2019 Spring Recreational Program

Updated April 6, 2019

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the 2019 Spring Rec Program, in Columbia Falls! The Flathead Rapids are dedicated to bringing quality youth soccer programs to our local communities. We’re currently sitting at 215+ players registered for the Spring Rec Program, which is 100 more than last year! We’re excited about the growing soccer community in Columbia Falls and we can’t wait to get everyone out playing!

Our rec programs are designed to introduce the game of soccer, in a fun and exciting way. Our volunteer coaches are dedicating their time to provide a healthy environment for all of our participants. Coaches are supported with age appropriate practice plans, coaching resources, and guidance from our program directors. Currently, we’re sending rosters to coaches to provide any last minute feedback. Once rosters are set, coaches will be contacting their team to set up first practices.

Deadline to contact families and schedule your first practice is FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH

First practices will be scheduled the week of APRIL 15TH.

First games are APRIL 20TH!

ALL OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE SEASON IS PROVIDED IN THE INFORMATION BELOW.

COACHES, TEAMS, AND SCHEDULES

Our teams/age groups are divided by grade. Yes, this is different than last year. We realize some of you were in an older or younger age group last year, but this is how all our rec programs are run. Rec programs around the valley run by grade to help with carpooling, friends in the same grade, and other family dynamics that help to run a smooth program.

Please do not request to move age groups.

Kinder

1st/2nd Grade

3rd/4th Grade

5th/6th Grade

Scroll down to find your age group.


Kindergarten

SEASON DETAILS

PLAYER EQUIPMENT

  • Cleats are recommended at this age. Sometimes players can get away with wearing tennis shoes, but if the ground is wet, which is usually is, the players will be slipping. If you’re not excited about buying new cleats at such a young age, their are thrift stores around the valley, that usually have used equipment.

  • Shinguards are required for practices and games. At this age, players can be pretty inaccurate with their kicks and the shins are usually the casualty. Long soccer socks go over the shinguards to help keep them in place.

  • Water bottle

  • Warm clothes for the intermittent spring weather

  • Since most of the leg is covered with soccer socks, shorts are usually a good option.

  • If you have a soccer ball at home, please bring it to practices. Coaches are provided equipment, but more balls the better!

PRACTICES

  • LOCATION: Horine Park, 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

  • TIME/DAY: Day and time of practices are chosen by your coach. If you have conflicts with their practice time, players are able practice with different teams, upon approval from the coach. They MUST play with their normal teams on Saturday mornings. PRACTICE TIMES WILL BE UPDATED HERE, ONCE OUR TEAMS ARE SET.

  • DURATION: Recommended practice length is 1 hour for this age group.

  • FORMAT: Our volunteer coaches have access to a bunch of coaching resources with activities and games to introduce the game of soccer in a fun and developmentally friendly way.

GAMES

  • LOCATION: Horine Park, 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

  • TIME/DAY: All games are on Saturday mornings at 10am, 11am, & Noon

    • We start a little later for the younger kids, as it’s still pretty cold out.

    • Game schedule will be released once all teams/coaches are finalized.

  • DURATION: 4 - 10 min quarters

  • FORMAT:

    • 4V4

    • Equal playing time

    • Size 3 balls

    • Game is managed by the coaches

    • No goalies

    • At this age, our goal is to get the player excited about the game, get comfortable with the ball at their feet, and score as many goals as possible. Parents are their to encourage and support.

TEAMS AND CONFIRMED COACHES

  • TEAM A - Head Coach: Alden Blaize

  • TEAM B - Head Coach: Sam Pederson

  • TEAM C - Head Coach: David Smith

  • TEAM D: Head Coach: Grant Hughes

  • TEAM E: Head Coach: Bob Wampler

  • TEAM F: Head Coach: Chris Nagel

  • TEAM G: Head Coach: Ian Griffiths

SO WHAT TEAM AM I ON???

Once our volunteer coaches look over their rosters and make any last minute changes, they’ll be contacting their team to set the first practice. Deadline to contact families is April 12th. Practices will begin the week of April 15th at Horine Park: 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

Please be patient, as we get everyone sorted.

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 3.50.46 PM.png

1ST & 2ND GRADE

SEASON DETAILS

PLAYER EQUIPMENT

  • Cleats are recommended at this age. Sometimes players can get away with wearing tennis shoes, but if the ground is wet, which is usually is, the players will be slipping. If you’re not excited about buying new cleats at such a young age, their are thrift stores around the valley, that usually have used equipment.

  • Shinguards are required for practices and games. At this age, players can be pretty inaccurate with their kicks and the shins are usually the casualty. Long soccer socks go over the shinguards to help keep them in place.

  • Water bottle

  • Warm clothes for the intermittent spring weather

  • Since most of the leg is covered with soccer socks, shorts are usually a good option. If you have a soccer ball at home, please bring it to practices. Coaches are provided equipment, but more balls the better!

PRACTICES

  • LOCATION: Horine Park, 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

  • TIME/DAY: Day and time of practices are chosen by your coach. If you have conflicts with their time of practice, players are able practice with different teams, upon approval from the coach. They MUST play with their normal teams on Saturday mornings. PRACTICE TIMES WILL BE UPDATED HERE, ONCE OUR TEAMS ARE SET.

  • DURATION: Recommended practice length is 1 hour for this age group.

  • FORMAT: Our volunteer coaches have access to a bunch of coaching resources with activities and games to introduce the game of soccer in a fun and developmentally friendly way.

GAMES

  • LOCATION: Horine Park, 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

  • TIME/DAY: All games are on Saturday mornings at 10am, 11am, & Noon

    • We start a little later for the younger kids, as it’s still pretty cold out.

    • Game schedule will be released once all of our team/coaches are finalized

  • DURATION: 4 - 10 min quarters

  • FORMAT:

    • 4V4

    • Equal playing time

    • Size 3 balls

    • Game is managed by the coaches

    • No goalies

    • At this age, our goal is to get the player excited about the game, get comfortable with the ball at their feet, and score as many goals as possible. Parents are their to encourage and support.

TEAMS & COACHES

  • TEAM A - Head Coach: Whitney Peterson

  • TEAM B - Head Coach: Heidi Shors

  • TEAM C - Head Coach: Tom Coburn

  • TEAM D - Head Coach: Chad Dembisky

  • TEAM E - Head Coach: Mike Younger

  • TEAM F - Head Coach: Chris Nagel

  • TEAM G - Head Coach: Josh Preiss

  • TEAM H - Head Coach: Samara Marney

  • TEAM I & J - Head Coach: Jami Belt (West Glacier Teams)

  • TEAM K - Head Coach: Christ Grant


1 COACHING SPOT AVAILABLE!! If you’d like to be a coach this season, for the Kinder age group, please contact us HERE. It’s going to be a fun season and we have a bunch of support for coaches. Beginner coaches welcome!!

SO WHAT TEAM AM I ON???

Since we don’t have all of our coaches yet, our teams are not quite set. Once we have our coaches set for the season, rosters will be released and coaches will make contact with their families for their first practice. Deadline to contact families is April 12th. Practices will begin the week of April 15th at Horine Park: 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

Please be patient, as we get everyone sorted.

Field Map

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 3.50.46 PM.png

3RD & 4TH GRADE

SEASON DETAILS

PLAYER EQUIPMENT

  • Cleats are required at this age. If you’re not excited about buying new cleats, there’re thrift stores around the valley, that usually have used equipment.

  • Shinguards are required for practices and games.

  • Water bottle

  • Warm clothes for the intermittent spring weather

  • Since most of the leg is covered with soccer socks, shorts are usually a good option.

  • If you have a soccer ball at home, please bring it to practices. Coaches are provided equipment, but more balls the better!

PRACTICES

  • LOCATION: Horine Park, 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

  • TIME/DAY: Day and time of practices are chosen by your coach.

  • DURATION: Recommended practice length is 1.5 hour for this age group.

  • FORMAT: Our volunteer coaches have access to our Rapids Coaching Corner, with hundreds of age appropriate practice plans, meant to not only develop the player, but to help become a better coach.

GAMES

  • LOCATION: Schedule will be rotated from Columbia Falls, Kalispell, and Bigfork

    • Columbia Falls: Horine Park: 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

    • Kalispell: Kidsports Complex: 835 Parkway Dr, Kalispell, MT 59901 (View map HERE)

    • Bigfork: Carlyle Johnson Park: Shawnee Dr & Highway 83, Bigfork, MT 59911 (View map HERE)

  • TIME/DAY: All games are on Saturday mornings 9am, 10:30am, and Noon (Schedule TBD)

  • DURATION: 25 min halves

  • FORMAT:

    • 7V7

    • Equal playing time

    • Size 4 balls

    • Game is managed by the coaches and referees

    • Goal Keepers

Schedule

April 20th: Kalispell

  • Game times released shortly

April 27th: Bigfork

  • Game times released shortly

May 4th: Columbia Falls

  • Game times released shortly

May 11th: Kalispell

  • Game times released shortly

May 18: Bigfork

  • Game times released shortly

Both Kalispell and Bigfork end their season before Memorial Day (March 25th), so we don’t have an option to play them, but we’d like to give our players a few more weeks of the season, if families and coaches are willing and able. At this point, the schedule is TBD after May 18th.


TEAMS & COACHES

3/4 GRADE GIRLS

Head Coach: Shannon Hoge

3/4 GRADE BOYS BLACK

Head Coach: Chris Leever

3/4 GRADE BOYS WHITE

Head Coach: Seth Schnebel

3/4 GRADE BOYS GOLD

Head Coach: No Coach Yet

SO WHAT TEAM AM I ON???

If you’re on the 3rd/4th grade boys’ teams, your coaches will contact you shortly. If you’re on the girls team, we still don’t have a coach. If you’d like to step up to coach, it’s going to be a great season and we have a bunch of resources to support you.

Please be patient, as we get everyone sorted.

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 3.50.46 PM.png

5TH/6TH GRADE

SEASON DETAILS

PLAYER EQUIPMENT

  • Cleats are required at this age. If you’re not excited about buying new cleats, there’re thrift stores around the valley, that usually have used equipment.

  • Shinguards are required for practices and games.

  • Water bottle

  • Warm clothes for the intermittent spring weather

  • Since most of the leg is covered with soccer socks, shorts are usually a good option.

  • If you have a soccer ball at home, please bring it to practices. Coaches are provided equipment, but more balls the better!

PRACTICES

  • LOCATION: Horine Park, 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

  • TIME/DAY: Day and time of practices are chosen by your coach.

  • DURATION: Recommended practice length is 1.5 hour for this age group.

  • FORMAT: Our volunteer coaches have access to our Rapids Coaching Corner, with hundreds of age appropriate practice plans, meant to not only develop the player, but to help become a better coach.

GAMES

  • LOCATION: Schedule will be rotated from Columbia Falls, Kalispell, and Bigfork

    • Columbia Falls: Horine Park: 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

    • Kalispell: Kidsports Complex: 835 Parkway Dr, Kalispell, MT 59901 (View map HERE)

    • Bigfork: Carlyle Johnson Park: Shawnee Dr & Highway 83, Bigfork, MT 59911 (View map HERE)

  • TIME/DAY: All games are on Saturday mornings 9am, 10:30am, and Noon (Schedule TBD)

  • DURATION: 25 min halves

  • FORMAT:

    • 9V9

    • Equal playing time

    • Size 4 balls

    • Game is managed by the coaches and referees

    • Goal Keepers

Schedule

April 20th: Kalispell

  • Game times released shortly

April 27th: Bigfork

  • Game times released shortly

May 4th: Columbia Falls

  • Game times released shortly

May 11th: Kalispell

  • Game times released shortly

May 18: Bigfork

  • Game times released shortly

Both Kalispell and Bigfork end their season before Memorial Day (March 25th), so we don’t have an option to play them, but we’d like to give our players a few more weeks of the season, if families and coaches are willing and able. At this point, the schedule is TBD after May 18th.

5/6 GRADE GIRLS

HEAD COACH: Michelle Bates

5/6 GRADE BOYS BLACK

HEAD COACH: Shawn Bates

5/6 GRADE BOYS WHITE

HEAD COACH: David and Alicia Donsbach

SO WHAT TEAM AM I ON???

Once we have our coaches set for the season, rosters will be released and coaches will make contact with their families for their first practice. Deadline to contact families is Friday, April 12th. Practices will begin the week of Monday, April 15th at Horine Park: 11 Beth Rd, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (View map HERE)

Please be patient, as we get everyone sorted.

FIELD MAP

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 3.50.46 PM.png

Have a question about our programs?  We’re quick to get back to you by email…just send us a note.  

Registration Questions: 

Contact: Cynthia Benkelman - Club Administrator CLICK HERE

Program Questions: 

Contact: Sean Person - Executive Director CLICK HERE