Frequently Asked Questions: Real Recreational Soccer
What recreational soccer programs are available and how do I know which is a fit for my child?
Real offers more ways for your child to grow their soccer experience than any other youth soccer club in our state. We encourage you to visit the yellow Programs Guide tab on our homepage to see all of the options available for your player including seasonal play, camps, off-season programs and more.
When is registration open for spring and fall soccer?
Registration for fall season recreational soccer typically opens the second week of May and remains open until the first week of July. Registration for spring season soccer typically opens the second week of November and runs through the last week of January. Registrations are accepted anytime until the start of the season or until all teams are full.
How do we register?
Registration for fall ’14 season will open online through the GotSoccer registration system on May 20, 2014.
In the event of a paper-based registration or if our staff registers a player for you, a user name and password is assigned for the family at the time of registration. If we assign this information, we will put your email address as your user name with the word “soccer” as your password. You may elect to change this once you are in the system.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Payments can be made to Real Colorado via cash, check or Visa/Mastercard.
What is Real’s refund policy?
Real Colorado offers a refund up until a week prior to the first week of scheduled practice. Real Colorado does not offer refunds, credits or fee transfers for the Recreational program with the strict exception of the following situations:
– If Real Colorado is unable to place your child on a team a full refund will be offered.
– If you move out of Douglas County prior to the start of the season for which you have registered, a refund minus a $15.00 handling fee will be honored.
– If before the 3rd scheduled season game your child is unable to finish the season due to a physician documented illness or injury, a refund minus a $15.00 handling fee will be honored. (Refund requests due to injury must be made within 2 weeks of injury or illness and must have a doctor’s note.)
*While we will make an attempt, when possible, to place your child on another team to accommodate your schedule, refunds are not available due to scheduling conflicts. There will be no reimbursements of any kind on games cancelled due to weather, acts of God or forfeits of opposing teams. Late payments and payment plan fees are non-refundable.
Age Groups, Games and Practices
How old do you have to be to play with Real Colorado?
A player must be 3 years old by August 1st for the fall/spring season to meet our minimum age requirement. To match your child’s age to our programs, please click here for our birthdate chart.
When does the season start and end?
In general, spring season typically begins with practice in the second week of March and runs through May. Fall season typically begins with practice during mid- to late August and runs through October.
Real also offers indoor programs, camps, tournaments and other opportunities to play during the off-season. These opportunities can be found on our website or in our weekly email, The Pitch. You will be automatically signed up to receive The Pitch using the email address that you use to register your player. To sign up another email address, please email EliseB@RealColorado.net.
How do I know when my child will move to the next age group?
Our players move up to the next age group each fall season.
Where and when do practices take place?
Practice location/day/time is based on coach’s requests. We make every attempt to grant the request of volunteer coaches based on number of teams and availability of fields on a given day or time. A new player joins a team based on his or her location and/or ability and joins the existing team’s practice schedule. Real and our volunteer coaches will advise parents of practice schedule and location approximately 2 weeks before the first practice.
How often will my child practice per week?
–Cubbies (3-4 year-olds) practice and play games on Saturdays for 6 weeks.
–U5 – U7 (4 – 6 year olds) teams practice once per week
–U8 (7 year olds) teams practice 1 – 2 times per week
–U9 (8 year olds) and older teams practice 2-3 times per week
The ages above are guidelines, please see our birthdate chart to match your child’s age with our programs.
Where and when do games take place?
Recreational Games are played at fields that Real Colorado rents across the Douglas County area. Recreational Games are primarily played on Saturdays. Intermediate League games (generally for players U9 and older) will be played at fields in other parks throughout the Metro Denver Area, as far north as Fort Collins and as far South as Colorado Springs.
You will be able to view team information such as game schedules by logging into Sports Logic using the email and password used to complete the player’s program registration approximately 2 weeks prior to the first scheduled game.
How do I know if games or practices are canceled due to weather?
Check our field status section on the homepage of our website at www.realcolorado.net Information is updated and available on week days at 3:30 pm and Weekends by 7:00 am. Also, you can call 720-360-3900 to reach our Field Status hotline.
In the event of cancellations due to weather, makeup games will typically be held at the same scheduled time and location the following Sunday. This will be adjusted if the makeup date falls on a major holiday or is the last game of the season. There can be no reimbursements for games or practices canceled due to weather, acts of God, school vacations, fall/spring break or forfeits by opposing teams.
What to expect on the field – players in the game, ball size
|Player’s Age||# on Field||Goalie||Roster Size||Ball Size||Practices per Week|
|U5 & U6||4v4||No||7-8||3||1|
|U7 & U8||6v6||Yes||9-11||3||U7=1U8=1 or 2|
|U9 & U10||8v8||Yes||11-13||4||Rec=2Junior Academy= 3|
|U11 & older||11v11||Yes||up to 18||U11 & U12 =4U13 + = 5||2|
Should I expect equal playing time?
All recreational programs require a minimum of 50% playing time in games for all active players. Participation in 75% of practices and 75% of games are required to be considered an active player.
Can my child be cut from their recreational team?
Since recreational programs prohibit tryouts, coaches MAY NOT cut players from their roster as assigned by the club.
Do girls and boys play on the same team?
No, our teams are not co-ed.
Can I register my child in an older age group if their birthday is close to the deadline for their age?
This is called “playing up.” Please indicate the desire to “play up” in the Special Requests section during registration. We will do our best to accommodate players in this situation, but please understand we may determine it more appropriate for your player to play in the designated age group.
For questions about playing up, please contact Beckie Blevans at BeckieB@RealColorado.net for U9 and older recreational players (age 8 and up), or Sara Connolly at Sarac@RealColorado.net for U8 and younger players (7 and below).
Can I request a specific team?
Yes. During registration, you may request a specific team/coach. While we make every attempt to assign you to your requested team/coach, there is no guarantee.
My player wants to return to the same team, how can I make certain this will happen?
Early registration is the best way to get on any specific team, as placements are handled by order of registration. So, if you want to guarantee that you return to the same team, please register by the deadline. While every effort is made to keep existing teams together, when a coach does not return and a current parent on the team does not accept the coaching position, the team may not be able to stay together.
Players who register late are not guaranteed to return to their team. If you register after the deadline, it is VERY possible that you will lose your spot to a new player. Players who take a season off are not guaranteed their spot back.
Can my child play as a guest on another team during the season?
Guest playing is allowed during Indoor League and Tournament play only.
How are teams formed?
Returning players are placed on teams first, provided they meet the deadline to return to their same teams, followed by special requests. If no requests were made or the deadline wasn’t met, we match players with the area in which you live, or the school closest to your house. Finally, we place our waitlist players on teams that need kids. We are never able to honor practice requests for certain days or times, as coaches don’t make their choices until a few weeks before the season begins. We cannot guarantee special requests but will certainly attempt to grant them.
Is the uniform included in the registration fees?
No, uniforms must be purchased separately from our apparel partner, Soccer Stop, and are required at games. Check out our uniforms page to learn more. Soccer Stop is located in the Festival Shopping Center on University and County Line Road. (Phone number 303-740-9300). There are two different jerseys to choose from, depending on the age group of your child. Soccer Stop will be able to help you with all of your soccer uniform questions.
What equipment does my player need?
Players are required to wear shin guards, soccer cleats or athletic shoes. As children tend to grow quickly between seasons, it is a good idea to check that your child’s equipment still fits a week prior to the start of practice in each season.
Players should bring their own water and ball (for ball size, please see “What to expect on the field” chart above) to practices and games. Players should also dress appropriately for Colorado weather. If fields are open, you should assume that practices and games are being held.
Volunteering and Volunteer Coaching
Can I perform any volunteer duties for my child’s team?
We need volunteer coaches every season. A coach doesn’t need to have soccer experience, just a commitment to the team and to making the soccer journey fun and engaging for every player.
In addition, at the first practice, the coach will request volunteers for various team duties. The primary volunteer needs are: Assistant Coach, Team Parent/Manager, Certified Game Coordinator (U5-U8), Certified Linesman (U9 and up), Snack coordinator, etc. The more that volunteers are able to handle these duties, the more time the coach has to coach!
How do volunteer coaches know what to teach their team?
Real provides weekly emails for coaches with ideas and concepts to try during practice as well as an online Coaching Education section, found under the Player, Parent & Coach section of the Recreational menu on our website. We also hold a coach orientation meeting and provide an age-appropriate packet with rules, guidelines and coaching tips to use throughout the season. In addition, the recreational coaching staff provides coaching education clinics prior to and at the beginning of the season and is available for phone calls and emails asking for ideas and help.
Do coaches receive any incentives for volunteering?
Head Coaches in our recreational program will receive a credit on their child’s account for 50% of their paid season fees. Only one credit per team, per coach, which is applied for the following season. All other volunteer roles are appreciated by Real as well as the team, but will not be credited in any way.
Contacts and More Information
Who are the Recreational Program Contacts?
Pre-K soccer – Katie Beaudoin – KatieB@RealColorado.net or 303-694-6882 x120
U4 Cubbies Teams – Sheryl Stirling – SherylS@RealColorado.net or 303-694-6882 x118
U5-U8 Recreational Team and Player Registration – Sara Connolly – SaraC@RealColorado.net or 303-694-6882 x116
U9 & older Recreational and Jr. Academy Team and Player Registration & Camps Registration – Beckie Blevans – BeckieB@RealColorado.net or 303-694-6882 x100
Camps Programs – Skye Dregalla – SkyeD@Realcolorado.net or 303-694-6882 x119
If you have a general question or are not sure who to direct your question to, please email RealCares@RealColorado.net anytime for assistance.
Where can I learn more about Real and its Recreational soccer programs?
Visit us at www.realcolorado.net, then hover over the Recreational Menu at the top to see more information on our recreational soccer programs. You can also find updates on upcoming camps under the camps menu. We encourage you to explore our site and if you have any questions, please contact one of our staff members listed above.