2017 Academy Program

The Rapids Academy Program was started in the Spring of 2010 and has progressed each year with comprehensive age appropriate training and player development. The program philosophy focuses on developing young players with an exceptional coaching staff and continuous support from a dedicated Academy Director, Ryan Billiet, who recently received his National Youth Coaching License, from the United States Soccer Federation that encompasses ages U6-U12 age groups.. The Academy is an inclusive program with no tryouts or cuts, so everyone is encouraged to participate.  Our Academy program is divided into 3 options depending on age and commitment of players.  Please read through our 3 options below:  


Academy Micro Program (Ages 5-8)

Our Academy Micro program is offered to ages 5-8.  Introducing the game of soccer, in a fun and healthy environment, is essential to the long-term development of a player.  Being new to the game, it’s important our Micro players are excited to play and get quality instruction.  The Micro Program is a camp like atmosphere, with licensed coaches, who run through games and activities that allow players to begin to get comfortable with the ball at their feet, listening to instruction, have fun, and be in a social environment with similar aged participants.  Micros will train in developmentally appropriate game environments and will play in small-sided games as well as free play activities that will be coach guided and player centered.

 

Program Details: 

  • Program Dates: April 11-June 1, 2017 - 16 Sessions (Rainouts will not be rescheduled)
  • Boys and Girls: Ages 5-8
  • Training Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm
  • Location: Smith Fields, Whitefish
  • Cost: $150/player, 10% discount for sibling in same program
  • Uniform: 3 piece uniform kit provided for players to keep
  • Registration Deadline:  March 15th or late fee will be added

Not sure what age group youre in?  Click Here

Payment Options:

We like to provide different payment options, to allow players to participate regardless of a family’s financial situation.  Below are two different options for payment.  You can pay all at once or split payments into two separate payments.  Payments will be automatically drawn on the dates listed below.  

1 Payment: 

  • $150 charged on 1/15/17, after 1/15/17 payment is charged at registration

Payment Plan:

  • PMT 1: $75 Charged on 1/15/17
  • PMT 2: $75 Charged on 3/15/17       

*If initial registration is after 1/15/17, PMT 1 will be charged at Registration

Late Registration:      

  •  After March 15, uniform will not be available at beginning of season
  •  $30 Late Fee After March 15
  •  $30 Late Fee and Waiting List after April 7

* Early registration is essential to run a successful program, please try to register before the registration deadline.

 

 

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 Academy Competitive Program (Ages 9-11)

The Rapids Academy Competitive program is designed to give U10 & U11 age players the opportunity to play in a competitive type atmosphere, with high-level licensed coaches.  At this young age group, it’s important that we open up this opportunity to any players, in the U10 & U11 age group, to develop a strong technical and tactical base of players.  Coaches will take their age groups through a season guided by our Rapids Curriculum, with an emphasis on a progressive player development model.  Players will be exposed to local and regional matches against other competitive clubs.  It’s important that our players are excited about the game and continue to have fun, while still developing as a player.  

Program Details: 

  • Program Dates: Indoor training mid-January to mid-April,
  • Outdoor Training: mid-April to mid-June (depending on game and tournament schedule )
  • Boys and Girls Teams: U-11 Boys & Girls (06), U-10 Boys & Girls (07/08)  
  • Training Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-7pm (indoor training schedule may be different )
  • Location: Indoor Training TBD. Outdoor Training: Smith Fields, Whitefish
  • Schedule: Indoor Training begins in January.  Outdoor training begins in early April as fields become available and continues into June or last tournament.
  • Tournaments: Up to four tournaments.  Decision on which tournaments to attend will be made by March 15th.  Each player will be charged their individual tournament fee April 15, which is estimated to be from $30-$125 per player depending on number and type of tournaments.
  • Cost: $250/player, 10% discount for sibling in the same program (Does not include tournaments)
  • Tournament Fees will be determined by March 15th and will automatically be charged on April 15th
  • Uniforms: Rapids 3 piece kit provided. Must be returned to Rapids at end of season
  • Registration Deadline- March 15th or late fee will be added

Not sure what age group you’re in?  Click Here

Payment Options:

We like to provide different payment options, to allow players to participate regardless of a family’s financial situation.  Below are two different options for payment.  You can pay all at once or split payments into two separate payments.  Payments will be automatically drawn on the dates listed below.  

1 Payment: 

  • $250 charged on 1/15/17, if registering after 1/15/17 payment will be charged at registration

Payment Plan:

  • PMT 1: $125 charged on 1/15/17
  • PMT 2: Charged on 3/15/16

If initial registration is after 1/15/17, PMT 1 charged at registration

Late Registration:

  • After March 15, $30 late fee;
  • After April 1, $30 late fee and waiting List

* Early registration is essential to run a successful program, please try to register before the registration deadline.

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Academy Rec Program (Ages 9-13)

Our Academy Rec program is designed to give players, who are just starting out or are less committed, the ability to play in a less competitive atmosphere and to focus on their technical foundation (basic soccer skills), so they can develop at their own pace.  The rec program is coached by volunteer coaches, who follow the Rapids Curriculum, and are given many resources to ensure the players are exposed to healthy and fun environment.  We want to get our players excited about the game and concentrate on developing basic skills to allow them success as they move up in age.  The format of the Academy Rec program will be dependent on our registration numbers.  We’ll keep you up-dated as we approach the season, to let our families know what to expect.  Here are some quick details: 

Program Details: 

  • Program Dates: April 26-May 31, 2016 – 6 sessions
  • Boys and Girls: Ages 9-13
  • Training Schedule: Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm
  • Beginners always welcome
  • Volunteer coaches
  • Location: Smith Fields, Whitefish
  • Games will be held at Smith Fields, in Whitefish, some groups may have games against other regional programs
  • Cost: $80/player, 10% discount for sibling in this program
  • Uniform: Rapids jersey to be provided for player to keep
  • Registration Deadline: April 1 or late fee will be added

 * Not sure what age group you’re in? Click Here

Payment options:

1 time payment only at time of registration - $80/player

Late Registration – After April 1, $10 late fee will be added and jersey may not be available at start of sessions

 

Interested in being a coach?  Please get a hold of us.  Our recreational programs are volunteer based to keep the cost of program low.  We have a great coach’s education and supply lots of resources to give provide our players with a healthy environment.  Please contact our Technical Director, Ryan Heflin to get more information on coaching.  Click here to contact Ryan

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Have a question about our programs?  We’re quick to get back to you by email…just send us a note.  

Registration questions: 

Contact Cynthia, Club Administrator: Click Here

Program Questions: 

Contact Ryan, Technical Director: Click Here