Welcome to Tiny Troops Soccer!
Welcome to the Tiny Troops Soccer family. You've taken the first step and signed your child up for Tiny Troops Soccer. And now the big day is almost here! You're counting down to that very first soccer class. Your little one asks about soccer. You tell them all about the new activity they'll be starting soon. You're excited, but maybe a little nervous, too. What should you expect? What do you need to be prepared? We want to ensure you and your little one are ready for your child's 1st soccer class. Keep on reading for everything you need to know before the big day!
Clothing and Equipment
First on the list: clothing and equipment. Your Tiny Trooper needs to wear comfortable athletic clothing. Make sure they dress appropriately for the weather. Did you purchase a Tiny Troops Soccer t-shirt? Your child can wear that to their first class. Closed-toe shoes are a must! We don't want smashed toes or shoes that will come off easily. Cleats are optional for play. Don't forget to bring a size 3 soccer ball, and water to drink.
Stay in the Know with LeagueApps
LeagueApps LeaguePlay is your go-to app for information about sessions and classes with Tiny Troops Soccer. You'll always have the most up-to-date information at your fingertips. The app will show a calendar of dates for classes. It will also notify you IF a cancellation has been made and update the calendar with the makeup day. Finally, it will also show you directions to your field location.
What to Expect During a Class
Our coaches are passionate about helping your child grow and learn through the great game of soccer! They are ready and look forward to meeting your child and you! Our program serves two different age groups, and classes vary. Read on to learn more about our 2-year-old classes and our 3 and 4-year-old classes.
2-Year-Old Soccer Classes
Two-year-old classes are Parent and Me and last for 25 minutes. Parents are welcomed to the field, along with their Tiny Trooper. The coach will explain our soccer program and do introductions. Usually, they will ask a fun question and have you help your child answer when it is their turn. After introductions, a warm-up activity will get everyone up and moving. That leads to working on learning to dribble and practicing this skill, followed by a fun game. Once dribbling has been completed, there are listening games and more games to practice dribbling. Finally, the class ends with an obstacle course. Most classes will end this way, but sometimes we will switch it out for a different game, such as a Parent-Child Race. Finally, every class ends with a wrap-up, including reviewing the skills and games played, announcements, a closing cheer, and a sticker! Every so often throughout the year, we take a group photo to celebrate our growth and learning.
3-and 4-Year-Old Soccer Classes
Three and 4-year-old classes begin similarly to our 2-year-old program. Each class is 45 minutes long. Coaches will call all Tiny Troopers to the field and have them sit at the center cone. They will do introductions, asking a fun question for each child to answer. Warmups come after and help your child get their body ready to play. Then dribbling skills are taught and practiced. From there, various games and listening activities are utilized to enforce skills. Children in this age group will also learn to do toe taps, penguin walks, and pullbacks. During sessions 2-6, players will participate in a scrimmage at the end of the class. Also, during class 6, there will be a Skills Showcase, where each Tiny Trooper shows the skills they have learned during the month. The coach will give each player a skills patch that can be kept or ironed onto their Tiny Troops Soccer shirt. Finally, the coach will call the children back together for the wrap-up. After reviewing the class activities, there will be a closing cheer, and stickers will be given to each child.
If you have any further questions before your child's 1st soccer class, don't forget to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page by clicking the image below. If you can't find an answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact us by visiting the link on the image below or by sending a message to our Facebook page, Tiny Troops Soccer.