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Rapids Spring Outdoor Season Information 2019

Tryouts

  • Tryout fee is $30. 
  • Register for tryouts by clicking here.  
  • Tryouts will be held on March 9th, 2019 at The Campus, 100 Powers Court, Sterling, VA on indoor turf. 
  • U10-U12 tryouts will be from 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm.  Please arrive by 11:15 pm for check in.  We will hold a mandatory parent meeting from 11:30 am to 12 noon to discuss important season information and answer questions.
  • U14 tryouts will be from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  Please arrive by 1:15 pm for check in.  We will hold a mandatory parent meeting from 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm to discuss important season information and answer questions.
  • U16-U19 tryouts will be from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm.  Please arrive by 2:15 am for check in.  We will hold a mandatory parent meeting from 2:30 pm to 3 pm to discuss important season information and answer questions.
  • Rapids FH is a USA FH partner club.  As such, we allow appropriately skilled players to play up one age group where it benefits both the player’s immediate & long-term development.
  • USA FH determines U group by age a player is as of 12/31 each year for the following year, i.e. if a player is 10 on 12/31, she is U12 for the following year.  Most of the indoor season takes place after 12/31 so all players are invited to join the squads appropriate to their age level for 2019.
    • U10 is for players born on or after 1/1/2009
    • U12 is for players born between 1/1/2007 – 12/31/2008
    • U14 is for players born between 1/1/2005 – 12/31/2006
    • U16 is for players born between 1/1/2002 – 12/31/2004
    • U19 is for players born between 1/1/2000 – 12/31/2002
  • All Rapids players are required to have current USA FH memberships.  Click on Join USA FH to get or renew your membership. Please do this prior to squad selection.  USA FH membership information is a required part of indoor registration.
    • U12 & younger annual membership is $25
    • U14-U19 annual membership is $50
    • If you’re membership is set to expire before indoor season starts on 11/26/18, please renew your membership. 

Practices

All practices begin the week of Mar 31st, 2019 for all squads.  Spring ends with our end of season games and picnic on Sunday, Jun 9th.  All squads will practice at Evergreen Sportsplex, 19623 Evergreen Mills Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175.  Goalie trainers will be working at the Sunday team practices.

  • U10 Competitive Squad(s)
    • Practices Sunday afternoons from 4-6 pm
    • Practices Monday evenings from 6:30-8 pm
    • Players may select do to one or two practices a week at tryouts.
    • Optional conditioning will be offered in Reston from 6:00-7:00 pm for an additional fee (Night TBD after full squad selection)
  • U12 Competitive Squad(s)
    • Practices Sunday afternoons from 4-6 pm
    • Practices Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm
    • Mandatory conditioning will be in Reston from 6:00-7:00 pm (Night TBD after squad selection)
  • U14 Competitive Squad(s)
    • Practices on Sunday afternoons 4-6 pm
    • Practices on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm
    • Mandatory conditioning will be in Reston either from 6-7:30 pm.  (Night TBD after squad selection.)
  • U16 Competitive Squad(s)
    • Team practices mostly on Sundays.  Everyone will also practice Mon 4/22 7:30-9:30 pm because of Spring Break & Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL) squad will practice Mon 4/29 7:30-9:30 pm because of JPOL games on 4/28.   
    • Mandatory conditioning will be in Reston starting at either 6 or 7 pm for 1.5 hours for all players not doing a spring VHSL sport for their high school.  LCL does not count as a spring VHSL sport.   (Day & time TBD after full squad selection.)
  • U19 Competitive Squad(s)
    • Team practices mostly on Sundays.  Everyone will also practice Mon 4/22 7:30-9:30 pm because of Spring Break & Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL) squad will practice Mon 4/29 7:30-9:30 pm because of JPOL games on 4/28.   
    • Mandatory conditioning will be in Reston starting at either 6 or 7 pm for 1.5 hours for all players not doing a spring VHSL sport for their high school.  LCL does not count as a spring VHSL sport.   (Day & time TBD after full squad selection.)

Tournament Info

  • U10 & U12 will go to 7 v 7 tournaments.  These are tentatively scheduled for Apr 27th, May 11th, May 18th and one date still TBD based on tournament availability.
  • U14, U16 & U19 will have two types of teams. 
    • Each will have a team who will be playing 11 v 11 in the Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL).  The games will be played on Saturdays and Sundays.  Each date has 2 fifty-minute games.  U14 attends 2 weekends (Apr 13th/14th in Richmond & Jun 1st/2nd in VA Beach), U16 & U19 goes three weekends (Apr 13th/14th in Richmond, Apr 27th/28th in Stafford, VA & Jun 1st/2nd in VA Beach).  JPOL teams may opt to participate in some additional 7 v 7 tournaments on 4/27 & 5/11 if enough players are interested.  Information is in tryout registration.
    • Each will also have 7 v 7 tournament teams.  Tournaments are tentatively scheduled for Apr 27th, May 11th, May 18th & one date still TBD based on tournament availability.  
  • Tournament selections are made by coaches and are also based on availability. 
  • Squad tournaments will be decided by late March at the latest.
  • Every effort is made to attend coaches’ first choice tournaments; however, some venues sell out quickly. 
  • Tournament dates & venues are subject to change until our registrations are complete and have been accepted by tournament organizers.
  • Tournaments will be posted to team pages as they are finalized.

Ad Hoc Tournament Info

The following information is about College Recruiting Showcases and U14 Regional Club Championships (RCCs). These are ad hoc tournaments and not included in the regular season price.  Coaches will select these players from the Mar 9th tryouts to staff the squads from players interested in attending.  Players who play up an age group for regular season play are eligible to try out for RCCs, i.e., a U14 playing up to U16 may tryout.

What is the Regional Club Championship Tournament? 

  • Regional Club Championships (RCCs) is to bring together teams by Region in the US to compete with each other to earn a spot at the National Club Championship (NCCs).  The tournament is an 11 v 11 event. Only 16 teams in the country qualify for NCCs.  We are in Region 8.  
  • All clubs may register one team for U14, U16 & U19. 
    • This year we are entering U14 only the weekend of May 18th/19th at VA Beach. If the team qualifies they would attend NCCs in early July at Spooky Nook.   
    • U19 is at the end of Mar. Coach Ashley recommended we pass this year & potentially look to enter this age group Spring 2020
  • U16 conflicts with the first JPOL weekend. Coach Ashley recommended we pass this year & potentially look to enter this age group Spring 2020
  • Cost for this tournament is extra.  Approximate cost will be $135 depending on number of players attending and does not include player's travel expenses.  If they qualify the cost for NCCs is $170.

What Spring College Showcases will be available for Rapids? 

  • We have college recruiting showcase tournaments available for U14, U16 & U19 this Spring. These events are great for getting your name, profile and play out there to explore playing in college.  Attending these events does not commit you to playing in college.  Additionally, most events are 11 v 11 and are great at keeping you in current for high school tryouts.
    • U14s, U16s & U19s may select in tryout registration to try out for Easter Shooting Star in DE on 4/19 & 4/20.  Event is 11 v 11.  Fee is $150 for 5 fifty-minute games.
    • U14s, U16s & U19s may select in tryout registration to try out for DE Surf N Turf on 5/25 & 5/26.  Event is 11 v 11.  Fee is $135 for 4 fifty-minute games.
    • U14s, U16s & U19s may select in tryout registration to try out for Limelight at Spooky Nook on 6/8.  Fee is $150 for 4 twenty-two-minute games on wet turf.
  • If you have any concerns or questions regarding these showcases, please email us at  .

Pricing Info

  • U10 Competitive Squads is inclusive of all practices & 4 regular season tournaments.  Price is $620. Player travel is not included. 
  • U12 Competitive Squads is inclusive of all practices, conditioning & 4 regular season tournaments.  Price is $1,070 for the season.  Player travel is not included. 
  • U14 7 v 7 Competitive Squads is inclusive of all practices, conditioning & 4 regular season tournaments. Price is $1,070 for the season.  Player travel is not included. 
  • U14 JPOL Competitive Squad is inclusive of all practices, conditioning & 2 JPOL weekends.  Price is $940.  Player travel is not included.
  • U16 & U19 7 v 7 Competitive Squads is inclusive of all practices, conditioning & 4 regular season tournaments. Price is $1,070 for the season.  Player travel is not included. 
  • U16 & U19 JPOL Competitive Squad is inclusive of all practices, conditioning & 3 JPOL weekends.  Price is $985.  Player travel is not included.
  • All competitive squads are eligible for 3 month payment plans for additional processing fee.  Fee is additional $5 per payment. 
  • Goalies receive special pricing. Contact us for details.
  • Need based scholarships are available for free and reduced price lunch students as well as in a case by case basis dependent on circumstances, ex. job loss, family illnesses, etc
  • Sibling discounts for 25% off after first child

Squad Selections & Size

How do coaches select squads?

  • In age groups with multiple teams, squads will be staffed by skill, i.e., if an age group has 2 squads, there will be an A and a B squad, if an age group has 3 squads, there will be a A, B and C squad. 
  • Coaches will decide if squad will be 8, 9 or 10 players.
  • JPOL squads will be chosen by the head coaches based on skill and work ethic. 
  • U14, U16 & U19 may select if they would prefer JPOL or 7s squads however head coaches will issue invitation to join squads they believe is best for individual player development
  • All competitive teams have access to the same resources as others, for ex: qualified coach, practices & tournaments.  Our coaches work very collaboratively together.

What is the timeline for squad selections and player response?

  • Coaches send squad selections to Rapids Commissioner within 3 days after tryouts. 
  • Players will be notified of squad invitation within 5 days from tryout. 
  • Our assumption is that players are attending tryouts because they want to make a team. 
  • Please be ready to accept your invitation and register for the season within 2 days of being selected. 
  • Occasionally, a player decides not to play.  If a player does not accept their spot, a coach may decide to ask someone from a different squad to join that squad.

How many players per squad?

  • U10, U12 as well as U14, U16 & U19 7 v 7 teams typically have no more than 10 field players and up to 2 goalies
  • U14, U16 & U19 11 v 11 teams typically have no more than 15 field players and up to 2 goalies

Refunds

How are refund requests handled? We understand that sometimes things happen beyond someone’s control.

  • The club uses League Athletics as its registration system.  League Athletics is currently partnering with AIG to offer Regsaver insurance.  The cost is 7% of the registration fee.  It must be selected as part of the initial registration.  We encourage families who believe there could be an issue to purchase this insurance.  Details regarding the insurance and what it covers are available during squad registration.
  • The club allows a full refund minus $25 administrative costs for 3 days after registering.
  • The club prices squads for an average of 10 players for 7 v 7 squads and 15 players for 11 v 11 squads.  If a coach believes a squad can operate successfully with less than the above number with qualified players, we will at times do so.  We are not able to provide refunds for squads with more than 10 and nor do we charge additional for players with less than 10.
  • We are not able to provide refunds beyond 3 days.  The club incurs costs once players register to play to prepare for a season’s operational expenses including but not limited to renting facilities, hiring coaches, purchasing equipment, insurance and supplies.  Once a player accepts a spot, we begin committing to resources and making purchases. Facilities which is one of the largest expenses in a season (other than paying coaches) must be paid for months in advance of use. Club travel teams participate in competitive play.  Players cannot be replaced without potentially changing the skill composition of the team.  

Uniforms

Rapids has been using the same uniform since 2017.  Uniform is fully customized with sublimated colors, player last name, graduation year and uniform number.  Uniform pieces include a home jersey, an away jersey and a skirt.  Players will need to purchase a skirt, a pair of both white and royal socks separately to be worn with the uniform.   If you purchased a uniform for any season since Spring 2017, your uniform is still good.  We bring sample uniforms to all tryouts for new players to try on. 

  • Uniforms take 6 weeks from approved proof to be manufactured and another week for shipping. 
  • Uniform orders are placed once for each season. Our final winter uniform order must be entered with our vendor by Oct 19th, 2018 in order to receive before the first tournament in December.
  • New players are required to order uniforms as part of their player squad registration. Cost for the uniform is $155 plus tax. 
  • Returning players may purchase replacement uniforms if needed or order individual pieces for $51.66 plus tax.
  • Rapids has Spirit Wear including player jackets & fan gear once a season.  For the spring oudoor season, the store will be open shortly after March tryouts for no more than 10 days.  Our vendor needs time to process all orders for delivery in time to be worn and enjoyed during the season.  All Spirit Wear orders are optional. Players & families are not required to purchase anything.

 

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