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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.
Winter PDL Class Description
The K-3rd grade indoor soccer programs are designed for players to build on their enthusiasm for the game. At this age, they are able to learn and develop the basic soccer and teamwork skills that will serve as a foundation to their future development. On our state-of-the-art turf field, our professionally licensed coaches use individual and team games to introduce and enhance players abilities on the ball. Our fun games develop speed and agility as well expose players to our belief of the core soccer skills including dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control. We develop these skills by using both fun training exercises and game like scrimmages at the end of each session.
K-1st: The K-1st grade indoor program is great for children who love playing the game and are ready for more instructional soccer during the winter. These noncompetitive skills sessions are great for children who play in the Fall or Spring season and want to continue their soccer development. Our highly motivated, enthusiastic and professionally licensed staff focus on activities that increase a child’s skill level by providing them lots of touches on the ball while maintaining their enthusiasm to play and keeping it fun. Players will have the opportunity to use their new skills, and apply them in a 4v4 game-like scenario at the end of each session. This environment enables the players to grow in confidence, work on ball control exercises, improve their overall balance and coordination, and encourages them to practice new techniques and improve their foot skills.
2nd-3rd: Our 2nd-3rd grade indoor program is designed for players who are looking to improve on their technical, physical, and mental skills. Through a more comprehensive curriculum, we provide an increased development of our core skills. Our training exercises and games focus on both individual and team development. Players will have the opportunity to use their new skills, and apply them in a 5v5 game-like scenario at the end of each session. All games are conducted by our educated and trained coaching staff made of former professional and collegiate soccer players that provide a fun, enthusiastic, and challenging environment.
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Spring PDL Matchday – Postponed due to COVID 2020
K-1st Match Day: Our Player Development League (PDL) for kindergarten and 1st Grade 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 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 – Postponed due to COVID 2020
K-1st Practice Day: 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 Practice Day: 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:
First touch and ball control
Foot and eye coordination
Turns and change of direction moves
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
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:
– First touch and ball control
– Foot and eye coordination
– Ball manipulation
– 1v1 skills
– Turns and change of direction moves
– 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.
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.