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Recreational News & Events

Real Teams: Adopt-a-Family this Holiday Season

Through the Adopt-a-Family program, Children’s Hospital Colorado pairs families in need with people in the local community who can help provide daily essentials, toys, clothing and other items to help make a happier holiday season.

Last year, several teams from Real Colorado adopted families in need, buying items from the family’s wish list and delivering them to Children’s Hospital.

All the teams involved said the Adopt-a-Family program provided a great way for kids on our teams to do something special for those less fortunate in our community. Without this program, many of the “adopted” families would struggle to buy their children basic necessities, much less toys this holiday season.

Your player, family, or team can Adopt-a-Family this year. It’s easy:

1) Contact Valynne Fabrizio at Children’s Hospital Colorado at Valynne.fabrizio@childrenscolorado.org or 720-777-2617.
2) Let her know the size of family you are interested in adopting and that you are part of Real Colorado.
3) Valynne will send you a wish list from a family in need.
4) By December 12th, deliver your unwrapped wish list items to Children’s Hospital where they will be gift wrapped and delivered to your adopted family on your behalf.

This program is a great opportunity for our Real family to give back to our local community. We hope you’ll join us in adopting a family this winter!

Winter 5v5 Indoor League

Only a few spots remaining!

 

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 **Registration deadline is midnight, Dec 5 or until league is full.  All registrations are completed for a team (no individual registrations).  Playing different age groups and gender is expected.

 

All U7 – U14 (ages 6-13, as of Fall season) teams are encouraged to participate in this fun league with no practices, just games. Teams enjoy a continuous game and playing to music – players get a fun experience without the pressure.

 

Format:  5v5 (4 field players + Goalkeeper) in continuous play with walls.  All games will have a running clock with two 13 minute halves.

Cost: $400 per team

Dates: January 6 – February 28, 2015

Roster Size: Recommended roster size is 7-10 players

Location: Westridge Recreational Center in Highlands Ranch: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (see below for location by age group).

Registration: open now!  All registration is done as a team (no individual registrations)

Deadline to Register: December 5, or until league is full.  This program will fill quickly, so register early to ensure your team gets a spot!

Schedule:

  • U7-U8 Recreational teams only
    • Tuesdays, 4:45 pm to 8:15pm start time
    • Westridge Rec Center indoor turf field, Highlands Ranch
  • U9 and older Junior Academy, Intermediate and Recreational teams – GIRLS TEAMS ONLY
    • Thursdays, 4:45 pm to 8:15 pm start time
    • Westridge Rec Center indoor turf field, Highlands Ranch
  • U9 and older Recreational, Competitive and Junior Academy teams – BOYS TEAMS ONLY
    • Saturdays, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm start time
    • Westridge Rec Center indoor turf field, Highlands Ranch

Questions?  Contact Sara Connolly at SaraC@RealColorado.net 

Real’s Record-Breaking Year Earns National Attention

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, today announces the most successful year in its history, reaching new milestones and raising the club’s reputation on the national youth soccer stage.

Read the full release here!

 

Real Colorado’s Cubbies Program

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Cubbies fall program begins September, 13th – Register today!

 

The CUBBIES program is offered to boys and girls with a birthday falling between 8/1/10 and 7/31/11 for the fall 2014 season. This fun and energetic program is designed to introduce our youngest players and their parents to the exciting game of soccer and the rewards of being part of a team. Every session is filled with age appropriate soccer activities and games that provide these young players with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of soccer and have fun in their first soccer experience.

 

CUBBIES PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Cubbies is a SIX-week program offered during the Fall and Spring recreational season. Cubbies sessions are all held on SATURDAYS, at Heritage Park in Highlands Ranch (SW corner of Lincoln & Quebec, behind HR Post Office).  The girls Cubbies sessions run from 9:00am-9:45am.  The boys Cubbies sessions run from 10:00am to 10:45am. There are no practices during the week.

 

TEAMS:

Each team will have a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 6 players. Players are generally placed on teams by their neighborhood school location, as listed on their registration form. Special requests will be considered. Each team will have a volunteer parent coach, who will lead the activities and facilitate the games. Staff coaches will provide a FUN and basic coaching packet to the coach and will be on-site for support and assistance. There are no co-ed teams.

 

COST:

$65 PER season. You must register for the Fall and Spring season separately.

 

PROGRAM FORMAT:

First 3 weeks: “Practice Phase”. Kids will be introduced to cooperative play and being part of a team.  They will also have the opportunity to learn basic soccer skills in a fun and challenging environment.

Last 3 weeks: “Game Phase”.  Games are played in a 3 vs 3 format with a maximum of 3 players from each team on the field at a time. Prior to each game Cubbies will warm up playing one or two of their favorite Cubbies activities that they learned during the “Practice Phase” sessions.  Following the fun ‘warm up’ stage, each team will play a game against another Cubbies team.  Each half will be 10 minutes in duration with a 5 minute break at the half.

 

CUBBIE REQUIREMENTS:

Each Cubbie will need to bring to every session:

Size three soccer ball (will be used until age 8)

Shinguards with socks pulled up over the top! No shinguards= No play

Water bottle

Uniform: Real, reversible, red/white jersey MUST be purchased through Soccer Stop at University and County Line Rd. The jersey is offered alone or as part of a package.  You can see the uniforms here, listed as U4-U8.  Each child will also need shorts and socks but these may be generic. Players can wear cleats or tennis shoes.

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT:

Nothing brings a bigger smile to a child’s face than to have their Mom or Dad share their soccer experiences with them!

Each team will need parent volunteers to serve as head coach, assistant coach and team parent. If you do sign up to be a coach, please remember that Real Colorado is committed to providing support on and off the pitch for all of our volunteer coaches.  We would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to step into a volunteer role for our Cubbies Program.  You will have the opportunity to choose a volunteer role during your registration process.

 

 

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!

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Recreational Soccer Programs

 

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
      Soccer Stop is our preferred provider of soccer gear and clothing.  To find out what equipment your child needs to begin their season, including ball size and knee-to-toe gear, click here.

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 Rec Teams Kick It Up!

Many of Real’s recreational soccer teams competed in the 2014 Rock Cup, and did a great job representing their teams and our club!  Congratulations to all of Real’s participating teams!  Here are a few finalists and champions from the event – if you have Rock Cup photos and would like to see your team featured here, please send an email to EliseB@RealColorado.net.

Way to go!

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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.

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