can do! Take a video or picture of your child doing it and share it one our social media accounts (see below) using the hashtags #RioRapidsSC #RioRapidsYA and #RioSkillChallenge.

Youth Academy Overview

Rio Rapids SC Youth Academy has built a strong reputation for developing 3-8 year old kids of all ability levels and graduating players to the competitive teams and programs of Rio Rapids SC. The Club aims to promote a healthy environment, which enables each player to fulfill his or her potential both on and off the field. Players, parents, and coaches should feel confident and comfortable that key areas of development—technical, tactical, academic, personal and social—are the primary concern in each and every decision the Club takes.

Youth Academy Structure

Every player can attend any two age-group training sessions each week. The Club will host themed “Play Days” for the U5s and U6s 4 times in the Fall and Spring. The Club is also transitioning to a true Academy format for U7s and U8s in which players will compete in 8 games in the Fall and Spring against developmentally appropriate competition. This will help to maximize each player’s technical, tactical, and social growth, and enjoyment of the game. Guest clubs will be brought in to compete with Rio Rapids SC in a structured game-day environment, aligned with USSF Game Standards and Policies.

Program Elements

  • Eastside and Westside Locations
  • Parent Education
  • Professional Curriculum
  • Professional Coaches
  • Player Safety and Welfare
  • Age and Gender Specific

Uniforms

  • U7-8: white and burgundy jersey tops, black shorts, and black socks are REQUIRED. No one will be putting numbers on their jerseys.
  • U5-6: jerseys, shorts, and socks are not required for training/play days, but available for those who would like to have them. 

Rio Rapids Soccer Club now has their own Team Store on soccer.com to order uniforms and other awesome Rio gear! You can find the site here: http://www.soccer.com/playerpassnav/index.php?zid=21508908 

U5-U8 Uniforms

Boys & Girls Coaching Director Info:

Director: Joe Manley 505-600-5644 joe.manley@riorapids.org

Parent Testimonials

The coaches were very patient with the kids and taught them so much.

Soccer School Parent

The students have fun learning and enjoy being on the soccer field.

Soccer School Parent

I like that the children are learning the right skills for their age, not just being thrown on a field and told to kick ‘that way.’

Soccer School Parent

The coaches all seemed to be happy to be at each session and really engaged with all the kids. The kids really seemed to bond with them and have fun the whole season.

Soccer School Parent

We love the way they are teaching the game of soccer.

Soccer School Parent

The coaching is great and the friendlies are a lot of fun.

Soccer School Parent

They really interacted well with the children. Took time to learn their names and their personalities.

Soccer School Parent

Our son grew to love the game.

Soccer School Parent

All coaches provide positive feedback to the boys and girls. All children are engaged, all activities are structured to keep all the kids involved and not waiting to participate. No time is wasted all the coaches are prepared with their lessons at practice.

Soccer School Parent

Coaches always redirect children what to do in different situations in soccer which helps child know what to do.

Soccer School Parent

The coaching. Everyone is approachable, kind, and genuinely seems to care about these kids.

Soccer School Parent

The coaches all know my son by name and are friendly, caring, and knowledgeable.

Soccer School Parent

Youth Academy ADO Field Map

Youth Academy U5 & U6

  • Professional Coaching Staff
  • 2 sessions per week
  • Four bi-weekly Rio Rapids SC Play Days (Spring)
  • 8 week curriculum.
  • Includes Rio Rapids SC training shirt and Adidas ball
  • Need based scholarships available
  • Two locations, Arroyo Del Oso Park (ADO) and Ventana Ranch Park
  • Colorado Rapids Alliance Benefits

U-5-U6 Boys & Girls Coaching Directors Info:

Director: Joe Manley 505-600-5644 joe.manley@riorapids.org

Yearly Club Fee

$200

League Fees

None

Uniforms

Optional ~ $70

Order Online

Youth Academy U7 & U8

Fall 2017 Registration is for NEW players only!
If you registered in the Fall, it will be for BOTH the Fall 2017 and the Spring 2018.

  • Professional Coaching Staff
  • 2 sessions per week
  • 8 games in the Spring in true Academy format,
    with guest clubs
  • USYSA Club Pass access
  • Includes Rio Rapids SC training shirt
  • Need based scholarships available
  • Two locations, Arroyo Del Oso Park (ADO) and Ventana Ranch Park
  • Additional playing opportunities
  • Colorado Rapids Alliance Benefits

U7-8: February 28th-May 6th
(with a week off for Spring Break March 20-24)
Game Days: March 11, 18;
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6

U7-U8 Boys & Girls Coaching Directors Info:

Director: Joe Manley 505-600-5644 joe.manley@riorapids.org

Yearly Club Fee

$260

League Fees

None

Uniforms

Required ~ $70

Order Online