Milan Youth Soccer Club: Tot
The time to get kids and their parents interested in soccer is when they are very young. An organized and fun Tot program keeps families coming back year after year and develops good soccer skills at an early age. Our Tot program is intended to keep everyone active, but not be pressured to compete at this young age.
Tot soccer is only on Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 9:45 AM (there are no weekday practices) at the Vern R. Campbell Soccer Complex. The first session of Tots always coincides with the first Saturday of Developmental games. We play in all weather, except storms with thunder or lightning. These sessions require parent participation with your child. A responsible adult must accompany the player at all times - families with multiple players should make arrangements to meet this requirement. We will give group instruction, and then assist you and your child. In general, there is about 10 minutes of warm up, 25 minutes of skill development with a parent and the final 10 minutes is set aside for goal scoring.
We run our program mostly for children who are 2 to 4 years old. We have had younger players sign up, but that is a temperament thing - some kids are ready for organized activity, some are not. Generally, children who are preschool through young prekindergarten do well in tots and older prekindergaten through kindergarten do well in the next under 7 (U7) age bracket.
The Tot program is relaxed - you only need to bring a fun attitude and a water bottle for hydration. Soccer balls are provided. Players should leave their soccer balls at home as it sometimes causes tears when they cannot use the ball they brought. Shin guards covered with long socks or sweatpants are recommended, but not required. Cleats (no cleat on toe) are recommended, but not required. Each player will receive a uniform shirt. Please have your child dress appropriately for the weather and ready to go at the start time.