James explains that the philosophy behind each class is the same, though the teaching technique might be different depending on the age group. "We're looking to build confidence by giving kids success that is tangible," he says. Sonic Soccer uses Brazilian Futsal soccer balls, which are small and weighted, which prevents them from moving too fast. With this tool kids are able to keep the ball closer, which makes the game easier for them. "The balls kind of stick to your foot a little bit," James explains. "We want to create a situation that will lead to success."
Sonic Soccer is held at P.S. 58, 330 Smith Street (between Carroll and First Streets) in Carroll Gardens; and at John Jay Educational Campus, 237 7th Avenue in Park Slope. The next winter session begins in February; call 718-788-PSDC (7732) for more information or register at www.sonicsoccerfun.com.