The Ceres Recreation Department had to drastically modify its schedule for activities because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online/virtual classes and camps with no and/or minimal fees are currently being offered.
Registration for Kidz Love Soccer youth classes opened last week.
“We’re starting to advertise on social media and our website,” Ceres Recreation Administrative Coordinator Maya Narvaez said. “We’re hoping the classes fill up. But we understand it’s a transition from in-person to online.”
The Kidz Love Soccer program runs Sept. 12 through Oct. 3.
Participants, aged 2-10, will receive instruction through livestream meetings on Saturdays.
Four different classes will be offered, including Mommy/Daddy & Me Soccer, Pre-Soccer, Soccer 1: Techniques & Teamwork, Soccer 2: Skillz & Scrimmages and Tot-Soccer.
Cost is $46 per player.
Each participant will receive four 30-minute lessons.
“We’ve had parents ask us how it works,” Narvaez said. “We answered questions and directed them where to register. The kids will practice what they see the coaches doing. Each week, they’ll build on what skills they’ve learned.”
The Ceres Recreation Department canceled all of its in-person classes and programs this summer out of public safety concerns related to the coronavirus.
Youth fitness activities axed included soccer, tennis, flag football, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and dance.
Approximately 47 people received refunds.
“It was anticipated for how things were going in our County,” Narvaez said. “We’ve been monitoring the progression of it (COVID-19) regularly.”
The city of Ceres canceled its aquatics program in May due the coronavirus.
“We’re committed to doing what’s safest for the community,” Narvaez said.
For more information about the Ceres Recreation Department’s online classes, call 538-5628 or visit www.ci.ceres.us.
“Parents are looking for ways their kids can stay active while at home,” Narvaez said.