Soccer Shots Premier focuses on individual skill, fitness and sportsmanship, providing an opportunity for children to be challenged through fun games and team interaction.
Children will also be introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner.
Dear Soccer Shots families,
I am looking forward to the start of our Spring season and are thankful to you for choosing our program! Please read the message below in its entirety for important information regarding program information for your location.*Including location information and weather related issues*
The First Day Help Your Child Have an Easy Transition
The first day of a new activity can bring a lot of emotions for young players. Some may be really excited, while others may feel shy and nervous. If your child is a little shy the first day, don't worry; give them the time and space they need to adjust. They will most likely warm up by the second or third class.
Be on Time
In general, we ask that you please be on time. Our classes need to start and end on time, not only to fit our classes into the time that we have reserved, but also to respect everyone’s schedule.
When you are at home, play the games and practice the skills that your child played in class. It’s a great way to reinforce new skills while having fun and interacting with your child. Ask your child to share the words (character & soccer) of the day. We will be sending you a session summary each week to review what we went over in class.Soccer Shots encourages the development of active lifestyle habits. Remind them the importance of eating healthy and exercising!Parental Involvement & ExpectationsIt is our objective to create a safe environment where your child will experience soccer in non-competitive yet fun and positive way. Our ultimate goal, is to hold the attention of all participants for the duration of each session, without the assistance of parents. This works best and is most quickly achieved (usually a few weeks into the season) when children trust and enjoy the Soccer Shots coach. We welcome your necessary involvement in helping your child engage in Soccer Shots and are including some helpful tips on parental involvement for the Mini and Classic-level programs this season:Involvement During Mini Sessions (ages 2 to young 3):Parental participation is required for this age group. We encourage a decent amount of parental involvement for the Mini sessions so as to help the little ones feel comfortable in a new environment with new people. We ask that parents come into the playing field and walk through the games and drills that we do. This helps the kiddos to get the most out of the sessions and helps to avoid distractions and loss of focus. It makes for a really great time where everyone is involved!Coaches will be engaging Soccer Shots players in games and activities. Our program and curriculum have enjoyed much success with young children, but the first few classes can be a bit of an adjustment period for the little ones. Please just keep this in mind and encourage them to participate, even if you have to come out onto the playing field and walk/carry them through it! It is age appropriate for kids (especially in the Mini group) to be distracted and need extra encouragement from parents and family members in order to participate and to listen to the coach. If your child "takes off" from the field, it is the parent’s / guardians' responsibility to bring them back to the field and help to get them involved once again. We also request your assistance in helping your child(ren) respect and preserve Soccer Shots equipment such as cones, goals, and ringsInvolvement During Classic Sessions (ages older 3 to 5):For Classic-level sessions, we ask that parents be involved to the extent that their child is comfortably able to engage in the session. This often takes the form of holding your child's hand during the session if he/she is hesitant, or walking through the games if that is what they need to give soccer a try! That being said, some children do not require much assistance from parents to play the games, listen to the coach, stay on the field, etc., but we do find that parental involvement is helpful in instances where a child may need help staying engaged, following directions, etc. With patience and encouragement from everyone, it will help to create a positive experience for your child and your family. It is age appropriate for kids to be distracted from time to time. If your child "takes off" from the field, it is the parent’s / guardians' responsibility to bring them back to the field and help to get them involved once again. With the Classic-level program, we also request your assistance in helping your child(ren) respect and preserve Soccer Shots equipment such as cones, goals, and rings.
What to wear
Clothes: Please wear appropriate sportswear such as pants, sweatshirts, and closed toe shoes. No cleats or shin guards necessary. Soccer Shots provides all of the equipment.Important*Weather Information*In the event that a class is cancelled, we will send an email and post on Facebook at least one hour prior to the start of the class. More information is available in our Weather Policy document.If you have any questions, please contact us right away. Your comments and concerns are very important to us, do not hesitate to reach out! This will allow us to best serve you and your family and to head off any developing situations in a timely manner. We urge you to not wait until the end of the season to bring up concerns, as it is too late to make real-time corrections once the season has ended.Thank you for joining the Soccer Shots team. We hope to have a fantastic season full of soccer!
With Gratitude, Christian Treney, Owner
Soccer Shots Weather PolicyWe do NOT play in ANY chance of Thunder/LighteningWe DO play in LIGHT rain and/or colder weather. If temperature goes below freezing or above 100 degrees, we do not play. When needing to cancel, we always try to make up classes, up to 2 makeup classes.
In case of weather cancellations Soccer Shots will do 2 things:
1. Send you an email at least one hour before the session. (please check your spam inbox as your email provider may not recognize our @soccershots.org email)
2. Post a weather cancellation to our Facebook page (Soccer Shots Monmouth County).
We ONLY post cancellations
If you do not hear from us via email or facebook, then soccer is not cancelled.
Please do not call us or email us for updates
We will serve over 1,000 children this season and that is just too many phone calls, texts and emails to handle.
If you don't hear from us and the weather looks inclement and sketchy...
We will send our coaches to the field and make 'game time decisions'.
We aim to play and keep your kids safe, so the coach will make the best judgement call.
We do NOT cancel for field conditions.
Unless the field is closed by the parks department, we do not cancel for wet field conditions. Sometimes we will have to cancel a class even if the weather is very nice because the local park department has deemed it unsafe to play. We will notify you via email and facebook and in this event, since you may not anticipate a cancellation.
AT DAYCARES & PRESCHOOLS
We communicate and make cancellation decisions with the director of your school and will add on makeup days to the end of the season.
We use the following website for weather guidelines: http://www.c-uphd.org/documents/wellness/weatherwatch.pdf
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