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Real Wins Family Favorite Sport Camp or Program Honor

Real Colorado Soccer was named a 2014 Family Favorite sports camp or program by the readers of Colorado Parent Magazine!  Thank you to all our members who voted for us!

Real offers soccer camps year-round.  To see our latest camps, visit our Camps Guide.

We hope to see your family at one of our upcoming camps!

Real Voted a Family Favorite

SoccerFest: Real’s New Recreational Soccer Tournament!

Real Colorado is excited to announce our 1st annual SoccerFest recreational soccer tournament, August 29 – Sept 1, 2014!

Deadline to Register is August 8, 2014 – sign up today!

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2014 Real Colorado Soccerfest TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

 Tournament dates are August 29 – Sept 1, 2014

  • This is a pre-Fall 2014 season tournament, so teams will play as their Fall 2014 season team.
  • The tournament will offer a 3 game minimum and will include Real Recreational and Junior Academy U7 – U10 boys and girls teams, as well as teams from area soccer clubs — CrossQuad, Option 1, InterLeague, InHouse Rec teams.
  • Teams will be flighted according to standings, results and request.
  • Real Colorado SoccerFest will take place at 2 locations:

o   Highlands Heritage Regional Park, U9 – U10 Boys and Girls, playing 8v8 (Highlands Ranch, CO)

o   Challenger Park, U7 and U8 Boys and Girls, playing 6v6 (Parker, CO)

TEAM REGISTRATION PROCESS:

  • Registration is open now and closes August 8th.  Click here to register now.
  • Registration fees are $325 per U7 or U8 team and $375 per U9 or U10 team
  • Payment will be via check or credit card (entered into team application).
  • NOTE: No application will be considered without receipt of payment by Real CO via check mailed to 8200 S. Akron St., Ste. 122 or credit card entered into online application.
  • Payments will not be cashed/charged until team is accepted.
  • Click here to register now.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT:

  • U7 and U8 teams will play (2) 20-minute halves with (1) 5-minute half-time.
  • U9 and U10 teams will play (2) 25-minute halves with (1) 5-minute half-time.
  • All teams are guaranteed 3 games.
  • Players may only play for one team during the tournament.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES:

  • It is our goal to complete the tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (8/29-8/31), however, if there are any weather issues over the weekend, there is the possibility that games could roll over to Monday, 9/1, to be completed as early in the day as possible.
  • All teams must be prepared to begin play as early as 5pm on Friday, 8/29.
  • Preliminary Schedules will be available on or about Friday, 8/15.

TEAM UNIFORM/EQUIPMENT:

  • U7-8 teams will use a Size 3 ball.
  • U9-10 teams will use a Size 4 ball.
  • Home team will provide game ball to be approved by center referee.
  • All players must wear shin guards under their socks and soccer cleats.
  • All teams must wear matching uniforms; uniquely numbered jerseys, shorts, socks.
  • Goalkeeper jerseys must be a different color from both teams uniform so as to be easily recognized as a goalkeeper.

TEAM CREDENTIALS REQUIRED AT TEAM CHECK-IN:

 Real Colorado SoccerFest Roster Sizes

Age Format Roster Size # of Guest Players Allowed
U7-8 6v6 12 total 3 (to be included in total of 12)
U9-10 8v8 14 total 4 (to be included in the total of 14)
  •  One representative of each team must attend Team Check-in, time, date and location to be announced by August 1, 2014.
  • All teams must provide 2 copies of their club certified roster, including signature of club registrar or state association.
  • Teams must provide 2 copies of the Tournament Guest Player Roster, if applicable. Form located online SoccerFest_Guest_Player_Form.
  • ALL players must have signed medical releases, form located online MEDICAL RELEASE FORM to be reviewed at team check-in and kept in team possession throughout the tournament.

TOURNAMENT RULES:

  • Posted online here.
  •  FIFA Penalty kicks will only take place as a tie-breaker to determine advancement from pool play, as indicated in tournament rules, or to determine advancement or winner during championship round.

AWARDS:

  • First and second place teams will receive team trophies and player awards.

QUESTIONS:

Recreational Soccer Programs

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Registration for fall season is open!  To have priority to return to your previous Real team, please register by 7/15.  After that date, we will begin filling existing teams with new players.

Discover Recreational Youth Soccer at its Best

Real Colorado offers more ways for your young soccer player to grow their love of learning and playing the game than any other club in our State.

Our recreational soccer program offers something for every player, from the 3 year-old just starting out to 10 year-olds and older who want to grow through advanced skills training and Colorado Youth Soccer league play. With a 25 year heritage of developing youth soccer players in fun and challenging programs, Real Colorado has a place for every player.

Below you’ll find our offerings by age group.  Parents, please note that the “U” before the age stands for “Under” and there is a birthdate, schedule and fees chart for your reference at the bottom of the page.

Why Should I Choose Real Colorado Soccer?  Click here to Discover…

Real Colorado offers a safe, fun, quality environment for all levels of soccer. We have dedicated staff in each age group to help promote the love of the game in each child and the training of our volunteer coaches. Real offers seasonal coaching clinics, online coaching education, and boasts a recreational staff with more than 50 years of youth soccer coaching experience.  Real Colorado is a top 20 club in the Nation. Real Colorado has a structured path that leads to our competitive program, which includes skills training, camps, and a nationally recognized Junior Academy.

Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about Real Colorado Recreational Soccer to learn more.

 

Programs by Age Group:

 

      • U4 (Cubbies)

        Real Colorado’s Cubbies program is an innovative, interactive program for kids ages 3 to 4 that introduces them to the enjoyment of soccer through child-friendly themes and play. This program meets once a week for 45 minutes and is offered over a six week season in the spring and fall. Come out and join us as we teach the basics of soccer while we play Cookie Monster, Red Light Green Light and Pick up the Laundry. Click here to read Cubbies Program Information and for questions, please contact Sheryl Stirling at sheryls@realcolorado.net
      • U5 – U6

        This program is designed to offer young players the opportunity to discover soccer as a fun and exciting sport.  Games are played 4v4 on small fields with small goals and no goalkeepers. The focus is on developing comfort with the ball, encouraging players to take chances on the field, and learning the dynamics of a team sport.  For more information, please contact Sara Connolly at sarac@realcolorado.net.
      • U7 – U8

        Recreational Soccer

        Players learn new skills as they discover soccer as a fun and exciting sport, add goalkeepers to the team and play 6v6 on larger fields with larger goals.  Teams can begin to identify the direction they want to take their soccer experience in future years.  U8 teams can request an additional practice per week and we will accommodate those teams on a field/space available basis.   For more information, please contact Sara Connolly at sarac@realcolorado.net

        U8 Developmental Centers (DC)

        DC offers an optional camp-like program designed to enhance the skills and strengths of individual players during regular season.  Registration for the DC program can be found in the Camps section of our website.

        U8 Recreational with Advanced Training Sessions (ATS)

        This exciting option for our aspiring young talents will bring our players in contact with some of the best coaches and advanced trainers at Real Colorado. In addition to their regular practices with their volunteer coach, the ATS Program offers 5 advanced training sessions with a skills coach to challenge the player with advanced training ideas and concepts. The location and time of this session might fall outside of normally schedule practice time to make best use of our skills trainers.

        Options for U8 going to U9

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      • U9 – U10

        Recreational Soccer

        Players learn new skills as they discover soccer as a fun and exciting sport, including learning new skills and 8v8 play on a larger field.  This is the age where players will start setting their soccer goals.  This program is a great fit for players who would prefer to play in a recreational setting with friends and neighbors, choose their own coach and continue with recreational soccer in the future years.

        U9 and U10 Recreational with Advanced Training Sessions (ATS)

        This exciting option for our aspiring young talents will bring our players in contact with some of the best coaches and advanced trainers at Real Colorado.  In addition to their regular practices with their volunteer coach, the ATS Program offers 5 advanced training sessions with a skills coach to challenge the player with advanced training ideas and concepts. The location and time of this session might fall outside of normally schedule practice time to make best use of our skills trainers.

        U9 – U10 Real Colorado Junior Academy

        To continue to provide our players individualized and team-based options for setting the direction that their soccer experience takes them, Real introduces the Junior Academy. This program is the bridge between our recreational and competitive programs for players whose  intention is to work toward becoming a competitive player at U11.  A Real staff coach will place individual players on teams based on ability and provide 3 training sessions per week.  Junior academy teams play inter-league games in the upper level of Colorado Youth Soccer’s (CYS) new “Intermediate” division.  Players are placed into this program by participating in ID Days, Developmental Centers, and recommendations from Real coaches.  When registering for this program, choose Real Colorado Junior Academy instead of Recreational.  Please contact Beckieb@realcolorado.net for more information.

      • U11 and Older

        Recreational Soccer

        This is a continuation of our recreational soccer program for those players that wish to continue playing soccer and having fun in a recreational setting.  Players will have 2 practices per week, and play 7-8 games per season in the Southwest Metro Denver area.

        Recreational with Advanced Training Sessions (ATS)

        Teams choosing to add ATS sessions to their regular practice schedule receive training from the best coaches and advanced trainers at Real Colorado.  In addition to their regular practices with their volunteer coach, the ATS Program offers 5 advanced training sessions with a skills coach to challenge the player with advanced training ideas and concepts. The location and time of the session might fall outside normally schedule practice time to make best use of our skills trainers. Contact Beckieb@realcolorado.net for more information.

    • Rec Info Sheet & Fees Chart

      Program Age Group Player Birth Dates Season Includes Season Fees Season Start Date
      U4 8/1/10 – 7/31/11 Meets once a week for 6 weeks $65.00 Coming soon
      U5-U6 8/01/08 – 7/31/10 1 practice per week, 7-8 games $90.00  August, 2014
      U7-U8 8/1/06 – 7/31/08 1-2 practices per week, 7-8 games $130.00  August, 2014
      U8 with ATS 8/1/06 – 7/31/07 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $200.00  August, 2014
      U9 – U10 8/1/04 – 7/31/07 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $185.00  August, 2014
      U9-U10 with ATS 8/01/04 -7/31/06 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $255.00  August, 2014
      U9-U10 Junior Academy 8/01/04 – 7/31/06 3 practices per week, 7-8 games $595.00  August, 2014
      U11+ 8/01/99 – 7/31/04 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $215.00  August, 2014
      U11+ with ATS 8/01/99 – 7/31/04 2 practices per week, 7-8 games $285.00  August, 2014
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Meet Real’s Newest Recreational Staff Director

Real Colorado Welcomes Theresa Echtermeyer as Director of Recreational Coach and Player Development

Founder of Real’s Recreational Soccer Program Returns, Offering a New Resource for Players and Coaches   

Real Colorado Soccer, a community based, non-profit youth soccer organization committed to helping each player learn, grow, and celebrate his or her love of the game, welcomes Theresa Echtermeyer as its Director of Coach and Player Development for Real’s Recreational soccer programs.

Theresa began her career with Real in 1992, coaching competitive and recreational teams and eventually directing the club’s entire recreational soccer program before leaving in 2005.  Today, Theresa brings 25 years of coaching experience back to Real Colorado.  Theresa’s full-time involvement in the recreational program will bring more support and opportunities for our recreational membership, coaches and staff.

Most recently, Theresa was the Director of Coaching for the Highlands Ranch Soccer Association (Hattrix).  Theresa has also been the Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer Program Coach at Mountain Vista High School since the school’s inception in 2001.  She will continue at Mountain Vista while working with Real.  Theresa is also a National Staff Coach and Instructor for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) where she has the opportunity to travel and teach coaching courses around the country.

“Although she can coach through the elite adult athlete level, Theresa prefers to invest her time in the young players and their coaches, where a love of learning and playing the game begins,” said Jared Spires, Chief Administrative Officer, Real Colorado.  “Theresa’s intentional choice to focus on this age group makes her a great addition to our Recreational soccer program, where we offer more ways for young players to grow their love of the game than any other club in our State.”

Previously, Theresa was the Varsity Coach for Green Mountain High School for 10 years and coached in the W-League (women’s semi-professional league) for 6 years.  In 2007, she was named Colorado Youth Soccer’s Girls Recreational Coach of the Year and she has also been a 5-time NSCAA Colorado High School Coach of the Year.  Theresa also served as Vice President and then President of the Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association (CHSSCA).  She is currently a member of the NSCAA Women’s Committee.

Theresa has also served as a Director and Coach for our local TOPS (The Outreach Program for Soccer) soccer program, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, for more than 20 years.

Theresa began work at Real in May, 2014 and looks forward to her first fall recreational soccer season with the club.

Real Colorado Foxes Camps

Real Colorado’s semi-professional men’s soccer team, the Real Colorado Foxes, offer training camps for youth players throughout the year.  The Foxes posted a  a record-setting 2013 season with 3 Foxes players going on to join MLS teams.  Don’t miss the chance for your player to train with some of the best soccer athletes in the U.S.!

The Real Colorado Foxes next camp is:

Team Training Clinics

Join the Foxes for a custom Team Training Clinic. The Foxes will personally train Recreational and Competitive teams for success on the dates of the team’s choosing through our Team Clinic program. 16 players attend a 2-hour training session hosted by the Foxes for 2 consecutive days. Teams can merge to create a full 16 player roster and cost per player is $50.  To explore options for your team clinic, contact Beckie Blevans at:  BeckieB@RealColorado.net

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New! Get your team on the Field with the Foxes!

We need teams to sign up to be ball runners during our home games.  We can take 8 players per team for each home game.  Check our game schedule here and sign up with BeckieB@RealColorado.net.

 

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Become a Foxes Fan and Discover Soccer Fun for the Whole Family!

 

Get Your Season Pass.  

For only $50, a family of 4 can attend as many home games as you’d like.  Check out our season schedule, then purchase your tickets at the Real office or at the Box Office at Shea Stadium, home of the Foxes.  The Foxes first home games are May 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Park Stadium (turf) field and May 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch!

Be the Ultimate Fan.  

Your player can get in on the Foxes action by becoming a Player Escort or Ball Runner during a home game, receive a game ticket, Foxes t-shirt and photo opportunities with the team.  Choose your game and sign up with Beckie Blevans at BeckieB@RealColorado.net today!

Follow the Foxes.

Follow the Real Colorado Foxes on Facebook or on Twitter to keep up with the latest Foxes action!

Camps Guide

Join Real Colorado for soccer skill building led by our professional coaches, designed to fine-tune your player’s game while having fun along the way. Our camps offer preschool through elite competitive players an age and ability appropriate opportunity to learn skills like dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and playing in small games.  Whether you’re a beginner or a competitor, we have a camp for you!

 

We hope to see your player for a fun and engaging soccer experience during any of our upcoming camps.  All participants should bring water, a soccer ball and wear athletic clothing with shin guards.

Upcoming Camps: 

 

Camp questions?  Click on any of the Camps above to be directed to Camp coach and registration contacts.

Real Colorado Begins National Expansion, Close to Home

As one of the Top 20 youth soccer clubs in America , Real Colorado players can be found at the top of the local, national and international youth soccer sport. Our reputation for excellence both on and off the field is nationally-recognized and as a result, we are often approached to mentor coaches, players and teams.

To follow our mission to continue a tradition of fun and excellence in youth soccer, Real Colorado will launch a new affiliate program beginning in January, 2014 starting with its first affiliate, Edge Soccer Club of Arvada.

 

The Affiliate Vision
In the spirit of developing youth using the best resources, both technical and administrative, Real’s long-term vision for our affiliate program includes a network of affiliate youth soccer clubs. This network will become a national-level club association that will:

  • Serve as a minor league system for professional soccer teams, both domestic and international
  • Enable new opportunities to find corporate sponsors and foundation support
  • Provide a framework for national coach and player development

 

Real Colorado’s First Affiliate
All of us at Real Colorado are excited to announce our first affiliate club, Edge Soccer Club of Arvada.

Real Colorado has been evaluating different possibilities for growth over the past few years and in numerous discussions with the leadership of Colorado Edge, we found a shared vision and value embedded in our cultures. It is our belief the affiliation with Colorado Edge will create an exciting environment to benefit both memberships and open further opportunities as our relationship matures. By becoming a Real Colorado affiliate, Edge has taken a new step to offer its players, coaches and families’ new tools that can position the club among the best in the nation as part of the Real family.

Real will begin offering our time-tested training programs to coaches, players and teams from Edge. Our players can easily be Guest Players for each other in tournaments and other events. The teams will cross-train together and help each other prepare in the pre-season by playing friendly games, beginning at U9. The two clubs will work together to provide player development opportunities for all ages.

 

What’s Next?

  • Coach and Player Cross-Training – Beginning at U9, players and coaches will begin having opportunities to train together across Junior Academy and Competitive teams, including U.S. Soccer Development Academy and Elite Clubs National League(ECNL) teams.
  • A New Look – Edge Soccer Club players will take on the branding of Real Colorado, although the organizations will remain functionally separate.

More Coming Soon – Watch for more information coming soon on our website, or for immediate questions, contact Jared Spires at Jareds@realcolorado.net.

 

Soccer Shapes Lives for the Better

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Real continually seeks donations to support our mission to open the game to every child who wants to play.  We also believe that every player deserves a safe soccer home where they can learn and grow, so we are asking for donations to help us take the next steps in the build-out of Real Colorado Soccer Complex.

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What do we do with your donated money?

  • We donate more than $80,000 in need-based aid every year to give every child who wants to play, the opportunity to play soccer
  • We continue to build-out our Soccer Complex – click here to see how your donations have been used to date and what we have planned
  • We continue to operate the best youth soccer club in Colorado, offering more programs to grow your child in soccer than anyone else in our state.

Below are donation requests from families in our local community and from Real, your soccer home.  We encourage you to choose a ball and click it to make a tax deductible donation!  You will be directed to ColoradoGives.org/RealColorado to complete your donation.

 

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Get Your Player on the Colorado Rapids Field!

It’s the last home game of the Colorado Rapids season and they’ve invited Real Colorado players to watch the game and walk on the field during warm-ups!

See the Colorado Rapids in action at a special price – just $23 (Face value $40) when you purchase your tickets using the link below.  Then, take advantage of a special invitation to walk the field as the players warm-up.

Real Colorado families who purchase tickets using the link below will receive the discounted tickets and instructions on how to gain field access.  Tickets are on sale until October 11th – don’t miss out!

Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Saturday, October 19th at 4:00pm 

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

 

To purchase: http://www.rapidstix.com/realcoloradosc 

 

Real Colorado players, coaches, family members and guests affiliated with the Real Colorado that purchases a ticket will also will receive a Rapids beanie. Real Colorado players and coaches will also have the opportunity to walk around the field during warm ups as well as be recognized as a club during our Youth Soccer Parade. Wearing your Real Colorado colors is strongly recommended!

A portion of each ticket price will also be donated to Real Colorado!

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Youth Training School (YTS)

 

The YTS Morning Program

Our Mission… is to attract, develop and motivate the top players by providing the best environment for learning.

The ‘Real Experience.’

Our Vision… is to be the destination of choice for the best 8-18 year olds in the south Denver Metro area and beyond.  Our desire is to work with the best and most committed soccer players… Help our soccer-students achieve their full potential and encourage a constant reach for improvement.

Our Focus… is to develop technically superior, driven, independent thinking, winners; in soccer and in life.

Summer Session is now extended through July 24th.   Join us to learn a more skillful approach to the game on Tuesday and Thursday mornings!

  • YTS Summer Session for U9 – U18 Olympico and National team players
  • Dates: June 24th – July 24th
  • Class Times: Classes begin at 9:00am & end at 10:00am
  • Days and Location: Tuesdays and Thursdays at Real Colorado Soccer Complex

 

YTS Player’s Pass

Our flexible YTS Player’s Pass helps you maximize your player training options…

You’re in control of reaching your potential… you decide when to sleep in and when to get up and get better.

Our YTS Player’s Pass or punch card system allows families to prepay for sessions and only be charged for the sessions their child attends:

Registration and Payment:

Payments can be made any morning by check or credit card.  Checks must be made out to Real Colorado.

Tuition & Fees:

Tuition:

  • Starter Pass: 4 Classes = $25/class = $100
  • Class Pass: 10 Classes = $20/class = $200
  • Semester Pass: 20 Classes = $15/class = $300

Fees:

  • The YTS Player’s Badge = Earn the right to wear it!
  • Completed a minimum of 10 hours (10 classes) and earn your YTS Player’s Badge.
  • The Badge will cost $5 for one Real Colorado Training Top or $8 for both.
    • Boys: Black Training Top, optional Gray Training Top
    • Girls: Yellow Training Top, optional Gray Training Top
  • Training Tops will be collected, printed and returned. (Allow 7 days)
  • Collections Schedule – TBA

Questions? Contact program administrators at YTS@realcolorado.net.

Parents…

  • YTS Player’s Pass options and benefits.
    • The YTS Starter 4 Pass… provides 4 classes and allows a player and parent to determine readiness for the program.
    • The YTS Class 10 Pass… provides 10 classes at a discounted rate and encourages players and parents to find a class or group of classes which work best for them or siblings to determine readiness for the program.
    • The YTS Semester 20 Pass… provides 20 classes and the investment of time, energy and money will go further. This option allows the most committed and supported player to attend 2 or more classes per week or multiple siblings to take advantage of more class offerings

Coaches…

Our Aim for every YTS Student:

  • Technically excellent
  • Mentally strong
  • Confident
  • Independent thinker
  • Soccer Intelligent
  • Physically ready
  • Easy to coach
  • Always eager to learn

Supporting our Team Head Coaches & Trainers

  • aligning the morning classes to complement each team’s training plan
  • Consideration for individual team’s game schedules.
  • proper instruction to support your message
  • quality touches
  • lots of opportunities in front of goal
  • low intensity workouts
  • position specific classes
  • functional training
  • Session guide
  • Periodization
  • Club and Age Group Themes
  • Standards, benchmarks and conduct
  • Players and Parents have clear visibility of targets at all levels of development
  • Every player will feel special and valued
  • A member of the Real Family
  • Player evaluations Zoom Reports
  • A well rounded individual… and a credit to us all.
  • We train to help you win!

“Training drives development”

 

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