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DYS Newsletter Feb 2019
DYS Newsletter- February 2019
Hello DYS Community,
Spring is right around the corner and so is Spring Soccer! As President for the Dedham Youth Soccer Association, I look forward to working with the DYS Board, Parents, Coaches and Players. DYS is an *all-volunteer* organization and all the hard work to enhance the soccer experience for you and your child is greatly appreciated. DYS is now representing close to 900 children in Dedham! Some things that we have been working on:
As of this Wednesday, March 11th, all travel age parents should have communication with their coach, (except High School grade teams-which have a later start date). Town age parents should be contacted by March 18th. Please let me know if you have not heard from your coach.
SPRING REGISTRATION –Registration closed on March 1st for Town age, and January 1st for Travel age, but if you are still interested we can check to see what we can do to get your child on a team (late fees apply).
Winter Training- Compete Indoor (turf field in Norwood) was a great success with over 100+ kids participating. DYS contributed to the cost and made if very affordable for families.
Professional Coaches- DYS has hired 3 professional coaches from Challenger Sports to help with our training program this Spring. We are very excited to enhance this initiative to step up our level of play and have our children AND coaches learn from these professional coaches.
Spring Season Games- Travel AND Town (Rustcraft) will have their first games on Saturday, April 6th
Spring Season Practices- Travel will start approx. the week of March 25th and Town will start the week of April 1st. *field schedules are still being worked on and will hopefully be done in the next 2 weeks.
Coaches- REQUIRED COACHES MEETING- SUNDAY- MARCH 10th. Travel from 3-5 and Town from 5-7
DYS night at the REVS- Date TBD—watch for details
DYS town-wide end of year picnic at Nobles- Sunday, June 10th
Uniforms- Town age- keep your same uniform from the fall. If you did not play in the fall, your coach will provide you a jersey. Travel Age- if you are new, or need something- please contact your coach.
Tryouts for Fall- Incoming 3rd, 5th, 7th/8th grade players will be asked to attend tryouts this spring. More info to come.
As always, we cannot thank our sponsors enough. We appreciate their time and donations that help make our DYS program better…Floating Childrens Hospital- Tufts Medical, Muzi Chevrolet, Thomas Guido- All State, Dedham Dental Associates
I am looking forward to getting to know more of you, and your interests and concerns in the coming year. I would appreciate hearing from you and encourage you to reach out to me with any questions, comments, ideas, concerns, praise
The Winter is now upon us, but soccer is still on our minds.DYS has 3 teams playing indoor Winter Soccer and over 70 kids in indoor winter skills training.Members of the DYS board are attending the Mass Youth Soccer annual workshop in January learning about new coaching techniques and ways to improve the DYS experience.
Congratulations to the new DYS board that was voted in this past December.I have ambitious goals for the board to make the DYS experience something that parents and players will remember for a lifetime.Do you want to be a part of this amazing group of volunteers?If so, please contact me.
SPRING REGISTRATION – ***NOW OPEN*** Register early to avoid the late fee for Little Kickers (age 5) up thru 2nd grade: Deadline: March 1st.Travel Age can still register and be put on a waitlist to determine if space is available (late fee applies)
Winter Training- second session coming up:Sign up at www.competeindoorsports.com/Dedham for Local Indoor Soccer training with professional college and club level coaches .Limited spaces available and DYS is covering some of the costs to make it VERY affordable for off-season skills.
Spring Season- Practice and Game start dates will be updated in the coming month
Coaching: Do you want to help volunteer as a Head or Asst coach?Please let me know.
DYS will again be investing in 3 professional coaches for the spring season to help our players (and coaches)
DYS needs Travel Referees- This is a great way to earn some money doing something you enjoy!!! Please contact
for questions and how to sign up.This is for ages 14 and older.Adults are encouraged and welcome to sign up as well
*Little Kickers cost is increasing this Spring to $75.There will be new updated lesson plans to include small scrimmages and games this Spring
As always, we cannot thank our sponsors enough.We appreciate their time and donations that help make our DYS program better…Floating Childrens Hospital- Tufts Medical, Muzi Chevrolet, Thomas Guido- All State, Dedham Dental Associates
**If you know of anyone that did not receive this, please pass along and have them contact me
It has been a month since my last email and the season has finally started!I have been to many of the town and travel games in Dedham, and it is great to see all the hard work from the DYS Board, Coaches, Parents, and Players coming to life.I have a few reminders and upcoming events for everyone to mark on their calendars:
Incoming Grade 3-8 -June 20, 2018, June 21 late fee begins
All Town Programs -August 1st, 2018, August 2nd late fee begins
·Zero Tolerance:All Town and Travel parents and coaches.I am going to be blunt.. DO NOT TALK TO THE REFEREES AS A COACH OR AS A FAN DURING OR AFTER THE GAME UNLESS IT IS POSITIVE.We always want to show a positive environment for our players, the referees, and opposing teams.
·Show your support for DYS!Within the next week or so, you should be getting a free DYS car magnet for you and stickers for the players.
·Gonzalez (and all Parks and Rec) fields- NO dogs, no benches on fields.
·Travel age teams should see new goalie gloves and a DYS goalie jersey…
·We are working on Summer Camps for all the kids to keep up and improve their soccer skills.Look for more details in the next few weeks.
·Cleat Swap-We are still collecting cleats, balls, soccer equipment in a bin at Riverdale during Town games.
·New Uniforms- the board is currently working on possibly changing uniforms for the fall.More to come…
·Tryouts/Evaluations for incoming Fall 3rd, 5th (new), 7th/8th (combined) grades.
SAVE THE DATE: May 14, 15, 17th see the DYS website for more details.*you must be registered for fall in order to take part in the tryout/evaluation
·DYS night at the Revs- Saturday, May 12th @7:30.Fill out the order form and give to your coaches to order tickets.Checks made out to Dedham Youth Soccer.Tailgate sponsored by DYS before the game if we get 200+ people.
·DYS town-wide end of year picnic at Nobles- Sunday, June 10th
·Fall- DYS night supporting the Varsity teams
·Flag Day Parade- who would like to walk with the DYS group?
As President for the Dedham Youth Soccer Association, I am truly honored to work with the exceptional individuals on our Board and further with all of you that value the time and dedication of our *all-volunteer* organization. We will all work hard to enhance the soccer experience for you and your child and to meet your expectations. Over the next weeks and year, the DYS board will work to respond to the ever-changing needs of the soccer community. DYS is now representing between 750-800 children in Dedham! Some things that we have been working on:
As of this Wednesday, March 28th, all parents should have had communication with their coach, including the Little Kickers program (except High School grade teams-which have a later start date). If you have not heard anything, please contact me at
Practices- Mother Nature has not been cooperating, but we are hopeful, but cannot guarantee that practices will start the week of April 2nd. A few travel teams will start this week on Gozalez Field. The coaching staff should let you know where/when you are practicing.
This year we have invested heavily in our training program by hiring two professional coaches from England to help our volunteer coaches and players develop their skills and have fun. Each team from Little Kickers thru 8th grade will get one session per week with a pro coach in a grade and gender format. ie: all 3rd grade boys will practice together, all 6th grade girls will practice together.
Cleat/Equipment swap- April 7th Gonzalez field 10am to 12pm. More details on the web
Town Referee meeting: April 5th 6:30-8pmEndicott estate for returning refs only. Fall season will be accepting new referees
Tryouts/Evaluations for incoming Fall 3rd, 5th (new), 7th/8th (combined) dates have been set. SAVE THE DATE: May 14, 15, 17th see the DYS website for more details. *you must be registered for fall in order to take part in the tryout/evaluation
DYS night at the Revs- Saturday, May 12th @7:30. See your coaches to order tickets and more details on the web. Tailgate sponsored by DYS before the game if we get 200+ people.
DYS townwide end of year picnic at Nobles- Sunday, June 10th
Fall- DYS night supporting the Varsity teams
New Uniforms- the board is currently working on possibly changing uniforms for the fall. More to come…
I am looking forward to getting to know more of you, and your interests and concerns in the coming year. I would appreciate hearing from you and encourage you to reach out to me or speaking with me at one of our regularly scheduled board meetings or on the fields.
I wanted to update everyone on what is happening during the off-season at DYS.
1. Training- We have started a new Winter Clinic at Compete Indoor in Norwood. This is a state of the art Turf field that will help our children progress their soccer skills during the off season. These clinics will be run by professional coaches with a vast background in teaching soccer. If you have not signed up yet, I encourage you to do so before the second session is filled. They will be held on Saturdays 5pm to 6:30PM starting on February 24th (more information at www.Dedhamsoccer.com )
2. Professional Coaching- DYS has hired 2 professional coaches from Challenger Sports to help with our training program this Spring. We are very excited to launch this new initiative to step up our level of play and have our children AND coaches learn from these new coaches. One coach will be devoted to our Little Kickers thru 2nd grade town program and the second coach will work with our 3rd thru 6th grade travel program. We will also be hosting special sessions for grades 7 thru 8 and older.
3. Winter – Indoor teams. We had 3 teams participate in indoor leagues in Canton, MA with great results. Next year, we are looking to add even more teams.
4. Travel Teams update: We have met with the Travel coaches about the registrations for the Spring season and discussed the team formations. This was a complete group effort with all involved and decisions were made together for the best interest of all the children. Teams will be announced by the coaches on Wednesday, February 28th for all teams EXCEPT 8th Grade boys as we are still working on finalizing rosters/coaches. If you have not heard from your coach (and are registered) within a few days of this date, please let me know.
5. Fun Activities: Revs night is fast approaching. Mark your calendars NOW…Dedham Youth Soccer “Night at the Revs” will be Saturday, May 12th at 7:30PM vs the defending champions Toronto FC (featuring Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore). The coaches will be taking orders for tickets as soon as practices start. If we get to 200 tickets sold, DYS will help sponsor a family friendly tailgate before the game.
6. Town update- the deadline to register is March 1st. Please visit the DYS website to register. The end of year picnic is starting to take shape for Nobles. More details to follow. We are hoping to have more sponsors, booths, activities than ever before. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
7. DYS Board- 10 members of the board attended an all day Workshop sponsored by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association. Topics ranged from referee training, Positive coaching, development of US Soccer and more. It was a positive learning experience for the members in attendance.
8. Coaches-Thank you for volunteering! Your division directors will be reaching out to you soon about the spring season. Coaches meetings will be held on Thursday, March 15th, from 6-9pm, more info to follow.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns both positive and negative.