Core Programming (school-based sites)

DC SCORES’ core programming is school-based, team-based, and serves the whole child. Our core program integrates soccer, poetry, and service-learning. Soccer is the backbone of the program, happening year round, but youth split time between the soccer field and classroom. Each week students will participate in two soccer practices, two writing practices, and one game day. Programs are open to grades 3-5 (elementary school sites) and grades 6-8 (middle school sites).


Fall & Spring

Youth will become more physically fit as they learn the fundamentals of soccer and improve their skills. Players will also participate in activities that teach and further promote DC SCORES’ core values of teamwork, leadership and commitment. Players of all levels are encouraged to participate.



Youth will improve their writing and literacy through a fun and interactive curriculum. They will read and write poetry twice every week. At the end of the fall season, everyone will perform in the annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam! The team will get on stage together to share their words with the community.



Youth will explore their community and discuss the things they like and the things they want to change. Then, their team will choose an issue that they’d like to work on, and create a project to benefit their neighborhood, school, city, or the world. They will learn how to use writing to support their project, by writing letters, newspaper articles, surveys, and more!

DC SCORES City Soccer Program (recreation center-based sites)

The DC SCORES City Soccer Program is available for youth who do not attend a school that offers DC SCORES Core Programming. Through a partnership with DPR, the City Soccer Program is available at participating recreation centers throughout DC. The City Soccer Program is currently soccer only (see above for more details) with hopes to add the writing component soon. Each week students will participate in a minimum of two soccer practices with 4-6 game days throughout the season versus other teams in the DC SCORES City Soccer League. See the list of program sites at the bottom of 'About DC SCORES' to determine the type of programming at your child’s site. Programs are open to grades 3-5 at all sites and grades K-2 at select sites.


DC SCORES programming is FREE to all participants. DC SCORES staff works hard to keep all of our programs FREE for all participants. Each year we raise 100% of the money it takes to run our programs in DC. If you would like to contribute to the program or help fundraise, please contact us at parents@dcscores.org or donate here.


Every participant must turn in a signed registration form before participating in DC SCORES. The registration form ensures that staff have necessary information about your child, and also provides your child with supplemental insurance. New registration forms must be completed each year of participation. See the coach at your child’s site for a registration form or complete the form online at register.dcscores.org or you can download, print, complete, and return this pdf to your coach.

Parents at Recreation Sites must also complete the Transportation Waiver on the back of the game schedule here.


Coaches at all sites will be provided with with jerseys, shorts, socks, and shinguards for each participant on game days. All equipment provided is property of DC SCORES until distributed by coaches at the end of the spring season for players completing both seasons and meeting attendance requirements as set by his/her coach. Players are not required to wear cleats and can play in any type of athletic shoe/sneaker. Most coaches will choose to collect uniforms after each game to wash and redistribute the following week. If your child brings his/her uniform home, please make sure that he/she remembers to bring it on game day or he/she will be unable to participate. Coaches may not be able to replace lost uniforms. Players may not wear jewelry of any type (including earrings) or hard ponytail holders or barrettes as these items may cause injury during play. Players must wear the issued uniforms at games, not practices. They should wear comfortable athletic clothing and footwear for practices.


Each DC SCORES site makes their own after-school schedule to meet the needs of their coaches and available resources. Please speak with the coaches at your site for the schedule.

Parents are responsible for picking up their children at the time established by the coaches. Please show some respect to our dedicated coaches and be on time. Parents who are late to pick up their children may be subject to a fee.

Please note that practices will not be cancelled in the case of inclement weather (unless school closes). Coaches will conduct practice inside as necessary.


Fall Season

  • Start Date: September 5th
  • Fall Frenzy: October 14th (Elementary School core program sites)
  • Poetry Slam: November 15th and November 16th (core program sites only)
  • End Date: November 22nd

Spring Season

  • Start Date: March 12th
  • Jamboree: June 2nd (All teams)
  • End Date: June 2nd


Fall Frenzy

Fall Frenzy is for all elementary school core program teams and their families. Youth will participate in soccer games, arts and crafts, and other activities. Buses will transport students from their school, and lunch is provided for all players and family members. Fall Frenzy will take place at Trinity Washington University.

Poetry Slam!

Every team will perform in one of the two nights of the DC SCORES annual Poetry Slam! Held in local high school auditoriums, the Slam is a community event where we will celebrate our students’ voices.


Similar to Fall Frenzy, the Jamboree is an end of year celebration with soccer games, activity booths, and free food for everyone. Middle Schoolers will play in a competitive tournament. Jamboree will be at Anacostia park.