Netsports Lil Kickers Class Overviews
Bunnies classes are specially designed for children between the ages of 18 and 24 months. The purpose of the class is discovery. Together, coaches and parents will guide that discovery and help children build basic skills such as balance, coordination and socialize them within a group dynamic so they can develop confidence, learn how to follow directions, and strengthen the parent-child relationship.
Each activity is geared toward how children at this age learn with repetition being the crucial element. Coaches walk around the field to provide individualized attention. They care about what each child needs and accommodate for those needs.
Because adult participation is vital to the success of Bunnies classes; parents, guardians, or other caregivers are required to participate to help guide their child through the activities. Parents act as positive role models and help direct their child’s behavior and encourage participation, thus freeing the coach to focus on facilitating the games more effectively
Class child-to-coach ratio: 15:1 with parents participatingClass duration: 50 minutes
Thumpers is a class designed specifically for the needs of two and three years old. The classes use fun games, activities, and sensory tools to help the older toddler learn how to integrate into a group learning environment and build fundamental social, cognitive, and physical skills. To maximize learning, adult participation is required.
Class child-to-coach ratio: 12:1 with parents participatingClass duration: 50 minutes
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.
Classes require adult participation. The idea is to gradually wean children (and sometimes parents) from needing to have one-on-one supervision on the field during class. Of course, if a child is having an overly difficult time, adults will be encouraged to participate. The adult participation schedule is as shown in the following table.
The child-to-coach ratio for Cottontails classes is 7:1Class Duration: 50 minutes
Hoppers classes build fundamental social, cognitive ,and physical skills in three and four-year-olds. As in all Lil’ Kickers classes, Hoppers meets the child where they are developmentally which means this class is fun, fast-paced, and taps into the child’s imagination. We use highly creative games to capture their attention so they can develop overall coordination, balance, and strength and build teamwork, cooperation, listening, and of course, soccer skills.
Each week Hoppers classes will work on a specific area of focus. What parents will see is the development of a budding soccer player. What the children will gain are essential life skills that translate into a high self-esteem, becoming team players, school readiness, and strong physical capabilities.
Children who are ready to be on the field without a parent, thrive in this class. If a child who has recently turned three is uncomfortable being on the field without his or her parent, a Cottontails’ class may better suit their needs. This will allow them to develop a stronger sense of independence. Children who are four and have had other experience in class settings may be further along in their development, so a Jackrabbits or Micro 4/5 class may be more appropriate.
The child-to-coach ratio for Hoppers classes is 7 to 1.
Jackrabbits classes equip children with essential skills for both on and off the soccer field. Children will develop soccer skills and build physical coordination and agility. But more importantly, they will acquire social interaction skills and skills for school readiness.
Designed for children who have already been through the Hoppers curriculum, this class focuses on listening, following directions, and sharing while cultivating a sense of teamwork—what it means to be a part of a team and what it means to work as a team—helping them progress from a “me” view of the world to a “we” view of the world.
As the session progresses children will be given an opportunity to practice these skills through participating in more one-ball oriented activities where players learn to share the ball which will lead up to scrimmaging later in the session. Scrimmages are non-competitive and teach players the value of effort, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. The goal of Jackrabbits is to help put children on the path to becoming confident, well-rounded individuals who are team oriented and have a strong foundation for learning.
The child-to-coach ratio for Jackrabbits classes is 7 to 1.
Big Feet classes introduce five and six year olds to the game of soccer helping them to develop the emotional, social, and physical readiness to play soccer and other team sports. This class provides an ideal setting for those players who are new to the game, who are a little less coordinated, who are shy, who have a less competitive nature, or who just aren’t ready to engage in team soccer. Big Feet classes use fun activities to develop basic soccer skills such as dribbling, passing, trapping, and scoring while helping players build confidence and develop a better understanding of teamwork. Some non-competitive scrimmages are played to enhance the learning process.
The player-to-coach ratio for Big Feet classes is 12 to 1.
Micro classes are for children who are four and five years old, who have had previous soccer experience, and are ready for more of a challenge. Classes are designed to physically, emotionally, and socially prepare children for team soccer. Creative, fun activities are combined with non-competitive scrimmages to teach players fundamental skills as well as help them develop an understanding of the team concept.
The player-to-coach ratio for Micro 4-5 classes is 12 to 1.
Micro 6-7 classes use a combination of creative games, skill drills and scrimmages to help prepare players for league play. Classes focus both on building fundamental skills, such as dribbling, passing, trapping and shooting, and on teaching players how and when to use apply these skills in game situations. Coaches will also work to instill a strong work ethic and a strong sense of teamwork and sportsmanship.
The player-to-coach ratio is for Micro 6-7 classes is 12 to 1.
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.
The player-to-coach ratio for Micro Advanced 5-6 classes is 8 to 1.
Micro Advanced 7-8 are the top-level classes for the Lil’ Kickers program. Classes focus on advanced skill building through age-appropriate drills and small-sided scrimmages while still maintaining a non-competitive atmosphere. The goals of the class are to help players acquire an overall comprehension of the technical and tactical aspects of soccer—developing greater field awareness, stronger decision making skills and quicker reactions—so effective team play becomes second nature. Classes meet weekly for 50 minutes.
The player-to-coach ratio for Micro Advanced 7-8 classes is 8 to 1.