1. Can I join a class in the middle of a session?
Yes; we offer open enrollment so that you can join anytime and have your class fees prorated. This means that you pay only for the remaining class and not the full session fee.
2. What should my kids wear?
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and indoor soccer shoes (no cleats) or plain tennis shoes. Shin guards are recommended for Micro Classes and Micro Advanced classes. Lil’ Kickers uniforms are sometimes offered promotionally or are available for purchase. Outfitting your child in Lil’ Kickers garb is a fun way to make your child feel part of a team. Kids naturally appreciate looking like older uniformed kids and role models. Plus, a uniform gives kids a sense of belonging because they look like others on the team.
3. How many girls and boys are in each class?
Classes are co-ed, so the mix of boys and girls is based on who registers. If you have five or more players and we have enough field space, we are open to creating a special class for you with your requested mix of children.
4. What is the difference between a Hoppers and a Jackrabbits class?
Hoppers is a class for beginning 3 and 4-year old’s that helps develop individual skills. Jackrabbits is an intermediate class between the Hoppers classes for total beginners and Micro classes for school age kids who have had previous experience. In Jackrabbits, children play more one-ball oriented games to help them transition from individual skills to team skills. Some small-sided, non-competitive scrimmages are also introduced in Jackrabbits.
5. Do you provide single-gender classes?
Lil’ Kickers is coed; however, if you have five or more players and we have available field space, we are open to satisfying your request.
6. Do you offer private classes?
Subject to field availability, we are open to creating private classes for groups of five or more. But please realize that individual training is not part of the Lil’ Kickers program.
7. If I register my child for a session, are we “guaranteed” a spot in the next session?
No, all registrations are first come, first serve basis.
8. What kind of instructors do you have? Are they all licensed by some organization?
All Lil’ Kickers Coaches are carefully screened to ensure we provide quality, child-centered, high energy instruction. Each coach goes through a background check and a rigorous training process, which includes child development training. Instructors may or may not be U.S.S.F. licensed.
9. How come they don’t play more soccer in this program?
While many soccer programs are busy using traditional soccer skill drills to drive home the fundamentals of soccer, we approach coaching from a child-centered perspective. Because of this perspective, we know that our main goal is to make learning fun for kids. We do this by putting instruction into a context children understand, using special techniques designed around how kids naturally learn. Lil’ Kickers teaches your child the fundamentals of soccer, but focuses on developing the whole child. Our program helps develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills that result in our Lil’ Kickers becoming well-balanced and conscientious individuals on and off the soccer field.
10. Can I sign up online?
Yes, you can, it’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3. Choose a Class, Create a profile in DASH, then Join the Fun.
1. What if I can’t make it to one of my classes?
You are allowed to make up any missed classes within the session in which you are enrolled, subject to space availability. We typically offer many other class times, so usually this is not a problem; however, we cannot guarantee that space will be available.
2. Can I drop my child off for class?
No, classes are 50 minutes and require a parent or guardian to be on-site.
3. Can I register my child for just one class?
No, but we do offer one free trial class to new customers to see if their children enjoy the Lil’ Kickers experience.
4. Do I have to pay for the free trial class if I sign up?
No, the free trial class is discounted from the class fee paid when you sign up.
5. What is your policy for allowing children with special needs into your program?
Children with special needs are welcomed in our program as long as we are equipped to assist them accordingly. Please contact our Lil’ Kickers Coordinator for more information.
6. Can we pay as we go during the session?
The entire session must be paid in full at the time of registration. However, since we offer open enrollment, we do prorate class fees.
7. How many free trials can a child take?
The free trial policy is usually limited to one free class per child. However, in special circumstances a Lil’ Kickers Coordinator may offer an additional free class to a child, particularly if it’s been a long time since the last free trial class.
8. Can I get a Lil’ Kickers discount for both of my children?
Yes! We offer a sibling discount of $16.00 for each additional child registered.
9. Can I sign up for multiple days a week?
Yes, though you will need to register and pay for the additional class sessions separately. And don’t forget that we offer a $15 session discount for any child who attends multiple classes per week.
10. Can we come on any day?
No, in order to maintain class ratios and consistency within the program, we schedule children for specific times and days. When registering, be sure to first determine which day best suits your schedule. Of course there may be an occasion when a make-up class is needed. In that situation, you can schedule a make-up class for any day in which class space is available. If your schedule changes during the session, and you need to switch days, we will try to accommodate your needs to the best of our ability. However, changes cannot be guaranteed and are based on space availability.
1. What are 18 month old children going to do in the class?
Classes for this age group focus on building important basic skills such as balance and coordination. A variety of sensory activities such as blowing bubbles, playing with parachutes and noodles and building towers made out of cones are presented in a sequence that promotes skill development and cognitive mapping.
2. If my child is struggling in a class without parents on the field, such as Hoppers or Jackrabbits, is it okay for me to be on the field to help my child?
In this situation, we normally suggest placing the child in a Cottontails class. Cottontails classes are methodically structured and specifically designed to deal with a child’s separation anxiety and to promote child autonomy. We have found that these classes provide a successful, long term solution for dealing with separation anxiety.