Little Spartans Program
Spring soccer registration is now OPEN!
Spring 2020 Season:
Sessions will likely run from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Saturday mornings at the Malerbo Rec Complex beginning April 25th. On Monday May 25th, all Little Spartans participants will have the option to march in Burlington's Memorial Day parade at 10:00 AM. The season will end on Saturday June 13th.
NOTE: BJSA’s 4v4 Micro program is available to Pre-K children in the Spring so if your child is too old for Little Spartans, please register for Micro! (Spring Micro Pre-K is for children who will be turning 5 in 2020 or entering Kindergarten in Fall 2020).
A Memorable Introduction to the Game of Soccer
The Little Spartans U5 soccer program is designed to provide an age appropriate family soccer experience for 3 and 4 year old children. Whether you come into soccer with no knowledge, limited knowledge, or you’ve been involved in the game for years, everyone will benefit from this program.
This introductory program helps establish a foundation for the development of the 3 and 4 year old player. It's an age specific, story based approach and is built around the introduction and development of the core motor skills required to play the game of soccer. Experts in child development and education have indicated that most children of 3 and 4 years of age do not have the core motor skills sufficiently developed to play the game of soccer. That is why the focus of the U5 program is the development of those core motor skills. Through fun games and activities, the program develops balance, running, jumping, turning, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness, all of which are essential to allow the young player to eventually learn and enjoy the game. The program does all this while involving the most important person in the child’s life, the parent. Active parent participation helps ensure that your child’s first “soccer season” is a memorable experience for the whole family!
This is not traditional soccer coaching. It goes far beyond that – it’s fun, energetic, age appropriate learning that is designed to foster a love for the game not only for the child but for the whole family. The curriculum each week offers activities for the children that encourages development of their core motor skills. The role of the lead coach (UK International) is to introduce the story outline and oversee the activity and encourage the children and the parents to simply have fun!
Sessions will run on Saturday mornings at Malerbo Field in Burlington, usually for 8 consecutive weeks. The first 45 minutes will involve the story-based activities and for the final 15 minutes, the kids will get to participate in an optional game-like activity on our 4v4 micro fields.
Due to the young age of the children, parent involvement is required. Registration includes a shirt and a size 3 ball. Shin guards are required.