- 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”.
- One of Skyline’s primary philosophies is: To Teach, To Inspire, To Excel. This program teaches all players the basics of the game. Players learn soccer skills in practices and learn the rules of the game on game days. We inspire players through a fun, non-competitive based style of play. Our coaches challenge players to excel at the sport, and our goal is that every player will develop a solid foundation in order to thrive, be creative, and find success in whatever they aspire to do – both on and off the field!
- All 6U-7U teams are coached by volunteer parents and play in-house against other Skyline teams. At this age, teams typically practice 1 time a week at a convenient location near you. Practice days and times vary from team to team based on the needs of each team. All games for this age group are played at various parks 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 7U 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.
- 2/28 Spring Registration Deadline, Late Fee Begins after this date
- 3/12 Wait-list will begin and Rosters & Practice Schedules Released
- 3/20 6U Coach Meeting
- 3/21 7U Coach Meeting
- 3/23 Game Schedules Released
- 3/26 First Week of Practice
- 3/31 Game Day 1
- 4/7 Game Day 2
- 4/14 Game Day 3 (Doubleheader Weekend)
- 4/15 Game Day 4 (Doubleheader Weekend)
- 4/21 Game Day 5
- 4/28 Game Day 6
- 5/5 Game Day 7
- 5/12 Game Day 8
Once you have registered your player, Skyline staff will begin assigning players to teams based on the registration criteria. In your registration you can make coach and friend requests. In addition you can select practice region, days and times. After taking coach and friend requests into consideration, your other practice details 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 deadline. Beginning July 31st Skyline can no longer guarantee placement for new or returning players.
If Skyline is unable to place your player we will refund you your entire registration fees.
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
Winter Camps Registration
6U/7U Winter Camp | January – February 2018
6U/7U Winter camp training is a series of training sessions that runs through the winter off-season. The program is individual-based, it is not team-based. Players are divided into groups of 5-8 players to maintain a positive coach-to-player ratio. There is a limit of 16 players per session, so get registered ASAP!
Camps are designed to introduce players to the proper technique with their technical soccer skills. Training sessions will be run by one of our Directors of Coaching along with qualified Skyline staff. Sessions will be fast paced and will focus on dribbling, passing, 1v1 attacking/defending and shooting.
Choose Your Program
- Age Range
- Game Location
- Game Day
- Game Times
- Team Size
- 1 Practice/Week
- Harvard Gulch
- 9 AM - 5 PM
- Volunteer Parent Coach
- 8-10 Players
- 1 Practice/Week
- Harvard Gulch
- 9 AM - 5 PM
- Volunteer Parent Coach
- 8-10 Players
Spring 2018 Registration Now Open!
Locations Available for This Program
Click on Each Location to Find out More Details about Each Park
6U-7U SKILLS – Advanced Training Option
6U-7U SKILLS is designed for the 6U-7U 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 6U-7U 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.
All options cost $90 per player.
6U-7U Spring 2018 SKILLS Program Details
- When: Mondays OR Thursdays
- Where: Skyline Indoor Facility (2175 S. Bryant St., Denver, CO 80219)
- Times: 5:00-6:00 PM
Mondays (4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7)
Thursdays (4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10)
Uniforms and Equipment
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.
Required items include: Blue Jersey, White Jersey, Black Short, and Black Socks.
*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.
ENTRADA 18 JERSEY
ENTRADA 18 JERSEY
Adidas Parma 16 Short
Adidas Metro IV Sock
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 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 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. 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!
- If you want to contribute to your child’s team but can’t commit to being the full time coach 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 this role 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 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, cones, and scrimmage pinnies.
- 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.
- 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-U7 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.
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 first week of April 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 Jack Neukirch at email@example.com 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?
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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.