Soccer for Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers
Archived Q&A and Reviews
Looking for affordable tot soccer summer class
Could anyone recommend an affordable tot soccer group for my 3 year old. I was hoping to find something that starts soon like in June. We are opened to pick up soccer if one exists. Thanks Evelyn
We're big fans of Coach Nitzan Yerovam and his Soccer 2gether classes! Nitzan has wonderful patience and rapport with all kids including those in our son's 3-4 year olds class. He is extremely supportive and encouraging, and he creates a fun environment that engages the tots/preschoolers and takes the opportunity to demonstrate and role play teamwork. Our son is not a very physical kid, but he's thriving in Nitzan's class and is excited to go every week. Who wouldn't want to pretend they're pirates, dolphins in the water, or play-eating ice cream cones of soccer balls on cones to work on balance? The community of families is wonderful and we plan to continue in the fall (we have a busy summer school and travel schedule). Nitzan has summer sessions for mixed ages (kids and siblings continue with him) and it's a great deal! I think he's also trying to gauge interest for a class of only 3-4 year-olds on Mondays. You should definitely contact him if you're interested. Here's his website http://www.soccer2gether.com/ Enjoy! Wendy
Toddler Soccer for a 2.75 year old
I'm looking for a toddler program for soccer that is both outside and accommodates young toddlers. I tried Oakland Parks and Rec, but they don't have anything for kids under 3 and 5 months. I know about Bladium, but it's all indoors. Does anyone have a recommendation? Catherine
Our 2.5 yr-old son is doing Soccer Shots on Sat mornings 9-9:30am at Cedar Rose park in Berkeley, April 5--June 7. He likes it! $125 https://alamedacounty.ssreg.org Hooray for soccer
Weekend soccer for almost 3 year old?
Are there any recent recommendations for weekend soccer for an almost 3 year old boy(2 years 9 months) in the Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito area? My son has been asking about playing soccer (he has some older friends who are going). I was looking at soccer shots but the Berkeley locations don't seem to start until age 3 and I'd rather not drive out to Alameda for the Lil Kickers program. If we do wait a few more months, is there a major difference between soccer shots at Cedar-Rose Park versus Codornices? Age group? Field? Coach? Thanks! never thougth I'd be a soccer mom
My 3-year-old started with Kidz Love Soccer in Albany shortly before his third birthday. He loves it, and so do we. http://www.kidzlovesoccer.com/ Anon
Soccer for low-income 4 year old boy
What options to join a soccer team/league are there for 4 year old boys in Berkeley/Oakland? I'm writing on behalf of a family friend, who could also use financial support. Thanks for your feedback.
I would recommend that your friend look into the Jack London Youth Soccer League which services the Oakland and Alameda area. I believe that most of the member clubs provide scholarship support and outreach for kids that wish to play soccer, but may not be able to afford it. Specifically, have them check out the Montclair Soccer Club. Great organization with great folks running it. http://www.montclairsoccerclub.org. Long-time soccer mom
Soccer for Toddlers
Hi -- I'm sure this question has been posted a bunch of times, but I couldn't find anything recent/relevant. I am looking for a soccer class for my almost 3 year old. We are located in Piedmont, but the classes at the rec center are hard for us timing wise. Does anyone have any thoughts on Soccer Shots in Oakland? Or any other recommendations for classes that are popular? We did soccer shots at his old pre school, but it's no longer offered at his new school. Thanks! liz
We do Soccer Shots at a park in Berkeley for our toddler and love it. Really great program, great coaches! Soccer mama
Soccer for an Almost 2.5-year-old?
Hi, there! I have a son who is 2-1/4 years old. He is very active and seems to love outdoor sports, particularly soccer I have witnessed. Is there some kind of organized activity that is for such a young age group, especially in the North Oakland/Emeryville/South Berkeley area? If not, are there any specific park and rec rules regarding use of field space or for starting an informal mini-club of some sort for such a thing? Thanks in advance! Non-Soccer Mom
We just started our 2.5 year old in the Soccer Shots class in at Codornices Park. We love the program! We love that it is outside, has a small class size, and the coach (Melissa) is fun and spirited. He loves it! http://www.soccershots.org/eastbay/ - there are several locations around the area, we chose the one we go to based on the best available time for us. Happy Mom
My two year old son has loved kicking a soccer ball around since before he could walk without assistance (around 9 months old). We are looking for any soccer teams or programs that are for kids his or around his age. We live in Oakland and are hoping to find something not too far away. Thanks for any information. CL
Li'l Kickers in Alameda at the Bladium. It's right on the other side of the Webster tube from downtown Oakland. It's indoor, and they take em as young as 18 months. ''Soccer'' Mom
Suggestions for a first time soccer experience for a four Year old boy? We live in Richmond. Wanting to be a soccer mom
We took our 3 year old to Bladium in Alameda for soccer. He enjoyed it most of the time. But- make sure that you get there really early for the first session. The people at the desk are not that helpful and it took forever for my son to get his uniform. Then it takes a while to figure the place out and where you need to go. We had several frustrating experiences trying to figure out what to do and where to go. The place is really big and he ended up missing most of one class as we walked around to each field trying to figure out which one we were supposed to be on. Finally someone helped us but we ended up having to walk all the way back to the front desk and then back to the field. My son was tired and I was totally over it by the time we got to where we supposed to be (which ended up being one of the first fields that we had stopped at). Once we figured the place out, things were much better. Doing gymnastics now instead
Try Bladium in Alameda. They have a great program called 'lil Kickers. My son loves it. Kim
My 4 year old daughter is a good runner and I'm thinking about enrolling her in a soccer program. At what age are kids typically ready for soccer? Does anyone have recommendations for programs in or near Oakland? Thank you. Anna
Rockridge Soccer league. They have a U6 league that starts in the fall but you should sign up now. If you can, try to organize a team of kids she knows to all do it together - it's more fun for the kids that way. U6 in Rockridge is co-ed but we did an all-girls team so we could all stay together when they moved up to U8. soccer mom
Check out the various clubs that are part of the Jack London Youth Sports Soccer League (JLYSSL www.JLYSL.org )
Many of them - Montclair, Piedmont, Rockridge - have Under6 programs. The catch is, the kids need to be ENTERING KINDERGARTEN, and should turn 6 AFTER July 31, 2009.
Each Club manages their U6 program differently. Most have co-ed U6 teams, which makes the transition to Under 8 easier (most programs are NOT co-ed for Under 8). Having one of each, I can safely say that my experience is the energy levels / playing ''levels'' of the different genders, is VERY different. YMMV.
Feel free to contact me directly if you want to chat more. Leslie
Can anyone recommend one? The postings I've seen on the web are pretty old, and I don't see much for 3 1/2 year olds except in Alameda and Albany. Thanks for your help, ljz
Check out the offerings from Oakland Park & Rec (http://www.oaklandnet.com/parks/programs/). They have programs all over the city from age 3.5 on up. Our son did soccer and tball last summer at age 3.5 and loved both. They're enrolling now for classes starting in April onwards. soccer mom
I have an almost 3 yr old ball crazed son who wants nothing more than to kick a ball all day. Are there options, such as soccer, for this age group besides me and his dad? We live in the Montclair area. Thanks Tired of Kicking
When he's 3.5, he can do the Tot Soccer class at the Montclair Rec Center - see the Oakland Park & Rec website at http://www.oaklandnet.com/parks/programs/ or stop by their office in Montclair Park for more info. Our son (who actually was only 3 when the class started) just completed the fall session there in both soccer and t-ball and had a blast. They also periodically do an all-sports class where the kids try soccer, t-ball and other sports in a single class. Other options: Piedmont Park & Rec summer programs, Lil' Kickers at Bladium in Alameda JP
Does anyone know of a an organized soccer club/team for preschool age children? My daughter is 3 1/2, will be 4 years old in June and really wants to play soccer. Our local recreation department doesn't offer anything on the eves or weekends for her age group. Looking for something preferably in East Bay area (Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley, or Orinda) Thanks for your help. Patti
The Bladium sports club in Alameda has a great soccer program for preschoolers (and older). It's called Lil' Kickers. My 5- year-old and his friends have been doing it for over a year now and they love it. The program costs about $120 for a 12-week session (but you can try a class for free). They have weekday afternoon and Saturday classes. For information, call the Bladium at 814-4999 and ask for Lil' Kickers program director John Kelly. soccer mom
I've heard good things about the tot soccer classes at The Bladium in Alameda on the old Navy Base. I don't have the specifics though.
Kids Love Soccer offers lots of classes all over the Bay Area. www.kidslovesoccer.com/ Helena
I highly recommend ''The Lil' Kickers'' indoor soccer program at the Bladium Sports Club in Alameda. My son has been in the program for the last two sessions and loves it!
Coach John Kelly, the Children's Soccer Director is very professional and WONDERFUL with the children. The program has many different levels starting at 18 months and allows for a very non-competitive fun experience. However, the children still learn the basics soccer skills like dribbling and even scrimmaging through really fun games. Also, Coach John teaches the kids the fundamentals to being on a team such listening to instructions, taking turns and encouragement for one another. The fee even includes a free uniform that my son is so proud to wear every week! The next session starts on March 15th and lasts 12 weeks...(510) 814-4999 ext 122
I am looking for some sort of weekend Pee Wee soccer progam for my daughter. She is 3 years and 3 months old. We live in Kensington, so would want something somewhat local. I have found some programs though El Cerrito, but most of their games and practices seem to take place on Monday afternoons and we really want something on weekends, as my husband wants to partake in the fun! Anyone that has any info on good programs in the community would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance. julie
The City of Oakland Parks and Rec offers pee wee soccer. http://www.oaklandnet.com/parks/ Helena
I have looked at the archives and saw all the different ages, but I don't see anything for 4 year olds. Where I lived before they had soccor starting at 3.5. Is there anywhere around berkeley or the surrounding area that offers soccor for 4 year olds (5/00). Thanks kristi
- Montclair Rec Center
Hi! I'm looking for a soccer ''team'' for our 3.5 year old, to begin now or in the new year. I did hear of something in El Cerrito but it is on Monday afternoons from I think 1:15 to 2:15 -- right during my son's nap time. I was really hoping to find something on Saturdays. Thanks! Colene
The city of Albany has a tiny tots (3-4) soccer ''team'' starting 11/14. You can sign up online at: http://www.active.com/search/org_browse.cfm?org=albanyprca
My 4 year old son would LOVE to play soccer, but I think I've ''missed the ball'' for this year's sign up or have I? I've heard there are fun/instructional (non-competitive) leagues out there. We live in Orinda and are not very savvy to the where, how and when of the Lamorinda soccer leagues. Could anyone fill me in? Maya
My boys have been playing OYA (Orinda Youth Association) soccer since they were 4 and 5. This season is almost over, but you might consider it for next year. Fun T-Ball, too, in the spring. See http://www.ci.orinda.ca.us/parksandrec/oya.html Kathy
All the info you need is at www.lamorindasoccer.com
I KNOW I saw this on the recommendation list in the past year, but I can't find it on the web or on my own archives of this list. Someone mentioned a Saturday morning soccer league for little guys (mine are 4 1/2) that was fun, not overly competitive, and run by a great guy. Does this ring any bells with anyone? Any idea how I can find out more? Thanks, Kristin
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