See How We’re Staying Safe on Soccer Island

Due to COVID-19, we have modified our curriculum and operating procedures to ensure the safety of our families and coaches.

KEEPING SOCCER ISLAND SAFE

As organizations across North America continue to reopen, our Soccer Shots teams are prepared to conduct safe on-field programming. The safety and well-being of children participating in Soccer Shots is our number one priority. To that end, we are continuing to take measures to ensure that our coaches are equipped to keep our players safe. Additionally, it’s our commitment to provide quality, educational and fun experiences, which is what youth sports should always be. We’re continuing to run our programs in a responsible way, and I’d like to share the ways we’re doing that.

Our Product Development Team has thoroughly modified our curriculum and operating procedures to best accommodate the practices endorsed by public health officials. We’ve also created a health and safety course, specific to our current situation, that all Soccer Shots coaches are required to complete prior to returning to on-field coaching.

During our sessions, our coaches will:

  • Monitor their body temperature daily
  • Wear a face covering if indoors
  • Use rings, spots or orange cones as “home base” to keep children spread out when possible
  • Avoid the use of pinnies
  • Sanitize all equipment before and after each session

Coaches will avoid high-fives, fist bumps and unnecessary physical contact with others on Soccer Island.

We recommend that families who observe sessions follow these guidelines for the health and safety of other families and our coaches:

  • Wash or sanitize hands before entering Soccer Island
  • Monitor participating children and family members’ temperatures before attending a Soccer Shots session
  • Adhere to CDC and MDH regarding face covering recommendations for children participating in any Soccer Shots programming, as well as families attending the session.

We are closely monitoring all communication from the CDC and WHO for safety updates. As we learn more, and if needed, we’ll adjust our operations accordingly. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for children to enjoy Soccer Shots, with friends, in a safe environment. Please be on the lookout for future communication from your local program about their plans for the upcoming season.

We appreciate your trust in us, as well as your patience and flexibility as we work through this situation as a strong, unified community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can my child participate in Soccer Shots?

Soccer Shots is held at childcare centers, preschools and schools, as well as public locations. Our public programs are open to the general public while our childcare center and school programs are only open to those enrolled at the location.

What type of equipment will my child need to participate?

Soccer Shots provides all of the equipment needed at each of our sessions. Your child should wear activity-appropriate clothing. Cleats and shin guards are NOT necessary.

How do I know the locations of the park programs?

To find public programs in your area, select View Locations at the top of this page.

Can I have Soccer Shots start a park program near me?

Yes! We are always willing to start a public program near you. The easiest way for this to happen is for you to form a group of eight children willing to take part in a Soccer Shots season. These could be children from your neighborhood, friends from church or synagogue, or your parent groups. We’re happy to help talk through ideas on how to make this happen. Please contact your local director for more information.

What can I expect from a Soccer Shots session?

Our weekly 30-40 minute sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. Through fun games and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active. We also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork and appreciation.

What happens if a session is cancelled due to inclement weather?

Soccer Shots attempts to make up all missed sessions during the course of a season. We will either add an additional week to the season or choose a make-up day.

How do I know if a session is cancelled due to in inclement weather?

In the case of inclement weather, Soccer Shots will notify you of any cancelations and make up sessions. We generally try to notify you of cancelations at least 2 hours before the start of the session.