DC Soccer Club's Juniors Program is a program geared toward preparing players born between 2014-2016 for the travel soccer level. The program will be lead by professional coaches and practices will be held twice a week with play-days on weekends. The program is set up to mimic the travel schedule and prepare players for the highest level of competition.
What age group are U6-U8 Juniors?
For the 2021 season, the Juniors program is for boys and girls who were born in 2014 (U8), 2015 (U7), and 2016 (U6).
What is the expected commitment? Do I have to give up on other sports?
DC Soccer Club’s U6-U8 Juniors program is aimed at the long-term development of players, which requires a commitment to consistent practice. This does not mean players cannot player other sports. Players in these young ages are encouraged to play other sports for more well-rounded development.
What will the coaches focus on in training?
Individual Player Development. One player on one ball. Technical training will be a priority in order to develop the fundamental skills necessary to be successful in later years. Long-term skill development is essential. Coaches will introduce tactical decision making, physical development, and psychological development, while all the time developing a love of the game of soccer.
Is there are a uniform for Juniors?
Juniors are asked to order and wear a red DC Soccer Club practice jersey to training sessions. U8 players are required to also buy a navy uniform kit. There are optional warm-ups and a backpack. Within 3-5 days after registration you will be sent an email from soccer.com prompting you to login and order the jersey and uniform from soccer.com. The uniform will be directly sent to your home.
Do players need to wear anything specific to practice?
Players are asked to wear a DC Soccer Club red training shirt, comfortable sports shorts or pants, soccer socks pulled over their shinguards, and cleats or indoor soccer shoes/tennis shoes. Players are asked to bring an inflated size 3 ball and water to each practice.
What does the U6-U8 Juniors Program expect from parents?
1. Arrange to get your child to training and play days on time
2. Be supportive of your child and fellow DC Soccer Club Juniors members
3. Leave the coaching to the coaches (cheer, but do not coach)
4. Encourage them to get the ball out on their own free time
5. Trust the process. Some games and drills may not look intuitive but all have a purpose
Can a player do both the Juniors program and the Recreational Program at the same time?
Yes, players not only can but are encouraged to stay with their Recreational team while participating in the Juniors program. Games will never conflict, and if a practice does, the player has the option to choose which practice they attend.
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