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THE YOUTH SOCCER PACKAGE HAS RETURNED!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

THE SOCCER PACKAGE HAS RETURNED

Everyone’s favorite deal has returned, the soccer package! A great bundle to help you save for the upcoming season. It’s the perfect way to suit up and outfit yourself for the season. For $44.99 you can get soccer cleats, a soccer ball, shin guards, a drawstring bag to store your items, and a pair of socks!

 

 

Save BIG on Youth Soccer Packages

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Disco Sports is your one stop shop to get your player on the field this season. Save BIG on our Youth Soccer Packages which include:

  • Shin Guards
  • Soccer Ball
  • Pair of Youth Cleats
  • Soccer Socks
  • Drawstring Sports Bag

ALL For $44.99!

Hurry, sale is in store only and supply is limited.

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Save 15% Off All Indoor Training Shoes!

Monday, November 7th, 2016

As the cold weather sets in, indoor training is a mighty warm welcome. Luckily, Disco Sports is right in step with your soccer & baseball training needs.

15% off all indoor training shoes for soccer and baseball (In store and online) Sale ends November 13th

Shop footwear HERE

*Discount automatically applied in cart

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Huge Soccer Event! Sales, Prizes, Skills Contests, & More!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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Come on out to Disco Sports on Saturday, October 15th for our HUGE Soccer Event sponsored by Puma!

We’ll be offering BIG SALES on: equipment (cleats, shin guards, socks, shorts, jerseys, balls, & more), and fan gear from your favorite MLS and Premier League teams! Jerseys are 15% off and cleats from 25% off! 

We will also have players on site to show the latest tricks and skills to up and coming players!

Think your footwork is up to the task? We’ll be hosting skills contests with awesome prizes, so bring your A Game!

Skills Contest Details:

• Qualifying rounds will be held from 10AM to Noon with finals held afterwards
• Finals will consist of the 2 top players
• 3 Age Groups: 8+, 9-13, and 14+
• 14+ winner will receive the new Puma evoTOUCH ($170 retail value) & Wilson Forte II Officiall NCAA and VHLS
• 9-13 winner will receive the Puma evoTOUCH youth cleat ($55 retail value)
• 8+ winner will receive their choice of soccer ball

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Official Contest Rules
  1. 2.1.  Qualification Stage

    The stage is designed to qualify the strongest participants for the final round. It is really important to do this properly to avoid unhappy athletes and ensure all runs on time.
    a) Each competition will have different numbers of participants, so F3 have identified the two following options that must be used at qualification stage:
    b) Battle Circles (more than 40 participants)
    c) For official F3 National Events (1-star) there must be minimum of 8 participants registered.
    d) For official F3 Continental Event (2-star) there must be minimum of 16 participants registered
    e) If your event looks like having less competitors than the minimum it can still be classed as an official event but points will be weighted lower.

    1. 2.1.1. Qualification with up to 20 participants

      a)  Each participant must make a 1 minute performance.
      b)  To determine the starting order of the freestylers for this round there is a general seeding of players (this could be based on F3 world rankings or results from previous championships for example). If no previous event has previously happened then names will be drawn out of a hat.
      c)  Athletes perform in order from last to first in accordance with the seeding.
      d)  There must be at least a top 8 for the 1-star events and a top 16 for 2-star events.
      e)  Judges rank participants in order from the best to the worst performance (see point 2.2.4 for judging criteria).
      f)  To give maximum opportunity in some countries for new freestylers to develop and learn, it could be managed so the top 12 from National rankings go through automatically and then for the final 4 places in the top 16 for battles, a qualification round can be made.
      g)  Final top 16 order is made (see point 2.2.6 for exact order).
      h)  In case there are exactly 16 participants, the qualification will determine only the order of athletes from 1st to 16th place.
      i)  Qualification could be modified for top 32 battles or top 8 battles in the final stage. It all depends on time management of the event and the organisers.
      j)  The same rules as knockout stage apply (see point 2.2.1).

    2. 2.1.2. Qualification with more than 20 participants (Circle battle)

      a) There are 4 groups of athletes created based on the seeding.
      b) Every athlete is in a group of four meaning they all have three opponents to compete against.
      c) All players are in a circle and battling each other.
      d) The number of circles depends on the number of athletes registered to compete.
      e) Every athlete has three rounds, which last 30 seconds each.
      f) Athletes each take their turn in the centre of the circle.
      g) After each round, the athlete should move from the centre spot quickly back to their corner to make room for the next athlete.
      h) The two best athletes from every circle goes through to the next round (could be more or less depending on the number of circles).
      i)  Those two winning athletes are announced straight after each circle battle by the head judge after a short general discussion between the judges.
      j)  The same rules as knockout stage apply (see point 2.2.1).

  2. 2.2. Battle Knockout Stage

    1. 2.2.1. Battle Knockout Rules

      The violation of following will result in disqualification at the end of the battle by the Head Judge
      a)  No outside interference is allowed to help stick the ball to the body or clothing (E.g. glue, tape, sticky laces). A check should be made at the start of competition by Head Judge to see if this rule is being broken (Head Judge has the right to inspect the Freestyler immediately after the battle if he is suspicious of rule 2.2.1.b being broken) Note: A hat is not classed as a foreign object so can be integrated into battle
      b) Changing equipment (shoes, ball) is not allowed during a battle.
      c)  No other people are allowed to be brought into battle.
      d)  Use of more than 1 ball in forbidden.

    2. e) Impersonating of the opponent is allowed, but disrespecting is strictly forbidden. There is a very fine line here and collectively the judges shall decide if anyone is acting inappropriately (See point 3.2)
    3. The violation of following will result as losing the Mistakes criteria in their overall decision
      f) Hands are NOT allowed (see point 2.2.3).
      g) Participants must not leave the stage at any time during the battle.
      h) Whilst one participant is performing, the opponent must not perform any moves or infringe upon their show.
    4. 2.2.2. Footballs

      a) F3 recognise that ball of size 5 is preferable choice. Nevertheless there is tolerance of 0.5 both ways (4.5 and 5.5).
      b) No modification to a ball is allowed.
      c) If there is an official ball of the tournament, the organisers must ensure every participant has this ball at least 1 month before so they can get used to it.

    5. d) Once player enter the battle with one ball he must not use any other
    1. 2.2.3. The use of hands
      b)  Use of the hands in battles is considered as a mistake.
      c)  A ‘hand’ is deemed to be used if the ball contacts anywhere from the tip of an athlete’s finger to just below the shoulder. It is accepted that an athlete can hold the ball prior to spinning the ball into a trick.
    2. 2.2.4 Judges and Judging Criteria

      The 6 x considerations/criteria for Battle Knockouts & Qualification are:

        Difficulty – Technically difficult tricks and combinations are appreciated
        Originality – Performing with individual style and creativity is recommended
        All Round Skills – Competence in all basic aspects: uppers, sit-downs and lowers
        Trick Execution – Looking for clean demonstration of each trick
        Mistakes – Drops or use of hands are not appreciated
        Variety – Repetition should be avoided in battles

      A judge should decide which freestyler won each of these 6 x criteria.
      If it is a draw 3-3 then the freestyler who won Difficulty will be deemed the winner as this is the most weighted criteria

    3. 2.2.5. Timing

      b) Athletes alternate every 30 seconds (both freestylers will have 3 x 30 seconds in each battle knockout to impress the judges and outperform their opponent).
      c) Each athlete should be told to end their round by the MC/host and they are obliged to stop performing immediately to free the space for their opponent. They should each be given 5 seconds notice before the end of each round.
      d) If an athlete is mid-combination move at the end of their 30 second round, they will be allowed to complete it and then the opponent’s next 30 seconds will begin (host will announce this).
      e) If one athlete ends their round earlier, then the opponent can use this time in their round.

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MLS Has Arrived at Disco Sports

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Hey all you soccer fans– MLS gear has officially arrived in the Disco Sports Shop!

The MLS started its 20th season this past week and we’re all stocked up on the latest gear from your favorite teams. You can find DC United, New York Red Bull, LA Galaxy, and NY City FC both in store and online. Whether you’re traveling to a game to support your team or if you just want to make a statement after last night’s victory, we’ve got what you need to make sure everyone knows where your loyalty lies.

Here’s a season schedule (http://www.mlssoccer.com/schedule) and here’s where you can find the games on TV (http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/thegoalkeeper/2015-Major-League-Soccer-national-television-schedule.html), so mark your calendars and make sure you stop by the Disco Sports Shop and gear up before the season is in full-swing!

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Hate to Say We Told You So, but…

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

We shared some news about this back in the summer, but it’s getting a bit more real now.  The Radiological Society of North America, a leading group of professionals who take and analyze scans and x-rays, just shared the findings of a study on soccer players who head the ball.

They looked specifically at players who had been at it for a while, and players who headed the ball 1,000 to 1,500 times per year.  These “super headers” showed a significant difference in brain matter for the regions that control attention, memory, executive functioning and visual functions.

They went on to say that the results were similar to people with traumatic brain injuries.  Some have likened the findings to similar studies on football and hockey.

This shouldn’t come as shocking news.header grimace

Lori Chalupny was a captain of the U.S. Women’s team.  She struggled to play in the World Cup because doctors were arguing about clearing her to play following a history of concussions.

Alecko Eskandarian was the MVP of the 2004 MLS Cup final.  He had several in a row, and after flipping in his D.C. United debut was out for several seconds, and upon regaining his feet ran sideways for 15 yards while his teammates tried to steer him towards the sidelines.

Taylor Twellman was an MLS MVP who finally retired in 2010 after a series of concussions.  His forte?  Headers in the penalty area. MLS Commissioner Don Garber called him “our Tom Brady” and he was one of the league’s leading scorers.  Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated said that his success was the result of throwing his head at the ball “with the force of a bird smacking a window”.

Twellman knew he was in trouble when he went to watch the NBA Finals.  When he closed his right eye he could still see Phil Jackson sitting right next to Doc Rivers.  The only problem was that Jackson and Rivers were on opposing benches at opposite ends of the floor.  Now that’s blurred vision!

In 1999, researchers at McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Canada did a comparative study of college soccer and football players (yes, Canadian football is still alive).  They found that the instance of players feeling the symptoms of a concussion was pretty even between both sports.  The duration and severity was pretty close too.  They also found, somewhat surprisingly, that female soccer players had a slightly higher percentage of concussion than their male counterparts.

None of this is strong enough to call for regulation, but the professionals doing these studies did make some recommendations.

They suggested that youngsters should be wary of excessive heading.  A younger player is much more likely to suffer a brain injury.  They also warned against drills where players repeatedly headed the ball back and forth for extended periods.  They also encouraged the use of headgear and mouthguards, neither of which are very popular with players.

At Disco Sports we like soccer, and like the fact that it moves quickly, involves great footwork and great teamwork.   A well-placed header is like a perfectly executed crossing pass on the gridiron.  But a bird smacking a window?  Ouch.

Ouch!

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

 

We watched the Giants game the other night and got a good chuckle out of the Oscar-worthy performances of Jacquian Williams and Deon Grant.  They fell to the ground, writhing in pain, just as the Rams were setting up a no-huddle play.  Guess the boys in blue have been watching some soccer?

We’re also following the progress of Peyton Manning.  Manning is a tremendous talent and is no stranger to playing with pain.   In a long career with the Colts he had missed only one regular season snap.  In 2001 he got hit by the Dolphins, sat out a play, and came back bloodied, but finished the game.  Turns out he had a broken jaw.

Manning had off-season surgery to repair a nerve in his neck.  That didn’t go exactly to plan and he’s now had additional surgeries.  Word is now that he’s traveled to Europe for controversial stem-cell therapies.

Why is this important?

Our folks are playing some football, too.  And we spent all summer going to Little League, and we’re gearing up for Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, etc., etc., etc.  The point is that you don’t have to be Peyton Manning to get hurt playing sports.

The Centers for Disease Control says that at the High School level over 2 million athletes will be injured this year.  That’s everything from cuts and bruises to more serious issues like sprains, tears, bone breaks, and concussion.  The highest rate of injury was to boys playing football but no sport or sex was free from risk.  More kids were hurt during actual games but many injuries were also reported during practices and training.

What can you do to reduce the risk?

Make sure that your child is prepared for the season.  Evaluate pre-season health.  Every session should start with proper warm-up and nutrition.  Equipment should be appropriate to the sport and properly fitted.

Our kids like to be active, but make sure that they have adequate rest between practices, before games, and often between seasons.  Many experts suggest taking breaks between seasons as opposed to going straight to basketball from football, running to soccer, etc.

Listen to the coach!  At the youth level a common cause of injury is improper technique.  The first time your youngster wears a helmet he’s going to want to test it.  Leading a tackle head-first, however, is NOT good technique.  There is an art to tackling, to running, to jumping, and even to falling down.  Ask any skateboarder.

Most importantly, Be An Advocate!  Learn what you can about the sport your superstar has chosen.  Let the Coach coach, but be a participant.  Talk to your child about following the rules, following directions, and be aware.

Sports are our lives, and we hope yours, too!  Do your part to Keep Your Kid In The Game!

It’s Always A Sport

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

We got a pretty cool press release this week from the Richmond Kickers.  They are continuing a program begun two seasons ago with Sportable, a Richmond based organization that provides sports and recreational programs for people with physical disabilities.  They are sponsoring a Power Wheelchair Soccer Team that will be coached by Richmond Kicker Midfielder Mike Callahan.

Running?  No.  Jumping?  No.  Powered wheelchairs?  Yes.  Sport?  ABSOLUTELY!

Sportable started in 2005 and offers soccer, swimming, tennis, kayaking, and more to wanting athletes who have to overcome barriers in ability, equipment, or venue to participate in active and competitive sports.  The key word there, though, is sport.

You may remember seeing trailers a few years ago about a documentary called “Murderball.”  While it sounds like a horror movie it was actually the hard-hitting and inspiring story of the U.S. Quad Rugby team.  This was a group of young men, all dealing with spinal injuries and related disabilities, who strapped themselves into the meanest looking wheelchairs that you’ve ever seen and competed in the most highly charged and hardest hitting game of “rugby” that you’ve ever seen.  We winced watching some of the hits and decided that Quad Rugby would never be on our bucket list.  We did, however, decide that they were one of the most driven, passionate, competitive, and playful teams that we’d ever seen.  A “Dream Team” without the egos but better looking wheels.

There was a big flap in 2007 about a guy named Oscar Pistorius.  He had competed quite well in some international games, placing 2nd in the 2007 Rome Golden Gala in the men’s 400-meter race.  He ran well in Britain and had his sights set on the 2008 Olympics.  There was one problem.  Oscar had no legs.  Pistorius had both of his legs amputated just below the knees when he was 11 months old because of a congenital birth defect.  He was one of the first people to get outfitted with those carbon fiber blades called “The Cheetah”.   Many argued that the spring that this afforded him gave him an unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes.  One thing is for sure:  he is the Fastest Man With No Legs.

There are venues for athletes with disabilities.  We think of them as disabled but they are often at the top of their sports.  The Paralympic Games started in 1948 with Ludwig Guttmann, a doctor who fled Germany in 1939 and started the British Sports Association for the Disabled.  It was an opportunity for soldiers injured in war to once again become active in the sports that they loved.

In 1960 Rome hosted the first organized international games for these athletes, and they have always taken place in the same years as The Olympics.  In 1988 the International Olympic Committee decreed that the Paralympics would be held by the same host cities, in the same venues as the other Olympics.  Athletes at the Paralympics compete in gymnastics, judo, boxing, rugby, equestrian events, hockey, skating, you name it.  If you can watch it every 4 years on NBC they’ve got it.

The real point is this:  These young men and women are athletes.  They participate in sport.  They may crash into each other pell-mell from a wheelchair.  They may hurdle with a carbon fiber foot.  They may pedal with a recumbent or a hand cycle on a 100-mile jaunt.

These are athletes.  And this is sport.  Play Ball.

 

 

Who’s your Hero?

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The Richmond Times-Dispatch published the results of a survey recently of young women on which athlete they looked up to or most admired.  They asked health instructors and sports coaches at 10 area middle and high schools to facilitate the survey and got responses from almost 1,000 girls.  Luckily, the most popular response was an acquaintance or family member.  To round out the top 10 they chose:  Michael Phelps, Candace Parker (of Tennessee Basketball fame), Kobe Bryant, David Beckham (of Posh Spice fame), Lebron James, Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, and Venus and Serena Williams at numbers 3 and 2.  It made us think about who we would choose as a role model.

Phelps is a good choice.  8 Olympic gold medals.  There was some bad press about him, but you can’t argue with his ability and he does a great deal to give back.  Lebron and Becks?  Both are star players who bring excitement to their sports.  Many, though, would consider them attention greedy moneygrubbers who take some love out of their games.

Mia and the Sister’s Williams are solid choices.  Venus and Serena have arguably changed the way women play tennis and have certainly moved forward the bar set by Arthur Ashe.  Mia Hamm is one of our favorites for really helping to put women’s soccer on the map.

Is it harder to choose a sports idol now?  As a kid we wanted to throw like Sonny J.  Dad was a retired D.C. cop and told some colorful stories about Sonny celebrating wins in some of his favorite haunts.  This would instantly end up on TMZ or YouTube these days.

Billy Crystal did a great job with his movie “61” about the home run race between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.  Crystal doesn’t shy from the fact that Mantle had some flaws and dings in his armor.  Which moviemaker is going to step up to the plate and film the biopic of Roger Clemons and Barry Bonds in 40 years?

 

 

 

This One’s for the Ladies!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The U.S. recently lost to Mexico in the Gold Cup Finals to end a tight run for the men but now it’s the Ladies turn!

The Women’s World Cup is in full swing and our American Ladies are poised to redeem our soccer standings in the world.

They opened with a sweet 2-0 win over North Korea in the first round.  Lauren Cheney was a star, scoring her 14th goal for the National Team.  They play Columbia (reeling from a loss to Sweden) on Saturday.

But lets take a look at some of the stars.

Shannon Boxx is a 34-year-old veteran of previous World Cups with 22 international goals.  She is the seasoned leader of a strong group of youngsters like Kelley O Hara who also has some international play at age 23.

Hope Solo of the Boca Raton magicJack is slated to stay in goal if she can remain injury free, which has been a problem for her recently.  Abby Wambach is a strong forward playing in her 3rd World Cup and she has strong support from defender Christine Rampone, the team captain who is sure to enjoy her 4th World Cup appearance.

Legendary Swedish player Pia Sundhage is coaching these ladies and she has a wealth of experience to draw from.  In a 22-year international career she had 146 appearances, scored 71 goals and once scored the game winning penalty kick against England in 1984 to give Sweden its only European title.  As she transitioned into coaching she was considered a front-runner to be the coach of Sweden’s Men’s National Team.

Women’s soccer at this level is just darned exciting.  The U.S. needs a win as badly as Columbia.  The U.S. Women’s Olympic team made players like Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers household names.  We’re sure going to be watching some soccer this weekend and we can’t wait to see which superstars emerge from this crop of strikers!