Things Every Soccer Parent Needs to Know
- Uniforms are not ordered to size. Team uniform sets contain preset sizes based on the age and gender of team
- Shortly before Opening Day, each player will be issued a jersey, shorts, and socks.
- Each player is required to wear a complete uniform to play in a game.
- Families are encouraged to wear team colors at games to show their support
- Each player must have a soccer ball (#3 for U6’s and U8’s, #4 for U10’s and U12’s and #5 for all others) at each practice and game.
- Write your name on your ball with a permanent marker before first practice.
- Each player must have properly fitting shin guards.
- Each player is required to wear shin guards to participate in games and practices.
- Shin guards must be covered entirely by socks during all games and practices.
- A well fitting pair of soccer shoes is highly recommended (but not required).
- Studs or cleats made of metal are not allowed. Baseball cleats can be used, but the toe cleat must be completely removed.
- Players shall not wear jewelry or other items that may cause injury to themselves or other players during games and practices (i.e. hair barrettes, earrings, etc.)
- Any articles that cannot be removed (such as Medic-Alert) must be taped.
Player Safety During Games and Practices
- Players’ fingernails must be short and not sharp to participate.
- Players wearing braces are encouraged to wear a mouthpiece.
- Players wearing orthopedic casts are not allowed to participate.
- Each player should have a parent or guardian present at all times.
- Any injuries must be reported to the coach immediately for insurance purposes.
Playing Time and Game Schedule
- Each player that shows up for a game will get to play at least half of that game.
- Most games are on Saturdays. No game will be played on Labor Day weekend.
- U-6 games have four 8-minute quarters. U-8 games have four 10-minute quarters.
- Game schedules and game field assignments are posted online when they become available.
- Parents at U6 and U8 games officiate their own games. They should not be coaching while officiating the game.
- Paid referees are provided for U10 and older.
- Many referees are youth players and still learning. Please treat them accordingly.
- Coaches and parents should never be arguing with the referee over calls in the game.
- Contact the Referee Coordinator if you have any feedback (good or bad) about referees.
Water and Snacks
- Each player is responsible for bringing their own water to games and practices.
- Team parent should create and distribute a snack schedule for their team.
- Snacks should be healthy food. No carbonated drinks or sugary snacks.
- Please bring a few extra servings to share with players’ siblings, coaches and the referee.
- Each team provides its own banner and splits the cost evenly among all players.
- The team parent is responsible for getting the banner prior to Opening Day.
- The team parent is responsible for seeing that the banner is set up at each game.
- All parents are encouraged to help the team parent with the banner.
- Opening Day is typically the first weekend in August at one of the local school sites.
- Team should arrive early as it does take time to find your team location. Parade starts 9:00 am.
- U6 and U8 Teams march with their coaches in the opening ceremony. Older teams can participate, but not required
- Please be in full uniform (shin guards are not required, soccer shoes are optional).
- Pictures are scheduled throughout the entire day on Opening Day.
- The entire team must be there on time before scheduled picture can be taken.
- Picture packs are provided to coaches at Coaches Meeting or when they get their uniform.
- Parents do not have to purchase additional items as each player receives a free team and individual photo.
- Teams should take pictures even if a few players are missing. There is no guarantee every player will be available on make-up date
- Make-up date is typically scheduled mid season on a Sunday
Team Socials and Player Awards
- Teams may have one social at mid-season and one after the final game.
- Parent volunteers are responsible for coordinating these events.
- Each team provides its own awards—usually it’s trophies, but there are other options.
- The costs for all social events and awards are split evenly among all players.
- Please share your ideas and any offers to help with the team parent.
- A team volunteer is responsible for arranging any awards.
- If your player is going to be late or miss a practice or game, please contact the coach.
- Please bring up your concerns early so we avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
- Questions or concerns should be directed to the coach first.
- If you are unable to resolve issues with the coach, contact a DYSL Board Member.
Please Always Remember
- Soccer is a game…it should be fun for everyone at all times.
- Each player is still learning the game. Keep expectations realistic.
- Parent should not coach or give instruction from the sidelines. You may encourage, but not distract.
- Practices are for helping them learn. Games are for letting them play, their way.
- The game is for the children. Your role is to help them learn to play it and enjoy it.
- Delta Youth Soccer League
- P.O. Box 2085 Antioch, CA 94531
- (925) 978-5020