Berthoud rec fall sports
By Jordan Schachterle
Fall is fast approaching and the first day of school is just a couple of weeks away. That means a new season of sports for the Berthoud Recreation Department. There are programs for all ages, including five sports for the youth section and three for adults.
The biggest offered sport this fall is soccer. The programs available range from ages 3 to 14. For ages 3 to 4, Little Strikers, a six-week program will be available for each child to begin to learn the basics of soccer. For the 6-and-under; 8-and-under; 10-and-under; and 12-and-under divisions, kids will play in a co-ed league. Each kid will continue to develop their soccer skills in a fun and safe environment.
Both boys and girls aged 13 and 14 will be able to play in a 14-and-under recreational soccer league through the Fort Collins Soccer Club. The league is perfect for athletes who are not quite ready to play at a competitive level but would like to develop their skills.
Girls between the ages of 9 and 14 can participate in the fall youth softball league. The league is played through Indian Peaks Softball League, and the games will be played throughout Northern Colorado on Saturdays for five weeks.
Berthoud Recreation and Thompson River Parks and Recreation (TRPR) will team up to offer this fall’s volleyball program. In the two age divisions, third/fourth grade and fifth/sixth grade, each team will play a six-match season, with all matches being played on Saturdays in Berthoud and Milliken.
Two youth football programs will be available this fall. For those between 3 and 5 years old, the Little Lombardi’s program is a great way to introduce young kids to football. Throughout the six-week program, the participants will learn basic football skills and be able to interact with other kids their age. Kids 6 to 11 years old can play in a league that is also in collaboration with TRPR. The league is great for kids to develop their football skills and learn about sportsmanship.
The final youth sport is first- and second-grade basketball. Berthoud Recreation is offering a three-on-three, half-court league to help young players learn the game of basketball in a fun and safe environment. Each team will play a six-game season along with practicing up to two times a week.
For adults, the first program available is the women’s-only volleyball league. The league’s season consists of eight regular season games throughout the fall. All games are played on Wednesday between 7 and 10 p.m. The season will wrap up with a single-elimination tournament with a final champion at the end.
For both men and women there will be a drop-in co-ed volleyball league at Turner Middle School. On Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. the main gym will be available for individuals 16 and older to drop in and play volleyball. There are no referees and no official games, so this is a great laid-back program for people of all skill levels.
Another great fall program is the kickball league. All games are played on Sunday nights at the Bein Park baseball fields. Each team will play eight regular-season games and will participate in the end-of-season single-elimination tournament. Each team can have eight to 16 players on their team and must have an equal number of men and women.
For men 18 years and older there will be a five-on-five basketball league available. Each team will play in eight regular-season games on Thursday nights and the top eight teams will play in a single-elimination tournament.
For more information or if you would like to register for any of these programs, you can do so online at www.teamsideline.com/berthoud or in person at the Berthoud Recreation office at 100 S. 10th Street.
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