Soccer

We offer competitive soccer for ages 10-18 (grades 5-12) for both boys and girls.  Our season runs August – October, and we play in local leagues as well as tournaments. Please click on Soccer to learn more about our teams, schedules, leagues, and cost.

Basketball

We offer competitive soccer for ages (grades ) for both boys and girls.  Our season runs from , and we play in local leagues as well as tournaments.  Click on Basketball for more details on teams, leagues, schedules, and cost.

About Us

The Rochester Rapids are a competitive sports program for home educated students, based in Rochester, NY.  Our programs strive to coach the players both physically as well as spiritually, as we try to grow young men and women who are effective on and off the field.  We receive our insurance through GRLeah, so membership is required for participation.  Our programs have been successful in our leagues as well as helping to grow excellent Christian men and women. Please browse around our site to get a feeling for our soccer and basketball programs.  If you have any questions about the Rochester Rapids, do not hesitate to contact Irv Salisbury at irv@greenGoby.com or (585) 766-5103 for assistance.

Soccer

Our soccer teams are competitive teams that play in area leagues, with some participating in regional and national tournaments.  Teams are available for boys and girls in the 5th-12th grade, ages 10-18 who are educated at home.  Insurance is provided through membership in GRLeah, which is required for playing on a Rochester Rapids team.  The season begins with practices in early August and ends with league tournaments at the end of October.  Practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturday afternoons.   Games are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we do our best to arrange all the teams to have home games on Thursdays together, with away games scheduled on Tuesdays.  Our soccer teams practice and have home fields at Grace and Truth Sports Park  (map) in Greece.  Each team has its own cost for the season, but the ballpark price is around $150 for the season.  Details for each team are in the sections below.  The coordinator for the Rochester Rapids Soccer Program is Irv Salisbury.  He can be reached at irv@greenGoby.com or (585) 766-5103.

The Boys Varsity Tournament team is our most competitive Boys Varsity Team.  They participate in the WNYCAA league just like our league team, but they also travel and play in tournaments, which is an additional cost to participate on this team.  All Boys Varsity players tryout together, and the top 14-16 are selected depending on the number of players for that year.  The team is comprised mostly of 11th and 12th grade players, but 9th and 10th graders make the team as well.

Tournament Highlights

League Highlights

  • WNYCAA Season League Champions, 2016, 2017
  • WNYCAA Tournament Champions, 2014, 2015, 2016

The season begins officially with practices in August, and games and tournaments through October. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from around 5-7 PM (varies slightly as year goes on), and Saturday afternoons from 1-3 PM.  Games are usually Tuesday and Thursday evenings, but an occasional Monday night game happens as well. We have optional once a week indoor practices in the offseason from January – May, and optional outdoor get togethers in July.

The Boys Varsity League Team is comparable in many ways to a Junior Varsity team.  It provides a competitive arena for players who did not make the Tournament Team.  Our Boys Varsity League Team plays in the WNYCAA league, and has mostly competitive games in that league.  Usually there are a few teams that they are overmatched against, but the majority of their games are competitive, and they even win a few of them.  They practice with the Tournament team, so receive the same instruction, and are challenged throughout the year because of this.  The Team is mostly comprised of 8th, 9th, and 10th grade boys, but it often has a few 11th and 12th grade boys who become team leaders and mentors to the other boys.  We have many success stories with young men who started out on the League team and became starters and key contributors on the Tournament team.

The season is the same as the Tournament team, going from practices in August through the league tournament at the end of October.  Practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from around 5-7 PM (varies slightly as year goes on), and Saturday afternoons from 1-3 PM.  Games are usually Tuesday and Thursday evenings, but an occasional Monday night game happens as well.  Players on the League Team are invited to the optional offseason practices with the Tournament Team.

The Girls Varsity Tournament team is a competitive Varsity team.  They participate in the WNYCAA league just like our Boys’ teams, but they also travel and play in tournaments, which is an additional cost to participate on this team.    The team is comprised of mostly 9th-12th grade girls, but depending on year sometimes 8th grade girls can be brought up.

Tournament Highlights

League Highlights

  • WNYCAA Season League Champions, 2016, 2017
  • WNYCAA Tournament Champions, 2017

The season begins officially with practices in August, and games and tournaments through October. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from around 5-7 PM (varies slightly as year goes on), and Saturday afternoons from 1-3 PM.  Games are usually Tuesday and Thursday late afternoons, but an occasional Monday evening game happens as well.

Our Co-ed Modified Teams are for boys and girls in the 5th-8th grade, ages 10-14 who are educated at home.  They play in a local Christian School league for modified teams.  Each year we evaluate how many players we have, how many will be needed to fill the Varsity teams, and then decide how we will arrange the Modified Teams. We have been blessed to have enough players for two teams the past three years, and we pray that will continue.  We have tried dividing up the players based on skill level, as well as dividing up the teams evenly.  Each year will be evaluated separately and announced before the season begins.  Our teams are very competitive in their leagues, having won it a few years, and being runners up in others.  Our Modified Teams are an excellent starting point for your son’s or daughter’s soccer experience.

Basketball

Registration

Registration for Rapids Soccer is open from 6/1 – 6/30! Register for soccer here.

Registration is done at our Rochester Rapids Blue Sombrero site.  Once you login, you will see a screen like the image below.  Your participants that can register are listed and their available programs are listed next to them.  If there is an open registration, it will appear here.  If you need to add a participant, you can do so via the … menu and selecting Add Participant.  If you are not seeing an open registration that you expected, please contact Irv Salisbury at irv@greenGoby.com or (585) 766-5103.

Store

Our current store for Rapids FanWear is hosted by Blue Sombrero and is here.

An exciting new store from Soccer.com is coming soon!