Lil’ Kickers classes are available to children ages 18 months to 9 years. The Lil’ Kickers curriculum was developed using renowned child development theory, so classes are tailored to specific ages and abilities, and can accommodate most children. And while we are always true to our theoretical roots, we are continually working to discover new ways to enhance the program.
Lil’ Kickers coaches are trained in child development theory so they incorporate a developmental perspective when approaching children—always mindful of what children are capable of accomplishing at each age.
BUNNIES: (18 – 24 Months) – Parent & Child Classes
Bunnies classes introduce toddlers to soccer with games that allow them to run, play as a group and kick a ball. They gain basic soccer skills while building fundamentals such as balance and coordination. Classes incorporate activities that are geared toward a toddler’s unique way of learning and include parachutes, bubbles, noodles, cones, lots of goal scoring and more.
THUMPERS: (2-3 years) – Parent & Child Classes
Parents and kids, led by one of our instructors, play organized games together to develop listening skills, balance, ball skills and foot-eye coordination. Thumpers is the ideal next step for Bunnies veterans and a perfect introduction to Lil’ Kickers for new players.
COTTONTAILS: (2.5-3.5 Years) – Parent & Child Classes
Cottontails is a class designed for children who are ready for more of a challenge than a Thumpers class, but who are not quite ready to be on the field without a parent or caregiver. The Cottontails curriculum is designed to build fundamental skills such as balance, coordination, and ball kicking skills. Cottontails classes also offer another component—helping your child build a sense of independence. As children progress through the session and become ready for more independence, parents can choose to transition to a less active role in the class.
HOPPERS: (3 – 4 Years) – Beginners
Hoppers classes are designed to be fun and fast paced. Classes focus on increasing balancing skills, coordination and fundamental soccer skills. We utilize creative games and help kids develop listening skills, cooperation and teamwork. Hoppers classes are the first class where children participate independently.
JACKRABBITS: (3 – 4 Years) – Intermediate
Jackrabbits classes are designed to help transition children into non-competitive team play. Children play creative games to develop fundamental soccer skills and will also be introduced to more one-ball oriented games and scrimmaging. The focus of the scrimmages will be to help players understand how to apply skills in different situations and building teamwork. Some small sided non-competitive soccer games are introduced.
BIG FEET: (5 & 6 years) – Beginners
Big Feet classes are for five and six year-olds who have not played a lot of soccer before, or who respond better to a low-key environment. Classes build basic soccer skills (dribbling, passing, trapping, scoring) and develop a sense of confidence on the field. Players will also learn sportsmanship and team play. Some small-sided, yet non-competitive soccer games are played to enhance learning how to apply skills in game situations.
MICRO 4/5: (4 – 5 years)
Micro 4/5 classes are for four and five year olds with previous soccer experience who are ready for more of a challenge. Players learn more advanced fundamental soccer skills through fun, age-appropriate and creative skill building games and have the opportunity to practice those skills in non-competitive scrimmages.
MICRO 6/7: (6 – 7 years)
Micro 6/7 classes are for six and seven year olds with previous soccer experience who are ready for more of a challenge. Classes balance the use of fun games and technical drills with non-competitive scrimmaging to teach new skills each week.
MICRO 8/9 (8 – 9 years)
Micro 8/9 classes are designed for eight and nine year olds who have little or moderate experience playing soccer. Players will learn a new fundamental soccer skill each week and have the opportunity to practice those skills in non-competitive scrimmages.
MICRO ADVANCED: (6-8 Years) – Advanced Level
Designed to meet the needs of the more advanced players, Micro Advanced classes combine a small child-to-coach ratio with a challenging curriculum to create a rewarding soccer experience that is more clinical in nature. Children in these classes will be introduced to more complex soccer skills and tactics and will be given opportunities to practice these during scrimmages. The focus is more clinical but the classes continue to also emphasize fun and effort.