Category Archives: Sports

Registration Now Open: Join DC Way Academy’s Spring Soccer Season!

 

Do you want your child to play competitive soccer, improve their skills, and, most importantly, have fun?  If so, you’ll be interested to know that registration for DC Way Academy’s spring season is currently open, and they are looking for U8-U11 players to join their unique soccer club!

Their program will run from March 10 to June 13 at the Fields at RFK Campus in DC. By signing up, your child will have the opportunity to participate in a Spring League, practice at a competitive level, and create amazing friendships that will last a lifetime.

 

Are you wondering what makes DC Way Academy’s curriculum different?  Their coaches deliver world-class sessions and provide insight on how to improve the fundamental techniques and skills that all soccer players require. Their team creates a warm, professional, and friendly environment to nurture young athletes allowing them to flourish and reach their maximum potential.

DC Way Academy’s training curriculum is diverse and entertaining, meant to engage and excite young players, and foster an enjoyable learning environment. Players learn necessary technical skills as well as essential cognitive skills like spatial awareness, tactical knowledge, and risk assessment, all the while developing their crucial game intelligence. DC Way Academy’s certified and professional coaches will take your child to the next level, all the while having a blast.

The soccer club is implementing extra precautions to provide the best experience possible under CDC and local health authorities’ health and safety guidelines. Their staff are masked and practice social distancing measures, and all players wear masks during practices and matches. The club is committed to keeping the players and their families safe during these times.

 

Jumpstart your child’s soccer career and contact DC Way Academy today to set up a tryout! More information about their program — including descriptions, pricing, schedules, and registration — is available on their website and Facebook page. You can also call 571-490-1275 or email [email protected] to learn more.

 

This post is sponsored by DC Way, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

Leave a Comment

Filed under 2021, All ages, Coronavirus, COVID-19, DC, Gradeschoolers, Outdoor, Seasonal, Sports, Spring

A Socially Distanced Ski Day at Whitetail Resort

 

Skiing is kind of a perfect activity for this Covid winter.  In any year, it’s a super fun and active way to take advantage of the season. During this time, it’s especially great since, in many ways, it’s already socially distanced.  Additionally, ski resorts are taking extra precautions to help ensure safety.

So, we hit the slopes a couple of weeks ago at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, PA.  About an hour and a half drive from DC, it’s one of the closest ski resorts to us, and easily a doable day trip. We went on the Tuesday between MLK Day and the Inauguration, when the kids had off from school.  We figured it was a good time to go, since it wasn’t a weekend or a holiday when more people would opt for ski day, too.

Happy to celebrate his birthday on the slopes

Advanced reservations are required, a policy implemented at many resorts to cut down on lines and because tickets sell out faster since capacity is limited.  We booked four days ahead with no problem, but I’ve seen some resorts sell out further in advance  for weekends — something to keep in mind. (And they will refund if for some reason you can’t go.)

Other safety precautions include masks required in certain areas, extra signage about physical distance, and reduced capacity of lifts and gondolas. Generally, common sense prevails, too:  Don’t line up for lifts too close to others (though skis automatically prevent this), and only ride up with people in your party. (Read more about Whitetail’s commitment to safety.)

A heads-up:  Despite the limited capacity and sparse crowd, there was a long, cold wait for ski rentals — about an hour and half, since they limit the number of parties that can be in the rental shop at a one time.  Unfortunately, this ate into our ski time.  KFDC Tip: Rent equipment ahead at Sun & Ski, so you’re geared up and ready to hit the mountain after a quick check-in. (We had looked into this, but everything was rented out because of the holidays around our day trip.)

Also good to know:  You cannot store shoes and belongings in lockers, but we just piled ours outside the ski rental shop as a lot of others did.  It’s doubtful that anyone would steal your shoes, but make sure you take the right ones home! (I brought Levi the wrong pair at first, which was both funny and kind of gross.)

Ready to head downhill

Once we were all equipped, we got right on the lifts.  I’m not the best skier (a result of growing up in South Florida… ask me about my tennis game, though), so I stuck to the greens and blues.  But everyone else enjoyed all the runs and found enough variety to have a really fun day.  (Though keep in mind, this is a small east coast resort, so no high expectations for fresh powder and long runs.)

The cafes are open, with both indoor and outdoor seating.  At lunchtime, we grabbed some food inside and took it out to eat, while friends brought lunch in a cooler that they kept it in their car.  We also got hot chocolate and coffee later in the day to warm up.

Maintaining good ski pole distance 🙂

 

Whitetail Resort is open daily 9am – 5pm Monday – Wednesday, and 9am – 9pm Thursday – Saturday, and 9am – 8pm on Sundays. Lift tickets start at $72 a day/adult, $59 a day/child. Night skiing begins at 3pm (Thurs-Sunday) and starts at $64/adult, $53/child.  Rentals are extra ($55 ski or snowboard). Whitetail is located at 13805 Blairs Valley Road in Mercersburg PA.  With limited capacity, there was plenty of parking, but still a short walk to the lodge.

More to note:
* Liberty and Roundtop, also among the closer ski resorts to DC, are within the same system as Whitetail, so much of what’s here applies to them as well.
* Whitetail (and the other resorts) also offer snow tubing, though only in two-hour sessions — maybe a bit short for the long drive to do just that, but good to tack onto skiing.

 

2 Comments

Filed under 2021, All ages, Coronavirus, COVID-19, DC, Outdoor, Seasonal, Social Distancing, Sports, Weekdays, Weekend, Winter

Registration is Open for DC Way’s After-School Soccer Programs!

Kickin’ it with DC Way (Note: These are older photos – kids & coaches DO wear masks now.)

 

Are you looking for a fun and safe learning experience for your child to enhance their soccer skills this winter? DC Way has you covered!  The popular soccer club provides After-School Programs for kids ages 4-7 at Lincoln Park and Providence Park on Capitol Hill all throughout the winter. These programs are currently being offered through February 4 — you can sign your child up either for weeks or even just a day.

Founded in 2013, DC Way has been giving children an opportunity to learn, grow, and shine in a fun, no pressure environment. With top quality certified coaches, DC Way provides one of the best after-school soccer programs on Capitol Hill. Participating in their After-School Programs can benefit your child in multiple ways — physically, emotionally, and socially. At each class, the coaches demonstrate a new topic, skill set, and life lesson to build a strong foundation for your little athlete.

One of many great things about DC Way’s After-School Programs is that the classes are non-competitive and use positive reinforcement to teach children soccer skills in a fun, engaging, and educational environment. Their unique age-specific curriculum is designed by a combination of behavioral, soccer, and education specialists to ensure that each child is developing skills, improving their self-confidence, and having a blast.

It’s never too early to start learning soccer!  Even without ever playing soccer before, they guarantee your child will enjoy their programs. A single class at their programs will make your child fall in love with soccer!

At DC Way, players’ safety is their top priority. The soccer club is implementing extra precautions to provide the best experience possible under CDC and other local health authorities’ health and safety guidelines. And the players and coaches DO wear masks (these photos are from pre-covid).  Since June, after the quarantine, no player has tested positive for COVID-19 as a result of their comprehensive safety measures.

 

Are your kids ready to play some soccer — and have an awesome time? Sign them up online today!

More information about their programs — including descriptions, pricing, schedules, and registration — is available on DC Way’s website and Facebook page. You can also call 571.490.1275 or email [email protected] to learn more.

 

This post is sponsored by DC Way, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

Leave a Comment

Filed under 2021, Class, Coronavirus, COVID-19, DC, Outdoor, Sports, Weekdays, Winter

Five Things for Today: April 11, 2020

Kitties!


1. Echo the cheetah at the National Zoo gave birth to four cubs this week, and you can view them via web cam. (It’s actually very mesmerizing and calming to watch.)

2. Strathmore has moved some of its programming online. Family Jam Sessions that take place at the Mansion will now livestream via the Strathmore Facebook Page. Join one this morning at 10:15am — Discover Bluegrass Music with Brad Kolodner. And next Saturday, April 18, at 10:15am, Discover Folk Music with Maureen Andary. Past sessions, including an intro to hip hop by Christylez Bacon and Intro to Steelpan Drumming with Josanne Francis, are available to view online. Find more info on Strathmore offerings here.

3. For all the cheesy peops… First, if you love a good cheese plate, you must follow @thatcheeseplate on IG. Also, you might be excited to hear there’s a challenge to create your own plate with local cheeses. This could even be a fun activity with kids if they dig cheese and playing with food, too.

4. DC Food Project has launched an Emergency Weekend Bag program, working with partner schools throughout DC, to help students and families get what they need during this challenging time. Please consider helping, too, by supporting their efforts with a donation.

5. If you’re an Amy Schumer fan, I highly recommend The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. I just started reading it and have been LOLing a ton — so great for right now.

🧀 🧀 🧀 🧀 🧀

If you enjoyed this post — found it informative, inspiring, or it just made you smile — please share it!


2 Comments

Filed under 2020, DC, Sports