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Dear Real Colorado families,
 
The health and safety of our families is our primary focus during this time the COVID-19 situation is commanding attention throughout our country and world.  We are not experts related to what is going on, but we do fall under the umbrella of organizations who are, be it our federal government, local government, the CDC, WHO, US Soccer, US Youth Soccer as well as one of our strongest partners, Children’s Hospital Colorado.  All of these groups are working together, sharing information to make determinations on best practices to avoid unsubstantiated panic and offer intelligent advice to help keep our families safe and informed.
 
As we fall under their umbrellas, we are in regular communication with them to leverage their relationships and contacts in making the best decisions for Real Colorado.  We are following their advice and as our membership, you can have confidence on the fact we will abide by their recommendations related to our soccer programming. 
 
We also support the fact you reserve the final right of responsibility for your family and can decide whether or not to send you player(s) to training or games in light of the COVID-19 virus situation even when of our governing bodies have elected to keep these situations open.

As this situation is fluid, and information is changing rapidly, please check out our website for the latest information.  This will be the single best place to understand what Real Colorado is doing and will help ensure the information going out is consistent.

Planning for the Fall Season - August 5th, 2020

Dear Real family,

Approximately 35 to 45 million youth ages 6-18 years of age participate in some form of athletics.  Engagement in sports activity with friends has both physical and psychological health benefits for kids.  Participation in sports allows youth to improve their cardiovascular health, strength, body composition and overall fitness.  Mentally, youth experience benefits from the increased socialization with friends and coaches as well as from the return to a more structured routine.  These psychological and physical benefits can help support their developmental growth.  Additionally, exercise has been shown to have immune system benefits.

As parents we are living the consequences of the pandemic and the responsibility to do what is best for our kids.  At Real Colorado, we are doing the same thing.  To this end we are working with all the resources available to us to make informed decisions based on medical advice and rather than decisions driven by fear. 

“We recognize that children learn best when physically present in the classroom. But children get much more than academics at school. They also learn social and emotional skills at school, get healthy meals and exercise, mental health support and other services that cannot be easily replicated online. Schools also play a critical role in addressing racial and social inequity. Our nation’s response to COVID-19 has laid bare inequities and consequences for children that must be addressed….”

America Academy of Pediatrics Pediatricians, Educators and Superintendents Urge a Safe Return to School This Fall.

Here are the reasons we at Real feel confident that the fall soccer season is moving forward:

  • Colorado Soccer Association, of which I am a member of the Colorado Soccer Advisory Committee, is 100% dedicated to having a fall season and with where things stand, is actively moving forward in that direction.
  • Although we believe it is unlikely, if CSA were to have to limit the season due to regulations on other counties, we as a club are committed to having a season through an intra-club schedule. Douglas County has consistently had lower case numbers of COVID19 and that has afforded our club different regulations that allow us to continue when other areas cannot. The depth of Real Colorado is such that we can put together a challenging schedule for all our teams by playing in and out of age groups, divisions and genders. As indicated above, I believe there will be a fall season of playing games against other clubs, but we have the means to have a great season within Real Colorado should that be necessary.
  • We have submitted and been approved with our procedural plans with our park providers.
  • In Douglas County, as of the date of this letter, we have had 1,519 confirmed cases and 56 deaths. Our population estimate for Douglas County in July of 2019 was 351,154.  Roughly .4% of our community had a confirmed case to date.
  • Soccer is a contact sport, but based on the considerations which impact the risk of infection listed below by the American Association of Pediatrics, soccer poses a reduced risk. It is played outdoors with spacing larger than most every other sport, an 11v11 soccer field is 18 times the size of the basketball court for example.  The contact between players is often brief and a recent study performed in Denmark demonstrated that contact within 6 feet of another unique player is less than 90 seconds in a 90 minute game.  An exposure is often defined as around 15 minutes of time within 6 feet of an individual. Soccer falls very short of this time parameter based on the study referenced above.  When we add in the best practices we have been told about, including wearing a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained, regular washing of hands, cleaning equipment, self-monitoring prior to attendance, the risks continue to fall and the risks related to youth obesity, depression, isolation, and anxiety, to name a few, also drop because of the activity and socialization our youth get when playing with their friends and learning from their coaches.  This has the potential to be a win- win and to address some of the issues our youth are facing considering the pandemic.
  • A Good Read – A Balancing Act – Understanding the Impacts of Inactivity of Youth Athletes by Dr Drew Watson – ECNL Chief Medical Adviisor

“Data to date suggest that children are infected with SARS-coV-2 less than adults and, when infected, typically experience less severe disease…Because prolonged, close contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 is the main driver of transmission, the sport (number of players, spacing, and frequency and duration of contact) and setting (indoor versus outdoor, size, ventilation of facility) will likely influence risk of infection.”

America Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Interm Guidance: Return to Sports

  • In Douglas County, we are one of the healthiest communities in the country. The loss of any life is a tragedy, and we believe that our lower numbers are directly tied into our active, healthy community and lifestyle. When the Governor elected to enforce mask wearing when in public due to an increase in hospitalizations and confirmed cases, Douglas County report the same day we had 13 hospitalizations.  As of July 28th, Douglas County had a –12.7 (decrease) percent change of daily COVID19 cases according to the TriCounty Health website. These hard numbers give us confidence in depending on a Fall season.

August 17th for competitive, and the 21st for recreational are the commitment dates for the Fall season.  We believe we can continue what we have been doing this summer and provide a fun, learning environment that will challenge each player to grow on and off the field.  We believe CSA will have a state league for our competitive, JA and older recreational teams, but should they not, we have the ability to provide a league internally, maybe with another local club or two that will give our players the games to complement their training.

We will continue to work closely with Colorado Soccer Association to support a state wide standard for safe play and we will continue to work with our partners at Childrens Hospital Colorado to stay at the front of information relative to the pandemic that maximizes safety, learning, and the well-being of players, referees, coaches and families of our community.

In short, we have a green light and are set for the fall season. We have every approval necessary and expect to be a positive part of our community and a place of excitement for our youth during this Fall. We do not want to have a repeat of the Spring season, and, should the unlikely occur and we are forced to return to a stay at home mandate, we have put in place a financial plan that considers our requirements to stay in business and yours to avoid paying for what you cannot get.

Recreational

  • Your payment is due in full on August 21st for the recreational season. If the season should cancel due to COVID-19 prior to October 1st, the 2nd half of the fees would be reimbursed.

Junior Academy

  • Your credit is applied on the initial payment if applicable. Roughly 40% will be due on August 21st, and the additional balance will be collected in additional payments as the season progresses. For example, if we are playing in September, the September payment will be processed, if the season gets cancelled prior to October only related to COVID-19, then we will not charge the October installment and subsequent installment if the season could not continue.
  • For those families who elected to pay in full, Real Colorado would refund an amount consistent with the payment plan amount that is cancelled.

Competitive

  • Your credit is applied on the initial payment if applicable. Roughly 35% will be due on August 21st, and the additional balance will be collected in additional payments as the season progresses. For example, if we are playing in September, the September payment will be processed, if the season gets cancelled prior to October only related to COVID-19, then we will not charge the October installment and subsequent installment if the season could not continue.
  • For those families who elected to pay in full, Real Colorado would refund an amount consistent with the payment plan amount that is cancelled.

Inside the white lines of the field players develop skills specifically related to soccer, but arguably more important, develop skills they can use outside the white lines.  How to work with others, how to compete against others, learning from failure, learning from success, setting goals, resilience to adversity, exercise, healthy eating habits, working within a group and so many more.  Today, likely more than ever in our time, youth need a place to play, a place that minimizes the risk of viral transmission, but in addition to the life lessons above, we provide a routine that can help reduce anxiety and fears relative to what the pandemic has created these past months. We have worked diligently over the summer to provide this for our Real families and look forward to continuing to do so through the Fall.

COVID-19 FAQ's From Real Colorado - July 1st, 2020

Below are a list of questions we have received more often from our members or from our staff.  Please email us at Realcares@realcolorado.net with questions that are not answered here.

Is the Real Colorado Office Open?

  • The Real Colorado staff is working from home during this time and the best way to communicate with them is via email.  

Can We Still Sign Up for Camps?

  • Yes, our summer camps program is up and being added to often.  If you sign up for our summer camps, we will guarantee a full refund should the camp not occur.
  • Real Colorado will be offer several free training opportunities for those impacted by the spring soccer cancellation and will be communicating those options in the coming months.

When Will Fall Registration Open Up?

  • Fall registration is up.  You can reserve your spot in our recreational program or if you attended tryouts by paying an initial installment of $20.  The balance of the fees will be due on August 17th for competitive or August 21st for recreational once the Fall season has been confirmed.  Any player eligible for a Fall credit due to the loss of the Spring season, will have the credit applied after the registration and $20 has been received.
April 28, 2020

Dear Real Colorado families,

We are reaching out today to bring you some much anticipated news of the spring soccer season. We have watched as Coronavirus wreaked havoc on the soccer community all around the world and where we feel it the most, in our local community.  The virus has forced us to remain in our homes and has caused Colorado to close parks, many indefinitely.  Over the course of the past two months, the basis of all our decisions at Real Colorado has been centered around the safety of our families, staff, coaches, referees and fans, but with the continued hope of a solution to reconnect our community on the pitch in a safe manner.  

Although we have been determined in our efforts to award our families a spring season, this pandemic has proven to be too much.  Therefore, in alignment and support of Colorado Soccer Association’s direction, and each youth soccer club in Colorado, Real Colorado will be terminating the spring season for games in all of our programs and we applaud Colorado Soccer Association for its prudence and leadership in these challenging times.  This decision will allow our community and families the ability to reengage as they choose.  We want each family to feel in control of their own safety when returning to the fields. It is important to us that we do not rush anyone’s decision, as so much remains unknown at this time.  

Please look carefully below for the status of each of our Club’s programs your family is part of .

Real Colorado’s Cubbies Program – our youngest players (U4) at Real

  • All games and regular training, except as offered below, is officially cancelled for the spring season. We will be following up with you the week of May 5th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season
  • Additionally, Real Colorado will be offering a series of free camps in addition to our paid camps during the summer.  More detailed information will be in the communication set for the week of May 5th.

Real Colorado’s Recreational Program – our U5-U10 players who play in-house at Real.

  • All games and regular training is officially cancelled for the spring season. We will be following up with you the week of May 5th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season.
  • Additionally, Real Colorado will be offering a series of free camps in addition to our paid camps during the summer.  More detailed information will be in the communication set for the week of May 5th.

Real Colorado’s Recreational Program U11+ – our U11 – U14 teams who play in the front range league against other clubs.

  • All games and regular training, except as offered below, is officially cancelled for the spring season.  We will be following up with you the week of May 5th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season.
  • Additionally, Real Colorado will be offering a series of free camps in addition to our paid camps during the summer.  More detailed information will be in the communication set for the week of May 5th.

Real Colorado’s Recreational Program with ATS – our U6 – U14 players who signed up for the additional Advanced Training Sessions.  

  • All games and regular training , except as offered below, is officially cancelled for the spring season.  We will be following up with you the week of May 5th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season.
  • Additionally, Real Colorado will be offering a series of free camps in addition to our paid camps during the summer.  More detailed information will be in the communication set for the week of May 5th.

Real Colorado’s Junior Academy Program – our U9 and U10 advanced placement program who plays in the front range league against other clubs.

  • All games and regular training, except as offered below, is officially cancelled for the spring season.  We will be following up with you the week of May 5th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season.
  • Tentatively tryouts for the Junior Academy for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 will take place the week of June 22nd, 2020 and you can find this information on our player placement page.
  • Additionally, Real Colorado will be offering a series of free camps in addition to our paid camps during the summer.  More detailed information will be in the communication set for the week of May 5th.

Real Colorado’s Premier Rec Program – our U9-U14 teams who play in the front range league against other clubs and have additional staff and coaching support.

  • All games and regular training, except as offered below, is officially cancelled for the spring season.  We will be following up with you the week of May 5th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season.
  • Additionally, Real Colorado will be offering a series of free camps in addition to our paid camps during the summer.  More detailed information will be in the communication set for the week of May 5th.

Real Colorado’s Recreational Centennial League Program – our U13-U14 teams who play in the CSA Centennial Advance League

  • All games and regular training , except as offered below, is officially cancelled for the spring season.  We will be following up with you the week of May 5th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season.
  • Additionally, Real Colorado will be offering a series of free camps in addition to our paid camps during the summer.  More detailed information will be in the communication set for the week of May 5th.

Real Colorado’s Competitive Program – our U11-U14 boys & girls teams and U15 (spring 8th grade) girls teams playing competitive soccer in the CSA Champions, Centennial League and Secondary leagues through CSA.

  • All games have been officially cancelled for the spring season. We will be following up with you the week of May 5th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season.
  • Should restrictions be relaxed by our local government official(s) and the medical experts in our community, the Real Colorado staff will begin running age groups training sessions through the summer in preparation of the June 22nd player placement dates and continuing afterwards to support the development of our new Fall 2020 teams.
  • Should we not be able to return to play by the June 22nd player placement week, Real Colorado will consider other options for player placement prior to the week of June 15th.
  • Real Colorado is tentatively planning to hold player placement trials the week of June 22nd for these teams. You can find this information on our player placement page.

Real Colorado’s H.S. Boys Competitive Program – our U15 – U19 teams playing competitive soccer in the CSA Champions or Centennial League through CSA.

  • All games have been officially cancelled for the spring season. We will be following up with you the week of May 5th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season.
  • Should restrictions be relaxed by our local government official(s) and the medical experts in our community, the Real Colorado staff will begin training sessions no earlier than the week of May 11th to whatever the degree is we are permitted.

Real Colorado’s H.S. Girls Competitive Program – our U15 – U19 teams playing competitive soccer in the CSA Champions or Centennial League through CSA.

  • Should restrictions be relaxed by our local government official(s) and the medical experts in our community, the Real Colorado staff and team coaches will begin looking at a player training and placement plan through the month of June
  • Real Colorado is tentatively planning to hold player placement trials the week of June 22nd for these teams. You can find this information on our player placement page.

Real Colorado’s ECNL Girls Program – our Fall 2020/Spring 2021 U13-U19 top 2 teams in each age group, formerly DA and DPL.

  • The DA has been abandoned by US Soccer and all future games have been cancelled including the DA playoffs and championships.
  • The DPL has elected to cancel the summer playoffs and all future games have been cancelled.
  • Should restrictions be relaxed by our local government official(s) and the medical experts in our community, the Real Colorado staff and team coaches will begin training sessions no earlier than the week of May 11th to whatever the degree is we are permitted.
  • Real Colorado is tentatively planning to hold player placement trials the week of June 15th for these teams.  You can find this information on our player placement page.

Real Colorado’s ECNL Boys Program – our Fall 2020/Spring 2021 U13-U19 teams who participated in the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 ECNL program.

  • The ECNL has elected to cancel the summer playoffs and all future games have been cancelled.  We will be following up with you the week of May 12th regarding the financial remedy for the cancelled spring season.
  • Should restrictions be relaxed by our local government official(s) and the medical experts in our community, the Real Colorado staff and team coaches will begin training sessions no earlier than the week of May 11th to whatever the degree is we are permitted.
  • Real Colorado is tentatively planning to hold player placement trials the week of June 15th for the U15-U19 teams and the week of June 22nd for the U13 and U14 teams. You can find this information on our player placement page.

Real Colorado’s former DA program – formerly the U13-U19 boys who played in the US Soccer Development Academy.

  • The DA has been abandoned by US Soccer and all future games have been cancelled including the DA playoffs and championships.
  • Real Colorado is currently working in conjunction with the MLS and several of the top youth clubs in the country to form a new league to meet the hole created by the DA folding.  As more information becomes available, we will be communicating directly with these teams.
  • Real Colorado is tentatively planning to hold player placement trials the week of June 15th for the U15-U19 teams. You can find this information on our player placement page.

Real Colorado’s Camp Programs – 

  • Real Colorado will continue to offer our paid camp program in additional to the complimentary opportunities referenced above.
  • All camps are 100% refundable should the camp be cancelled prior to the beginning of the camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Real Colorado’s Real Cup scheduled for May 21st – 25th – our annual tournament for U11-U19 teams hosted at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Aurora Sports Complex, Dove Valley and Broomfield Commons.

  • Currently the Real Cup is scheduled as originally planned.  That being said, given the current state affairs with teams, coaches, players, fields and community standards for relaxing stay-at-home protocols, our ability to safely hold the tournament is becoming increasingly problematic. A final decision will be made no later than May 5th.

The suspension of our club’s programming due to this crisis has created a full picture of the critical role that activity, social connection and sport play in the healthy development of kids.  The youth sports business is a $25 billion dollar industry that in the first 30 days of our country’s closure saw an estimate of over $8 billion dollars of revenue lost.  Its unfathomable to equate that to the number of hours of play that has been abandoned for our kids.

We are not just a soccer club of players at Real Colorado, but a community of families and friends who use soccer as a way to connect and stay connected.  It is a second family to many of us and why we still have hope. Over the coming days, you will be offered a financial remedy from the hardship of the spring season, and it goes without saying, it is deserved.  However, we also would ask each of you to consider over this time the value that soccer and youth sports has played in your life, your players life, in your community, and in our larger community.  Moving into this fall, many in our community will have greater needs than in the past.  Families will need financial support in order to allow their children to continue participating.  As you consider your family’s financial position, we would ask you also consider donating back to Real Colorado whatever the financial remedy might be for this fall.  This will be part of the Fall registration process and you will receive a tax donation letter to recognize this gift.  This will allow us to offer the additional support needed to assist those families in financial crisis.

Real Colorado is a non-profit organization that has served our community since 1986.  In a time where bigger seems to be the flavor, we have remained committed to keeping our staff connected to our community and our focus in Douglas County.  We have a staff consisting of people generally recognized among the best in the country, many developed within our club from small positions to becoming key leaders in our community and beyond.  Through the years we have strived to create a fun environment and serve our community by continuing a tradition of fun and excellence in developing players, coaches and teams.

We are working every day to realize that vision and restore some normalcy for the Clubs players, families, staff, and fans.  Thank you for your commitment to Real Colorado and we look forward to reuniting on the fields. As our next communications will be more targeted, please ensure you are signed up for the program lists your player is part of.  You can sign up here.

April 10th, 2020

I hope this update finds you, your family and your friends safe and healthy.  Arguably the most prominent news this past week came from our Governor when he announced the extension of his executive order prohibiting in-person instruction through April 30th.  Soon after, several school districts announced they would cancel all in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.

Hope is a powerful tool and at Real Colorado we remain hopeful our players, coaches, families and staff will be able to return to the fields this spring.  The sense of excitement to return to the fields — particularly for our seniors to get play out their final games — far outweigh the urgency of making a final decision today.  While I acknowledge and understand making a decision may provide one piece of certainty during this uncertain time, in following Colorado Soccer Association’s (CSA), our governing body, recommendations, it is too soon to give up on a season.

While hopeful, we are also aware we may not return.  During this time we will continue to work closely with CSA, and our local health departments to receive the most up to date information and make informed decision on how to proceed.  This will be our longest communication, but there are several important messages we want to communicate to you.  Please check out our website where we are copying all our club wide communications in addition to an FAQ where we are answering the most common questions and updating the answers are more clarity is given.

An update from CSA

CSA has continued the suspension of play through April 30th, 2020.  The Advanced and Recreational league operations committees for CSA have decided on a few key dates that are lines in the sand and dependent on our ability to safely return to the fields.  We will not return to the fields unless there is confidence from the guidelines and directives of local and national experts available to us it is safe to do so.

  • May 1st – the earliest date we would return to play for the spring season
  • May 9th – the first regularly scheduled games
  • June 1st – the latest date we could return to play before the Spring season would be cancelled.
  • Week of June 22nd – Player placement (Tryouts) for the Fall/Spring 2020/2021 season

In support of these dates there are a number of details that will need to be worked out prior to the season starting at any point in addition to an official Return to Play date and future communications will begin adding clarity to this return as information comes available.

Why Isn’t Real Colorado offering refunds?

In the letter from CSA, clubs were encouraged not to offer refunds, but be creative with future opportunities to offset the lost services from this Spring.  The principle behind not providing refunds applies to all non profits in general and is not specific to Real Colorado.  It includes other youth soccer clubs, other youth sports and other non-profits whose continued existence is important to the overall fabric of our community.  The simple truth is that granting refunds would force us all to close our doors long before the last refund was processed.  Fellow non-profits in youth football, baseball, hockey, USA Swimming and lacrosse having similarly indicated  they cannot give refunds or credits as potential remedies for their memberships for the same reasons.  We don’t have to look very far to see other examples of this.  Recently I received a letter from the HRCA about why our recreational center fees are still being collected when they are closed, and have heard from parents of college students who are not getting refunds for their meal plans and dorm room stays even though they are at home.  This word probably will not get overused, but for all of us, the need for everyone to make daily adjustments and sacrifices to accommodate health and safety during this Covid-19 crisis unprecedented.

The simplest way to explain our position is we have two buckets of expenses, programming and operational.  We have programming costs directly associated to our players playing soccer during the season, much of which can be tied to what you might expect: fields, referees (if you have them), coaches (if you have a paid coach), weekend support staff, etc.  Some can be recouped, and some cannot.  Then there are the operational costs such as staff, credit card fees, player and coach registration fees, office lease, utilities, mortgage on our own complex along with many others.  These expenses are not tied to season programming, but the overall operations of Real Colorado often paid on a monthly basis.  I have received comments related to the HRMD issuing refunds on their programming, but that is because they are a Metropolitan District, a governmental entity, who’s staffing, buildings and programming is supported by the local taxes we pay.  Non profits such as Real have some rainy day funds, but few have funding to survive the monsoon as we have seen in this situation. 

As a non-profit member of our community that supports thousands of families and is in-turn supported by thousands of families, we are committed to being financially, professionally, and personally prepared to return to the pitch when the Governor gives us the green light.  During this time that we are waiting in hope of a Spring season, we are exploring all options related to funding, including loans, grants and incentives from the federal government.  Just as many businesses and families are doing, we are following a methodical plan to minimize all our expenses.  All of this is in support of our goal of being able to return to the field as Real Colorado when it is safe for our players, family and staff.    Real Colorado could not exist without members like your family who commit to volunteer their time and treasure to our programs–  but these programs would not exist without the membership fees that sustain us year-round. 

What is the plan moving forward financially?

Some of you might have jumped right to this part and if so, I would encourage you to read this entire letter to give you a full understanding of our plan to return to play.    First and foremost, we are committed to returning to the fields and must be prepared for this possibility which includes having the cash flow to pay those programming costs needed to return to the fields.

At the same time, we have applied for some of the options created through the Federally approved CARES Act as well as an Economic Injury Disaster Loan directly through the SBA.  Each of those programs, if we are awarded the support, will help us address the hardship it has created for our families through future benefits and/or reduced costs.  Not all these programs are grants or forgivable loans and our executive staff and Board of Directors will have to carefully measure what type of debt we should take on.

Unprecedented is a word that can only be used once related to this pandemic and we don’t expect our families to sign up again without some protection for the fall and some remedy from the spring. We are committed to every family in Real Colorado as well as Real Colorado itself.  I have seen the tag “We are in this together” branded everywhere, but the truth is not lost on Real Colorado and its leadership that our families are doing some heavy lifting at this time.  There will be increased demands on our financing as the full measure of the economic impact hits our community in the coming months. There will be families who have lost jobs, incomes and resources that will diminish and or even eliminate the amount of discretionary money they have to spend on their kids, but there will also be opportunities for families who are able to step up and help us  provide opportunities for those that can’t.

In Closing

 Real Colorado is an organization that cannot exist without your support, without your interest in loving and participating in the game of soccer.  I work for Real Colorado along with an irreplaceable collection of coaches, a dedicated staff, and an amazing Board of Directors.  I am motivated by the communications I have received from our membership, words from a team coach who just found out his pay was suspended offering he and his wife were in a position to help others if they needed it – incredible, to countless members reaching out to let me know they understand the position we are in and fully support what we are trying to do, to the emails from those with thoughtful questions and their willingness to have open dialogue before jumping to judgement.  All these conversations and connections to our families is meaningful and impact.  I am still hopeful Real Colorado will be able to provide you and your family a safe return to the fields this spring, to bring excellent value to your commitment to play for us, but should that not happen, then all of us will remain committed to bringing added value and experience for the fall season and beyond.

March 24th, 2020

Good afternoon Real Colorado families,

Certainly none of us would suggest or foresee where we are today from where we were just a few weeks ago.  On March 18th, Governor Polis suspended “in-person learning” at all Colorado public and private schools through at least April 17th, 2020.  This order is an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  After receiving this announcement, the Colorado Soccer Association executive team met and made the recommendation to continue with a suspension of the soccer season inline with Governor Polis’s executive order.  To this end Real Colorado fields and programming will be suspended with hope of being cleared to begin play on or soon after the 17th.  You can read the letter from CSA here.

Right now our staff is feverishly working to come up with new scheduling, budgeting and virtual  opportunities for physical activity with ties to soccer to help during this time. It will take great efforts by each of us to make the best of an unprecedentedly difficult situation and to offer the opportunity to keep our community connected and loving the game of soccer.  Never in our times, has our local, regional, national and global community been impacted in such a way.  We know there will be amazing stories of people coming together and  rising above the norm with incredible compassion, support and grace.  Likely,  we will all need some of this and hopefully have the opportunity  to pay it forward for others in need.

Please remember that Real Colorado is a non-profit organization that has continuing obligations to its coaches, staff, vendors and field providers.  Based on these obligations, we will not be in a position to provide financial remedies at this time, and we respectfully note that our enrollment agreement provides for this force majeure eventuality.  As the information we are receiving points to a fluid environment of change, it will likely be when we have passed through this crisis time we will best be able to answer any questions related to potential financial remedies for you, our families.  As we continue to navigate through this situation, we are committed  to finding new ways to provide valuable services and programs for our players and coaches.

Thank you your patience as we all work through this global health and economic emergency.  While  we understand it can be frustrating to not have  a final answer about the season’s  future,  we want to assure you that we will continue to work closely to ensure a safe and ready environment when we return to play.  We will dedicate our time to providing instruction and opportunity as best as possible  and to be fiscally responsible in ensuring Real Colorado is able to provide the highest standard of a soccer experience when we return to play, and continue our dedication to helping each player learn, grow, and celebrate his or her love of the game.

The next update will come out on April 8th to accommodate new information that came available today, April 6th.  Sorry for the delay.

March 12, 2020
  • US Soccer Development Academy – US Soccer has cancelled all games through April 30th including the Spring Cup. Real Colorado teams will not have training or attend Team Speed until we re evaluate the week of March 23rd.  Next update will be Tuesday, March 24th by 2:00 pm.
  • Elite Clubs National League – The ECNL has suspended all games through April 30th including cancelling the Spring event in South Carolina.Real Colorado teams will not have training or attend Team Speed until we re evaluate the week of March 23rd.  Next update will be Tuesday, March 24th by 2:00 pm.
  • Camps – the Real Colorado Spring Break camps will be cancelled and players will receive a full refund.
  • Competitive and Recreational leagues – In support of the Colorado Soccer Association’s recommendation, we will be postponing all games and training sessions through March 23rd. CSA will continue to follow the advice from the CDC, US Youth and other key stake holders.  At this time, CSA and Real Colorado are committed to a complete spring season. Next update will be Tuesday, March 24th by 2:00 pm.
  • Real Colorado Cup –At present, with the 2020 Real CO Cup over 2 months away, we are not considering any changes to our normal tournament operations, including processing applications, accepting and charging teams, and being responsive to any and all questions to the best of our ability.  We are very sensitive to teams’ travel plans, deposits and commitment deadlines, as well as concerns regarding available refunds if the tournament is not played or teams are prevented from traveling. We will be revisiting this as more information comes available on March 24th