ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR OUR WINTER 2021 SEASON; THE SEASON KICKS OFF IN EARLY JANUARY!

Winter programming includes in-person sessions, Holiday Break Arctic Animals Camps, virtual distance learning Soccer Shots LIVE classes, Neighborhood Camps, & birthday parties. Enroll for Winter 2021 here.

Click HERE details regarding our current COVID-19-related safety measures and policies, our weather & cancellation policy, and other important details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can my child participate in Soccer Shots?

Soccer Shots Pittsburgh is held at childcare centers, preschools and schools, as well as public locations. Our public programs are open to the general public while our childcare center and school programs are only open to those enrolled at the location.

What type of equipment will my child need to participate?

Soccer Shots Pittsburgh provides all of the equipment needed at each of our sessions. Your child should wear activity-appropriate clothing. Cleats and shin guards are NOT necessary.

How do I know the locations of the park programs?

To find public programs in your area, select View Locations at the top of this page.

Can I have Soccer Shots start a park program near me?

Yes! We are always willing to start a public program near you. The easiest way for this to happen is for you to form a group of eight children willing to take part in a Soccer Shots season. These could be children from your neighborhood, friends from church or synagogue, or your parent groups. We’re happy to help talk through ideas on how to make this happen. Please contact your local director for more information.

What can I expect from a Soccer Shots session?

Our weekly 30-40 minute sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. Through fun games and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active. We also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork and appreciation.

What is your inclement weather policy?

Public Programs Policy:

For public programs, if a cancellation is warranted, a decision will be made at approximately 8:00 am (for morning sessions) or by 4:00 pm (for evening sessions) on the day of the session. We will post cancellation notices on our Facebook page and on our website. It is the obligation of the parent/guardian to check our Facebook page for session cancellation updates. Cancellation info will also be included in the “From the Sidelines” section on our website. We will also send weather notices via email and text (if very urgent or last-minute) so please be sure you have provided us with a valid email address and phone number. Please add this email address ([email protected]) to your Safe Senders list so that our emails do not go to spam/junk (as this happens to people every season!).

We DO play in the rain, but not in storms. Because we have locations throughout the greater Pittsburgh area and our leadership team cannot be at every site at once, we rely on the weather forecasts from the National Weather Service and local news stations to make the call. Sometimes that works favorably, and sometimes it, unfortunately, does not. In light of this, we also rely on our coaches to make the call on-site if a storm does unexpectedly pop up.


Childcare Centers/Schools Policy:

For childcare centers and schools, we will notify you via email and include make-up details if applicable. We will work with the decision-maker/leadership at your child’s school/center to make arrangements for a make-up session and will also email you with make-up related details.


Make-Up Sessions:

Soccer Shots guarantees to make up two sessions per season in the event of cancellations. If a session cancellation occurs, we will email you to confirm make-up related details, but please also refer to the section where our reserved make-up dates are listed and mark your calendar accordingly for these reserved make-up dates.

** Please also note – these make-up dates are reserved for instances in which a session is canceled. They are not available as make-up sessions for individual players, but rather for the children participating in that season as a whole, if necessary.


Weather Chart:

We often refer to this chart below when determining safe playing conditions in hot and cold weather:

 

Are there any discounts available?

Yes, we offer an automatic sibling discount when you enroll in a season. We also offer a military discount. Please contact [email protected] for a coupon code.

Is the enrollment fee once a year?

The enrollment fee is charged once per school calendar year and is non-refundable.

What is the enrollment fee for?

We are really excited about some of the services this has allowed us to offer our parents. From developing software that allows us to automatically update all of our parents with a summary of this week’s session, to moving away from t-shirts and into $35 custom ordered Umbro jerseys for every participant. Parents want their children’s experience to be excellent, and they are willing to invest a relatively modest amount extra in that experience when they see that the return on investment in our program. 

What is your policy for makeup sessions and cancellations?

In our effort to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the children and families enrolled in our programs, as well as our staff and coaches, the following policies are active for the Summer 2020 season:

Makeup Sessions & Cancellations

  • During spring, summer and fall seasons, whenever possible, we will use indoor space during inclement weather. If there is no indoor space available, we will make up a maximum of two sessions due to inclement weather (extreme cold/heat or rain).
  • During the winter season, if your school or center is closed on a Soccer Shots day due to snow or other weather-related issues, we will work with your school or center to reschedule up to two cancelled sessions or offer a makeup session at a different location and time.
  • Makeup sessions may be held on a different day or time than the regularly scheduled session.
  • Soccer Shots reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment. Upon cancellation, a full refund will be made.

Please Note: In response to COVID-19’s impact on our season and schedule in 2020, we have been diligently working behind the scenes to modify our curriculum and current operating procedures to ensure safety on the field.

Please click here to learn more about our session adjustments.

What is your payment and reimbursement policy?

In response to COVID-19’s impact on our season and schedule in 2020, we have been diligently working behind the scenes to modify our curriculum and current operating procedures to ensure safety on the field. Click here to learn more about our session adjustments.

Reimbursement Policy

  • Credits for Soccer Shots Pittsburgh will be offered only if sessions are canceled due to federal, state, or local governance limitations/restrictions.
    • No compensation will be issued for failure to attend a makeup session.
  • If we cannot meet in person, we will utilize virtual Soccer Shots On The Go programming.
    • After three sessions of Soccer Shots On The Go (in the event that additional weeks remain in our season), players will automatically continue to receive Soccer Shots On The Go virtual programming for as long as is needed to complete the season.
    • Only after three sessions of virtual programming may families opt-out of continued virtual programming for a prorated credit.
      • Parents/guardians must contact Soccer Shots Pittsburgh in writing via email ([email protected]) by the Friday of week 3 of the virtual programming period in order to cancel additional weeks of programming. If a request is sent by the deadline, the account holder will receive a prorated credit equal to the number of weeks remaining in our program.
      • Credits are prorated based on the number of classes already held/offered, regardless of in-person attendance or use of the provided virtual programming.
      • Credits will not be issued after the date of the final class.
  • Refunds are not offered by Soccer Shots Pittsburgh. If you feel that you have a situation that would warrant an exception, please contact us for consideration. Special exception requests for refunds must be made in writing and emailed to Soccer Shots Pittsburgh at [email protected] before the date of your child(ren)’s third session of the season.
    • There is no refund of the annual enrollment fee.
    • Refunds will not be issued after the date of the final class.​

Payment Policy

  • If you chose to have a split payment option for one of our locations, the second payment will process automatically one month after the first payment was processed.​

What is your arrival and dismissal policy?

In our effort to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the children and families enrolled in our programs, as well as our staff and coaches, the following policies are active for the Summer 2020 season:

Arrival & Dismissal Policy

  • Parents must sign out children from after-school programs at their childcare center. Parents are expected to arrive a few minutes before the session is complete.
  • If your child is to be picked up by someone other than yourself, please note authorized pickup person on the enrollment.
  • Parent consents to release their child or children to Soccer Shots coach/es during the Soccer Shots session time.​

Please Note: In response to COVID-19’s impact on our season and schedule in 2020, we have been diligently working behind the scenes to modify our curriculum and current operating procedures to ensure safety on the field.

Please click here to learn more about our session adjustments.

Will my child get a Soccer Shots jersey?

If you enroll your child in Soccer Shots to participate in anywhere from one to multiple seasons of Soccer Shots throughout a school year, your child will receive a youth jersey. Youth jerseys are distributed one time per school year and are included in the cost of enrollment, regardless of the number of seasons you sign your child up for within that school year.

Jerseys are distributed via mail and addressed to the child. You will receive tracking information once the jersey has shipped to your address.

Please understand that if you enroll within two weeks of the season start date, your child is not guaranteed to receive their jersey before the first session.

Should you have any questions about your child’s youth jersey shipment, or if you would like to exchange sizes, please contact [email protected].

Please note, some Soccer Shots programs do not include jerseys, such as birthday parties, demos, free play days, and school-paid sessions.

Who do I contact if I need to exchange my child's jersey for a different size?

If you need to exchange your child’s jersey for a different size, please contact [email protected]. Please provide your name, your child’s name, your shipping address, the size you received and the size you are requesting. You will receive a response within 1 business day that will include a prepaid return label. Please return your jersey as soon as possible. After we receive confirmation that the jersey has shipped, we will send you your requested exchange jersey. Please note, jerseys must be in new condition with the tag still attached to be accepted as a return.