How do I register?
Registration is online at http://www.dysasoccer.com/Registration/Default.asp?n=127763&org=dysasoccer.com.
What measures is DYSA putting in place to ensure member safety as it relates to the COVID pandemic?
DYSA has developed and implemented a Return to Soccer plan based on guidelines provided by authorities and Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association. To view the plan please visit https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/8654/73741.pdf.
What equipment do players need?
Players are required to have a facial covering, shin guards, and soccer cleats. DYSA will provide each player with a T-shirt as well as a training bib. Players will also need an appropriate sized soccer ball. Size 3 for U6, Size 4 for U8-U12, and Size 5 for U15.
Will players need to wear a facial covering while playing?
Players are not required to wear facial covering while playing but are permitted to do so if they choose to. Players must always have a facial covering with them.
Can families attend sessions?
Per COVID guidelines, only one parent/guardian is allowed per player. Siblings can attend but they must always remain with their parent/guardians.
Is the program offered to non-Dartmouth residents?
Given the restricted number of available roster spots priority will be given to Dartmouth residents first. Any remaining spots will be issued to non-Dartmouth residents.
How old must my child be?
Your child must be 4 years old by August 31st of the present year to participate.
Are there team practices? The sessions held on Saturdays encompass both practice and play components.
What should I expect my child to take away from the under 6/8 DYSA experience this fall? Fall Soccer is a non-competitive, instructional league. The ultimate goal is to help children begin to understand and enjoy team sports - particularly the beautiful game of soccer. Your child will be introduced to the joys of team sports - building friendships, working together, respecting themselves and others, and having FUN! In addition, we will provide a supportive atmosphere where your child will be appropriately challenged to learn basic soccer skills like ball control with both feet, dribbling, passing and running. Everyone plays! No standings are kept, and no awards are issued by DYSA.
Sessions will not include lectures, lines, and laps. Each session will be fun, dynamic, active, and challenging. Children will participate in team building exercises and soccer skill drills for first part of session. After a break, teams will pair up with other teams and, using two fields, will run 3 on 3 or 5 on 5 'micro-soccer' scrimmage games for remainder of session. The games focus on getting everyone equally involved in contact with the ball, dribbling and passing. Games do not emphasize positions, goalies or score keeping. Water breaks are frequent!
Players should come dressed in their DYSA soccer shirt, facial covering, shin guards, and cleats or sneakers (cleats are highly recommended for safety and traction, but not required at this age level). Each child must have their own #3 (for U6) and #4 (for U8) soccer ball. Children must bring their own refreshment. No jewelry of any kind is permitted. Eyeglasses must be covered with protective goggles. Also, no snack food is permitted during the session (due to allergy concerns among the children).
We Expect Parents and Coaches to provide Positive reinforcement at this critical age - booing, jeering, rooting for one team to "win" (and by extension the other to "lose") is simply not useful. There is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for this type of behavior. The goal here is to get children to love and enjoy soccer and team sports and boosting self-esteem is essential to this goal.
Soccer at this level is a cooperative, flexible effort between the volunteer coaches, parents, and kids, and we need your help. Parents/ guardians must remain at the field at all times and must remain primarily liable for the supervision, control or custody of their children. Based on the large number of children involved in the program, coaches are simply not able to provide supervision for your child but can use your assistance and support. Please do not be afraid to offer your assistance. Please try and make yourself available to help out when you can. Coaches appreciate phone calls when you will not be attending and having your child prepared for every session. Also, feel free to ask questions, our goal is to build a strong foundation and love for the game of soccer, we hope you will see the season as a positive activity for your child and DYSA as an organization that you would like to actively involve yourself in. Your help, input, and constructive criticism are needed to make this happen.
How can I help? The League needs assistance with the following:
• Setting the goals and flags on Saturday
• Opening the Concession Stand
• Staffing the Concession Stand
• Shopping and stocking during the week
• End of day clean up
When are normal Rain Dates?
In the event the entire weekend is canceled due to weather, DYSA will attempt to add rain dates to the end of the season so long as weather permits to do so. Coaches will be notified by their Division Director of cancellation and reschedule day. We will post any schedule updates on the website. No refunds will be awarded for lost sessions due to weather.
DYSA does not provide refunds on registrations. We will provide credit for future registrations or DYSA merchandise use.
What items should not be worn by players?
Jewelry, rope bracelets, sharp hair ornaments, etc. are not allowed