A soccer ball, like a planet, is round, constantly spinning, and named after a Roman god. Explore an athletic solar system with today's Groupon: for $25, you get three youth soccer classes and a jersey at MVP Arena Sports in Ellenton (a $58 value). Classes are available for tykes ages 18 months to 9 years.
MVP Arena Sports helps young athletes hone the fundamental footwork of soccer with a score of youth [classes] (http://gr.pn/klFDry) scheduled by age. Coaches flutter around the 13,500-square-foot garden of synthetic turf, guiding 50-minute sessions that introduce youngsters to basic game rules, adrenaline-activating drills, and how to use the soccer net to catch butterflies. Balance, coordination, and ball skills compose the Cottontails class for students 2.5 to 3.5 years old, and Micro Advanced classes summon players ages 6 to 9 to dabble in complex toe tactics and 20-minute scrimmages. Athletes should arrive hydrated and wearing shin guards, and are encouraged to explore the facility’s full-service concession stand, arcade-equipped game room, and candy-encrusted cleats collection following their skill sessions. A full list of classes can be viewed at the online schedule.