Early Youth Soccer Programs

Coach Sam Miller

We are pleased to announce our new Early Youth Soccer Program Head Coach, Sam Miller.  Sam has been involved in club soccer on the eastern shore for over 20 years. Sam has enjoyed watching the sport grow in the area and is eager to pass his passion for the game to the next generation with his assistant coach & wife, Brittany Miller.  Sam is originally from Eugene, Oregon.  

Playing History: Gulf Coast Ranger's Men's Team, Participant in Alabama Olympic Development Program, Fairhope High School Varsity, 10 Years Blast Soccer Club

Coaching History: 2 Years Fairhope Rangers Academy, 1 Year Bayside Academy Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach.

Other: Works at Bayside Academy in the Athletic Maintenance Department, JV Soccer and Basketball Head Coach and Assistant for both on Varsity, Coach at Fitness Gym Rx Sport-Fit, Lives in Fairhope with wife Brittany and son 6 year old son Carson.


Program Information

Program Info

Updated 8/12/2019

Our Early Youth Soccer Programs are designed to introduce the game of soccer to 3-5 year old players and their parents.  Our programs use fun games to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness, and self-confidence.  It is imperative for at least one parent/guardian to participate with their child during each session. After a few sessions, the parent/guardian involvement may decrease as the child becomes more comfortable. 

Fairhope Tots program is our youngest soccer program we offer.  This may be the first time your little one has participated in an "organized sport".  This may be the first time they will be "sharing".  A session will not look like a world-cup game.  There may a few tears along the way, but with you by their side, your little soccer player will learn lots & have fun! 

Fairhope Fives program is designed to build upon the philosophy & skills first introduced to players and parents in our Fairhope Tots program, however a player is not required to participate in our Tots program in order to participate in our Fives program.  The goal of the program is to continue to develop the passion and love for the game of soccer at an early age. 

COST:  $85 includes 7 sessions, T-shirt, snack & drink from concession stand after game & player insurance 

SIGN UP:  First Come, First Serve and Limited 

  • Fairhope Tots MUST be born in 2016 and be 3 years by September 1st, 2016.  Limited to 50 players
  • Fairhope Fives are born in 2015.  Limited to 60 players
  • Parent/Guardian MUST attend all sessions with your little soccer player.

TIMES: Tots 2016 start @ 8am & Fives 2015 start @ 9:45am


  • September 14th
  • Setpember 21st
  • September 28th--Picture Day
  • October 5th
  • October 17th--Thursday Times TBA
  • October 26th
  • November 2nd


REQUIRED: Size 3 ball, shin guards, soccer cleats or tennis shoes,
black socks, black shorts, water bottle & a parent/guardian.

WHY DO WE ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO PARTICIPATE?  First, the child is more likely to participate if they see their parent/guardian playing. Secondly, participation could inspire the parent to enjoy the game of soccer and become a member of our coaching team in the future years. 

Parent volunteers are crucial during our small-sided games.  We ask parents of the team to be the "bumpers" around the field in order to keep the ball in play if kicked out of bounds. 

Please consider being a Parent Team/Field Leader when you register your player.  While we encourage all parents to be involved, we need at least 10 consistent volunteers to help out Head Coach Sam Miller each week. 

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A PARENT TEAM/FIELD LEADER? Coach Sam will oversee all fun activities & skills the kids will learn throughout the 7 sessions. 

  • As team/field leader, we will assign a color.  You will stand by a goal with your color. Coach Sam will assign you a team.  Your responsibilities are to provide encouragement, make sure kids are going in the correct direction, not using their hands, encourage a skill they learned & have fun!  Some kids will cry, some will get mad, some may not even want to play.  Remember they are 3-5year olds!!!  


  • 25 minutes with Head Coach: motor skills, ball mastery/control/skills
  • 25 minutes small sided games: We will utilize the all the parents to be "bumpers" to keep the ball in play. An assigned parent team/field leader will help manage/direct a team small-sided games.  

WHAT DOES MY LITTLE SOCCER PLAYER NEED? A parent or guardian, size 3 ball, black shorts & socks, soccer cleats or tennis shoes and plenty of water.

WHAT DO I NEED AS A PARENT? We encourage all parents to participate with their liltte soccer player. We suggest to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers in order to participate.  Bring an extra water bottle.  

QUESTIONS? We look forward to a great season! If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Miller, Tots/Fives Assistant