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Grasshopper & Munchkin Program

3U – 5U Recreational Youth Soccer Program

Grasshopper and Munchkin Program

 

  • Our Grasshopper (2.5 – 3 year old) and Munchkin (4-5.5 year old) program is specifically designed for the beginner player. We place an emphasis on introducing players to the very basics of soccer in a high-energy, fun environment through interactive and imaginary games.
  • Each program is six weeks long and the program you sign up for is where you will meet once a week – at the same time, on the same day, and at the same park. Please note that while we do our absolute best to get in all six sessions, due to weather, only five are guaranteed.
  • Our Grasshoppers (2.5-3yr) play for 45 minutes and Munchkins (4-5.5yr) for 60 minutes.
  • The cost for each six week program is $80.
  • Each session kicks off with a fun group warm-up, followed by activities led by your team’s coach (volunteer parent) at your field. Teams will also participate in scrimmages within the program time that you sign up for towards the end of the season.
  • We run Spring (March – May), Summer (June – July), and Fall (September – October) seasons. To view our up-to-date locations and schedules, simply scroll down the page!
  • Sign-up by using our online registration system! Spots in our programs do fill up, so be sure to register soon to secure your player’s spot.

Skyline’s philosophy is, “To Teach, To Inspire, and 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 Munchkin program they should:

SOCIAL: Grasp important life lessons such as the value of respecting their teammates and coaches, the significance of listening during instruction, and the importance of teamwork.

PHYSICAL: Develop motor skills, balance, flexibility, and agility.

PSYCHOLOGICAL: Be motivated and inspired by the sport of soccer through the encouraging and fun environment experienced within the program.

TECHNICAL: Understand the very basics of soccer in regards to how their body interacts with the ball – dribbling through space, change of speed and direction, and kicking.

TACTICAL: Know the most basic rules of the sport – to not use their hands, to understand the boundaries of the field, to become familiar with direction of play, and to become familiar with the concept of a game.

Communication, Cooperation and Respect

Endurance, Agility, Balance, Speed, and Strength

Motivation, Attitude and Self Confidence

Mechanics of Individual Skills

Choosing When, Why, What, and Where in Games

Here is what to expect leading up to and during the soccer season:

  • Each player gets placed on a team of roughly 10 – 12 players.
  • Each team is coached by a volunteer parent coach. If you are interested in coaching your player’s team, you can register here or call our offices at 720-930-4673.
  • One to two weeks before your program start date, your will receive a detailed email outlining the season and what you should expect.
  • Roughly two weeks before your program start date, teams are put together by our administrative staff.
  • You will then be emailed your player’s team name, team color, and full roster exactly one week prior to your program start date.
  • Each player will receive a jersey included in the cost of registration. 
  • Your jersey will be available at your field on the first day.
  • Your player should wear their jersey each week along with a shorts, shinguards, athletic shoes (cleats are optional), and weather appropriate clothing if necessary.
  • We also recommend bringing a water bottle (or two if its hot!).
  • All additional equipment – goals, pinnies, cones, and even balls – will be provided and set-up for your player at your field.
  • Player Expectations: Players are expected to wear their Skyline jersey along with athletic shoes, shin-guards, and weather appropriate clothing as necessary. Your player’s jersey is included in the cost of registration and provided on the first day. We also recommend bringing along a water bottle (or two if it’s hot!). Cleats for this age group are optional, and shinguards can be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods or Target.
  • Parent Expectations: In the Grasshopper and Munchkin program, parent involvement is sometimes crucial for developing a fun, long lasting relationship with the game of soccer. If your player is struggling to participate in a game or activity, you are more than welcome to step-in and help out. You should also step-in to address any cases of misbehavior. We also hope that that you communicate any concerns or issues that you have with the Grasshopper and Munchkin Program – please advise either a Skyline staff person at your program location or contact the Grasshopper and Munchkin Program Director. We strive to ensure all of our members and Grasshopper and Munchkin players have as positive an experience as possible.
  • Coach Expectations: The success of our Grasshopper and Munchkin program depends on our dedicated, volunteer parent coaches! Our parent coaches are expected to be at each session and bring a positive attitude. Skyline staff will ensure that all equipment is set up at each field. Coaches receive a coaching plan to follow the week before each session, and are expected to facilitate these activities with their team to ensure each player learns the same age-appropriate skills. Becoming a coach is an easy and rewarding process, and we encourage anyone who is interested in coaching to contact our office.

March

  • Spring registration closes March 21st.

April

  • Spring season begins April 4th. Summer registration opens.

May

  • Spring season usually ends mid-May. Summer camp registration opens mid May.

June

  • Summer season usually begins first week in June.

July

  • Summer season usually ends mid-July.

September

  • Fall season usually begins the Tuesday after Labor Day weekend. Winter camps registration opens end of September.

October

  • Fall season usually ends mid-October. Spring registration opens.

Friend Request Policy

With every season of Grasshopper and Munchkin programming here at Skyline, there is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes on to ensure each player is set up to have the best experience possible. One of the things we try to do in G&M is offer each player the chance to request to be on the same team as their friends. Due to the sheer number of registrants each season, which often reaches well over 1300 players for the spring season alone, it takes a delicate balancing act to create a roster. Below you’ll find our policy on friend requests as well as the reasoning behind it and some of the issues that often arise.

 

GRASSHOPPER AND MUNCHKINS FRIEND REQUEST POLICY 

G&M is happy to accept friend requests from each player when they are registering for a season. Although we cannot guarantee your request, we always do our best to honor them and have a very high success rate at it. There are many factors why we cannot always honor a request, the most common ones are listed below. Due to this we suggest you register your player early and get your friend requests in early.

 

Reasons we cannot honor a request.

1 ) The player you are requesting is already placed on a full team.

  • The number of players that are on each team according to age group, Grasshopper or Munchkin, are restricted.  Having too many players on one field can result in practice quality suffering and inability to run certain drills as well as coach to player ratios being insufficient. At this age, too many players on a field can cause scrimmages to run poorly or can make it impossible to play certain games, like Sharks and Minnows, due to lack of space and coaching resources. If you register closer to the deadline and the player you are requesting has already been placed on a team that is full, your friend request might not be able to be honored and your player will likely have to be placed on a different team.

2 ) There are too many friend request for the same player or players.

  • Often times we have a whole group of friends that want to play together. Groups of the same four-six players can usually be accommodated. When there are requests that result in over 10 kids being on one team, we will split that group into two separate teams. For instance if we have a group of 14 players all requesting each other through various friend requests, we will create two, 7 player teams and try to place those two teams fields next to each other at the park. When this happens, your player might be on a different team than one or more of their friends who might have been placed on the field next to them. For this reason, we suggest when adding a friend request, you select only a few friends and list the ones you would most like to play with. By doing so, we can try our best to add the first or second player you listed to the same team if we have to split a group. If you have 8 or more players who wish to play together, please contact program directors immediately.

What you can do to better your chances of a request being honored

1 ) Register early! We often try to start forming teams several weeks before the season starts. If the friend you are requesting has already registered with friend requests of their own and is on a full team with some of their own requests, your player will likely not be able to join that friend and will be added to a team that still has room on it.

2) Be sure to include your friend requests first and last name. We use our best detective skills to match players to their friend requests but if there is no last name listed for a “Ben” or “Emily” and there is several players with that first name registered to play at your park, we may have to guess which might result in your playing not being on the team with the friend they requested.

3) Check that the friend or friends that you are requesting are already registered for the season or will be registering soon. A lot of times we have requests for a player that isn’t registered for the season. This could be due to either that player not playing that season or perhaps that player is moving up to an older age group. When this happens we are unable to grant that friend request. We also run into issues honoring friend requests when your players friend request has not yet registered. If we roster your player and your friend requests waits too long to register, there is chance your team will be full and we will be unable to honor the request at that point.

4) Make sure the friend you are requesting is in the same age group. Occasionally we will have players requesting someone who is no longer in their age group. This could be someone who was a Grasshopper one season but aged out into the Munchkin group the following season. We also have cases where a player might be a Munchkin in the Spring or Summer but is in the 6U program in the fall. Check with your friend requests to see if they will be in the same group as your player.

Practice Cancellation

Practices can ONLY be cancelled by the program Directors Mason and Nick. 

Practices will only be cancelled by the Skyline Organization for the following reasons:

1. Unsafe playing conditions, including lightning or heavy rain before or during a practice.

2. Field closures by Denver Parks and Recreation. When there is excessive rain or snow, Denver Parks and Recreation reserves the right to close their fields to all permit holders. In the event that Denver Parks and Recreation decides to close a field, Skyline Soccer will update their website to reflect the closures and the G&M Directors will notify all parents/guardians via email no later than 4:00pm on Weekdays and 8:00am on Weekends. If you don’t receive an email by 4:00pm on Weekdays or 8:00am on Weekends and the weather is questionable, you should assume that practice will go on as scheduled. WE CAN STILL CANCEL PRACTICE AT THE FIELDS.

NOTE: ALL PARK/FIELD CLOSURES ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF DENVER PARKS AND RECREATION, NOT SKYLINE SOCCER. 

3. If the weather is questionable (ie dark skys or a weather forecast for heavy rain) but you do not receive an email from either Mason or Nick, we will plan on holding practice. If practice begins and during practice it starts to rain heavily or there is lighting, we can decide to cancel at the field. This is to eliminate having to cancel a practice just because weather looks bad, only to have it clear up at the beginning or during practice…you know, typical Colorado weather.

Please note: If Denver Parks and Recreation does NOT close a field due to weather we are required to attempt to hold practice if we hold the permit for that day and time. Failure to do so results in potentially having our field permits pulled for future use.

Practices will not be cancelled for:

1.Cold weather

2.Hot weather

3.Light rain/snow

KIDSafe Policy

Colorado Youth Soccer KIDSAFE Program
By Randy Greenwood CYS Executive Board

What is the KIDSAFE Program? US Youth Soccer has adopted the KIDSAFE Program to promote the health, safety and protection of players in the game of soccer. Colorado Youth Soccer (CYS) and affiliated Clubs have adopted this policy as a matter of governance within the United States Soccer Federation. Even though adoption of the policy is a matter of governance, the practices set forth within the KIDSAFE Program just make good sense.

KIDSAFE promotes the position that reasonable efforts will be taken by Members of USSF, USYSA, CYS and affiliated Clubs to exclude from program responsibilities any person with a legally documented history of child molestation or other record that would bring an unnecessary risk to the health and safety of the program participants.

CYS has adopted a program which requires all coaches, administrators and employees to agree to be subject to a legally sensitive background check before or during the program’s operations. Persons wishing to apply for a position of coach or program administrator within US Youth Soccer, CYS or affiliated Clubs must complete an Employment/Volunteer Disclosure Statement. The information contained within this form is utilized to complete a formal background check of the applicant/volunteer’s history. When background checks yield problems areas additional information is collected and a decision made on retention of the individual. Any person applying for employment/volunteer position within CYS or affiliated Clubs that is found with a legally documented history of child molestation is immediately released. The person’s name and documented history is entered into a State, Region and National data base to prevent the person from applying at another Club.

Although background checks are effective to identify repeated offenders, they are not “fail safe.” Background checks identify those that have been charged and convicted. To address this, the KIDSAFE Program instills education to create a culture of safety from the bottom up. We all have roles in promoting the concepts of KIDSAFE. Education of the risk is based on the following personality traits:

• The fixated, seductive pedophile – may be fixated on age, type. Creates relationships with child and parents. Manipulative.
• Molester – the “nightmare.” May watch and wait. May look for unsupervised children. Not connected with the team. Parents must challenge strangers looking at their children
• Sexual Exploiter – preys on older players. May make sexual behavior part of team culture.

KIDSAFE Basics are segmented into three categories; Coaches, parents and players.

Coaches Education – understanding the basic KIDSAFE role of the coach.
• Coaches should never be alone with a player. Always have another adult or player with you.
• Don’t allow yourself to become a “baby sitter.” Parents have the responsibility to be timely with their player. • Proper conduct with players is essential. Setting a good example provides both soccer and life learning experiences for both parents and players.
• Establish a “buddy system” for players in unfamiliar environments. This applies to training, home/away match sites and tournaments. Players should not be left “on their own” in unfamiliar surroundings.
• Coaches should always keep clear boundaries between adults and players

Parents Education – understanding the basic KIDSAFE role of the parent.
• Have an open dialogue with your children – let them know you respect & believe them.
• Don’t use your coach/team as a babysitter; be accountable to ensure your player is taken to and picked up for training and games without relying on the coach.
• Help your coach be safe. Be there, but don’t interfere.
• Be aware of surroundings and people around your children.
• Talk to your child about the responsibility to behave and then look in the mirror and talk to yourself about the responsibility to behave.
• Don’t compromise your child’s safety.
• Keep clear boundaries between adults and players.

Player Education – understanding the basic KIDSAFE role of the player.
• Trust your instincts – if it doesn’t feel right, leave.
• Use the “buddy system” in unfamiliar environments.
• It’s okay to tell your parents of uncomfortable situations with adults, regardless of who the adult is – Darkness to Light concept.
• Hold your parents responsible and accountable to ensure you’re picked up from practice and other events on time!
• Respect the game & everyone involved in it.
• It is okay to say “no.”
• Keep clear boundaries between adults and players.

Watch for more information on KIDSAFE and Risk Management in future Goal Post Scripts. Our Goal is to create a culture of safety from the bottom up.

Colorado Youth Soccer KIDSAFE Risk Management Warning Signs Protecting the Player from the Pedophile

As a member of US Youth Soccer, Colorado Youth Soccer (CYS) and affiliated Clubs have adopted the KIDSAFE Program to exclude from program responsibilities any person with a legally documented history of child molestation. Coaches, administrators and employees agree to a legally sensitive backgroundcheck before or during the program’s operations. Although background checks are effective to identify convicted offenders, they are not “fail safe” in preventing the potential pedophile or the one who hasn’t been caught. To this point, KIDSAFE instills education to create a culture of safety from the bottom up. Suspect Adult Behaviors – Warning Signs

The behaviors below were summarized from Stop If Now, a national non‐profit organization that focuses on the prevention of sexual abuse against children. For more information visit their website at www.stopitnow.org. The adult:

• Often has a “special” player, maybe a different one from season to season
• Spends most of his/her spare time with player(s) and shows little interest in spending time with someone their own age
• Encourages silence and secrets with players
• Shares personal or private information or activities with the player
• Has secret interactions with specific players
• Spends excessive time to emailing, text messaging or calling the player
• Insists on or manages to spend uninterrupted time alone with the player
• Seems “too good to be true”, i.e. takes player(s) on “special” outings without other adults

Prevention Tips Ralston House Child Advocacy Center is a non‐profit organization in Jefferson County that assisted over 600 abused children in 2008. Ralston House suggests the following prevention tips. • Note if one‐on‐one activities are open and observable • Stay and observe a practice session or two • Parents, talk to your player; check in to see how the training session went • Players, talk to your parents; is an adult making you uncomfortable or pushing personal boundaries • Pay attention; is your player uncomfortable being around a certain adult • Trust your instincts

Soccer is a great sport driven by passion and dedication of those who administrate, coach, volunteer and play. KIDSAFE compliments that passion and dedication by closing the door on a small minority of society who could utilize the sport for possible risk of sexual abuse to the player.

Concussion Policy

Skyline Soccer, we want to ensure our players are provided the safest environment possible. As such, Skyline is incorporating a Concussion Policy to educate Skyline members about concussions, help prevent concussions from occurring, and identify when a concussion may have taken place.

Per Colorado Senate Law 11-040 passed on March 14, 2011 and put into effect January 1, 2012, youth coaches need to be educated about concussions. It is MANDATORY for all competitive coaches to have completed a concussion training module and have a certificate of completion on file to be updated annually.  We strong encourage and send concussion training resources to all non-competitive coaches.

Here are the guidelines Skyline Soccer encourages coaches, players, and families to follow:

1.Learn about concussions! -The athlete, family, and coach should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
2. Identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion – As a member of the sports community; we must recognize the signs of a concussion and check to see if the player is experiencing symptoms of a concussion.
3. ‘When in doubt, take the player out.’ – It is best practice to remove the player from competition if there are signs and/or symptoms a concussion has occurred.
4. Do not let the player return – The player should not return to competition until he or she is evaluated by a medical physician and cleared to play.  If a coach or Skyline staff suspects the player is still exhibiting symptoms, they can and will keep the player from activity and request the caregivers get the child examined.
5. Monitor recovery – Players who have experienced a concussion should be allowed to return to participate on a gradual basis or will a medical release from Primary care physician. Player’s should continue to be monitored with the goal that the player will eventually return to full participation at an individual pace. Not all concussions are the same

 

If a Skyline staff, coach or referee deems a player as having a potential concussion, they are within their right to remove the player from the game.  Parents may not override the decision until they have their player evaluated by a physician and released to play.

When a parent registers their player, they agree to the following:

If my child is diagnosed with a concussion during a Skyline Soccer activity or during any other activity, including those outside of Skyline Soccer, or if my player has a prior head injury, I will inform my child’s coach of such diagnosis prior to the start of the season or before my child returns to play.

Spring 2022 registration opens on October 15th!!!

Our Spring 2022 park permits have not been issued yet. Available parks will be confirmed and website updated when permits are issued.

If your player was born in 2016 they are now a 6U player.

 

*Please note- Many parks will be waitlisted due to low park capacities for COVID-19 safety protocols. As these protocols are ever changing, our park capacities can also change allowing more players off of the waitlist. If an area is waitlisted and you would still like to participate, it is highly recommended to join the waitlist as players are accepted from the waitlist based on date of registration*

 

 

Group Registration & Friend Request Policy

 

Monday sessions will run from April 4th through May 9th. If we cancel a session due to weather, May 16th and 23rd will be reserved as make-up sessions.

Practice will start at 5:15 pm.

  • DU Area
  • Stapleton/Montclair Area

Tuesday sessions will run from April 5th through May 10th. If we cancel a session due to weather, May 17th and 24th will be reserved as a make-up session.

 

Practice will start at 5:15 pm.

  • Hilltop Area
  • Hampden Heights Area

 

Wednesday sessions will run from April 6th through May 11th. If we cancel a session due to weather, May 18th and 25th will be reserved as make-up sessions.

 

Practice will start at 5:15 pm.

  • DU Area
  • Berkeley Area

 

Thursday sessions will run from April 7th through May 12th. If we cancel a session due to weather, May 19th and 26th will be reserved as make-up sessions.

 

Practice will start at 5:15pm

    • Hilltop Area

 

Saturday sessions will run from April 9th through May 14th. If we cancel a session due to weather, May 21st will be reserved as a make-up session.

  • Hilltop/Montclair Area (9am practice start)
  • Washington Park Area (2 sessions, 9 & 10:15am practice start)
  • Hampden Heights Area (9am practice start)
  • Berkeley Area (2 sessions, 9 & 10:15am practice start) 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should my player bring with to practice?

Players will receive a team shirt on the first day of the season which they can wear each practice. We recommend bringing athletic shoes, weather appropriate clothing and a water bottle each week. Shinguards are not required but are suggested.

Can we request to play with specific players or coaches?

During registration, you will see a “Coach/Friend Request,” field. In that field, write down the names of any friends or coaches that your player wants to be with. The more specific you are, the better so we can accommodate your requests.

How do we know if our practice session is cancelled for weather?

Practices can ONLY be cancelled by the program Directors Mason and Nick. 

Practices will only be cancelled by the Skyline Organization for the following reasons:

1. Unsafe playing conditions, including lightning or heavy rain before or during a practice.

2. Field closures by Denver Parks and Recreation. When there is excessive rain or snow, Denver Parks and Recreation reserves the right to close their fields to all permit holders. In the event that Denver Parks and Recreation decides to close a field, Skyline Soccer will update their website to reflect the closures and the G&M Directors will notify all parents/guardians via email no later than 4:00pm on Weekdays and 8:00am on Weekends. If you don’t receive an email by 4:00pm on Weekdays or 8:00am on Weekends and the weather is questionable, you should assume that practice will go on as scheduled. WE CAN STILL CANCEL PRACTICE AT THE FIELDS.

NOTE: ALL PARK/FIELD CLOSURES ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF DENVER PARKS AND RECREATION, NOT SKYLINE SOCCER. 

3. If the weather is questionable (ie dark skys or a weather forecast for heavy rain) but you do not receive an email from either Mason or Nick, we will plan on holding practice. If practice begins and during practice it starts to rain heavily or there is lighting, we can decide to cancel at the field. This is to eliminate having to cancel a practice just because weather looks bad, only to have it clear up at the beginning or during practice…you know, typical Colorado weather.

Please note: If Denver Parks and Recreation does NOT close a field due to weather we are required to attempt to hold practice if we hold the permit for that day and time. Failure to do so results in potentially having our field permits pulled for future use.

Practices will not be cancelled for:

1.Cold weather

2.Hot weather

3.Light rain/snow

When will I get information about the upcoming program?

Roughly two weeks prior to the start of the season, you will receive an email outlining the upcoming program in great detail. One week prior to the start of the program you signed up for, you will receive an additional email with your player’s team assignment – team name, team color, and roster.

Can I still sign-up my player after a season has started?

If season has already begun and you’re interested in signing your player up, please contact the office at 720-930-4673 to check availability.

Can I coach my players team?

Our teams are coached by a mixture of volunteer parents and paid staff coaches. All coaches receive weekly coach plans and a coaching manual from Skyline.

If you have any interest in coaching, definitely do it (even if have limited soccer knowledge)! We make it as easy as possible – click here to find out more or register as a coach.

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