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Lil' Strikers
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Jan 11th 8am - 10am & Jan 12th 10am - 12pm       
Canlan Sportsplex Mississauga       
Having a ball starts with having a ball.

We know kids. And for 20 plus years we’ve led the pack in teaching them important life skills through soccer. We keep it fun. We keep it age-appropriate. We stay true to our roots, yet keep evolving. We help toddlers to 12-year-olds develop a love for the game… and so much more.

Step onto the field during any Lil’ Strikers class and you will find it transformed into a world created just for your child. Our well trained coaches will thrill your child with 50 minutes of highly creative, high energy and age-appropriate activities that serve as a great introduction to soccer, and help children master developmental milestones, appropriate for their age.

What inspires us at Lil’ Strikers? Kids! Plain and simple: we are a family business. When we started Lil’ Strikers in 2010 we wanted to build a kids’ program that was fundamentally sound and outrageously fun. What we started in our three Arena Sports indoor soccer facilities in Seattle, Washington, has now grown into an international franchise with more than 100 locations in 27 states and provinces, with a total enrollment of over 1,000,000 kids and growing!

How did we do it? By starting with the experts. Using world renowned child development theories, child development professionals, experienced coaches and the expertise that comes along with thousands of hours of working with children, we created a curriculum that introduces kids to soccer and so much more. Our program helps develop a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive skills while providing physical exercise and developing players who are good sports and good teammates — on and off the soccer field.

What do we believe?
 
We believe childhood is a magical time full of possibilities.    
We believe childhood is a magical time full of possibilities.
 
We believe in approaching everything from a developmental perspective.    
We believe in approaching everything from a developmental perspective.
 
We believe learning should be fun.    
We believe learning should be fun.
 
We believe in creating space for all children whether they are on the road to all-star soccer or simply just want to play.    
We believe in creating space for all children whether they are on the road to all-star soccer or simply just want to play.

Each facility operating a Lil’ Strikers program has gone through rigorous training to make sure your child is getting the best instruction possible. We also continually evaluate our program to ensure that our curriculum is of the highest quality.

Our schedule is built around yours — registration is always open.

For more than 20 years we have had the privilege of teaching soccer our way to more than a million kids across North America.

Class Descriptions
 
Bunnies
18 – 24 MONTHS
ADULT INTERACTIVE
15:1 CHILD-TO-COACH RATIO
Often a child’s first experience with group learning, this class is designed to give them a perfect start.
Managing a class full of toddlers can be like herding kittens. They’re playful, sometimes skittish and easily distracted. But with the right structure and interactions, a lot can happen. Activities with bubbles, parachutes, cones and other sensory toys build skills for balance, coordination, running, tracking, kicking and changing directions—all building blocks needed for playing soccer. With parents by their side, our youngest Lil’ Strikers feel safe to explore new experiences and create new relationships while learning in a fun and dynamic environment.
 
Thumpers
24 – 36 MONTHS
ADULT INTERACTIVE
12:1 CHILD-TO-COACH RATIO
In this class, kids begin to learn to actively engage with the coach and other players.
“Why?” Hang around enough with this age group of curious, older toddlers and you will hear that word a lot. Working with Thumpers and their parents, we welcome their inquisitive nature and sense of wonderment in learning. We use those traits to shape confidence and self-esteem to further build core movements like balance, coordination and timing-all necessary for mastering a soccer ball. While parent involvement continues here, this class bridges the gap between parallel play and directly interacting with the coach and other players. So “why” take a Thumpers class? Because it is a blast.
 
Cottontails
2½ – 3½ YEARS
ADULT INTERACTIVE
14:2 CHILD-TO-COACH RATIO
Here, preschoolers who are not quite ready to be on the field alone discover some independence.
Terrible twos? Not in our opinion! Though toddler behavior can be puzzling, these little ones are just trying to put the pieces together to grow into the person they are meant to be. Sometimes they get frustrated and their feelings come out sideways, especially when they are shy and a little tentative. We embrace the complexities of this time of life and help them transition into being more interactive, confident, self-reliant and relational. We do so with fun and engaging games that help them begin to master basic movement and ball control skills. The goal is to get them to be more interactive with the coach, to play with (rather than alongside) their peers and to engage in the game. Parents are there to provide just the right support.
 
Hoppers
3 & 4 YEARS
 
14:2 CHILD-TO-COACH RATIO
To share and share alike? Not always. These kiddos are raring to go, but need lots of direction to get there.
Preschoolers have a hard time sharing, but we help get them there. After all, soccer (and life!) is all about give-and-take. The goal of these classes is to create teammates who are coachable and eager to learn. Sharing is a big part of that. Creative storylines and animated coaches keep kids engaged and having fun. They won’t even know they’re working hard and learning. They’ll come away with important skills for soccer and beyond.
 
Jackrabbits
3 & 4 YEARS
 
14:2 CHILD-TO-COACH RATIO
Fun and fast-paced classes for kids who are naturally a little more competitive or with previous class experience.
Buckle up! These preschoolers are eager for action and ready to learn. With a curriculum chock full of imaginative games and adventures, these players are going to have a blast and won’t even realize just how much they’re learning. Coaches will guide them towards great soccer skills (specifically passing, trapping, shooting, attacking and defending) and introduce them to scrimmaging. Look a little closer and you’ll also notice improved communication, listening, sharing, perseverance and resilience.
 
Big Feet
5 & 6 YEARS
 
12:1 CHILD-TO-COACH RATIO
For kids who are just getting introduced to organized soccer or who are less competitive by nature but want a great soccer experience.
Some kids are a little shy and perhaps not very competitive by nature, but still want to learn a sport and have a team experience. We get that. Big Feet classes serve these kids well. Full of all the same fun, goofiness and opportunities to learn soccer and life skills, these classes do it just a little differently. After all, lack of experience or temperament shouldn’t keep us from getting in the game.
 
Micro Classes
4 – 9 YEARS
 
12:1 CHILD-TO-COACH RATIO
For kids who are driven to play.
Does your child always have a ball at their feet? Constantly talk about soccer? Or are they simply driven to get better? Created for kids who are motivated soccer players, Micro classes kick it up a notch. While coaching remains child-centered and fun this curriculum is fundamentals focused and provides game-like situations each week that help solidify learning. Players enjoy 30 minutes of age-appropriate instruction and 20 minutes of small-sided scrimmaging. Classes are offered by age and include Micro ⅘, Micro 6/7, Micro 8/9 and Micro Advanced 6-8.

 

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