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”. The U8 soccer year from fall to spring will serve as an assessment period and will be key for players to start thinking about going into the pre-competitive program (Jr. Select) at U9. Assessments will occur throughout the year at games, practices, kick-arounds, and SKILLS practices.
All U8 teams are coached by volunteer parents and play in-house against other Skyline teams. At this age, teams typically practice 1-2 times a week at a convenient location near you. Practice days and times vary from team to team based on the geographic location of families. All games for this age group are played at Southmoor Park typically on Saturdays. All players wear Skyline recreational uniforms on game days that can be ordered online.
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. By the time players graduate from our U8 program they should understand the following points:
TECHNICAL: All players should have an understanding of the different techniques that the game of soccer requires. Being comfortable with the ball is the main priority. We are here to build the foundation so as your player ages, technical habits don’t have to be broken, just refined and improved.
SOCIAL: Soccer is a great way to expand existing friendships and cultivate new ones. We want players to recognize that for the first time, it’s more than just themselves and a ball on the field. Small group dynamics and interaction, both in and out of soccer, are a major priority.
PSYCHOLOGICAL: Fun! Every kid in the program will hopefully love coming to practice! Making sure that players are enjoying what they are doing and ensuring that they can’t wait to come back are the most important pieces at this age.
PHYSICAL: Develop gross motor skills and be introduced to the physical skills required in soccer. Fitness is not a priority at this age, but refining balance, coordination, and other key components of athletics are.
TACTICAL: Understand the basic rules of the game, core concepts of small sided situations, and recognize it is more than just a ball and themselves on a field.
3/6 Spring Registration Deadline, Late Fee Begins
3/13 Rosters & Practice Schedules Released
TBD U8 Coach Meeting
3/27 First Week of Practice
3/27 Game Schedules Released
4/8 Game Day 1
4/15 Game Day 2
4/22 Game Day 3 (Doubleheader Weekend)
4/23 Game Day 4 (Doubleheader Weekend)
4/29 Game Day 5
5/6 Game Day 6
5/13 Game Day 7
5/20 Game Day 8
5/28 Final Day To Play Games
Once you have registered your player, Skyline staff will begin assigning players to teams based on the registration criteria. In your registration you will select a practice region, days, and times. In addition to practice details you will be able to make coach and friend requests. While we cannot honor every request, we will do our absolute best to place your player in an appropriate environment.
Priority placement will be given to players registered prior to the deadline. Beginning March 6th Skyline can no longer guarantee placement for new or returning players.
Returning players registered prior to the deadline.
New players registered prior to the deadline.
All remaining players who registered after the deadline.
If we have enough new players we will look to build new teams. Teams will be built around the registration criteria
All players participating in Skyline’s U8 Recreational Program will be assessed throughout the soccer year. This will help us find the most developmentally appropriate place for your player going into the U9/U10 program. At the U9/U10 age groups, players have the option to continue to play at the recreational level with their friends or favorite coach, or to join Skyline’s Jr. Select program to gear up for the next stage in their soccer development.
Here is how Skyline will be assessing players:
- Skyline Staff will attend practices and games to assess players.
- Each team’s head coach will provide feedback on each of their players from the Spring 2016 season.
- All players involved in SKILLS will be assessed at the end of the program.
- Age Range
- Game Location
- Game Day
- Team Size
- 10/2/2008 - 10/1/2009
- 1-2 Practice/Week
- Southmoor Park
- Volunteer Parent Coach
- 10-12 Players
Locations Available for This Program
Click on Each Location to Find out More Details about Each Park
U8 SKILLS – Advanced Training Option
U8 SKILLS is designed for the U8 player who is craving more training. It is a series of advanced training sessions run once a week, for six weeks throughout each fall/spring season by Skyline Trainers.
SKILLS focuses on teaching players the essential topics for players in conjunction with the Skyline Player Development Plan, our soccer development model. At SKILLS, players will be grouped to enhance the learning process. Players may be moved between groups through the program to help find a place where a player will gain the most out of training.
U8 SKILLS Program Details
When: Mondays OR Thursdays
Where: NEW TEMPORARY LOCATION Eisenhower Park (once the Skyline Indoor Facility has been opened the program will move to that location at 2175 S. Bryant St., Denver, CO 80219)
Times: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Dates: March 30 – May 4
Cost: $90 per player.
Uniforms and Equipment
The cost of the full kit, which is usable as long as it fits, is $60.00 plus shipping and handling.
Required items include: Blue Tiempo II Jersey; $20, White Tiempo II Jersey; $20, Black Equaliser Short; $13, Black Park IV Sock; $5
*Once on the Soccer.com website click on the blue button that reads “2015-2017 Skyline Rec Program” in order to find the list of jersey options.
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 (Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm).
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 a size 3 soccer ball.
Water Bottle: All players should bring their own water bottle to all practices and games.
Get Involved With Your Child’s Team
Skyline’s Recreational Program relies on the support of parent volunteers for many crucial roles within the program. Without these amazing contributions we would be unable to provide you, or your players, the service they deserve
Benefits Of Volunteering
Spending more time with your player! In a world that demands parents and kids be moving almost constantly, soccer is a great way to spend quality time with together!
Teams at the recreational level are often formed around classmates and neighborhood friendships allowing for not only the players, but families, to form great relationships.
Due to our use of parent volunteers, we can keep our registration costs as some of the lowest in the Denver area – a fact that we are very proud of.
Opportunities To Help
The recreational program relies heavily upon parent volunteers for coaching and refereeing. Parent volunteer coaches receive a high level of guidance from our recreational director of coaching. This guidance is designed to make the experience better for not only the kids, but the parent too. We recognize how important contributions from volunteers are and want to ensure they are properly supported!
Each team will need one volunteer referee for game days. Teams are only responsible for providing a referee for their “home” games. If more than one parent is willing to fill the role we encourage the participation! Please watch our referee training video, which can be found by clicking here
If you want to contribute to your child’s team but can’t commit to being the full time coach or referee don’t fret! Teams always need additional support and we’ll happily get you involved at a level that works for you.
If you are interested in any of these roles please make sure to check yes when registering your child!
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! Skyline runs a background check on all coaches to ensure we are putting safe people on the field with our players.
Each week you will run your teams practice(s), manage game-day operations, as well as function as 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 our Program Director or call on other parents to help as co-coaches, assistant coaches, or team managers. We also have staff available to attend your practices.
Every coach will receive a full coaching packet, over-viewing the entire season. You will also have access to online coaching plans. These plans contain training ideas on what to run at your practice sessions and ensure that your team progresses through an age-appropriate curriculum.
Skyline also provides you with the equipment you will need. Each coach receives a whistle, a set of pugg goals, a ball pump, cones, scrimmage pinnies, and a game ball.
Our new Coach Page is also a great reference point for additional information related to coaching, as well as coaching plans from past seasons.
As a coach, you can also take advantage of free coaching workshops and courses that Skyline hosts each season. These provide hands on training to help you learn and improve.
How To Register
Go to our online registration page and select the “Click here to register now” button.
Under 2. RECREATIONAL, select the correct season and age group you want to coach. Ex. Spring 2017 Recreational U8 – Coaches.
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 U8 team, please contact Finn Ruehrdanz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for U8 girls or Matt Hays (email@example.com) for U8 boys!
What To Expect
In addition to volunteer parent coaches, each team must have one volunteer referee available for their home games. All U6-U8 games are officiated by volunteer parent referees.
Referees are responsible for officiating a fair game for all players, parents and coaches. You will be the first line in player safety on game days as well as help players understand the basic rules of the game.
If you’re somewhat unsure on the rules of soccer or not sure if you can handle the job as a referee, that’s okay! We make refereeing easy by providing a short training before the start of each soccer season.
Becoming A Referee
If you are willing to take on this exciting job, we first ask that you view our U6-U8 Referee Training Video. This video will go over all the rules we use for these ages and show you how to properly officiate your first game.
Once you are finished with the video, please print off a copy of the U6-U8 Skyline 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 home games.
We encourage each team to have two parent referees who have gone through the training video. This helps save your team from a moment of panic if your normal referee cannot make a game.
Before your first game, review the rules of the game for your age group. Rules for all age groups can be found on our Referee Page.
Be sure to arrive 15-20 minutes before your game starts to make sure you are situated and so your coach knows that you are ready to go.
Bring weather appropriate clothes (you will be moving around on the field!), a stopwatch to keep track of the halves or quarters and a whistle. *Skyline has whistles in the office, please come by during business hours to pick one up!
Make sure your game starts and finishes on time!
If you have any other questions on becoming a referee or if you are unsure about some of the rules please contact Heath Schmalzried!
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?
The registration program will automatically place you in the correct division based on your birthday. If you are unsure which level your child should be playing at, please reference the age range section in the pricing table above or use the Program Age Calculator, in red on the left of the screen.
HOW DO I SIGN MY CHILD UP?
Use the Register Now button at the top of the page. The registration site will prompt you for your personal information as well as the player you are signing up. By following the Program Development Plan and Program Age Calculator on the home page, you will know which program to sign your player up for. The site allows credit card payments, or if you wish to pay by check your status will be “pending” until we receive a check from you.
WE WANT TO PLAY WITH A FRIEND/COACH, CAN WE REQUEST A TEAM?
It is very simple to get on your friend’s team, as long as the players are in the same age group. First, make sure you both sign up for the same program and before all deadlines (not the late registration deadline). Second, there is a spot when going through the online registration process that asks for team/coach/friend request. Here you can request a team, coach, or friend, and have them request you. We do our absolute best to try and accommodate all requests.
ARE THERE CO-ED TEAMS?
Almost all teams within the U6-U8 program are gender specific. In some instances, we do allow a girl to join a boys team. Boys, however, are not allowed to be placed on a girls team.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO WE NEED?
At the recreational level, players should bring the following to games and practices: shoes (cleats preferably for traction), shinguards, water, a size three ball, and weather appropriate clothing. Uniforms are required and can be purchased on our website and delivered to your door. If you need to order a uniform prior to the link being available on our website, please contact Skyline Administration at 303.691.5662 to place an order for the player.
HOW MANY LEAGUES ARE THERE IN A YEAR?
There are two leagues every year consisting of 7 to 8 games each; spring and fall. The spring league begins around the last week of March and the fall league begins after Labor Day. All games are played on Saturdays at various times with one to two practices a week.
ARE THERE ANY PROGRAMS IN THE SUMMER?
YES! There are multiple Recreational Camps for players ages 5 to 10. These camps are designed for the beginning player who enjoys playing soccer and wants to play in the summer months. We also offer a Summer-Kick Around program that runs for 6 weeks in the evenings. View more information about both programs on our Camps & Clinics page!
I MISSED THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE, NOW WHAT?
Please register onto the waitlist if the registration has closed; there will be a late fee of $15. We do our best to accommodate as many children as we can, in which it may take a few days to place the player on a team that is not already at capacity.
WHAT IF WE WANT TO SWITCH TEAMS?
Sometimes a child does not get placed on the correct team, or they didn’t know some of their friends were playing, etc. Please let us know if this is the case. Often times we leave one spot on teams for cases such as these. We will do our best to accommodate the move, but cannot guarantee anything. Please contact your program director as soon as possible so we can discuss the possibility.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHICH TEAM WE ARE ON?
Roughly a week or two after the registration close date, an email will be sent out regarding which team you are on. The email will also contain information about who your coach is.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE PICTURES?
You can go online and view and/or purchase your pictures at www.coloradocandids.com.
WHEN ARE GAMES PLAYED?
All Recreational games are played on Saturdays varying from 8am – 5pm. The game location is different for each age group. Please see your designated program and age group for game location in the pricing chart above.
HOW DO WE KNOW IF FIELDS ARE CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER?
Not a problem. If the weather looks really bad, we may contact the coaches the night before, who would then contact you. However, if inclement weather comes in during the night, please look at the right hand side our homepage – www.skylinesoccer.org – for information on closures. You can also call our weather line at 720.317.2882. Both the weather line and homepage will be updated by 2:30pm on weekdays, and 8am on weekends.
MY CHILD DOESN'T SEEM TO BE EXCELLING, WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
Soccer is one of the first sports children can and will participate in. It takes some kids a bit longer than others to get adapted to the sport’s social environment. They will eventually come around, they just need some additional time and some added help from mom or dad.