If you do what you have always done, you will never get further than you have always gotten.
— Horst Wein, German author
 

Classes

Level Beginner/Intermediate

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

Classes + Clinics Schedule Winter 2017–18

New: Pre-K Soccer Play Classes

Classes Frequently Asked Questions


Clinics

Level Intermediate/Advanced

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

Classes + Clinics Schedule Winter 2017–18

Clinics Frequently Asked Questions


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 simple and developmentally profound: Create a joyful environment to develop good soccer habits for children as soon as they are able to walk.

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.

Gender Age/Birth Year Class Day Time Location Cost
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 2012–13 Class Saturdays 1:00–1:55pm Greenwich House $315*
Coed 2012–13 Class Saturdays 4:00–4:55pm PS 234 $350
Coed 2012–13 Class Sundays 1:00–1:55pm Greenwich House $350
Coed 2010–11 Class Tuesdays 5:00–5:55pm St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral $350**
Coed 2010-11 Class Saturdays 2:00-2:55pm Greenwich House $315*
Coed 2010–11 Class Saturdays 5:00–5:55pm PS 234 $350
Girls 2009–10 Class Sundays 2:00–2:55pm Greenwich House $350
Coed 2008–09 Class Thursdays 4:00–4:55pm St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral $350**
Coed 2008–09 Class Saturdays 3:00–3:55pm Greenwich House $315*
Coed 2008–09 Class Sundays 9:00–9:55am PS 134 $350
Coed 2008–09 Class Saturdays 6:00–6:55pm PS 234 $350
Girls 2006–08 Class Sundays 3:00–3:55pm Greenwich House $350
Coed 2006–07 Class Thursdays 5:00–5:55pm St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral $350**
Coed 2006–07 Class Sundays 12:00–12:55pm PS 134 $350
Coed 2006–07 Clinic: Ball Mastery Sundays 1:00–1:55pm PS 134 $350
Coed 2003–05 Class Sundays 10:00–10:55am PS 134 $350
Girls 2003–05 Class Sundays 11:00–11:55am PS 134 $350

* 9 Sessions
** We have been informed by the facility that these classes are subject to cancellation for event usage. We want to be clear: this may not happen or it may, possibly affecting multiple sessions. If any sessions are cancelled, you will be notified immediately and you will receive a pro-rated refund.


Who are Classes suitable for?

Classes are suitable for beginner level and intermediate level boys and girls with birth years 2002–12.  (Please see current schedule for more details.)

Is previous soccer experience required?

No. Our classes are designed to cater for all levels of experience. Players may be split up based on ability.

What topics will be covered?

Our professional coaching staff will follow a 10 week curriculum, including; dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and creativity.  

Do you offer girls-only classes?

Yes. We offer both coed and girls-only sessions

How long does each session last?

Classes are 55 minutes.

How many players are in each group?

We aim to have a ratio of 1 coach to 10 players

What is your weather policy?

We will play in the rain wherever possible, however, if the rain is torrential we will cancel. In addition, if rain is combined with low temperatures, we will cancel the session (especially for our younger players). Should we experience thunder or lightning we will cancel the session.

When will you notify us about cancelled classes?

We will communicate at least 4 hours in advance of any session being cancelled. Classes are on as scheduled unless we communicate otherwise. Due to high volume, please do not call or email to ask if class is still on.

Do you offer make-up dates?

Yes. We will always offer a make-up date for cancelled classes. Sometimes classes are cancelled at short notice due to permitting issues or other constraints outside of our control. We will always communicate cancellations in advance; however, we thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.

What happens if a class is full?

You can register for the waitlist and you will be informed if a space opens up. 

Can I drop off my son or daughter and pick them up later?

We ask that all children are accompanied by an adult during each class.

What equipment do I need?

Players should bring a ball, water and shin guards. DUSC will provide each player with a T-Shirt that they should wear every week to class.  


Who are Clinics suitable for?

Clinics are suitable for intermediate and advanced level boys & girls in birth years 2010-2005 (see current schedule for more details)

Is previous soccer experience required?

Yes. Our clinics are designed to offer a more detailed approach to specific topics of the game and require a proper foundation and ability level.  

What topics will be covered?

Our professional coaching staff will follow a 10 week progressive curriculum.  

Do you offer girls-only classes?

No. Since the clinics are more focused on individual player development, gender is not relevant.  

How long does each session last?

Clinics are 55 minutes 

How many players are in each group?

We aim to have a ratio of 1 coach to 10 players

What is your weather policy?

We will play in the rain wherever possible, however, if the rain is torrential we will cancel. In addition, if rain is combined with low temperatures, we will cancel the session (especially for our younger players). Should we experience thunder or lightning we will cancel the session.

When will you notify us about cancelled clinics?

We will communicate at least 4 hours in advance of any session being cancelled. Clinics are on as scheduled unless we communicate otherwise. Due to high volume, please do not call or email to ask if class is still on.    

Do you offer make-up dates?

Yes. We will always offer a make-up date for cancelled classes. Sometimes classes are cancelled at short notice due to permitting issues or other constraints outside of our control. We will always communicate cancellations in advance; however, we thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.

What happens if a clinic is full?

You can register for the waitlist and you will be informed if a space opens up.

Can I drop off my son or daughter and pick them up later?

We ask that all children are accompanied during each clinic.

What equipment do I need?

Players should bring a ball, water and shin guards. DUSC will provide each player with a T-Shirt that they should wear every week.