First Session Tips

Tips from Other Parents on How to Best Prepare!

Here at SoccerGemz we understand that for many of our new families this will be their Gem first activity or sporting program, so we have taking the time to get feedback from several parents who have participated in the program.  We are excited to have their feedback on how we can make our soccer program better for each family to create a memorable and lasting experience.

We ask parents what are some of the things they wish they knew before their first session and here is what they came up with these 5 tips to help you have a GREAT 1st session with your gem!



  • Pre-plan the night before and be ready to fully participate
  • Talk with your Gem before arriving at the field to prepare them for class. Remind them that soccer is coming up and that they are going to have fun
  • Eat a good breakfast before arriving to the field. Be sure to bring water and snacks
  • Provide positive feedback and encouragement during session
  • Cheer and encourage other teammates as well as your child. Monkey see, monkey do.

The main take away is to have a positive attitude, have FUN and encourage your child participate!

Don't forget to share pictures and videos on our Facebook page during the session of your gem in action!

Bench Marks:

Your gem should be able to perform the following tasks prior to moving to each next respective age group.


  • Dribble ball with either foot
  • Place foot on ball
  • Sit on ball
  • Do not pick ball up with hands
  • Kick ball to parent, coach and into goal
  • Independently participate in games
  • Follow instructions from coaches
  • Playing with peers with minimal assistance


  • Stop ball from pass with either foot
  • Perform pull back move
  • Score goal from 5-10ft away
  • Pass or take ball from peers
  • Dribble with both feet
  • Do not use hands
  • Use inside/top of foot to pass


  • Score in correct goal
  • Performs move of day correctly
  • Dribble between cones
  • Dribble with head up
  • Control ball
  • Pass or Take ball from peers
Image of Heart and word Reviews for SoccerGemz Testimonials

~ Darcie ~

"All of our boys were enrolled this session and they loved it! They have learned so much about the game and they've made new friends. Coach Vanessa, Coach Sam, and Coach Eric are so encouraging! Thank you for an awesome experience!"

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~ Desyree ~

"SoccerGemz has been a great experience for my child. He really enjoys going to practice every week. The coaches do an amazing job of keeping the kids attention and teaching the basic skills in fun ways. I enjoyed seeing his progress in a non-competitive environment. This is a very organized top quality program for kids and parents."

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~ Daniel ~

"My 2 year old absolutely loved her first SoccerGemz season and we can't wait till the next one starts on October 26th! We were very impressed how many soccer skills our daughter learned in such a short period of time and we love all of the coaches! This is a great soccer program for any little boy or girl and it is just a fun atmosphere to be in!"

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