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Lil’ Kickers, a strong foundation … for life
Our balanced and creative approach to coaching will have a positive impact on your child that goes far beyond the soccer field. Our high-energy soccer classes are carefully designed to enhance your child’s overall growth and well-being. The result? Kids with strong physical skills, who are well-balanced and confident. And, we do all this while your child has the time of their life.
Lil’ Kickers Class Overview
Step onto the field during any Lil’ Kickers class and you will find it transformed into a world created just for your child. Our well trained coaches will thrill your child with 50 minutes of highly creative, high energy and age-appropriate activities that serve as a great introduction to soccer, and help children master developmental milestones, appropriate for their age.
Because Lil’ Kickers is first and foremost a child development program our purpose is really to help children mature on all levels. Our program focuses on helping children build strong physical, social, cognitive, and emotional skills that will help them be successful on and off the soccer field. We believe in teaching children in ways that suit their developmental level. So, you won’t see adult-like skill drills in our classes, but you will see teaching methods specifically designed to create an atmosphere that is effective and fun. You will also see happy, confident and sweaty kids who are eager to learn and want to keep coming back for more.
Lil’ Kickers Class Levels
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 are 50 minutes long
- Parent participation is required
- The ratio for Bunnies classes is 15:1 w/parents on the field
Thumpers (25-30 Months) — Parent & Child Classes
- Thumpers classes are 50 minutes long
- Parent participation is required
- The ratio for Thumpers classes is 12:1 w/parents on the field
Cottontails (2.5-3.5 Years) – Parent & Child Classes
- Cottontails classes are 50 minutes long
- The ratio for Cottontails is 12:1 w/parents on the field
Hoppers (3 & 4 Years) – Beginning
- Hoppers classes are 50 minutes long
- The ratio for Hoppers classes is 7:1 Beginning Lil’ Kickers Class
Jackrabbits (3 & 4 Years) – Intermediate
- Jackrabbits classes are 50 minutes long
- The ratio for Jackrabbits is 7:1
Big Feet (5 & 6 years) – Beginning
- Big Feet classes are 50 minutes long
- The ratio for Big Feet classes is 12:1 Lil’ Kicker Class
Micro 4/5 Class, Micro 6/7 Class, Micro 8/9 Class – Intermediate Level
- 50 minutes of class time with 15-20 minutes of instruction and 20-25 minutes of scrimmaging
- Teams will field no more than four players at a time
- Everyone gets equal playing time
- There will be no goalies
- We will not keep score or league standings
- Micro Classes are 50 minutes long
- The ratio for Micro Class is 12:1
See Our Current Schedules for 2021
Join anytime! Enrollment for Lil’ Kickers classes is always open; if you join after a season has already begun, then classes are pro-rated so you only pay for the remainder of the season
Spring Session – Starts the week of March 15- May 30th (11 weeks)
Lil’ Kickers FAQs
How do I get a uniform?
Existing customers receive a new uniform upon renewal of the annual membership fee.
Can I join a class in the middle of a session?
What should my kids wear?
How many girls and boys are in each class?
What is the difference between a Hoppers and a Jackrabbits class?
If I register my child for a session, are we “guaranteed” a spot in the next session?
What kind of instructors do you have?
Why don’t they play more soccer in this program?
Do I need to check in?
What if I can’t make it to one of my classes?
Can I register my child for just one class?
Do I have to pay for the free trial class if I sign up?
How many free trials can a child take?
Can I get a Lil Kickers discount for both of my children?
My child’s coach last session was great! Can I request the same coach again for the next session?
Can we pay as we go during the session?
Can I sign up for multiple days a week?
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. We typically hold a “make-up day” – there is a specified week and days near the end of the season to make up a class – through free play at SCOR – details vary.
What’s your refund policy?
What if my child is not feeling well?
A fever within the past 24 hours, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, a constant runny nose or cough not caused by allergies, or a rash that has not been checked by a doctor.
What does the Lil’ Kicker recommendation process consist of?
Why was my child asked to repeat the same class as last session?
How long are classes?
What are the child-to-coach ratios for each class?
How long are your sessions?
When should my child move up to the next class?
What does the Lil’ Kicker recommendation process consist of?
Even if my son is not old enough, can he be put in the same class with a sibling?
Meet your Youth Program Coordinator!
Sherri Pardue Kolanko
Lil’ Kickers history at SCOR
In 1999, Arena Sports (Seattle, WA) started Lil’ Kickers with the goal of building a kids’ program that was fundamentally sound and outrageously fun. Using world renowned child development theories, child development professionals, experienced coaches and the expertise that comes with thousands of hours of working with children, Lil’ Kickers created a curriculum that introduces kids to soccer and so much more. A program was created that helps develop a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive skills while providing physical exercise and developing players who are good sports and good teammates — on and off the soccer field.
Lil’ Kickers came to SCOR in 2008 under the leadership of Tyler Pardue as Lil’ Kickers Coordinator. Here, SCOR could instill the foundation and fundamentals of the program. While Richmond is very rich with soccer teams and leagues, the idea was to bring something that would help character development as well as soccer skills, to cultivate fun and learning while nurturing the cognitive, physical, and emotional development of the child. In 2015, Tyler received a promotion within SCOR, and it was time for a new coordinator to take over.
Sherri Pardue Kolanko is now our Lil Kickers and Skills Institute coordinator. Sherri formerly studied early childhood eduaction, played college soccer at Radford University, is a mom of 3 boys and has been with SCOR for over 10 years. Sherri is also SCOR’s event/party coordinator and is positioned to take the youth program to new heights! Betsy Barrow joined the SCOR management team as a co-coordinator for the Lil’ Kickers and Skills program in the Summer of 2020. She is also the camp director at SCOR. Betsy graduated from Saint Leo and was previously the site coordinator for camps in Florida. Sherri and Betsy are super enthusiastic about SCOR’s youth programs and helping them acheive great growth!
With the completion of the new building set, there are no obstacles to stand in the way of the program’s progress. The team at SCOR strives to continuously grow while upholding the Lil’ Kickers’ mission to lead, inspire, value and equip every child in achieving their developmental milestones to ensure their success both on and off the soccer field.
Enrichment in Motion
Are you looking for a fun, child-centered sports program which fosters physical, social, cognitive and emotional growth! Let Lil’ Kickers be your next:
- Before and/or after school program
- Part of your physical education program
- School break camps
- Field Trips
Create your own classes
Don’t see a day and time that works for you? Create your own class with 5 of your friends to hold here at SCOR on the day and time you want!
Want Lil’ Kickers to come to you? Get you and 5 of your friends together to form your own Lil’ Kickers class, held anywhere! Classes can be held in a park or any large green space on the weekdays. You find the space and we’ll come to you.
» Contact Katie @ 804-257-7267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsay S. from Aylett, VA
My family really loves the Lil’ Kickers program. At first you just see your 18 month old running around with a ball each week (which is great exercise no matter what), but then all the sudden one day you realize you are staring at a confident almost three year old trap a ball, take it down field and score a goal. The fundamentals they learn are so worth each and every class milestone. 💙thank you guys!! We can’t wait for fall session to begin!
We are brand new to SCOR so I was thrilled to learn about this camp via email. My 9 year old, Sophie, had a BALL today in the all sports camp. This is a kid who avoids sports (and rigorous exercise) at all costs, so it’s verging on miraculous to have her loving both her Saturday class and today’s camp as much as she does.
In fact, the first thing she said when I picked her up at lunch was “can I stay the whole day next time?”
I don’t know what kind of magic you all have over there, but I’m super grateful that you keep sports fun and accessible for all ages and abilities. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
M Woods from Richmond, VA
Paul (AKA Zoe's Dad)
She absolutely LOVES soccer now. She can run with the ball “in-control” up and down the field. She is even realizing how to control the balls direction as she runs. And she is now learning to take the ball down the field and end with a score on goal. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!
But, the best thing of all is that she really likes Soccer now. The last couple of weeks have been great with the Olympics on TV. If she sees that there is Soccer on the TV, she will sit down and watch the whole game. Totally transfixed on the game. To the point of getting mad when it is half-time. Lol
Thanks go to you and your team of volunteers. I am so happy that there is a program to get young kids exposed to such a great game here in Richmond. And to watch her skills progress at such a young age is amazing! Not to mention that now I have someone to watch the games on TV with.