Argentina?born soccer enthusiast Gustavo Szulansky opened Super Soccer Stars to provide the boroughs with a program that championed the personal development of youngsters rather than solely a skill-based focus. Since its debut in 2000, it's grown throughout the city, helping countless youngsters learn teamwork, boost confidence, and decrease arguments during home games played on the dining-room table. This rapid growth is due in part to the positive values Gustavo instilled from the first class. His coaches are carefully selected for their ability to cultivate a noncompetitive, sensitive approach to learning the game, and they dole out their knowledge in both classes and camps.
Super Soccer Star's Kick & Play program features family-friendly classes that help tots 12?24 months old develop pre-soccer skills and physical skill sets simultaneously. During classes, a team of talented and enthusiastic instructors and an athletic duo of puppet friends named Mimi and Pepe buoy budding soccer players with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and the merry clickety-clack of cleated tap dances. Designed with the help of early-childhood specialists, each age-specific class helps players build skills at their own pace with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and engaging original music.
Owner Doug Gatanis and his business partner Zach Rubin both spent years playing soccer as youths, but it wasn’t until the pair met through a local soccer coach they realized their mutual plight: there were no serious soccer retailers operating in New York. That simple motivation has led to Upper 90 Soccer and Sport, the Upper West Side’s premier soccer outfitter and home of all things futbol. The store opened in September 2009 and has quickly expanded to two other locations, with the original Amsterdam Avenue location stocking all manner of soccer footwear, equipment and apparel, including professional team jerseys. Upper 90 even boasts flat screen TVs that constantly show games, and invites their regulars to grab a chair to catch the action themselves.
Students Should Bring: Wear athletic clothing and bring a water bottle and sunscreen
Average Class Length: 90+ minutes
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
While growing up in a small country town in Pennsylvania, James Christie dreamt that one day he would play professional soccer. Years of practice eventually paid off in the form of a scholarship to play D1 soccer at Philadelphia University, where he was named team captain and played on the under 20 national team.
Then, his dream came true, and the Baltimore Blast selected him to play for the team. Unfortunately, injuries cut his career short after three years, and he became a personal trainer in New York City. In 2006, some of James' personal-training clients asked him to teach their kids soccer. They also wanted him to help improve their kids' overall fitness and give them a break from indoor activities such as playing video games and making a saddle for the dog.
James now runs Soc Roc, which teaches soccer skills to kids while emphasizing core, upper- and lower-body strength, flexibility, endurance, and good posture. Sessions take place at various locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, including Central Park. Along with delivering professional-grade advice and strategy, he prides himself on making sure each kid feels happy and confident.
Love to play pick-up games of basketball or football? Well, it’s even more fun when you have established teams and even playoffs at the end of a season, just like the pros. ZogSports has all that, and you can even satisfy your conscience by knowing that a portion of the entry fees you pay to enter these competitive leagues go towards a charity of your choice. The sports aren’t limited to basketball and football: ZogSports also features leagues for soccer, hockey, softball, and even more niche sports like bocce ball, bowling, dodgeball, kickball, skeeball, ultimate Frisbee, and wiffleball. Have some fun, make some friends, and donate money to charity: there’s three very good reasons to join ZogSports.
If you want to learn the differences between soccer and futsal, you won't find a better classroom than Westchester Futsal. Throughout the year, the non-profit organization—which is sanctioned by the United States Youth Futsal organization and affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation—hosts seasonal camps, private lessons, and tournaments to introduce youngsters to both sports. On any given day, the organization's experienced coaches can be seen teaching the traditional 11-on-11 format of soccer or the quicker paced 5-on-5 format of futsal, which is popular in Brazil and with foosball figurines that want more shots at the ball.
Inside Uptown Sports Complex's 16,000-square-foot facility, the cracks of baseball bats, the beats of hip-hop dance classes, and the rallying cries of cheerleaders combine into a constant, energetic din. The complex gives visitors of all ages plenty of outlets for their
energy, such as baseball and gymnastics training camps for youngsters and Zumba dance classes for adults. Kids' classes typically take place after school and during the summer; check the class schedule for current class offerings.