Recreational Soccer (6-18 yrs)

RECREATIONAL SOCCER

AGES 6-18

 

Registration for the 2017 Spring league is now open

 

(6-18 years old):  Recreational, Inter-league

Our Match Play Soccer League consists of recreational/semi-competitive play for children from 6 - 18 years old (the age divisions are determined by your child's age as of 3/1/17 for our spring league). Colonial soccer leagues are designed to teach and develop a player's skills while incorporating a positive Christian influence. The league will consist of 9 divisions (4 girls and 5 boys: U8 (6&7 year olds), U10 (8&9 year olds), U12 (10&11 year olds), U14 (12&13 year olds), U19 (boys only) (14-18 years old). For the U19 league, this will be a slightly more competitive league where they will be playing against teams from outside of Colonial. Exact age splits are subject to slight change due to the number of participants. We do occasionally allow skilled players to "play up", but no player may play down regardless of skill level. There will be a coach's meeting on Tuesday, February 21st from 6:00-7:30 pm on the second floor of the Family Center in room FC 201. We will have signs posted to direct coaches to the proper room. The cost for this league is $70 ($150 for the U19 boys competitive league unless you already have a uniform then it is $70). Registration will close February 28th.

 

Team Placements

As our Sports Ministry has grown to the extent that we now have more than 3000 participants annually, the number of "same team player requests" and "specific coach requests" has reached the point that we are no longer able to accommodate all the requests due to time constraints along with our desire to attempt to create "equally skilled" teams. If siblings are participating in the same league, then we will be able to place them on the same team.  Otherwise, there is no guarantee that siblings will be practicing on the same night of the week, although we will do all we can to try and place them on the same night to avoid families having to come out to the fields multiple times throughout the week.

With that being said, as this is a ministry in which we use sports as a way to reach NEW families, we will accommodate requests to play together on the same team in which the person(s) you have invited has not previously participated in a Colonial Sports Ministry league. Due to the number of participants, we do not accommodate specific coaching requests unless the coach invited you into the league and this is the first time your child has participated in one of our leagues.

In addition to this we are unfortunately not able to honor specific week day and time practice night requests.

 

Evaluations

To help create equally skilled teams, there will be an evaluation night.

  •  All players that did not play in our 2016 Fall Matchplay Soccer league MUST attend.
  • Evaluations will be held on Tuesday, February 28th from 5:15-6:30 pm out by the soccer fields.
  • For the evaluation night, please have your child bring a ball (with their first & last names clearly written with black permanent marker on it), shin guards, and cleats.

Practices

  • Practices will begin the week of March 20th.
  • Each team will practice once per week on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening
  • Players will be assigned a practice time of either 5:00-6:15 pm or 6:15 - 7:30 pm,
  • Due to possible family scheduling conflicts you will have the opportunity to exclude one practice night.
  • Practice days & time will remain the same for the entirety of the season
  • Practices will not be made up if inclement weather causes a cancellation. (please view our complete weather policy)

Games

  • Games begin on Saturday, April 1st and conclude on Saturday, May 20th (7 games).
  • No games will be played the weekends of Easter or Memorial Day.
  • Games are on Saturdays (8am - 3pm).
  • Games may take place at any time between those times, but in the spring typically girls play in the morning and boys play after.
  • All games are played at Colonial.
  • The U8 age division will play on a 135' x 180' field, the U10 age division will play on a 135' x 228' field. The U12 & older age division's field size will be determined by registration numbers, and subsequently roster sizes.
  • Teams are limited in number to allow each player an opportunity to play at least 1/2 of each game.

Equipment

Equipment requirements for this league include:

  • Soccer cleats are highly recommended (running shoes if they are considered safe by the officiating referee)
  • Shin guards
  • Socks that will cover the shin guards
  • Sports shorts, preferably without pockets
  • A size 4 soccer ball will be used for U8-U12. A size 5 soccer ball will be used for U14-U19.
  • Please write your child's full name (first & last names) in black permanent marker on all their equipment!

Testimonials

It truly is a gift from God to be able to allow these precious foster children the opportunity to play soccer in a Christ honoring environment here at Colonial.  I'd like to share a story of just how God works in these young lives when they come from such bad situations.  DSS mandates that she be in therapy. In her session this week her therapist told her that lying sends you to hell and telling the truth you go to Heaven.  She told her therapist that the only way to go to Heaven is to ask Jesus in your heart to be your Savior because sin separates us from God. Now we talk about this all the time, attend church, Awana and soccer, but when I ask the kids what they learned about Jesus they never seem to be able to tell me and I was wondering if any of it was making an impact!  But I was quickly reminded from her therapy session that God is ALWAYS working even when we don't see it!!!

       -Parent

One of our kids is in the middle of a bitter divorce.  He lives with his grandparents.  His mother and father come to the games to watch, but they have to come every other weekend because they don't get along.  His grandparents are older, and doing everything they can for him, but its been tough.  He's been struggling at school, and many other aspects of his life.  However, the soccer at Colonial Baptist is what he looks forwards to the most.  His grandmother says he constantly talks about it at home, and gets extremely excited for each and every practice and game.  He's a great kid with a wonderful personality.  I love coming to practices and games and seeing his smiling face!

       - Coach Kevin

Joe got to know one of the boys (David) from his soccer team during the course of the season and invited David to Awana's on Sunday night a few weeks ago.  Through talking to his dad we found out that they moved to the area about a year ago and are currently not going to church.  David and his younger sister came to Awana's and they loved it and are still coming each week!  I'm not sure if his dad is going to the Sunday evening service but he knows that it is there and available for him.  So excited that David and his sister are in Awana's hearing God's word each week....memorizing Bible verses.  Hopefully his family will start coming to church again.  

       -Coach L.