We are so excited you registering for our HappyFeet league! But, before we’ll let you officially join the fun, we need to go over a few things! First, we hope you know that we believe we can change the world by developing children into brave, creative leaders.
By teaching soccer through songs, stories, nursery rhymes, imaginative adventures, and fun games, we are able to ignite children from an early age to help them develop a love for physical fitness, the courage to take on challenges, the self-concept to always persevere, and a learned predisposition to lead those who will be around them in the future. If these things are what you want for your child, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how we get there:
Get ready for organized chaos with soccer balls and tons of encouragement! Things will be chaotic, especially the first few weeks. Our practical goal is that by the end everyone, player's and parent's had a blast, learned some basic soccer moves and made some friends!! But we can’t start there. We have to keep in mind that it will take time for such young children to understand what they are supposed to do on a soccer field. We have to constantly keep in mind what is best from the child’s perspective. Often times, just being in a new environment with other players is an overwhelming experience for such young children. Don’t forget to celebrate the little risks they are taking to stretch their comfort zones. Celebrate them meeting their coach and teammates. Celebrate them holding the ball up high and down low. Celebrate them doing their big kicks and little kicks. Celebrate when the ball goes in a goal—any goal. Celebrate when they balance with one foot on the ball (we call this a “Stop Bob!”). Celebrate when they pull the ball behind them (we say “Get behind me Bob!”). And remember, it is okay if they are scared, shy, cry, or just want to watch for a while. These sessions are meant to set the foundation for future participation by letting them fall in love with being active and playing with a soccer ball. If we put too much pressure on the things WE want to see, they will grow to fear soccer or sports and miss out on the chance to develop the skills we want to see in later years.
As a HappyFeet parent, I will do my absolute best to keep these commitments throughout the season: