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Player Development League (K-3)

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

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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.

Grade Program Area Location #/Weeks Day Date Time Cost Register
Age 4-5 PDL Dribblers Potomac Potomac Community Center 6 Mon 3/22-5/3 4:15-5:00pm $150 Register
Grade K-1st PDL Kickers Potomac Potomac Community Center 6 Mon 3/22-5/3 5:00-5:50pm $150 Register
Grade 2-3 PDL Ballers Potomac Potomac Community Center 6 Mon 3/22-5/3 6:00-6:50pm $150 Register
Grade K-1 PDL Kickers Bethesda Maplewood Alta Vista LP 6 Tue 3/23-5/4 5:00-5:50pm $150 Register
Grade 2-3 PDL Ballers Bethesda Maplewood Alta Vista LP 6 Tue 3/23-5/4 6:00-6:50pm $150 Register
Grade K-1 PDL Kickers Bethesda Bethesda ES 6 Wed 3/24-5/5 5:00-5:50pm $150 Register
Grade 2-3 PDL Ballers Bethesda Bethesda ES 6 Wed 3/24-5/5 6:10-7:00pm $150 Register
Grade K PDL Bethesda Pyle MS 6 Sat 3/20-5/1 9:00-9:50am $150 Register
Grade1 PDL Bethesda Pyle MS 6 Sat 3/20-5/1 10:00-10:50am $150 Register
Grade 2-3 PDL Ballers Bethesda Pyle MS 6 Sat 3/20-5/1 11:00-11:50am $150 Register
Age 4-5 PDL Dribblers Match Day Potomac Greenbriar LP 6 Sat 3/27-5/8 1:00-1:50pm $150 Register
Grade K-1 PDL Kickers Match Day Potomac Greenbriar LP 6 Sat 3/27-5/8 2:00-2:50pm $150 Register
Grade 2-3 PDL Ballers Potomac Greenbriar LP 6 Sat 3/27-5/8 2:00-2:50pm $150 Register
Grade K-1 PDL Kickers Match Day Bethesda Norwood School 6 Sun 4/11-5/16 1:00-1:50pm $150 Register
Grade 2-3 PDL Ballers Match Day Bethesda Norwood School 6 Sun 4/11-5/16 2:00-2:50pm $150 Register

 

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.

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