With the back-to-school season on its way, we know that families all across the country are preparing for the return to busy mornings and afternoons filled with carpools and extracurricular activities. In an effort to cut down on the chaos of a typical week of school, why not consider getting your child involved in soccer? Whether it’s through informal practice sessions in your backyard, or the help of a local soccer camp or clinic, soccer opportunities may be just what you and your child need to make the transition from summer to fall an easy one.
In today’s blog, we’re taking a look at a few such opportunities.
Soccer camps and clinics
For players who want to improve their technique on the field, a fall camp or clinic might be the perfect way to do just that. Because these opportunities tend to take place over shorter periods of time, they offer players the chance to learn a lot and make friends in a fun, fast-paced environment. There are different kinds of camps and clinics going on all around the country—some later on in the year, like holiday camps, conveniently take place over schools’ winter breaks. Look for one in your area by asking neighbors and friends with kids who play soccer, or visit your city’s parks and recreation website to learn more.
School or club teams
Every year, dedicated soccer players have the chance to try out for their school or local club team. While these teams require commitment, they’re also some of the best ways to improve one’s technique and build long-lasting connections with players in their age group. In many cases, transportation to and from these games is provided—so you won’t necessarily have to worry about an extensive schedule change, either!
Local recreational soccer
Local recreational teams are perfect for players of every age and skill level (in fact, on many teams you will find new players as well as experienced ones who also play on a school or club team). Whether your child is just starting out or simply wants to add to his or her time on the field, a recreational team might be just what they’re looking for.
Don’t forget about the simple joy and fun that can be had during a family soccer session at the local park, or even in your own backyard. This school season, set aside time for your family to get together and kick the ball around or enjoy some shots on goal—even these simple activities can improve your family’s overall fitness and, of course, provide stress relief from busy days at work and school.
Which of these fun ideas do you plan to try this back-to-school season? Let us know! Whatever you choose, it will surely be something worthwhile for both you and your child.