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3 Year Old Little Kickers Program

Winston Salem Optimist League special program designed for kids 3 years old

Developing children to be more technically competent in the game of soccer

Most adults do not realize that kids at this age have totally different motivation.This unique approach is different than any other programs. We will begin each session with a story and the activities for that day will revolve around the story of the day. In addition the program offers parents an opportunity to work with their kids at home to become more technically competent before they step over that line into organized play.

With instructional guidelines from coaches you will learn how use a mini ball at home and encourage your child not to kick the ball, but “manipulate” it to move it using both feet, in different directions with continuous touches in small areas

Our challenge is to motivate each child to get them into this skill-building mode. Developing core fundamental skills for all sports: running, jumping, skipping, hopping throwing, balancing and more.
This will provide the foundation for an active life style as they grow and mature


Our focus is on developing motor skills and self-confidence; older ages focus more on developing core soccer skills and personal focus and introduce an element of light competition. In an inclusive environment we teach children how to interact with one another to build a strong social skill.

Our instructors and sessions are kept small to maximize individual development.

Our sessions use a variety of fun games with a strong emphasis on motor skill development. As the session progress your child’s coordination will improve along with dribbling, running ball control and foot-eye control. Through this process they your child will learn to listen, follow directions and a stronger awareness of personal space. 

As each week progresses your child will be challenged and learn the basic concept of the game.

Using this method your child will the take these games home where they will use these methods to increase their foot to ball skills. In the end the focus is not on techniques but the increase the basic motor skills that will allow them to accel in soccer as they grow.

We first introduce a game with a fun objective and then the ball is incorporated after the kids know the game and understand the fun. Our indirect approach to skill-building works much faster and better than the traditional direct approach for older kids and adults.

The Program cost $75, which includes uniform, for 6 week program.   A size  #1 ball is required for weekly at home sessions following practice.

A #3 soccer ball will be available for each child at the field and kids can wear tennis shoes.  Kids are not required to wear cleats or shin guards.  All you need to do is bring your child and let them have fun.

Little Kickers U4 are Boys and Girls Born in 2017
Meet and Greet date will be announced by March 1
Spring Season will begin week of March 9
(make up days will be TBA)
Sessions will be held Thursdays 5:30 pm @ Shaffner Park