The 8U age group (2011 birth year for 2018-19 season)) at Skyline offers both a Recreational program and a Jr Elite program.
8U Recreational Program
The 8U Recreational program at Skyline is designed to continue the long tradition of Skyline’s fun, community atmosphere. The 8U recreational has two seasons, one in the fall and one in the spring. The fall season runs from August – October and the spring season runs from March – May.
All 8U recreational 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 and the coach’s choice. 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.
8U Jr. Elite Program
The 8U Jr. Elite program is oriented towards providing a more competitive learning environment for young players who love soccer! Players must attend the 8U ID Camp in order to be assessed for placement on a team. Registration for a team is by invitation only. This program is for 2011 players only.
Teams will practice twice a week and play games in the CSA Front Range League. Teams are coached by a parent volunteer who will run one session a week and coach games. Players will attend 6 sessions of Elite SKILLS coached by DOCs during the fall and spring seasons.
During the summer and winter months, we do offer camps and clinics. For more information go to our Camps page, found under Camps & Tournaments in the menu above.
During season we offer SKILLS training. For more information go to our Camps page and then In-Season Camps/SKILLS.
Once you have registered your player (8U Jr Elite by invitation only), Skyline staff will begin assigning players to teams based on the registration criteria. In your registration you can make coach, friend and practice region requests. After taking coach and friend requests into consideration, your practice region requests and current school will be considered when assigning players to a team. 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 deadlines. After June 15th for Jr Elite and after July 31st for recreational, 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
In the 8U age group, we do offer many camps and clinics and they are listed below. For more information go to our Camps page by clicking here. Camps & Tournaments
- SKILLS training – in season
- Winter Camps
- Summer Camps
- 6/15: Registration Deadline
- 6/22: Rosters Released
- 8/24: Game Schedules Released
- 9/8: Opening Weekend for Games
- 10/6: Bye Weekend, CSA Cup
- 11/11: Last Day to Play Games
- 7/31: Fall Registration Deadline, Late Fee Begins after this date
- 8/13: Rosters & Practice Schedules Released
- 8/15: Wait-list will begin
- 8/18 & 8/19: Skyline Cup
- 8/20: Training can begin
- 8/27: Game Schedules Released
- TBD: 8U Coach Meeting
- 9/8: Game Day 1
- 9/15: Game Day 2
- 9/22: Game Day 3 (Doubleheader Weekend)
- 9/23: Game Day 4 (Doubleheader Weekend)
- 9/29: Game Day 5
- 10/6: Game Day 6
- 10/13: Game Day 7
- 10/20: Game Day 8
8U Program | 2018-2019 Season
- Birth Year
- Registration Deadline
- Program Goal
- Team Formation
- Team Size
- Competition Level
- Game Format
- Game Location
- SKILLS Training
- July 31 - Late Fee Added After this Date
- Focus on fun and learning. Players new to soccer or wanting to play for fun with friends.
- One Season
- Coach/Friend/School Requests
- 8-10 Players
- In-house League
- 5v5 with goalkeepers
- Southmoor Park
- Volunteer Parent Coach
- Once or Twice Weekly
- Individual Sign Up (Additional Cost)
8U Jr Elite
- June 15
- Focus on providing a more competitive learning environment for young players who love soccer.
- Fall and Spring Season
- DOC Approval to Register/Coach/Friend
- 10-12 Players
- Front Range League Recreational
- 7v7 with goalkeepers
- Home games at Kennedy Soccer Complex. Away games will be in the greater metro area.
- Volunteer Parent Coach and SKILLS Trainer
- Once weekly Plus SKILLS training with the Director of Coaching
- Six Sessions Included with Registration
8U SKILLS | In Season, Summer & Winter
- 8U SKILLS is designed for the 8U recreational player who is craving more training.
- SKILLS is a series of advanced training sessions run once a week, for six weeks throughout each fall, winter and spring seasons 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.
- 8U Jr Elites will have a separate SKILLS training that is included in their fees.
- For more information go to our Camps page found under Camps & Tournaments in the menu above.
Uniforms and Equipment
Jr Elite Uniforms
Skyline is now an adidas club and requires adidas uniforms beginning with the Fall 2017 season. For ordering and more information go to our Uniforms page in the menu above.
Skyline is now an adidas club and requires adidas uniforms beginning with the Fall 2017 season. The cost of the new full kit is about $65. For ordering and more information go to our Uniforms page in the menu above.
Although Skyline only requires certain items in your uniform kit, your player will need several other items in order to be ready to play.
Shin guards: All players are required to wear shin guards (under their socks) 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 soccer ball. Size 3 for recreational and size 4 for Jr. Elite.
Water Bottle: All players should bring their own water bottle to all practices and games.
ID Camp 2018 (for 2018-2019 season): 8U
The Skyline 8U Elite program held an ID Camp in early June 2018. The goal of the 8U ID Camp was to help identify players of similar skill and commitment levels for player placement purposes for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 season. This camp was two days and was a great way to get players excited for the spring season!
The focus of this camp is to challenge players to play at their highest level with sessions including work on dribbling, passing, decision making and shooting. Players will receive quality training from some of our most experienced competitive coaches and Directors of Coaching.
All players should have heard back from their Director of Coaching. ID Camp will be held every spring in preparation for the fall season.
Get Involved With Your Child’s Team
Skyline’s 8U 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 our families the service they deserve. Due to our use of parent volunteers, we can keep our registration costs as some of the lowest in the Denver area.
Opportunities To Help
The 8U program relies heavily upon parent volunteers for coaching and refereeing. Both the 8U Jr Elite and the recreational teams are coached by volunteer parents. These volunteer coaches receive a high level of guidance from our directors of coaching. This guidance is designed to make the experience better for not only the kids, but the parent too.
Each recreational 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!
If you are interested in any of these roles please make sure to check yes when registering your child!
What To Expect
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.
Every coach will receive full support from Skyline throughout the 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 set of pugg goals, cones, and scrimmage pinnies.
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
Click Here to access our online registration page. Select the correct season and age group you want to coach. 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.
If you have any questions about coaching an 8U team, please contact Jack Neukirch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What To Expect
Each recreational team must have one volunteer referee available for their home games. 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.
All 8U EJr Elite games are played through the Front Range League and referees are provided.
Many of the coaches appreciate having a parent who can help organize and direct parents through email and other communications. 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. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities 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!