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

screenfreeweek Celebrate Screen Free Week: April 18 24

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.

Internal Communications Simplified

Backpack Internal Communications Simplified

We recently teamed up with 37signals, “Making collaboration productive and enjoyable for people every day.” We are using their Backpack® service to simplify our internal communications. They offer a few different services that are worth looking into if you run a business or organization.

“Backpack is an easy intranet for your business. Store, share, discuss, and archive everything that’s essential for your team. Safe and secure.”

They seem to be industry standard. So far we are very pleased with Backpack®.

Our Global Goals Pledge

GlobalGoals Our Global Goals Pledge

We have pledged to donate $1 from every Soccer Shots registration to Global Goals (www.soccershots.org/globalgoals.html), which will benefit the US Soccer Foundation.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is working to ensure that children in underserved communities throughout the U.S. have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development. The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are designed to keep kids active and healthy. They guide children away from negative influences by providing them with safe and healthy places to play after school – the most dangerous hours of the day. Players receive attention and support from caring mentors and coaches who work to ensure that they develop into healthy and successful young adults.

The new spring season kicks off next week at most schools. Register here, losangeles.soccershots.org. Thank you for signing your child up for Soccer Shots and for your support of the Global Goals campaign!

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Your Local Playtime Authority

 

RedTri Your Local Playtime Authority

Red Tricycle is a website/newsletter that we recently came across.  They promote fun things to do with your little ones around the Los Angeles area. This week, they have a nice article about getting kids involved in sports. They point out that the stress should be on fun, rather than winning or scoring. They also note that soccer is the best first sport for a young person.

Soccer is the best sport for first-timers. All of the coaches we spoke with unanimously agreed, and Coach Rethmeier offers, “For preschool age toddlers (3-5 years) I recommend soccer. The game is physically simple and uses the legs and feet, where kids develop coordination first (from walking and running). Sports such as basketball and baseball require physical development of arms, hands and upper body.”

Free Soccer Day (4/2/11)

 

USC Free Soccer Day (4/2/11)

FREE SOCCER SHOTS EVENT: Saturday, April 2 2011 from 10:00-12:00. And you are invited!

Soccer Shots is excited to partner with thе USC School fοr Early Childhood Education to offer a free day of soccer fun!

This event is раrt οf thе USC Fatherhood Initiative which iѕ focused οn getting dads involved іn thеіr children’s development. Studies hаνе shown thаt fathers’ involvement іѕ associated wіth children whο more οftеn stay іn school аnd stay out οf trοublе.

USC School fοr Early Childhood Education
741 West 27th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(the grass area behind the school)

We hope to see you there!

2011 Global Goals Partner

 

USSoccerFoundation 2011 Global Goals Partner

We, at Soccer Shots, believe soccer is a powerful vehicle for social change. That’s why this year we have pledged to raise funds and awareness for the U.S. Soccer Foundation – an organization working to ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to safe playing surfaces and quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.

The Foundation is working to bring safe playing areas and the Soccer for Success model to economically disadvantaged communities nationwide. A portion of your child’s registration fee will go towards the effort.

Soccer Shots Global Goals is the philanthropic arm of Soccer Shots. Our mission is to provide opportunities to disadvantaged youth within the U.S. and around the world through soccer. Soccer Shots Global Goals is a 501 c 3 non-profit.

Soccer Shots at Autobahn Academy

Autobahn Soccer Shots at Autobahn Academy

We are very excited to announce our recent partnership with the Autobahn Soccer Academy! Together we share a common interest in playing as a team, offering fun and imaginative games, and offering a positive environment that allows young players to reach their full potential.

The Soccer Shots at Autobahn Academy program will be offered at Veterans Memorial Park in Culver City and Penmar Park in Santa Monica.

Veterans Memorial Park, Culver City
Ages 2-3.5 “Sweet Feet”, 4:30-5:30
Ages 3.5-5, 4:00-5:30

Penmar Park, Santa Monica
Ages 2-3.5 “Sweet Feet”, 6:00-7:00
Ages 3.5-5, 5:30-7:00

To register visit, losangeles.soccershots.org

The Autobahn Soccer Academy is a unique soccer development program designed to provide youngsters 2-10 with an opportunity to improve fundamental soccer skills in a fun and safe environment.

The Youth Academy was created with the goal of teaching proper fundamentals and techniques to enthusiastic and athletic young soccer players before they ingrain bad habits.

‎”Most of the youngsters in our community begin their soccer careers in AYSO, starting at age U5. What we have seen is that despite the best intentions of volunteer coaches and parents, children often develop bad habits and improper techniques that hinder their development as they progress and mature. By the time these players reach the Club level at U9, they must first unlearn their bad habits before progressing to more advanced concepts.”

For more information about the Autobahn Soccer Academy visit, autobahnsocceracademy.com.