West Des Moines Soccer Club

DEVELOPMENT SOCCER

WDMSC Development Programs

Our Developmental Programs are for players ages 3 to 7 (4U - 8U) that want to participate in age appropriate, soccer specific, skill building, fun and fostering a passion for soccer. It is a non-competitive environment intended as an introduction to the game through short-sided games, focusing on individual player development. Coach to player ratio is kept small to maximize individual development led by our Director of Recreational Coaching.


Kickers

This is a program consisting of 5 weekly sessions for 3 and 4 year-olds (4U) with birth dates between 1/1/2016 and 12/31/2016 led by the WDMSC Director of Recreational Coaching! The Mini-Kickers program use a variety of games to engage kids in physical activity. Sessions are designed to create self confidence, promote physical fitness and work on motor skills. We stress a non-competitive environment and promote fun above all else. The first two sessions are led by our professional coaching staff after which sessions will be led by an assigned volunteer development coach. Click here for more information.


Cubbies

Our long-established Cubs (Pre-K & Kindergarten) program continues for 4 and 5 year-olds with birth dates between 1/1/2014 and 12/31/2015. Players at this age are socially more advanced and physically more capable to playing the game. With this in mind our player development curriculum will introduce basic concepts of the game, present general skills through play, and to build the understanding of team work and good sportsmanship. Click Here for more information.


Pre-Academy

This 7U/8U pre-academy program is phase two of our Player Pathway and a critical stage in our Player Development Model. This program is for players born between 1/1/2012 and 12/31/2013 and will be the key to our programs ongoing success. Players will experience weekly practice sessions for the first time and move to a slightly larger field than the Cubbies program. It is designed to give the young player the tools to advance and to learn more technical skills through Academy development. Click here for more information.

 
Kickers

WDMSC 4U Mini Kickers

The Mini-Kickers program is for players ages 3 and 4 with birth dates between 1/1/2016 and 12/31/2016. The program is run by the WDMSC Director of Recreational Coaching and will take children through a series of introductory soccer skills via fun activities and games. Guide and discovery will allow each child to develop social, emotional skills and an understanding for soccer. Players will not be assigned to official teams, but will be divided into smaller groups to work on activities.

Program Format/Game Days

The program consists of five weekly sessions which take place at Raccoon River Soccer Complex on Saturday mornings. At the first session, players will receive a t-shirt to be worn each week and on the last session they will receive a soccer ball to keep.

Program Details

Program Mini-Kickers
Cost $75 (includes $10 Administration Fee)
After Deadline N/A
Sessions: 5 weeks on Saturdays
Fall Dates: September 7th - October 5th
Spring Dates: April 2020 - June 2020
Times: 9:00 am
Apparel: Order
Registration: Online | Download
 
Cubs

WDMSC U5-U6 Cubs

The WDMSC U5-U6 Soccer Cubs Program is phase one in our Long-Term Player Development Pathway and is the foundation of the club's player development model. For the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 seasons , this program is for players born between 1/1/2014 and 12/31/2015. This age requirement is set by the Iowa Soccer Association. Children will enjoy a program aimed at introducing players to the game of soccer in a fun, no-pressure family atmosphere.

Program Format\Game Days

Cubs play 3v3 with no goalkeeper. Players play in a basic 7 week league schedule, but no league standings or results are recorded. All players are encouraged to move freely and try all field positions; reflecting developmental principles. Players are also encouraged to continue participating in a variety of additional activities to help enhance the full range of basic movement skills and physical literacy. All children receive equal playing time. There are no weekly practices, plenty of do-over's and no one keeps score in order to keep the focus on learning and having fun. The 3-on-3 format and much smaller field ensure that every player touches the ball often during the game.

Cubs teams play other WDMSC Cubs teams on Saturday mornings at Raccoon River Soccer Fields and do not have weekly practices.

Program Details

Program Cubs
Cost $85 (includes $10 Administration Fee)
After Deadline $95 (includes $10 Administration Fee)
Sessions: Saturdays
Fall Dates: September 7th - November 3rd
Spring Dates: April 2020 - June 2020
Times: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Apparel: Order
Registration: Online | Download
 
Cadets

WDMSC 7U-8U Pre-Academy

The WDMSC U7-U8 pre-academy development program is phase two of our Player Pathway and a critical stage in our Player Development Model. For the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 seasons, this program is for players born between 1/1/2012 and 12/31/2013. These children will experience weekly practice sessions for the first time and move to a slightly larger field than the beginning the Cubbies program. The focus remains strongly on fun, sportsmanship and the basic fundamentals of the game. Children begin to learn more technical skill development and parent coaches have the opportunity to enjoy coaching for the entire season at this level. The club supports parent coaches with player and coaching clinics, curriculum, and written resources. Games are refereed by a certified youth referee and remain very relaxed and positive. All children play equal time.

Program Format\Game Days

This age group plays 4v4 with no goalkeeper (maximum of 6 on each team roster). Players play in a basic league schedule, but no league standings or results are recorded. All players are encouraged to move freely and try all field positions; reflecting developmental principles. Players are also encouraged to continue participating in a variety of additional activities to help enhance the full range of basic movement skills and physical literacy. All children receive equal playing time.

Pre-Academy Training Sessions are held at either Hidden Valley Soccer Complex or Raccoon River Soccer Complex. Pre-Academy teams will have a weekly group practice which are lead by one of our WDMSC Professional Staff Members. Volunteer coaches will assist in these practices and may decide to hold an additional team practice on a different night of the week.

Pre-Academy teams will play WDMSC and Norwalk teams at Raccoon River Soccer Complex on Saturday and Sundays.

Program Details

Program: Pre-Academy
Cost: $105 (includes $10 Administration Fee)
After Deadline: $130 (includes $10 Administration Fee added)
Girls Sessions: Saturday Mornings (some Thursdays if needed)
Coed Sessions: Sunday Afternoons (some Thursdays if needed)
Fall Dates: September 7th - November 3rd
Spring Dates: April 2020 - June 2020
Times:
  • U7 Coed - Sunday Afternoons
  • U8 Coed - Sunday Afternoons
  • U7 Girls - Saturday Mornings
  • U8 Girls -Saturday Mornings
Apparel: Order
Registration: Online | Download