The weekend of August 6-8th 2021, found members of the Switchbacks staff at the annual Pride of the Rockies Classic and Showcase. This year the showcase was held at the Air Force Academy, which has 17 different fields that were used for simultaneous play, as well as at the Pride Soccer Complex.
The tournament featured (insert number) teams from all over the state of Colorado, with the athletes ranging in age from (blank to blank). Boys’ soccer featured three flights with winners in Premier/Gold, Silver, and Bronze, across the age categories U11 to U14, while the much larger girls’ division held competitions in Premier, Gold, Silver, and Bronze from ages U11 to U19.
With the soccer season beginning in the last few weeks, Pride of the Rockies was considered a ‘tune-up’ for many of the players and teams, who used the tournament to evaluate players in an active play scenario, as well as familiarizing themselves with other teams they may come up against during the season.
Over fifty teams registered to be a part of the tournament, and hundreds of games were played over the three-day tournament period. Thousands of families came out to support their players in the games, and took advantage of the weather and location to explored the idyllic area of Colorado Springs. In addition to the teams and their families, many local businesses, the Switchbacks included, showed up with booths and interactive activities, capitalizing on the opportunity to network and connect with the people in the Colorado Springs and greater Colorado community. Everyone’s favorite mascot Ziggy was also there, delighting the crowds and being his usual energetic self.