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Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, 11U-19U Competitive Team Coach

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Summary:
Work to create an environment where every child within your team feels valued, irrespective of the playing level that they may possess. Work to support the development and enjoyment of your players in a structured manner in line with the values and philosophical statement of player development that the club represents. Use the data and analytics from preseason and postseason surveys along with the GRADE feedback during the season to support each player’s development.
 
Posted Date:
4/8/2022
 
Job Location:
Colorado
 
Position Type:
 
Contact Name:
Jeff Oleck
 
Contact Email:
jeff.oleck@rapidsyouthsoccer.org
 
Description:

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, 11U-19U Competitive Team Coach
Job Description

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (CRYSC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. CRYSC is Colorado’s premier youth soccer experience and the only club in Colorado to offer opportunities from three-years-old to professional, from beginner to Major League Soccer with year-round youth soccer programs of all levels serving 10,000 children across the Front Range seasonally.

CRYSC provides top-quality leagues, camps, and tournaments that serve beginner- to elite-players locally, regionally, and nationally. As a Top 100 Youth Soccer Club in the U.S. and a consistent winner of Colorado’s Top Youth Soccer Club by Colorado Parent Magazine, CRYSC values holistic child development as ‘The Heart Behind the Crest’ and cultivating remarkable coaches. The club prides itself on supporting players and coaches through a number of other programs such as the nation’s largest college placement program, an integrated relationship with UCHealth Sports Medicine, an online digital education platform that serves players, coaches, and parents, and a fully integrated sports psychology program.

JOB FUNCTIONS:
Work to create an environment where every child within your team feels valued, irrespective of the playing level that they may possess. Work to support the development and enjoyment of your players in a structured manner in line with the values and philosophical statement of player development that the club represents. Use the data and analytics from preseason and postseason surveys along with the GRADE feedback during the season to support each player’s development. 

Adhere to communication, evaluation, training, game, and tournament expectations for the respective team/program you coach.

Communication

  • Be proactive and timely in advising key stakeholders of team arrangements and matters concerning logistics;
  • Actively engage the team community (players, parents, Directors of Coaching), etc... in the player development process;
  • Adhere to the club’s 24-hour communication policy in all forms of communication; email and voicemail, especially when dealing with issues that may arise from time to time;
  • Be consistent in communicating with age group Director of Coaching; and
  • Complete reporting requirements associated with team and player development in a prompt and timely manner, especially ‘Game Recap and Development Evaluations’ (GRADE)

Informed 

  • Possess suitable knowledge and understanding of team/age/level of players;
  • Remain informed on the unique needs of their specific team and players;
  • Demonstrate an ability to work cohesively between player retention, recruitment, and development;
  • Deeply understand the Club’s Player Development Plan; and
  • Take time and interest in knowing and building relationships with every player.

Flexibility

  • Understand that multiple approaches to individual and team development will be required to create the right environment for optimum enjoyment and improvement;
  • Ability to adapt to changes in environment or schedule based on players and logistical needs; and
  • Resourceful in approach to on and off the field player development

Resiliency

  • Recognize that patience creates a positive development environment, especially when progress is slow;
  • Delivers consistency in messaging and approach helps to isolate the learning required for improvement. Trust the process;
  • Be resilient in the content of the practice and game approach you are providing for players and your team. Avoid, where possible, changing content to reflect the outcome of your last game. We don’t want ‘a mile wide, and an inch deep’ scenario when players are learning new skills;
  • Understand that the needs of the players and team must remain a priority in dealing with these challenges in real-time and planning is vital. External factors will challenge your resolve and temperament; and
  • Committed to constantly reflecting on practice and games as a coach and question what worked, and what didn’t, and how to apply to learn.

Creativity

  • Understands that when you know your players you can create an environment that allows you to explore more than one way of reaching your desired outcome;
  • Knows what works best and creates content and moments of learning that suit the needs of your group, even if it is not ‘by the book’;
  • Problem-solving in real-time during practice and games that help players work towards the understanding of the issue without providing the answer; and
  • Encourage creative moments on the field from the players, even if it leads to errors.

Reflection

  • Understand the fundamental nature of reflection in the role of the coach when directed at players and oneself;
  • Possesses the ability to self reflect or desire to develop this area;
  • Can channel the outcome of the reflection into a positive place where improvement is possible through the creation of innovative content and an adapted approach;
  • Is approachable and takes feedback from others in a positive and constructive manner;
  • Completes the GRADE reports in a thoughtful and consistent manner; and
  • Is able to have a long-term perspective on player progress, rather than ‘what just happened’ in a game or practice that week.

Experience / Desirable Traits 

  • Experience of working within a player development framework and knowledge of its key components;
  • Willingness to adapt to the approach of the club and be consistent in application;
  • Worked or played within a team environment at any ability level;
  • Desire to pursue formal coach education qualifications and informal learning opportunities;
  • An organized and reliable person with strong communication abilities;
  • Passion for working with young children; and
  • Passion for soccer.

MARKERS OF SUCCESS:

  • Efficient, consistent, and punctual attendance and delivery of team operations;
  • Positive feedback and results from the end of year parental questionnaire;
  • Attendance at key pre-season coach education events (Fall & Summer) as a minimum;
  • 100% Completion of all team and player evaluation reports (Game Recap And Development Evaluation - GRADE); and
  • Support the internal movement of players to levels where they will be appropriately challenged.

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO:
Program Director of Coaching

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:
CRYSC invests significant resources in its niche vision of being a home for “Developing Remarkable Coaches”.  This includes monthly educational opportunities, Coach Personal Development Plans (PDP), and a Coach Scholarship program supporting formal education and qualifications.

EEO, COMPENSATION, AND LOCATION:
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 & PAY: Independent Contractor; Contractors are not entitled to workers’ compensation insurance or benefits. Monthly Pay Range: $300-$800/mo depending on assigned program, experience, and licensing.

LOCATION: CRYSC operates along 100 miles of the I-25 corridor, from Castle Rock, CO to Fort Collins, CO.  Applicants may be assigned to any location based on their preferences, logistics, and program needs.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your resume, contact information, and references by email to Jeff Oleck, CRYSC Director of Club and International Partnerships, at jeff.oleck@rapidsyouthsoccer.org 

 
 
 
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