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- Age Range
- Practice Location
- Game Location
- Game Day
- Team Size
- Ball Size
11U - 14U
- 01/01/2005 -12/31/2008
- Denver Area
- 1 - 2 Team Practices Per Week
- Denver Metro & Suburbs
- Volunteer Parent Coach
- 11-16 Players
- Size (4) four for U11/U12, then size (5) five for U13/U14
15U - 18U
- 01/01/2000 - 12/31/2004
- Denver Area
- 1 - 2 Team Practices Per Week
- Denver Metro & Suburbs
- Volunteer Parent Coach
- 14-18 Players
- Size (5) five for U15 - U19
- The Recreational program in Skyline is designed to continue the long tradition of Skyline’s fun, community atmosphere that has made this program “The Heart of Denver Youth Soccer Since 1965”.
- 11U+ Recreational teams participate in Colorado Soccer Association (CSA) Recreational Leagues. All teams play nine versus nine (9v9) format with goalkeepers. 11U+ Recreational teams will play 7 – 8 games per season.
- Each team will practice one-two times a week with their volunteer coach.
- Games are played in a home/away format with opponents. Some travel outside of Denver and surrounding areas may be required for games.
- Matches are refereed by certified referees at this age group. Assistant Referees are not guaranteed and in instances where there are no Assistant Referees, each team will be asked to provide a volunteer referee.
- The spring season runs from March – May, and the fall season runs from August – October. During the summer and winter months, we do offer camps and clinics. For more information go to our Camps and Clinics page, found under More Programs in the menu above.
Skyline’s philosophy is: “To Teach, To Inspire, To Excel.” We strive to instill this philosophy in every player, at every level – regardless of their experience or age. To achieve this, we apply an age-appropriate training model as laid out by Skyline’s Player Development Plan. While players and coaches have objectives each season for player development, the main goals for the 11U-18U Recreation Program are as follows:
TECHNICAL: Players improve their ball control, ball striking, and ability to win 1v1 duels each season.
TACTICAL: Players improve their ability read the game in attack and defense each season.
PHYSICAL: Players improve their physical attributes such as speed, flexibility and endurance each season.
PSYCHOLOGICAL: Players improve their ability to work in a team environment, display respect for others (coaches, teammates, opponents, and referees), and learn life lessons each season.
OVERALL: Players enjoy playing the game of soccer that helps creates a life-long passion for soccer.
Fall 2018 Dates
- Registration closes on 7/31/2018
- CSA Schedules post:TBD
- Team training is TBD by your volunteer coach
- First weekend of league games: 9/11/18
- Bye Week: 10/5-10/6 2018
- Last weekend of games: 11/10/18
Spring 2019 Dates
- Registration closes on 1/21/2019
- CSA Schedules post: 3/1/2019
- Team training is determined by your volunteer coach’s request
- First weekend of league games: 3/16/19
- Bye Week: 3/23-3/24
- Last weekend of games: 5/19/2019
In the 11U-18U age group, we do our best to match players with their requests; however, it is not guaranteed that Skyline will be able to meet your requests. When you register, be sure to fill out the request fields so we can find a team that best fits you!
After players have registered, the Skyline staff will build out all of our teams. Here is some insight into the process:
Returning players have first priority to the team they were on previously but they must register prior to the registration deadline.
From there, we will begin rostering new players, according to player’s registration date and registration requests to teams that have space remaining.
If there are enough new players, Skyline will look to build new teams.
Skyline will work with newly formed teams to confirm a volunteer coach and practice locations/times/days.
In instances where there are not enough players in an age group to form a team, Skyline will seek team formations across age groups (e.g. a combined 11U/12U Boys team. In Skyline’s history of nearly 50 years, these teams have been extremely successful.
When you register be sure to fill out the request fields so we can find a team that best fits you! Always remember that we do offer refunds if we are unable to find a team that fits your family.
- At the 11U-18U Recreational level, players should expect to play a minimum of 50% of each match. Exceptions may occur at the coach’s discretion for disciplinary reasons such as absenteeism, tardiness, or general behavior issues.
- Players should expect to play all positions through the course of the season at the discretion of the coach. Playing different positions is vital to the development of the ‘complete player.’
- We understand things come up in Recreational player’s schedule. Players who are unable to attend a practice or game are expected to let the coach know of these instances..
- Players are expected to wear cleats and shin guards under their socks at all practices and games.
- Players are expected to bring an inflated soccer ball and water to all practices and games. 11U/12U Recreational players use a size four (4) soccer ball, 13U and older Recreational players use a size five (5) soccer ball.
Parents are encouraged to support their player and team in a fashion that breeds a positive and respectful learning environment. As such, it is imperative that coaches are able to teach and instruct the players in games and at training. To best ensure a positive learning environment, parents should refrain from directional coaching on the sidelines while applauding positive plays and encouraging effort. After all, parents are best role models for our players: please respect our players, coaches, opponents, and referees.
- Skyline’s focus at the Transitional Stage is individual player development during practices and games; not the results of the team.
- The 11U – 18U Recreational program is solely volunteer coaching.
- Teams train one to two times per week with their team led by their volunteer team coach.
- At practice, volunteer coaches are to incorporate team activities while keeping the focus on individual development.
- Volunteer coaches are in charge of game day functions.
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Uniforms and Equipment
Ordering your Skyline recreational uniform is simple and easy. Follow the steps below to make sure you are ready for game day!
Skyline has sample uniforms in the office to find out what size jersey you need. Please stop by during business hours to try on uniforms.
Follow the ORDER NOW link to visit the Skyline store on Soccer.com. If you are not seeing the recreational uniform clear your cache on your web browser and try again.
Put all four required Skyline items in your shopping cart as well as any additional equipment you wish to order.
Place your order. Please allow 2-4 weeks until your items are shipped to your home.
Please note order times are delayed the closer you get to the season! Give a minimum of four weeks to ensure your items arrive in time.
Here are a few additional items your player should have. All these items can be bought locally at a sporting goods store or online at www.soccer.com.
Shinguards: All players are required to wear shin guards to all practices and games.
Cleats: All players are strongly encouraged to buy cleats to wear to practices and games. Cleats are not required.
Soccer Ball: All players must own and bring to all practices and games. 11U-12U players use a size 4 soccer ball, 13U-18Uplayers use a size 5 soccer ball.
Water Bottle: All players should bring their own water bottle to all practices and games.
*Once on the Soccer.com website select “Recreational” on the drop down menu and then click on the red “Find Kit” button in order to find the list of uniform options.
Skyline is an Adidas club and requires Adidas uniforms. The cost of the new full kit is about $65.
Required items include: Blue Jersey, White Jersey, Black Short, and Black Socks.
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Adidas Parma 16 Short
Adidas Metro IV Sock
Get Involved With Your Child’s Team
- Skyline’s 11U -18U Recreational Program relies on the support of parent volunteers for many of the functions within the program. Without the backing of committed volunteers, our program could not run at the high level our membership expects. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach, please contact the Director of Coaching, Keegan Hand at Keegan@skylinesoccer.org.
Benefits Of Volunteering
- Soccer is still a young and growing sport within our country, but more children are playing than ever before. While many parents may not understand all aspects of soccer today, parental involvement is one of the major factors for a child’s continued participation in sports and athletics.
- Due to our use of parent volunteers, we can keep our registration costs as some of the lowest in the Denver area for the program we offer – a fact that we are very proud of.
Opportunities To Help
- The largest way our 11U-18U Recreational program utilizes volunteers is through parent coaches. 9U/10U coaches receive a guidance from our Director of Coaching, Keegan Hand. This guidance ensures our volunteer coaches are ready to properly coach their team in accordance with Skyline’s PDP.
- Every team needs one volunteer referee to help. Although Skyline strives to provide three certified referees for each 11U-18U Recreational home game, there may instances where an assistant referee is needed. An online training course is available for assistant referees.
- Other volunteer roles include: assistant coaches, team administrators (who manage team communications), social coordinators (who plan team events or outings), and snack directors (who coordinate snacks).
What To Expect
- The success of our program relies on our volunteer parent coaches. If you’re interested in coaching your son or daughter’s team this season, we’d love to have you!
- Each week you will run your teams practice(s), manage game-day duties, as well as be the primary point of contact between your team and the Skyline staff.
- Don’t worry though, you won’t be alone! The Skyline community is here to help you take on this adventure. If you ever feel overwhelmed or stumped, you can always contact the Director of Coaching, David Vaughan at David@skylinesoccer.org.
- As a coach, you are strongly encouraged to attend free coaching workshops and courses that Skyline hosts each season. Check out the Coaches Page for future course offerings.
- Skyline provides you with the equipment you will need. Equipment includes: a whistle, a ball pump, cones, and scrimmage pinnies.
- Our new Coach Page is a great reference point for additional information related to coaching, as well as coaching plans from past seasons.
How To Register
- Go to our online registration page and select the “Click here to register now” button.
- Under 1. RECREATIONAL, select the correct season and age group you want to coach. Ex. 11U-14U – COACHES (Spring 2019).
- Log-in and fill out the necessary fields. Remember to indicate your child’s name and to note any important information we should know about your needs as a coach.
- Once registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with details on what to do next.
- If you have any questions about coaching a 11U-18U Recreational team, please contact the Director of Coaching, David Vaughan at David@skylinesoccer.org.
What To Expect
- All 11U-18U Recreational teams need at least one parent volunteer who is ready to be an assistant referee, also known as a linesman, for those instances where an assistant referee is needed.
- Assistant referees are responsible for helping the center referee to determine when the ball goes out of play, whose possession it is, and offsides; however, many center referees prefer to limit the assistant referee duties to not include offside decisions.
- You are not expected to know every rule of the game of soccer. To help you, Skyline provides a short training video as well as a certification to be a volunteer assistant referee.
Becoming A Referee
- The first step to becoming ready to be a volunteer assistant referee is to view our Assistant Referee Training Video. This video will go over what is expected of you and the rules you need to know to become as assistant referee.
- Remember, you are not expected to know every rule of the game.
- Remember to print off a copy of the Skyline Assistant Referee Certification for your records and let your coach know that you have completed the course and are able to help referee your team’s games.
- We encourage each team to have two parent referees who have gone through the training video
- When you are volunteering as an assistant referee, please introduce yourself to the center referee and make sure you review their expectations with you.
- When you are an assistant referee, you ARE NOT allowed to coach or cheer.
- When you are an assistant referee, it is important that you recognize that the center referee has the discretion to overrule your decision.
- If you have any other questions on becoming a referee or if you are unsure about some of the rules please contact the Director of Referees, Joshua Sawyer at email@example.com.
- Because our coaches spend hours of their time on the fields, many of them appreciate having a parent who can help organize and direct parents through email and other communications.
- Many teams enjoy doing activities off the fields, such as team parties or sleepovers. If you love bringing people together, then this could be the job for you!
- Pre-game and post-game snacks can be a great way to reward players as well as give them the energy they need to play their very best – and it usually takes only one parent to step in and get this started before everyone jumps on board!
- If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities or have another idea that could assist your coach or improve something that is missing within your team, approach your team’s coach and offer to help!
Put Your Skills To Use
- As a non-profit organization, we are always looking for you to put your skills to work to help us in providing soccer excellence to players throughout Denver. If you are an expert at web or graphic design, medical, sports programming, childhood nutrition, childhood development and education, social media, advertising, marketing, finance, or anything else, there could be a use for your talents!
- Is your company or organization looking for a highly visible non-profit with a unique focus? We are always looking for sponsorship opportunities. Contact the Skyline Staff if you have a lead or an idea for us.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PROGRAM TO SIGN-UP FOR?
When deciding whether to register your play for the recreational program or Select, the competitive program, please consider your player’s long-term interests. If you believe that your player is interested in playing with a higher level commitment under the direction of professional coaching then take a strong look at the Select program. If your player is interested in the fun, social aspect of soccer, the recreational program is more likely the right program for you. Either way, players are able to change programs during their soccer career (although players are not allowed to change programs during the season).
WHERE ARE GAMES PLAYED?
At the 11U – 18U Recreational level, games are played on a home/away format with other clubs. All home games will be held at Kennedy Soccer Complex or Hampden Heights Park. Away matches will be played at the home parks of the home club/team. Travel for games is required for and may include places such as Arvada, Aurora, Castle Rock, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Evergreen, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and Westminster.
HOW DO WE KNOW IF A GAME OR PRACTICE HAS BEEN RAINED OUT?
For home games and practices, please check the Skyline Field Status on our homepage or call the weather line at 720.317.2882. During the week, the weather line is updated by 3:00p and by 7:30a on weekends. Do not check any other places for Skyline home fields. For away games, you will need to check with that club to find our their field status.
WE MISSED THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE, WHAT DO WE DO?
In cases that players are registering after the open registration deadline, players will be placed on teams based on availability.
ARE THERE ANY PROGRAMS IN THE SUMMER?
To check get more information about summer programs, please visit the Camps and Clinics webpage. Some teams participate in summer leagues or tournaments. These leagues and tournament are done outside of Skyline at an additional cost.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REC AND COMPETITIVE TEAMS?
There are three main differences:
1. Competitive team are formed through a tryout process.
2. Competitive has an elevated level of commitment financially and time wise.
3. Competitive teams are coached by professional coaches and typically practice 2 – 3 times per week.
CAN MY PLAYER PLAY UP?
At Skyline, we do have a few players who ‘play up.’ but these players are the exception. All players who play up need approval from the Director of Coaching. When determining whether a player is ready to play up, the player must be ready soccer-wise, physically, and socially.
HOW DO I KNOW WHO WILL BE COACHING EACH TEAM?
Skyline strives to announce coaching assignments as early as possible; however, timing of the announcement is dependent on when a volunteer coach is confirmed. In instances where a new team is formed or a coach has not been confirmed, Skyline will set the first team practice as a volunteer coach is searched for.
WHAT HAPPENED IF MY CHILD IS NOT PLACED ON A TEAM?
Skyline strives to place each registrant on a team. In the rare case that Skyline is unable to place your player on a team, a full refund will be given to the family.
ARE THERE ANY PROGRAMS IN THE WINTER?
To check get more information about winter programs, please visit the Camps and Clinics webpage. Some teams participate in summer leagues or tournaments. These leagues and tournament are done outside of Skyline at an additional cost.