BRIT-AM & POTOMAC SOCCER PDL



Due to the pandemic, all participants are required to wear a mask during all sessions.

For more information on our COVID-19 changes and guidelines click HERE

The Player Development League (PDL) serves as the premier development program for children in K-3 grade in the Bethesda, Rockville and Potomac area and is your players first step in the Potomac Soccer player development program. Through our professionally licensed coaching staff, we offer players a top quality curriculum through age appropriate, fun and challenging games. Our mission is to provide players with the foundational skills needed in order to grow their self confidence.

The PDL program combines the technical training players need for development along with the fun and engaging environment players need to develop a passion for the game. Players learn most from engaging in technically based games where they can apply what they have learned in game like situations. Our proven curriculum of games will help players develop their own creativity, self confidence and overall technical abilities.


GradeProgramAreaLocation#/WeeksDayDateTimeCostRegister
Age 4-5PDL DribblersPotomacPotomac Community Center6Mon3/22-5/34:15-5:00pm$150Register
Grade K-1stPDL KickersPotomacPotomac Community Center6Mon3/22-5/35:00-5:50pm$150Register
Grade 2-3PDL BallersPotomacPotomac Community Center6Mon3/22-5/36:00-6:50pm$150Register
Grade K-1PDL KickersBethesdaMaplewood Alta Vista LP6Tue3/23-5/45:00-5:50pm$150Register
Grade 2-3PDL BallersBethesdaMaplewood Alta Vista LP6Tue3/23-5/46:00-6:50pm$150Register
Grade K-1PDL KickersBethesdaBethesda ES6Wed3/24-5/55:00-5:50pm$150Register
Grade 2-3PDL BallersBethesdaBethesda ES6Wed3/24-5/56:10-7:00pm$150Register
Grade KPDLBethesdaPyle MS6Sat3/20-5/19:00-9:50am$150Register
Grade1PDLBethesdaPyle MS6Sat3/20-5/110:00-10:50am$150Register
Grade 2-3PDL BallersBethesdaPyle MS6Sat3/20-5/111:00-11:50am$150Register
Age 4-5PDL Dribblers Match DayPotomacGreenbriar LP6Sat3/27-5/81:00-1:50pm$150Register
Grade K-1PDL Kickers Match DayPotomacGreenbriar LP6Sat3/27-5/82:00-2:50pm$150Register
Grade 2-3PDL BallersPotomacGreenbriar LP6Sat3/27-5/82:00-2:50pm$150Register
Grade K-1PDL Kickers Match DayBethesdaNorwood School6Sun4/11-5/161:00-1:50pm$150Register
Grade 2-3PDL Ballers Match DayBethesdaNorwood School6Sun4/11-5/162:00-2:50pm$150Register

 

Spring PDL Matchday

4&5 Year Old Match Day: Our Player Development League (PDL) “Dribblers” program is the first step our young players take in learning the game of soccer through the PDL pathway. The 4&5 year old program is an introduction to small-sided soccer games in a 3v3 format (no goalies) — designed to create an understanding of the game, the rules, and to allow the players to increase their time with the ball at their feet, resulting in more touches on the ball. With the guidance of our coaching staff, your player will have a blast dribbling, passing, shooting, and scoring!

K-1st Match Day: Our Player Development League (PDL) “Kickers” match day is for kindergarten and 1st Grade, and offers soccer education at its best in a positive, fun environment where players improve their skill during continuous play. The 4 v 4 system accelerates development of dribbling, turning and passing abilities as it provides a basic picture for players to learn the game. Our professional staff takes the necessary steps to ensure each game fits the players’ needs, ultimately leading to better game intelligence and understanding.

2nd-3rd Match Day: Our Player Development League 2nd-3rd Grade “Ballers” match day provides players a fun environment with coaches focused on building a strong technical foundation. These five-a-side games, first used as a developmental tool in the UK, feature four field players and a goalkeeper. This style is simple, yet allows for players to gain experience through realistic, game-like situations. Along with a basic introduction to goalkeeping, the five-a-side format results in consistent touches on the ball and a fundamental understanding of the principles of attack and defense with the guidance of our professional coaching staff.


Spring PDL Practice Day 

4 & 5 Year Olds “Dribblers”: Our brand new Spring 2021 program, “PDL Dribblers” is designed for 4 and 5 year old (pre-K) soccer players, and it is the first step in the PDL pathway. Our PDL “Dribblers” will be introduced to the 4 core skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and ball control. These skills will be learned and applied through exciting, age-appropriate games and activities and through the guidance of our experienced coaching staff. These learned skills will also be applied in 3v3 games.

K-1st Grade “Kickers“: The PDL program offers players a unique practice environment where they are able to learn foundational skills in fun, energetic and age appropriate games while also applying these skills in 4v4 games. Our professionally licensed staff will provide attention from both an individual and team standpoint to help your child’s development. Our focus will be centered around developing the 4 core skills of dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control. Each week players will focus on one of these core skills and learn how to apply them in game like settings. Throughout our practice season, our coaches will also explain rules of the game.

2nd-3rd Grade “Ballers”: The PDL program offers players a unique practice environment where they are able to learn foundational skills in fun, energetic and age appropriate games while also applying these skills in 5v5 games. Our professionally licensed staff will provide attention from both an individual and team standpoint to help your child’s development. Our focus will be centered around developing the 4 core skills of dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control. Each week players will focus on one of these core skills and learn how to apply them in game like settings. Throughout our practice season, our coaches will also explain rules of the game.



Summer PDL Program Description

The Summer PDL Program is an excellent way to prepare for our Fall PDL season! We are super excited to return outdoors, and look forward to having your child join us!

Our PDL coaching staff provide players with an environment that is both fun and competitive, allowing them to advance their game in a focused setting, where we implement a proven, age-appropriate curriculum for 5-8 year olds that will focus on improving:

Dribbling
First touch and ball control
Foot and eye coordination
Ball manipulation
1v1 skills
Turns and change of direction moves
Juggling
Trickery
Fitness, balance, and agility

These one-hour sessions are run by our most in-demand professional coaches, who are licensed, experienced across multiple age groups and have acquired an understanding of not only the game, but of teaching and developing players. Our staff takes great pride in the effort to build and foster a foundation of skills, confidence and passion for the game.


Fall PDL Ball Mastery Classes

Description:

The Fall PDL Ball  Mastery classes will have players socially distanced while they plan in their own space. Our coaching staff provide players with an environment that is challenging but enjoyable, allowing them to advance their game in a focused setting, where we implement a proven, age-appropriate curriculum for 5-8 year olds that will focus on improving:

– Dribbling
– First touch and ball control
– Foot and eye coordination
– Ball manipulation
– 1v1 skills
– Turns and change of direction moves
– Juggling
– Trickery
– Fitness, balance, and agility

Fall PDL Competition Days

Join us for a safe, fun, and socially-distant day of development through skills competitions.

Each session, the players will have the opportunity participate in competition-based games that include dribbling, shooting, turning, passing and receiving, speed and agility relays, juggling

This format is designed to focus on development of the core soccer skills in a safe, competitive environment.  Competition is fun, and children love to be rewarded for their hard work and for showcasing their ability as individual and in a team dynamic.

 


Winter PDL Class Description

The Winter PDL Ball  Mastery classes are a great way for players to keep up with their skills while having fun with their friends. Due to the lower temperatures, the coaches will ensure the players are moving a lot in order for them to stay warm. For everyone’s safety, each player will be required to wear a mask during the class. Coaches will also wear masks and remain a minimum of 6 feet from each player. Our coaching staff provide players with an environment that is challenging but enjoyable, allowing them to advance their game in a focused setting, where we implement a proven, age-appropriate curriculum for Kindergarten – 3rd grader that will focus on improving:

– Dribbling
– First touch and ball control
– Foot and eye coordination
– Ball manipulation
– 1v1 skills
– Turns and change of direction moves
– Juggling
– Trickery

Thanks to our COVID-19 guidelines and protocols your player will remain active and safe this season.







Parent’s Corner

What can my child expect?
The PDL program is intended to help children establish a foundation of valuable skills both on and off the soccer field. Our program allows for players to learn core skills through fun, energetic and proven games administered by our professionally licensed coaches. We believe children learn most effectively and thoroughly in an engaging and positive setting. We provide every child guidance on both an individual and team level to maximize player potential.

The PDL program is centered around our core set of skills which include dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control. We provide this foundation by giving players the confidence to play the game the way they want. Through our program, players will develop a passion for the game that is critical for development. Throughout our program players will also be introduced to rules of the game which will aid their development as well.

What are parent expectations?
We encourage all parents to remain positive throughout your child’s athletic development. Gaining proficiency in any endeavor requires an internal desire to succeed. We believe players must take ownership of this desire and create their own pathway. We always want parents to be supportive and encouraging of their child’s journey, while remembering that invaluable lessons lie in both success and failure.


Have more questions? Please reach out to Coach Tom at CoachTom@brit-am.com