Can 3-5 Year Olds Really Play Soccer?

Yes, they can!

Soccer Shots Los Angeles specializes in Pre-K aged students so we feel we can totally answer that one, hands down! Our expertise is running enrichment programs that use non-competitive soccer games to teach 3-5 year old children socialization skills such as listening, following directions, team building and physical agility. And soccer is our “spoon full of sugar.”

It’s child first, soccer second. We strongly believe that through innovative and creative non-competitive games, positive role modeling and just plain having fun, children will learn how to work together, have fun and learn at the same time.

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Our Goals (get it?) and Coaching Philosophy:

To approach every session with two objectives: FUN for every child and LEARNING new skills and concepts. These two objectives work together, and our mission is not fulfilled if both objectives are not sought.

To make the experience POSITIVE for every child enrolled. Small accomplishments for some can be HUGE! We take a “you can do it!” approach to everything we teach. Constant encouragement is essential to this philosophy.

To influence children in areas of healthy living habits – we talk about eating right, exercising daily, taking care of our bodies (warm up/ stretch), and enjoying activity, even if it’s not soccer.

To influence children in areas of strong character: Character traits such as leadership, a teachable spirit, positive attitude, and encouragement are just a few examples of character traits we hope to pass on to the children we work with.

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To Achieve Goals:

• 30-40 minute sessions, once a week for 8-10 weeks with maximum of 12 children in each class.

• We go into the schools where the children are in a familiar setting, learning something new with their friends.

• Each session has a specific lesson plan integrating games and activities for the children to play.

• Each week a set goal is reached by the end of class to create a sense of accomplishment and job well done.

• Our soccer coaches are not volunteers but trained professionals who excel in positive role modeling, high energy, creativity and a love of the sport.

Celebrate Screen-Free Week: April 18-24

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Soccer Shots Los Angeles is proud to be an official endorser of Screen-Free Week (April 18-24), the annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life. What would you and your family do with an extra 20, 30, even 50 hours a week? Please visit www.screenfree.org to learn how you can get involved and join in the fun.

We all know that children spend far too much time with screens: an astonishing average of 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older children. Excessive screen time is harmful for children—it’s linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, attention problem, and the erosion of creative play.

Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is a wonderful way to help children lead healthier, happier lives by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media—including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices.  By encouraging children and families to unplug, Screen-Free Week provides time for them to play, connect with nature, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time with family and friends.  And, of course, Screen-Free Week isn’t just about snubbing screens for seven days; it’s a springboard for important lifestyle changes that will improve well-being and quality of life all year round!

Anyone can participate in Screen-Free Week simply by refraining from using screens for entertainment during the week of April 18-24, 2011. But experience tells us that it’s more fun – and more effective – to go Screen-Free with others. Since 1996, tens of thousands of parents, teachers, healthcare professionals, scout leaders and clergy have helped millions of children turn off screens and turn on life by organizing local Screen-Free Weeks.

Screen-Free Week organizers and their teams promote the week, reach out to community partners, get children and families to participate, and help them discover fun screen-free activities. You can organize a Screen-Free Week in a classroom, an entire school, with a scout troop, faith community, neighborhood association, at your local library or in any community or civic group. To learn how you can become a Screen-Free Week organizer, please visit www.screenfree.org.