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Lil’ Kickers 2020-07-31T21:39:09+00:00
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COVID-19 Operating Guidelines

Lil’ Kickers & Skills Institute Guidelines

  1. Participants are encouraged to wear face coverings during class but are not mandatory. Parents participating in child parent classes and spectators must wear face coverings. If you are uncomfortable with other children not wearing face coverings we encourage you to register for classes at a later time
  2. Class sizes will be limited to 10 participants or fewer per coach
  3. Sharing of high-touch equipment will be kept to a minimum. All equipment will be sanitized between each class
  4. Only one adult per child is allowed. Additional parents, spectators or siblings are forbidden
  5. Curriculum has been modified to allow for distancing between participants and to minimize sharing of high-touch equipment. No scrimmages, high fives, or after class stamps between coach/participants will be allowed. We ask for leniency regarding maintaining social distancing between children

View Complete COVID-19 Operating Guidelines.

About Lil’ Kickers

Lil’ Kickers is a nationally recognized child development soccer program. Classes are available to children ages 18 months to 5 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.

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Registration is Ongoing: Register at anytime during a session and pay for the remaining classes.

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Schedule a Free Trial Class

Thank you for registering for a Free Trial Class in our Lil’ Kickers / Skills Institute programs. Use the form below to choose the class, location, date and time that best fits your child’s age and family’s schedule. Provide the required contact information and you are all set.  (If you have multiple children you will need to complete a form for each child.)

You will receive email confirmation of your reservation and additional information about the class you chose prior to your scheduled class date. If for any reason you need to cancel your change your reservation please refer to your confirmation email to make the appropriate changes.

Bunnies

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
Toddler in Soccer Class

Thumpers

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.
Toddler and Coach

Cottontails

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.
Toddler and Parachute

Hoppers

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
Kid Running in Soccer Practice

Jackrabbits

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.
Kid Kicking Soccer Ball

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
soccer scoring a goal in 4 year old soccer class

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

Can I transfer to another class if my family’s schedule changes?

All class transfers are dependent upon space availability. Lil’ Kickers is committed to serving our customers, so we will try our best to accommodate transfer requests. Requests to be advanced to the next age group within the current session must be approved by a coordinator.

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 a 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.

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.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Participants are highly encouraged to wear face coverings during participation, but it is not mandatory. Parents participating in parent/child classes or spectating must wear face coverings.  If you are uncomfortable with other children not wearing face coverings we encourage you to register for classes in a future session.

How are you ensuring the health and safety of staff?

Employees’ temperatures will be taken at the beginning of their shift each day. They will be sent home if they have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher and/or experiencing any other COVID-19 symptoms. All employees will be required to wear a face covering during class. 

How are you ensuring the health and safety of participants?

We are encouraging all parents to assess participants and any family member joining the child for class. We ask them to check general health for sickness and/or possible COVID-19 symptoms before bringing them to class. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms should not be on premises until they have no fever (without fever reducing medication) for at least 72 hours and/or other symptoms have improved/cleared for at least 10 days from when they first appeared. 

How are you supporting healthy hygiene for families and employees?

We will provide multiple hand washing stations and/or hand sanitizer to all employees & customers. Staff will be required to wash/sanitize their hands before shift and during classes, as applicable. All participants will be highly encouraged to wash/sanitize their hands before class.

How often will you be cleaning facilities and equipment?  

In-Bounds Training Center operated facilities will be deep cleaned 2 times weekly following CDC protocols. All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned at the conclusion of each day. In addition, class equipment will be disinfected between each class. High traffic areas will be disinfected frequently throughout the day.In-Bounds Training Center encourages facilities where rented space is used to strictly adhere to the state and county guidelines.

What are the guidelines in place for parent spectators?

Parents/spectators will have a designated area for viewing during classes and are encouraged to stay at least 6 ft apart.  Please be respectful of others and do your part to self monitor.

How many spectators are allowed?

To adhere to facility occupancy guidelines, only 1 parent per child is allowed. Additional parents, spectators and siblings are forbidden.

How will you be encouraging social distancing for participants on the field?

Curriculum has been modified to allow for distancing between participants and to minimize sharing of high-touch equipment. No scrimmages, high fives or after class stamps between participant and coaches will be allowed.  We ask for leniency in regard to maintaining social distancing between children. All employees will be required to wear a face covering during class. 

Will water fountains be available?

Please have your child bring their own water bottles to class.We ask that your child’s name be clearly visible on their water bottle. Water fountain use is now allowed.

What happens if a future government mandated shutdown occurs?

In the event of a government mandated shutdown, no refunds will be given. Any unused classes will be converted to a class credit on your account to be used at a future time.

Child Development

Did you Know?
  • Kids in group sports do better in school and have healthier relationships
  • With the right coaching approach, sports can improve self-esteem and confidence
  • Team sports help kids develop important interpersonal skills like cooperation and respect
  • Kids need at least 60-minutes of activity each day to grow healthy
  • Kids who exercise develop good habits and are more likely to exercise as adults

Our award-winning Lil’ Kickers program provides age-appropriate curriculum taught by highly-trained coaches – designed to inspire kids to be active, strong, confident and well-adjusted in order to succeed both on and off the field.

Schedule a Make-Up Class

Want to schedule a Make-Up Class? Use the form below to choose the class, location, date and time that best fits your schedule. (If you have multiple children you will need to complete a form for each child.)

You will receive email confirmation of your make-up class. If for any reason you need to cancel your change your reservation please refer to your confirmation email to make the appropriate changes.