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
Soccer Ball
  • 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.
Shin Guards
  • 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.
Soccer Shoes
  • 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.
Team Banner
  • 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
  • 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.