We’re doing more than just teaching kids to play soccer. Our coaches motivate campers through our reward points system, emphasizing leadership and teamwork, rather than just being the “best” player on a team. This year’s curriculum provides fast-paced programming to keep campers continually active – no more waiting for your turn. Campers will engage in activities with their teammates while each player gets to focus on their own skill level. Campers learn the basics of soccer and then use those lessons to compete with their teammates in games and challenges. By providing choice throughout the day, campers will determine the position or skill in which they’d like to see improvement, feeling empowered to better themselves how they’d like to do so. The consistency of schedules helps campers know what to expect and when to expect it so they can give their all to playing the game. Expect your camper to be tired out at the end of the day, and excited to head back to camp the next day.
Young athletes perform best when they feel confident and comfortable. For that reason, we divide our camp into five age-appropriate levels. Each level teaches a unique set of skills and encourages its own level of competition. This also ensures campers receive a new D.C. United Camps experience each year!
For our youngest campers, our focus is to create an enjoyable experience centered around the fundamentals of the game. Using competitions and fun-filled exercises, we aim to engage and excite them while also educating them on the wonderful game of soccer.
As players progress beyond the beginner level, we look to reinforce the fundamentals while increasing the pace of drills. Our curriculum aims to use soccer to teach lifelong lessons that will translate to any sport or hobby your child decides to pursue in life.
For campers maturing alongside the game of soccer, our curriculum shifts to introducing variations of drills to reinforce proper mechanics and techniques. We place a strong focus on footwork to improve every aspect of your player’s skillset.
To match the evolving love of the game with increased soccer experience, we look to speed up the game. For our older players, the curriculum is built to more closely simulate an in-game experience. We increase the pace of play and implement specific drills and competitions built to keep them engaged with the lesson and help them track their progress.
As our older players progress through the game, our coaching staff will work to connect your child’s passion with their desire to improve specific areas of their game or aspirations to master the intricacies of a new position on the field.