Despite the groundhog's pessimistic predictions and the seemingly ever-present snow, Spring will eventually find its way back to Indianapolis, meaning that a lot of cooped-up kids will be looking for opportunities to get outside and burn off some of that pent-up energy! One great option, with work-friendly scheduling, is Indy Lil' Kickers, a non-competitive, introductory soccer skills program offering classes to children as young as 18 months and up to 7 years old.
Lil' Kickers offers classes at seven different locations in the north suburbs, including Zionsville, Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville, and Fishers. The classes are divided into seven age groupings, with some overlap depending on level of experience and skill.
For the toddler set, the program offers three different parent-child classes, focused on teaching basic skills and working up to actual gameplay. Bunnies, the youngest group, spend 40 fun-filled minutes a week focusing on gross-motor skills, kicking soft balls around the field, playing red-light/green-light, building impressive cone towers, and bouncing balls in a giant parachute. As they move up to Thumpers and Cottontails, the focus shifts to listening skills and more game-specific skills, such as balance, coordination, and ball skills.
Parents of preschoolers get to step off the field and take a less active role, watching their Hoppers and Jackrabbits play as a team, focusing on more complex game skills and scoring, all in a non-competitive environment. And young elementary school children can participate in a non-competitive micro-league, improving their individual and team skills in a fun, safe environment.
The cost for an 8-week session is $100. The Spring session runs from April 13 - June 5th, and enrollment is open now, with registration forms available online. Lil' Kickers also offers a trial class to first-timers, free of charge. Classes for all levels are available during the week as well as on Saturdays.
For soccer programs in other parts of Indianapolis, check out the following links:
SportZone Soccer Academy
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
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