Lil’ Kickers

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Lil’ Kickers, a strong foundation… for life

Lil’ Kickers is a nationally recognized child development soccer program. 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. While we are always true to our theoretical roots, we are continually working to discover new ways to enhance the program.

Lil’ Kickers-LKSOCCER.COM offers classes at 10 locations running year round across the Chicagoland area, making LKSOCCER.COM the biggest Lil’ Kickers franchisee in the country serving over 19,000 children annually in the Chicagoland area! Lil’ Kickers-LKSOCCER.COM has acquired the Lil’ Kickers program at In-Bounds Training Center and excited bring the energy and experience of LKSOCCER.COM to Milwaukee.  Lil’ Kickers-LKSOCCER.COM will be implementing an intensive coach training program to better the Lil’ Kickers experience. LKSOCCER.COM provides all coaches with over 100 hours of training in child development theory before stepping onto the field, as well as ongoing training throughout their career as a Lil’ Kickers coach.  What makes our coaches so great? They incorporate a developmental perspective when approaching children—always mindful of what children are capable of accomplishing at each age. If you are interested in Lil’ Kickers – Try a FREE Trial class to see the Lil’ Kickers program in action!

LIL’ KICKERS WINTER SESSION

Session Dates: January 20th, 2018 – March 31st, 2018
(No Class: February 10, 2018)

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ClassMonTueWedThuFriSat
Bunnies
(18-24 mos)
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:00am
Thumpers
(2-3 yrs)
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:00am
10:00am
Cottontails
(2.5-3.5 yrs)
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:30am
10:30am
9:00am
Hoppers
(3-4 yrs)
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:00am
10:00am

Jackrabbits
(3.5-4.5 yrs)

9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
10:00am
11:00am
Big Feet
(5-6 yrs)
11:00am
Micro 4/5
(4-5 yrs)
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
1:00pm
10:00am
11:00am
Micro 6/7
(6-7 yrs)
8:00am
11:00am
Micro 8/9
(8-9 yrs)
8:00am

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Parent/Child

Bunnies (18-24 months)
Thumpers (2-3 years)
Cottontails (2.5-3.5 years)

Beginner/Intermediate

Hoppers (3-4 years)
Jackrabbits (3.5-4.5 years)
Big Feet (5-6 years)

Advanced

Micro 4/5, 6/7 & 8/9
Micro Adv 5/6 & 7/8
Skills Institute (5-12 years)

Parent/Child Classes

Bunnies
18-24 months

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.

  • Classes are 50 minutes long.
  • The ratio for Bunnies classes is 15:1 with parents on the field.
  • Adult participation is required

Thumpers
2-3 years

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.

  • Thumpers classes are 50 minutes long.
  • The ratio for Thumpers classes is 12:1 with parents on the field.
  • Adult participation is required.

Cottontails
2.5-3.5 years

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.

  • Cottontails classes are 50 minutes long.
  • The ratio for Cottontails classes is 7:1 (14:2) with parents on the field.
  • Adult participation is required.

Beginner/Intermediate Classes

Hoppers
3-4 years

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.

  • Hoppers classes are 50 minutes long.
  • The ratio for Hoppers classes is 7:1

Jackrabbits
3.5-3.5 years

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.

  • Jackrabbits classes are 50 minutes long.
  • The ratio for Jackrabbits is 7:1.

Big Feet
5-6 years

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.

  • Big Feet classes are 50 minutes long
  • The ratio for Big Feet classes is 12:1

Advanced Classes

Micro Classes
4/5, 6/7 & 8/9

Micro 4/5:

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 4/5 classes are 50 minutes with 15-20 minutes of instruction and 20-25 minutes of non-competitive scrimmaging.
  • The class ratio is 12:1

Micro 6/7:

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 6/7 classes are 50 minutes with 15-20 minutes of instruction and 20-25 minutes of non-competitive scrimmaging.
  • The class ratio is 12:1

Micro 8/9:

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 8/9 classes are 50 minutes with 15-20 minutes of instruction and 20-25 minutes of non-competitive scrimmaging.
  • The class ratio is 12:1

Micro Advanced
5/6 & 7/8

Micro 5/6 Advanced

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.

  • Micro Advanced 5/6 classes are 50 minutes with 30 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of non-competitive scrimmaging.
  • The class ratio is 8:1

Micro 7/8 Advanced

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.

  • Micro Advanced 7/8 classes are 50 minutes with 30 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of non-competitive scrimmaging.
  • The class ratio is 8:1

Skills Institute
5-12 years

Skills Institute Level 1 – COMING SOON

Skills Institute Level 1 classes focus on basic fundamentals of player development: dribbling, passing, shooting, trapping and how to use these skills effectively in a game. Level 1 takes players through fundamental skill building, competitive drills and games to develop self-confidence in practice and game situations.

  • Skills Institute Level 1 classes are 50 minutes with 15-20 minutes of instruction and 20-25 minutes of scrimmaging.
  • Player to coach ratio is 8:1

Skills Institute Level 2  – COMING SOON

Skills Institute Level 2 classes are filled by recommendation only. Level 2 will further develop fundamentals, define positions, develop personal strengths and demonstrate how those strengths can be utilized to enhance team play. The focus is on continual development of individual technique, field awareness, combination play, speed and agility.

  • Skills Institute Level 2 classes are 50 minutes with 15-20 minutes of instruction and 20-25 minutes of scrimmaging.
  • Player to coach ratio is 8:1

FAQ’s

GENERAL

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.

Am I able to create my own Lil’ Kicker class?

Creating a class is subject to field and coaching availability. We are open to creating classes for groups of five children or more. Please note that created classes are not private classes, they follow the Lil’ Kickers curriculum and are open to registration for all customers.

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.

Can I register online?

If you are a current customer, you can register online through DASH at any time of the day or night! New customers must first set up an account through DASH and can then proceed with online registration.

NEW CUSTOMER

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?

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. Please note that you cannot carryover make-up classes into future 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).

What does my child need to 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.

CLASSES

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.

POLICY

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

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 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.

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

Yes! We offer a sibling discount of $15.75 for each additional child registered.

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?

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. Once your child has fully recovered,

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.

PROGRESSION

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.

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.

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.

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