If you do what you have always done, you will never get further than you have always gotten.
— Horst Wein, German author
Focus on fundamental skills and fun, while building a foundation of technical proficiency for future growth in the game. Topics include: dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and creativity. All classes are taught by our professional coaching staff teaching the “DUSC Way”. Players may be split into groups based on ability.
- Dynamic warm up
- Juggling/ball mastery
- Topic of the week
- Small sided games
Focus on individual player development, with more depth in certain aspects of the game than Classes. All clinics are taught by our professional coaching staff teaching the “DUSC Way”. Players may be split into groups based on ability.
- Goalkeeping Focus on the technical aspects of today’s modern goalkeeper. Topics include: handling, positioning, reactions, footwork, hand-eye coordination, confidence.
- Ball Mastery Focus on creating a solid foundation of footwork skills. From this base, players will learn how to be comfortable on the ball and how to position themselves when receiving the ball. Topics include: footwork, first touch, vision, pass selection v.
dribbling, positional awareness, 1v1
Pre-K Soccer Play Classes
For Players Ages 3–5
With strong expertise in, and a deep understanding of, the development process of NYC children Downtown United Soccer Club will now offer the most progressive soccer pathways from early childhood to young adult.
With our Pre-K Soccer Play classes, our intention is
The first interaction a child has with a ball can be a challenging experience for many kids (and parents!). DUSC coaching techniques focus heavily on building a positive relationship with the ball and child from the start. As the players progress, the goal is for each child to develop a love affair with the ball.
World Class Collaboration
DUSC is unique in having Tom Byer as an advisor for our Pre-K Soccer Play program. Tom is the world's leading expert in grassroots player development. He just appeared on HBO Real Sports and has recently been charged with launching a U.S. Soccer-supported “Soccer Starts at Home” program in Seattle. DUSC will provide a copy of his book, Soccer Starts At Home, to each family registered in our Pre-Academy classes.
DUSC shares Tom's view that parents play a significant role in our philosophy since they are key director's in their children’s lives and can help instill good soccer habits at home. DUSC will also give a soccer ball for each player to keep at home to play and enhance development off the field.
DUSC Pre-K Soccer Play sessions are conducted in a joyful environment with our accredited coaches who are full of energy and drive. As an affiliate club and partner in soccer development in the community with New York City F.C., our coaches have extensive experience with young children in local elementary schools and the Cityzens Giving program.
“I am so excited about the DUSC Pre-K Soccer Play program,” said Kevin McCarthy, Director of Player Development. ”We want to offer the DUSC community an opportunity to extend our programming values to the families with pre-school age children. Collaborating with Tom Byer, the world renowned grassroots soccer developmental expert, allows us to offer a program committed to the most progressive training practices that are not only unique and great fun but more developmentally productive as well.”
Classes + Clinics Schedule Winter 2017–18
Begins January 6. Runs 10 Weeks Straight.
|Coed||Ages 3–4||Class||Tuesdays||10:00–10:45am||Pier 40 Indoor||$350|
|Coed||Ages 3–4||Class||Thursdays||10:00–10:45am||Pier 40 Indoor||$350|
|Coed||Ages 4.5–5||Class||Tuesdays||11:00–11:45am||Pier 40 Indoor||$350|
|Coed||Ages 4.5–5||Class||Thursdays||11:00–11:45am||Pier 40 Indoor||$350|
|Coed||2012–13||Class||Tuesdays||4:00–4:55pm||St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral||$350**|
|Coed||2010–11||Class||Tuesdays||5:00–5:55pm||St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral||$350**|
|Coed||2008–09||Class||Thursdays||4:00–4:55pm||St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral||$350**|
|Coed||2006–07||Class||Thursdays||5:00–5:55pm||St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral||$350**|
|Coed||2006–07||Clinic: Ball Mastery||Sundays||1:00–1:55pm||PS 134||$350|