FAQ - Fall 2021/Spring2022 Soccer Seasons
Why has DYSA Transitioned to Full Year Registration
There are several reasons why DYSA has elected to move to a once-a-year registration approach. Below you will find a few but not all reasons.
- One reason was to streamline and reduce the administrative requirements to registration for parents and DYSA volunteers. This aligns to what many neighboring towns have already done to reduce the number of outreaches and reminders necessary to get players registered.
- Second reason aligns to creating teams in which players get to play with the same team over two seasons. This consistency leads to a better on field experience for the players to grow and have fun.
When Does Registration Open and Close
Registration will open on May 1st every year and will close June 1st for the Coastal Program (travel soccer). The in-town Mini program will remain open to July 1st, followed by automatic waitlisting through mid-August. The Mini program is for players for Grade K through Grade 2.
Why Does Registration Open for Coastal Soccer So Early When The Fall Season Starts In September?
DYSA is part of the Coastal Youth Soccer League (CYSL) who falls under Mass Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). Teams and rosters are submitted for final approval near the end of July for fall schedules to be issued. Other administrator activities include insurance binders and uniform purchases.
Why Has DYSA Moved To School Grades for Team Placements:
DYSA is part of CYSL which has adopted Groupings by School Grade. As a result, DYSA is complying with the League guidelines. U8 contains players from Grades 1 & 2. U10 contains players from Grades 3 & 4. U12 contains players from Grades 5 & 6. U14 contains players from Grades 7 & 8. Unique circumstances require approval from the Coastal League Competition Committee.
Can a Parent Pick What Time Slot a Child is Placed in for Player Evaluations:
No, DYSA will place all players at random evenly across the designated time slots. Please do not reach out to DYSA to proactively request time slots. Once DYSA notifies coaches and parents of the time slots players have been placed in, DYSA will make considerations for players who have a live sports game already schedule that day and DYSA will do our best to accommodate. There are no guarantees that DYSA can accommodate any requests.
Why Does DYSA Conduct Evaluation:
Duxbury Youth Soccer Travel leagues plays against other South Shore teams in the Coastal Youth Soccer league. Travel teams are an opportunity to further develop soccer skills, play against different local teams, and opportunities for teamwork. To allow for fair and fun play with other towns, typically, there is an A team, B team and Balanced Teams determined based on skill level and game awareness. Evaluations are conducted to ensure teams and players are placed in a game environment that is they can compete in a positive way and do not experience a full season of lopsided wins or losses. This approach has become standard across the majority of Coastal Soccer Associations.
Why Have the Fees Increased
Duxbury Youth Soccer Association always looks for ways to improve the one field experience and strengthen the brand. Over the past few years DYSA has struggled to secure referees, often resulting in only 1 referee per game and many times settling for any referee we could get to ensure coverage. Over the past several months DYSA has invested in a program to recruit, develop, and retain a great group of referees. This has included a market value research and improved payroll system, all costs that DYSA has absorbed. DYSA has also extended referee services to our Mini program to prepare them for U10 League games. Additional field maintenance costs have led to increases, including repair of buildings on school grounds, spraying our fields for tick protection (outside of the current Duxbury Recreation Fees DYSA is subject to) and providing Port-a-potties at both fields. DYSA has also had to hire help for field maintenance and set up. Finally, in the coming year, new uniforms offered to all Players.
What has changed with the DYSA Soccer Uniforms:
Starting in the Fall of 2021 DYSA is moving to brand new Nike Uniforms. All Coastal Players will receive one game kit and one practice/game alternative kit to cover them for both seasons.
Does DYSA Know What Day Soccer Games Will Be On:
Coastal soccer games (travel) have their games on Saturday. The in-town Mini program has their practices & games on Sundays.
Does DYSA Know What Day Coastal Soccer Practices Will Be On:
Practice’s days are Monday - Friday and are selected by our Volunteer Coaches and often based on their availability.
Can I Pick What Day My Child Can Practice On:
No, unless you are the volunteer coach. Practice’s days are selected by the Volunteer Coach based on their schedule of availability.
Can I Pick What Soccer Team My Child Plays On:
No. Evaluations are conducted to ensure players are placed on a team with other players of similar abilities to foster a positive practice and game experience where they can compete in a positive way. Our goal is to avoid a season of lopsided wins or losses. However, during registration you can request for a specific coach in the comments/notes section. If the request is not in conflict with the evaluation, DYSA will do our best to accommodate. No request is guaranteed as it simply might not be possible.
Can I Request to Have My Child Play With Their Friend:
Evaluations are conducted to ensure players are placed on a team with other players of similar abilities to foster a positive practice and game experience where they can compete in a positive way. Our goal is to avoid a season of lopsided wins or losses. As a result, it is possible that friends might have to be on different teams based on evaluations. However, during registration you can request for 1 specific friend in the comments/notes section. If the request is not in conflict with the evaluation, DYSA will do our best to accommodate. No request is guaranteed as it simply might not be possible.