Lil’ Kickers Soccer for Kids

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Lil’ Kickers Overview

Learn how the program works.

Class Levels

Find out what the objectives of each level are, by age and skill

Current Schedule

Check out our schedule. Open Enrollment — Join Anytime!

Lil’ Kickers FAQs

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Enrichment in motion

We are flexible, you can even create your own class.

Testimonials

Find out what parents are saying about Lil’ Kickers!

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 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. With a degree in Early and Elementary Education from VCU, Katie McLernan is positioned to take the program to new heights! 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.

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 a strong physical, intellectual 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 a fun introduction to the Lil’ Kickers program. Toddlers and parents explore basic soccer and movement skills together. Classes include parachute activities, bubbles, lots of goal scoring, and the famous cone towers!

  • 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

Parents and kids, lead 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 who are not yet old enough for the Hoppers level, and a perfect introduction to Lil’ Kickers for new players.

  • 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 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 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 roll in the class, helping prepare the child to transition to the next level.

  • Cottontails classes are 50 minutes long
  • The ratio for Cottontails is 12:1 w/parents on the field
Hoppers (3 & 4 Years) – Beginning

Three and four year-olds get a fast-paced, fun exposure to the most popular sport in the world. Classes focus on foot-eye coordination, dribbling, scoring and balance. Hoppers classes will also introduce the concepts of teamwork and cooperation. Hoppers will not play any competitive soccer games.

  • Hoppers classes are 50 minutes long
  • The ratio for Hoppers classes is 7:1 Beginning Lil’ Kickers Class
Jackrabbits (3 & 4 Years) – Intermediate

Lil’ Kicker Jackrabbits Jackrabbits is a class designed for three and four year-olds who have either taken a session of Hoppers or have other soccer experience. Jackrabbits classes will focus on more complex ball skills (trapping and passing). Some small-sided, non-competitive soccer games will be introduced.

  • Jackrabbits classes are 50 minutes long
  • The ratio for Jackrabbits is 7:1
Big Feet (5 & 6 years) – Beginning

Big Feet classes are for five and six year-olds who have not played soccer before. These classes concentrate on giving beginning kids a set of basic soccer skills (dribbling, passing, trapping,scoring) and some confidence on the field. Kids will be introduced to the ideas of sportsmanship and team play. Kids will play some small-sided, non-competitive soccer games to help prepare them for Micro Classes.

  • 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

Lil’ Kickers Micro Class Micro Classes are developmental and non-competitive for intermediate kids ages 4-9 years designed to enhance individual and team skills, with an emphasis on fun and safety. Micro Classes are for kids who have played soccer before either in Lil’ Kickers or another program.

Format:

  • 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

Spring 2017 Schedule

Join anytime! Enrollment for Lil’ Kickers classes is always open; classes are pro-rated.

Lil’ Kicker classes

Contact our Lil’ Kickers Coordinator at 804-257-7267 or email lilkickers@scor-richmond.com.

Lil’ Kickers FAQs

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 number of classes and not the full session fee.

What should my kids wear?

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and indoor soccer shoes (no cleats) or plain tennis shoes. We usually recommend shin guards to any child who is registered for a Micro class. Lil’ Kicker uniforms are included with the required purchase or renewal of your Lil’ Kickers annual registration fee.

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.

What is the difference between a Hoppers and a Jackrabbits class?

Hoppers is a class for beginning 3 and 4 year olds that works on developing individual skills. Jackrabbits is an intermediate class, falling between the Hoppers (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.

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.

What kind of instructors do you have?

All Lil’ Kickers coaches are carefully screened to ensure we provide quality, child-centered, high energy instruction. Each coach goes through a rigorous training process, which includes child development training.

Why don’t they 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.

Do I need to check in?

If you’re not sure which field your child’s class is on, please see the front desk so that we may direct you. Your child’s class will remain on that same field for the duration of the session. If you are attending a make-up class, please see the coordinator who will direct you to the appropriate field.

What if I can’t make it to one of my classes?

If you know you will be missing a class prior to registering for the session, you have the option of pro-rating out classes upon registration but will have to register by calling our office in order to provide us with the missing dates; you will NOT be able to pro-rate out classes when registering online. Any classes missed within the enrolled session can be made up but is subject to space availability. We ask that you inform us prior to the missed class and we will provide you with the available make up options. We typically offer many other class times, so usually this is not a problem; however we cannot guarantee that space will be available. Please note that you cannot carryover make-up classes into later sessions (i.e. If the class was missed during the Summer Session, it must be made up during the Summer Session and will not carry over into Fall).

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 child enjoys the Lil’ Kickers experience.

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 when you sign up.

Can we pay as we go during the session?

The entire session must be paid in full at the time of registration, but because we offer open enrollment, class fees may be prorated.

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.

Can I get a Lil Kickers discount for both of my children?

Yes! We offer a sibling discount of $15.00 for each additional child registered.

Can I sign up for multiple days a week?

Yes, but please note that 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.

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.

What’s your refund policy?

Refunds for classes are assessed on a case by case basis and are not guaranteed. If withdrawing a child from the current session, you will only be refunded for future classes and not for any classes that have already occurred. Annual or family registration fees will not be refunded. Our only exception to the nonrefundable registration fee is if you request a full refund before the session begins.

What if my child is not feeling well?

If your child is showing the following symptoms of illness, or if they have been diagnosed with any infectious diseases, we ask that you keep your child home. Examples of symptoms include:

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?

Every session all Lil’ Kickers get a child development soccer evaluation to determine whether they should be moved to a more advanced level or continue in their current class level as they haven’t yet mastered all the skills necessary to move up. As Lil’ Kickers is a progressive program where each class level builds on the next, these evaluations are meant to ensure every child is set up for success in our program by guiding them in achieving developmental milestones through the completion of physical, emotional, social and cognitive goals.

Why was my child asked to repeat the same class as last session?

Classes are commonly repeated in Lil’ Kickers as children need repetition and consistency in order to learn through cognitive mapping. The skills they touched upon in the first session are then repeated and solidified in the mind of every child so that developmental milestones are fulfilled in order to set them up for success both on and off the soccer field.

How long are classes?

Each of our classes lasts 50 minutes with a water break about half way through. Please be mindful that classes run back to back with a ten minute gap in between scheduled classes. We ask that parents refrain from remaining on the field after their child’s scheduled class in order to allow time for coaches to set up for the next class.

What are the child-to-coach ratios for each class?

Ratios vary depending on several factors including the mobility of the children in the class, whether parents are participating in the class, and the level of technical instruction required. You can find exact ratios in the class descriptions.

How long are your sessions?

We offer four (4) sessions a year that break down into approximately 13 week cycles.

When should my child move up to the next class?

Advancing to the next class really depends on the child and how they are doing in the current class. Our philosophy is that sports played at younger ages should be mainly about overall emotional and cognitive development and the social experience of playing in a group or on a team. The exercise and growth of a child’s physical capabilities is of lesser importance; so prior to moving a child, we consider not just the child’s physical needs, but also their emotional, cognitive and social needs. This approach helps create a successful learning environment for children who are ultimately well developed in all areas. Your child’s coach will evaluate your child every session and provide a recommendation for which class is most appropriate.

What does the Lil’ Kicker recommendation process consist of?

Every session all Lil’ Kickers get a child development soccer evaluation to determine whether they should be moved to a more advanced level or continue in their current class level as they haven’t yet mastered all the skills necessary to move up. As Lil’ Kickers is a progressive program where each class level builds on the next, these evaluations are meant to ensure every child is set up for success in our program by guiding them in achieving developmental milestones through the completion of physical, emotional, social and cognitive goals.

Even if my son is not old enough, can he be put in the same class with a sibling?

Our classes are developed to be age and level appropriate, so normally siblings of different ages are not in the same class.

Can I make sure a specific child is not in my class?

If a child is well-suited for a given class, we will not otherwise restrict that child from that class. However, we normally offer several times and days for each class, so it shouldn’t be difficult to personally schedule your child so that any unwanted pairing does not occur.

My child’s coach last session was great! Can I request the same coach again for the next session?

You can request a specific coach; however your child’s placement with that coach is not guaranteed as the assigning of a coach to a specific class is determined by coach availability.

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 lilkickers@scor-richmond.com.

Testimonials

Has Lil’ Kickers made a difference in your child’s life? Let us know in a short email and we’ll post your comments here.

Ryan

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

I think this is an exceptional program run by excellent individuals. The atmosphere is positive which helps the children develop skills at their own pace.

Ryan from Midlothian

My daughter loved Lil’ Kickers last week … couldn’t get her uniform off of her until it was bedtime. Good job …

 

Mary from Richmond

Coaches are so positive and great for kid’s confidence and they know their SOCCER!

Paul (AKA Zoe's Dad)

I wanted to send you a note of my daughter to describe the interest that she now has in Soccer because of your program. We started her in your program when she was 18 months old. She has attended two beginning sessions and she is now currently in the second tier class (I think they are called Cottontails?). She is now 2.5 years old.

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.