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Real Colorado Competitive Tryouts –
The competitive program of Real Colorado is committed to empowering each student – athlete with the skills to reach their greatest soccer potential. Our staff recognizes that each player has a unique set of attributes and goals. Our objective as a coaching staff is to accurately evaluate the ability of each player and to place them on a team that will promote their greatest development. We also offer a pre-season tryout camp to better prepare each child for the tryout experience. Tryout guides will be located at the bottom of this page once they are available!
All players who wish to participate on a Real Colorado team should attend a scheduled try-out session. If you are not in Real Colorado program and would like to find out where you might fit, please contact LyleL@realcolorado.net (U11-U14 girls), ShawnC@realcolorado.net (U11-U14 boys) or Neilp@realcolorado.net (U15-U18 players) for a trial opportunity. For current Real players, the formal try-out session is a small tool used in team placement. Players are evaluated at trainings and matches throughout the year by their team coach and other Real staff coaches. Real coaches will have made a comprehensive evaluation of current players prior to try-outs. Some of the criteria used in the evaluation process include:
- Club or team played on for the previous season
- Technical ability
- Skill in the air
- Speed of play
- Movement off the ball
- Work rate
Level of Team
Real Colorado has competitive teams in ages U-11 through U-18 for both girls and boys. There are several levels of teams within each age group. Each level of team is referred to by its own distinct name. All teams require a commitment to the team, a consistent work ethic, support of the coach and club expectations. Be aware that the highest level teams in each age group will have a rigorous training schedule and will compete in several out of state tournaments each year.
As stated above, current Real players are observed throughout the soccer season at both trainings and matches by members of the Real coaching staff to ensure placement on the most appropriate team for the ensuing season. Non-Real players considering placement on a Real team will be observed at a try-out session by the Real coaching staff.
Players from outside of Real Colorado’s competitive program should contact ShawnC@realcolorado.net – U11-U14 Boys, LyleL@realcolorado.net – U11-U14 Girls, and NeilP@realcolorado.net, U15-U18 Girls and ECNL.
At the try-out session, you will provide both player and parent contact information. In general, you will receive a phone call from a Real coaching staff member regarding your placement within 72 hours of your try-out. You will be asked to accept or decline placement.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Age groups U-11 through U-14 compete during both the fall and spring seasons. For high school age groups, boy’s teams compete in the Spring for club and girls compete in the Fall for club.
Q: My child wants to play other sports during the year. Can they still play on a Real competitive team?
A: We recognize that many players enjoy other sports. This is an important consideration in team placement for your child. The higher the level of team, the greater the expectation for training, travel and costs. When a team travels, our goal is to compete to win the tournament. If you know that your child will have conflicts with other sports or family commitments, you should discuss that with the coaching staff PRIOR to team placement. When you accept a team placement, you are committing to all the player expectations for the team. Players should have a positive soccer experience if they are placed on the team that meets their soccer ability as well as personal goals.
Q: I think my child should have been placed on a higher level team. How can I get them moved up?
A: We recognize that tryouts are stressful for both players and parents and we understand that everyone has high expectations. The Real coaching staff is quite adept as evaluating player technical skill, athleticism, work rate and potential. During tryouts, each player will be “scored” by several different Real coaches to ensure an accurate assessment. Remember, for current Real players, they have been observed all year and their placement is not based solely on their performance at tryouts. We encourage you to trust our player evaluations and support your child as they settle in with their assigned team. Your positive attitude will contribute to their growth and soccer experience.
Q: Once my child accepts a position on a team, what happens next?
A: For the newly formed U-11 teams, you will be notified of a parent/player meeting at which time key information regarding the club and upcoming season will be disseminated. For existing teams, the Team Manager will begin to distribute information. If you are new to Real, the Team Manager is a volunteer parent who serves as the liaison between the club and parents/players and will be contacting you to discuss registration/uniforms/player accounts and other essential information.