We recently started our first soccer classes with Soccer Shots, South Orange County. I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to put my three year old daughter is a soccer class. We had done a similar athletic class in our community a few months back that didn't work out so well, so I had just agreed that we would come back to athletic sports at about 4-5 years of age. Coach Jon Jon, Director of the South County Soccer Shots classes, offered to come do a demo class for OC Mommies. One the first day, Coach Jon Jon was able to facilitate of group of 3-year-olds with ease--NOT AN EASY TASK!
What I love most about Soccer Shots, is that the program is all encompassing of athletics, sportsmanship, leadership, respect and teamwork. While learning the fundamentals of soccer, kids are introduced to the concept of team dynamics.
Character development is integrated into each class, through the lessons of honesty, respect and sharing. The life skills that are taught in this program make it so much more than just a soccer class.
Soccer Shots is the national leader in youth soccer development for children ages 2 through 8. The program has been created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, MLS® and USL® professional soccer players, and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
The innovative lesson plans are developmentally appropriate and tailored specifically to the three distinct age groups they teach. Using these creative and age-appropriate curricula and infusing each lesson plan with enthusiasm and structured activity, Soccer Shots aims to leave a lasting, positive impact on every child served.
Coach Jon Jon runs a few class for OC Mommies members. To see the Winter schedule visit Soccer Shots South Orange County. Below are the different programs offered by age.
2 to 3 year olds
Soccer Shots Mini is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental soccer principles, such as using your feet, dribbling, and the basic rules of the game. Through fun games, songs, and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active.
3 to 5 year olds (Pre-K)
For nearly 15 years, Soccer Shots has been introducing soccer exclusively to children ages 3 to 5. Using creative and imaginative games, weekly sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. We also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation. Soccer Shots will expose your child to the fun of soccer and provide the foundation needed to get started in the sport.
5 to 8 year olds (K-2nd)
This program is for children who are new to soccer or who want to build upon what they have learned in Soccer Shots Classic. Focusing on individual skill, fitness, and sportsmanship, each session provides an opportunity for kids to be challenged through fun games and team competitions. Children will also be introduced to tactical elements of the game as they prepare to play on competitive teams.