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Senior Girls Tryouts for 2019-2020

Did you miss our Senior Girls tryouts in the West program?  Some roster spots are still available.  Contact Neil Orridge if interested [email protected]

Coaching Staff and Anticipated Senior Girls Teams for 2019-2020
West Director - Neil Orridge - [email protected]

04 Burgundy G - GastoniaHoover
04 Blue G - GastoniaShearer
04 Burgundy G - Steele CreekTBA
03 Burgundy G - GastoniaLewandowski
03 Burgundy G - Steele CreekTBA
02/01 Burgundy G - GastoniaVoglewede
02/01 Burgundy G - Steele CreekPaul


If you're interested in coaching in the West Recreational program, contact Neil Orridge at [email protected] for more information!
Great community service opportunity for high school students!

At Carolina Rapids West, we're pleased to have a program that fits all ages and skill levels in the Steele Creek & Berewick area.  Click the program title to learn more about the one that's right for you. For the Recreational player, the following options are available:

Rapids West – Steele Creek Recreation Program

Steele Creek Recreational Practices and Home Games are held at Winget Park & Berewick Park in SouthWest Charlotte.  Programs are available for ages 5-12.  Practices will start no earlier than 6pm and end no later than 8pm. No more rushing to an early practice or getting home too late in the evening!




Registration Open – January 11 – February 18
Team/Coach Assignments – February 25
Pre-Season Coaches Clinic – March 3rd
Practice Starts – Week of March 4
Playing Season – March 16 – May 11  ( 7-8 game season with no play over spring break )

Age Groups

U6 – Boys & Girls Coed - born in 2013, 2014 & 2015
U8 – Boys & Girls Coed – born in 2011 & 2012
U10 – Boys – born in 2009 & 2010
U10 – Girls – born in 2009 & 2010
U12 – Boys – born in 2007 & 2008
U12 – Girls – born in 2007 & 2008
U14 – Boys & Girls Coed – born in 2005 & 2006


There are no hidden membership fees or referee fees. Rapids Tee included.

U6 - $65 – An introduction to Youth Soccer. Once a week Practice & Games
U8 - $90 – Soccer in a Fun & Safe environment. 1 Practice per week & Saturday Games
U10 - $110 – Introduction to the Rapids way. 1 Practice per week & Saturday games
U12 - $120 – Competitive training & game scenarios. 1 Practice per week & Saturday games
U14 - $120 – Competitive training & game scenarios. 1 Practice per week & Saturday games

Registration fee includes NCYSA membership & registration, all training costs, field rentals and Rapids T-Shirt to be worn for practices & games. There are no extra membership fees. Players are asked to wear black shorts & socks and each child should have an age appropriate soccer ball, shin pads and water bottle.

Fees also include free entry into Carolina Rapids Recreation Clinics held 1-2 times per season.

ALL COACHES must pass mandatory Risk Management Background checks & pass the NCYSA Abuse Prevention Program. The safety of your child is paramount and all Rapids Recreation staff will be NCYSA Risk Management approved.

Come and join the fastest growing Soccer Club in Charlotte and follow the pathway from Recreation to Youth Academy & beyond.

Questions – [email protected]


Click to see times and locations for fall training!

Boys and Girls

Inclement Weather Plans -  members are notified via Twitter regarding plans for inclement weather.  Follow us at @carolinarapidsw

Steele Creek Coaching Staff for 2018-2019

West Director - Neil Orridge - [email protected]

Coaching staff for Steele Creek
TeamLevel of PlayCoach
2010/2011 (8U/9U) Youth Academy  Kenny Jaramillo
Demetrius Watson
2009 (10U) Youth Academy Kenny Jaramillo
Demetrius Watson
2008 (11U) W Burgundy  Neil Orridge
Swende Oliver
2007 (12U) W Burgundy  Romano Paul
2005 (14U) W Burgundy Jared Russ
Braulio Vasquez
2004 (15U) W Burgundy  Darius Neering
2002 (17U) W Burgundy  Romano Paul 
2011/2010 (8U/9U) Youth Academy G Emmanuel Kaye
Luis Rueda
2009 (10U) Youth Academy G  Emmanuel Kaye
Luis Rueda
2007 (12U) W Burgundy G Efrain Tirado
2005 (14U) W Burgundy G  Neil Orridge
Swende Oliver
2002 (17U) W Burgundy G   Romano Paul

Gaston County Coaching Staff for 2018-2019

West Director - Neil Orridge -[email protected]

Coaching staff for Gaston County

 TeamLevel of PlayCoach
2011/2010 (8U/9U) Youth Academy Efrain Tirado
Craig Meglii
Jeremy Webb
2009 (10U) Youth Academy  Efrain Tirado
Craig Meglii
Jeremy Webb
2008 (11U) W Burgundy  John Kelly
Kim Tenold
2008 (11U) W Blue  Darius Neering 
2007 (12U) W Burgundy Efrain Tirado
2006 (13U) W Burgundy Vincent Bofah
2005 (14U) W Burgundy Jeff Phillips/Coley Campbell
2004 (15U) W Burgundy Jonas Richardson 
2004 (15U) W Blue Rich Lewandowski
2003 (16U) W Burgundy Joel Webb
2003 (16U) W Blue Dave Shearer
2002 (17U) W Burgundy Jonny Hoover
2001/2000 (18U/19U) W Burgundy Jason Shiflet
2011/2010 (8U/9U) Youth Academy G Jeff Phillips
Karis Hoover
Hannah Siders
2009 (10U) Youth Academy G Jeff Phillips
Karis Hoover
Hannah Siders
2008 (11U) W Burgundy G Justin Hauck
2007 (12U) W Burgundy G Rich Lewandowski
2007 (12U) W Blue G  CR Melvin
2006 (13U) W Burgundy G Jeff Phillips
2006 (13U) W Blue G Sarah Voigt
2005 (14U) W Burgundy G Jonny Hoover
2004 (15U) W Burgundy G Jonny Hoover
2004 (15U) W Blue G Dave Shearer
2003 (16U) W Burgundy G Rich Lewandowski
2001/2000 (18U/19U) W Burgundy G Sarah Voigt

Welcome to the Rapids!

Carolina Rapids appoint Directors/Head Coaches for its Rapids West Program
May 3, 2018
Key hires bring experience, knowledge of area

Read full press release here!

Carolina Rapids add West location serving the Belmont, Steele Creek and  Gaston Communities. 
April 23, 2018
Former Rapids coach Neil Orridge to serve as director

Read full press release here!

See the schedule for other informational meetings and learn more about the Rapids tryouts here.

West Office

West Charlotte Office Address:
3434 S New Hope Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054

Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Friday: 9:00am-1:00pm
Closed Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday


Interested in learning more about the Boys DA or the Boys ECNL?  Check out their pages for information about the programs.

Boys DA

Communication Protocol

It is the Club's hope that a clear communication protocol will provide the Club's members a standardized mechanism for voicing their questions and concerns. The Carolina Rapids Board and Executive Director believe that to effectively operate an organization that is growing like the Rapids, it is important that the Club establish communication protocols that best support the efficiency of the organization while retaining the personal touch that our members deserve.

Any parent who has a specific concern should first make an attempt to solve it through the following path: