Lil’ Kickers

FALL SEASON IS AUGUST 27 – November 24, 2019
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Our mission is to inspire! Lil’ Kickers is an award-winning child development program that uses soccer to help children ages 18 months to 7 years tackle important developmental milestones through age-appropriate and fun-filled activities. We inspire kids to be active, strong, confident and well-balanced in order to unleash their awesome both on and off the field.

Classes are 50-minutes and are led by highly trained, energetic coaches who engage kids and help maintain their enthusiasm by challenging and encouraging them to learn and accomplish new things – preparing them for school, play dates, team sports, and beyond. More than one million kids have participated in Lil’ Kickers across the country.


18 - 24 months (Parent/Child)
Bunnies classes introduce toddlers to soccer with games that allow them to run, play as a  group and kick a ball. Geared toward a toddler’s unique way of learning, they learn balance and coordination.

  • 50-minute class.
  • Parent participation is required.
  • Child/coach ratio: 15:1 (with parents on field).


2 - 3 years (Parent/Child)
Thumpers and their parents play organized games together to develop listening skills, balance, cooperation, sharing, ball skills, and foot-eye coordination. Thumpers is the ideal next step for Bunnies veterans who are not yet old enough for the Hoppers level, and a perfect introduction to Lil’ Kickers for new players.

  • 50-minute class.
  • Parent participation is required.
  • Child/coach ratio: 12:1 (with parents on field).


2.5 - 3.5 years (Parent/Child)
Cottontails is designed for children who are ready for more of a challenge than a Thumpers class, but who are not quite ready to be on the field without a parent or caregiver. The Cottontails curriculum is designed to build fundamental skills such as balance, coordination, and ball kicking in addition to helping build a sense of independence. As children progress through the session and become ready for more independence, parents can choose to transition to a less active role in the class.

  • 50-minute class.
  • Parent participation is required.
  • Child/coach ratio: 12:1 (with parents on field).


3 - 4 years (Beginner)
Hoppers classes are fun and fast-paced, focusing on improving balance, coordination, and fundamental soccer skills. We utilize creative games to help kids develop listening skills, cooperation, and teamwork. Hoppers classes are the first class where children participate independently.

  • 50-minute class.
  • Child/coach ratio: 7:1.


3.5 - 4.5 years (Intermediate)
Jackrabbits classes are designed to help transition children into non-competitive team play. Children learn basic soccer skills (dribbling, passing, trapping, scoring) and are introduced to more one-ball- oriented games and scrimmaging. Scrimmages focus on building teamwork and helping players understand how to apply skills in different situations. Some non-competitive soccer games are introduced.

  • 50-minute class.
  • Child/coach ratio: 7:1.


5 - 6 years (Beginner)

Big Feet classes are for five and six year-olds who have not played a lot of soccer before, or who respond better to a low-key environment. Classes build basic soccer skills (dribbling, passing, trapping, scoring) and develop a sense of confidence on the field. Players will also learn sportsmanship and team play. Some small-sided, yet non-competitive soccer games are played to enhance learning how to apply skills in game situations.

  • Big Feet classes are 50 minutes long
  • The ratio for Big Feet classes is 12:1


4/5 & 6/7 years
Micro Classes are developmental and non-competitive for intermediate players. Proper soccer techniques are progressively introduced and as kids grow and master various skills, they are introduced to more complex soccer skills. Micro Classes are for kids who have played soccer before either in Lil’ Kickers or another program.

  • 50-minute class (15-20 minutes of instruction; 20-25 minutes of scrimmaging).
  • Teams for scrimmage field a maximum of four players at a time.
  • Everyone gets equal playing time.
  • No goalies, no score-keeping, no league standings.
  • Child/coach ratio: 12:1.


todas las edades
Want to introduce your child to the Spanish language, or continue improving your child’s Spanish vocabulary? We’ve heard your requests and are now offering Lil’ Kickers classes in Spanish! The best time to learn a foreign language is when you’re Lil’ – or a Lil’ Kicker! Spanish is easy, fun and exciting for children to learn. They naturally acquire language skills within their first eight years, learning primarily through imitation, repetition, games and songs. After approximately eight years, the mind and body of a child shifts and learning a new language becomes more of an academic endeavor than a natural process. So get your child started early with Spanish–in a fun and active class! Venga a jugar!

More Info

Lil’ Kickers is tailored to how kids learn at different ages – using soccer to help kids tackle key developmental milestones. Every aspect of our curriculum was created by child development experts and our coaches are highly trained to work effectively with kids of all ages.

  • Classes are 50 minutes in length
  • $17.00 per class
  • 10% Discount for Bladium Family Club Members
  • 10% Discount for siblings
  • 10% Discount for additional classes
  • $30 Semi-Annual Youth Sports Membership or Family Club Membership required
  • Free Lil’ Kickers Soccer Jersey and Shorts with purchase of $30 Youth Sports Membership or Family Club Membership, along with season registration!

Yes! We offer open enrollment so that you can join anytime and have your class fees prorated.  This means that you pay only for the remaining class and not the full session fee.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and indoor soccer shoes (no cleats) or plain tennis shoes. Shinguards are encouraged for Micro Classes and Skills Institute classes. Please bring a water bottle labeled with your child’s name.

Lil’ Kicker jerseys are provided with the purchase of the required semi-annual membership fee ($30). Outfitting your child in Lil’ Kickers garb is a fun way to make your child feel part of a team.  Kids naturally appreciate looking like older uniformed kids and role models.  Plus a uniform gives kids a sense of belonging because they look like others on the team.

Classes are co-ed, so the mix of boys and girls is based on who registers. If you have five or more players and we have enough field space, we are open to creating a special class for you with your requested mix of children.
Our Jackrabbits and Hoppers courses are two options for the same age bracket. Hoppers is a beginners level course whereas Jackrabbits is intermediate. Both courses contain creative games meant to further develop the child’s gross motor skills and start developing their finer motor skills. Jackrabbits, however, is run at a faster pace, introduces kids to more soccer techniques and skills, and starts bringing in game situations via small-sided scrimmages.
No, all registrations are first come, first serve basis.

All Lil’ Kickers Coaches are carefully screened to ensure we provide quality, child-centered, high energy instruction. Each Coach goes through a rigorous training process, which includes on-field and curriculum training.

If you are a current customer, then you can register online any time of the day or night! Click the “REGISTER TODAY!” button at the top of the page.

We understand life can get busy and you might have to miss a class. You must inform the Program Coordinator by email ( of any absence prior to the start of class in order to be eligible for a make-up class. If a class is missed without an email notification before the start of class, then no make-up class will be allowed.

Make-up classes are limited and enrollment is based on availability and must be made within the current season. Bladium will reply to your email with a link for you to re-schedule your class online. If you have multiple children, please schedule a make-up class for each child individually.

No, classes are 50 minutes and require a parent or guardian to be on-site.

No, but we do offer one free trial class to new customers to see if your child enjoys the Lil’ Kickers experience.

No, the free trial class is discounted from the class fee paid when you sign up.

Children with special needs are welcomed in our program as long as we are equipped to assist them accordingly. Please contact our Lil’ Kickers Coordinator for more information.

The entire session must be paid in full at the time of registration. However, since we offer open enrollment, we do prorate class fees when joining after the season has started.

The free trial policy is usually limited to one free class per child. However, in special circumstances, a Lil’ Kickers Coordinator may offer an additional free class to a child, particularly if it’s been a long time since the last free trial class.

Yes, though you will need to register and pay for the additional class sessions separately.

No, in order to maintain class ratios and consistency within the program, we schedule children for specific times and days. When registering, be sure to first determine which day best suits your schedule. Of course, there may be an occasion when a make-up class is needed. In that situation, you can schedule a make-up class for any day in which class space is available. If your schedule changes during the session and you need to switch days, we will try to accommodate your needs to the best of our ability. However, changes cannot be guaranteed and are based on space availability.



Lil’ Kickers Coordinator
510.814.4999 x108

Jo has over 10 years volunteering and coaching youth sports in the East Bay. His experience includes working for the city of San Pablo’s Recreation Division as a Recreation Specialist and becoming a Program Director for a non-profit’s ELP (Extended Learning Program) that specialized in working with low income and high-risk students in urban areas.