These roles(2) are critical to the successful development, evolution and implementation of the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club Technical Strategy for Player Development.
CRYSC provides playing opportunities for 10,000+ young people across the length and breadth of Colorado. We operate the club across our 5 regions; Fort Collins, North, Central, South and Castle Rock.
Coach and Player Development forms the cornerstone of our offering to members, and in order to support these valued coaches and we require dedicated and experienced individuals to lead the development of our 'South' and 'Central' regions and its staff, with a specific focus on key aspects of the Technical Strategy relative to recreational and competitive programming.
SELECTED JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Regional Oversight and Lead
- Act as a leader of the region and conduct yourself in such a manner that seeks to support and empower the staff to achieve the goals set. You should be the ‘face’ of communication both internally and externally that will convey clear and concise directions.
- You should be a person who is visible to our key stakeholders as someone who is available to reach and engage with either on the fields or via other forms of communication
Regional Staff Development
- Act as a leader who is invested in your full time staff’s development. You must work to understand their personalities and seek to support them in their own area of work that will empower them to be leaders in their own right.
- Support your regional staff with a plan for their own development that will create a culture of evolution, innovation and care when we are speaking about self-improvement.
Regional Coach Development
- Lead, Develop and Deliver on all regional coach development aimed at achieving the outcomes within the Player Development Plan (PDP);
- Support the development of a coach assessment tool and process that identifies areas of need and prioritizes them in line with the objectives of the PDP;
- Implement a consistent and appropriate Individual Coach Development Plan (ICDP) that is applicable and reinforced with every Rapids coach at the club;
- Support the learning of F/T CRYSC members of staff in relation to the PDP and their own personal development;
- Create a coach mentor program at all levels within your region that increases the levels of support available to Rapids coaches and focuses on the specific needs of development as well as specifically in relation to PDP topics;
- Work to support the creation of coach recruitment tools and projects that seek to attract new, developing and experienced coaches that are able to assist in realizing the ambitions of CRYSC as a whole club
- Collaborate on the creation and delivery of club wide and regional coach recruitment projects aimed at sharing our messages on ‘who we are’, ‘what we do’ and ‘how we do it’
- Work to implement the PDP at regional level that becomes visible in the development of players on the field via the reinforcement and practical delivery of key messages, innovative special projects and colleague collaboration
- Understand and reinforce the Rapids Long Term Player Development plan
- Reinforce, educate and actively deliver to players in their understanding of Rapids ‘style of play’ and ‘behaviors’ in particular
- Collaborate with colleagues with regards to the creation of performance markers for the recreation and competitive program with regards to player and team progress (in relation to Rapids LTPD goals)
- Manage and deliver the parent education element of our key club messages revolving around PDP. Items such as ‘behaviors’, ‘club methodology’ and generally improving parental understanding of what we do and how we do it.
- Positively promote consistent messaging via club endorsed channels
- Support Directors of Coaching in their day to day development and management of their program in a way that is consistent with ‘The Rapids Way’.
- USSF B-Licence or equivalent - Experience of strategic development and implementation - Clear understanding of the Coach Education process and its components; - Experience in delivering Coach Education regularly across a range of topics and stages; - An understanding of the Player Development Plan and how this is applied regionally; - A proven ability to recruit and motivate remarkable staff and coaches and to help them succeed; - Outstanding interpersonal relationship building and employee coaching and development skills; - Exceptional multitasking skills with the ability to tend to multiple problems at a time; - Highly effective problem-solving skills, especially in situations of high stress; - Strong knowledge of Club policies, goals and standards; - Experience of managing a group of people and budgets; - Ability to generate a variety of reports and presentations displaying regional performance; and - Strong customer service skills in the areas of handling disputes and treating member families with care
DESIREABLE - Degree in Sports Related Topic (or similar relevant education experience) - USSF A-Licence - Certification in ‘soft skills’ modules Communication (e.g.) o Leadership / Management o Conflict resolution - Certification in Topic specific certification (Desirable: Such as….) o Knowing the Athlete Development Process o Sport Psychology o Talent I.D o Creating the right environment o Scouting o Soccer Science o Analysis - Multi-club experience (i.e. Multiple environments/ways of working)
About Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club
Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (CRYSC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides one of the nation’s most comprehensive, in-depth approaches to youth soccer- providing opportunities for players three-years-old to professional, from beginner to advanced. In partnership with the professional MLS team, CRYSC has access to resources and support above and beyond other soccer clubs. Serving over 4,000 children every season, CRYSC staffs the nation’s best coaches to provide all children, at all levels, opportunities to enjoy and grow in the game of soccer. In addition to leagues, CRYSC provides beginner to advanced level tournaments, camps and clinics in the summer and winter as well as college preparation assistance.
In addition to the youth programs provided by CRYSC, over 2,000 children are served annually in the nation’s largest youth soccer outreach program. Through our Soccer for Success and Zarlengo programs, CRYSC provides opportunities for underserved youth to have access to the world’s game. These programs focus on aspects above and beyond youth soccer, targeting physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement in communities that need addi...tional support.
CRYSC also offers opportunities with access to some of the nation’s best youth teams through the Elite Club National League. These teams connect national team coaches directly with academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams