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Old 03-03-2009, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Raleigh,27616
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Default Lil Kickers Soccer for kids

Has anyone put their kids in Lil kickers? I've seen their flyer somewhere, but can't seem to find any info on it online. If you've put your child in it, please share! I'm interested in putting my 4yr old son in it. Thanks!
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:32 PM
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We put my (then) 3 year old son in Lil Kickers and were not very impressed. We spent our time playing around, and very little learning anything related to soccer, with instructors who seemed more interested in minimizing their effort vs. teaching the children. We were disappointing enough not to finish out the full program that we had paid for.

We much prefer the Kinder Kixx program that is offered through my son's preschool/childcare facility. He has learned a lot of the basics of soccer while having a fun time doing so.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:42 PM
 
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I guess it all depends on what you are hoping to get out of the experience. I think Lil kickers is great - at the Factory in Wake Forest. Not too expensive, convenient hours, lots of fun opportunities while waiting, easy access and parking for the 'rents. If it's drilling and competing you are interested in, probably not the best program. If it's getting the concept of playing together with other kids and gross motor of using your feet - and meeting other kids and parents, then it's fantastic. :thumbsup:
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:57 PM
 
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We did Lil Kickers at DreamSports and we did not enjoy the program. It was not structured in the sense that the activities dragged out much longer than they should have. For example, on the first day, the kids did six different activities and everyone enjoyed them. By the last class, the instructors stretched out three activities to cover forty-five minutes. It all depends on where you go and who instructs the kids. Good luck.
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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I guess it all depends on what you are hoping to get out of the experience. I think Lil kickers is great - at the Factory in Wake Forest. Not too expensive, convenient hours, lots of fun opportunities while waiting, easy access and parking for the 'rents. If it's drilling and competing you are interested in, probably not the best program. If it's getting the concept of playing together with other kids and gross motor of using your feet - and meeting other kids and parents, then it's fantastic. :thumbsup:
I completely agree with this. I haven't been to the Factory in Wake Forest, but our toddler does Lil Kickers at Dream Sports and we love it for all the reasons that you listed. Our little boy is only 3, and so for us it was more about getting him socialized with other children and involved in an extra curricular activity (that he LOVES doing, by the way) and less about drilling him on the foundations of soccer (even though he has learned some).

Many Lil Kickers locations (it's a franchise though, so it depends which one you go to I think) offer free trials. So, I would recommend going to one or two classes and seeing what you think before you pay the money and sign your child up.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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CASL has a program for 4 year olds that I think is great. My daughter who is 4 started last fall and is back again this spring- turning 5 this summer. It's 1 1/2 hours- 1 day a week. 45 minutes of teaching skills then 45 minutes of 3 on 3 "games". Games are not take seriously because parents keep ball in bounds and there are no goalies, but the kids enjoy it.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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my son has been in lil kickers at the factory since he was 2,he is now 4 1/2.As of Feb,'09 they are no longer lil kickers.A new company has bought them out and they are now known as Turf Tikes.I must ad the new management has done a great job turning this thing around,and all of the concerns previously dicussed here have been rectified.After 2 years and a declining program we too were about to pull our son out if it were not for the fact that HE liked it,and after all thats all that matters,but the new program is great.We love it,and the large turn out now every week tells me it's going well.
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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The website for CASL is www.caslnc.com. Look under recreational then U-5....under 5.
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Old 03-05-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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my son has been in lil kickers at the factory since he was 2,he is now 4 1/2.As of Feb,'09 they are no longer lil kickers.A new company has bought them out and they are now known as Turf Tikes.I must ad the new management has done a great job turning this thing around,and all of the concerns previously dicussed here have been rectified.After 2 years and a declining program we too were about to pull our son out if it were not for the fact that HE liked it,and after all thats all that matters,but the new program is great.We love it,and the large turn out now every week tells me it's going well.
Is it new management for MVP Sports or just the soccer program? I wasn't thrilled with Lil Kickers -- but the facilities themselves were also run down and dirty. Just wondering if that improved too...
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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Is it new management for MVP Sports or just the soccer program? I wasn't thrilled with Lil Kickers -- but the facilities themselves were also run down and dirty. Just wondering if that improved too...
MVP sports.They have cleaned it up alot,and are doing many renovations.Not there yet but it is improving every week.Adding tumbling program,gymnastics where the batting cages were.
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