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 player’s 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.
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Fall PDL Classes (Matchdays Only)
Fall PDL Matchday Description
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 the 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.
Fall PDL Classes (Practice Days)
Fall PDL Practice Description
K-1st Practice Day: The PDL program offers players a unique practice environment where they are able to learn foundational skills in a 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 a 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 the 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 a 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 a 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 the rules of the game.
Fall PDL Classes (Skills + Matchdays)
Fall PDL Classes (Skills + Matchdays) Description
When you register for PDL sessions, you will start by selecting a game day option. From there, you have the flexibility to choose as many practice or game day sessions as you would like. The cost for your first 2 session options are $100 each, however after your second option, each session option is reduced to just $75 per session option you choose.
Why Potomac and Brit-Am Soccer Academy
What to expect from my child? Long-term success is built on the importance of being able to learn from failure and an environment free of unnecessary criticism. With higher anxiety levels, players become less efficient, so it is vital that we do not become another obstacle in our children’s success.
Understanding of the game for children at this age comes from playing the game. They do not compete as much as they imitate competition. Many will not remember the result, but they will never forget the experience so let’s make it the best one each week.
Much of their focus is solely on the ball and players rarely recognize open space. The concept of space is limited at this age so spreading out or forcing players to pass will be futile. Coaches will not be focusing on spacing or positions.
Over time, there will be moments to introduce and teach the basics of spacing and passing, but the players at this age will naturally react first and foremost to the ball.
What you should encourage? Please encourage your players to show respect, good sportsmanship, an eagerness to learn, and the importance of care for other players and officials.
What children expect from adults? We are to foster a fun, confident, and unique soccer environment where players can learn by doing. Children can expect all adults involved to be patient as they make their journey through the very early stages of the game. We want each child’s experience with soccer to be unique and for them to feel free to learn through guided and self-discovery.
Have more questions? Please reach out to Coach Tom Noonan.