General League Information
Below is general information regarding the DYSA league. For a specific topic please visit the links under the "League" menu.
DYSA Season and Game Schedules
Schedules are made available approximately one month prior to the start of the season. We will be working after the registration period to create teams and solidify schedules. 2018 schedules have been posted on the Coaching Central Page. The 2018 season officially starts with games and the opening day event on AUGUST 25.
TK/K teams do not have a practice during the week but have a combined practice and game on Saturdays
Grades 1 -4 practice twice a week for one hour
Grades 5+ practice twice a week for one and a half hours
MISA (Marin Inter-league Soccer Alliance) Schedules
DYSA is one of eight clubs participating in MISA grade 5/6 (U12), grade 7/8 (U14), grade 9/10 (U16) and grade 11/12 (U19). Scheduling these games requires all clubs to provide team counts and field times across Marin. Fields are shared with schools and other sports competing for use making it a challenge to accommodate all of the soccer games. Schedules will be posted on the MISA website.
Excessive Heat Policy
If games are played on unusually hot days, referees have the authority to take breaks during the game as needed and/or shorten game time. Any player experiencing heat related issues can be substituted if necessary. Please make sure your child has more than enough water with them during the game.
Fields & Rain Out Policy
If we experience rain, the DYSA staff will assess field conditions daily and make a determination as to whether or not they are suitable for play. Field conditions will then immediately be posted on the website on our home page (here). We will make every effort to post field conditions with as much advance time as possible but rain can cause a same day cancellation. If a field is closed, there will be no use of the field for at least 48 hours.
If a field is shown as open and it is raining, please show up to the game..........the referees have the authority to close a field if it poses risk to player safety. The turf fields at Terra Linda High School and Miller Creek School do not get rained out. Please stay in contact with your coaches regarding games!!
Volunteers Needed!!!!!!....(as always)
DYSA cannot function without volunteers. Please consider volunteering right away. Please sign up to be a volunteer or click here to email our Volunteer Coordinator.
DYSA Heading Rules
Player Safety Policies
DIXIE YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
PLAYER SAFETY POLICY / HEADING OF THE SOCCER BALL
Over the past few years, there has been an increased awareness regarding head injury and the long term effect on the brain. While injuries may occur during the course of heading the soccer ball, DYSA is vested in creating a safe environment for our players. DYSA has adopted the following policy with respect to the education and action of heading the soccer ball.
Parental Approval Policy
Regardless of a player’s age, a parent may elect to forbid their player from heading the soccer ball. In all cases, a player’s playing time will not be impacted, and the coach will fully support the parents decision.
Education and Action of Heading of the Soccer Ball Policy (All Ages participating in PrK/K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3/4, Grade 5/6)
Players participating in the DYSA fall recreational league at the TK-6th grade level are PROHIBITED from heading the soccer ball. Coaches shall not run drills or encourage their players to head the ball, at practice or otherwise. Coaches at these grade levels shall educate their players and parents that intentionally heading the soccer ball is prohibited.
Education and Action of Heading of the Soccer Ball Policy (All Ages participating in Grade 7/8, Grade 9/10, Grade 11/12)
At the discretion of the player’s parents or guardian, a player may use his/her head to make contact and re-direct the soccer ball. Coaches may elect to educate their players on the proper technique to make contact and re-direct the soccer ball with a players head, with the permission of the player's parents or guardian.
Proper teaching technique for heading is posted on our coaching central page.
MISA rules including heading protocol can be viewed here.
Spotting a Concussion
Spotting a Concussion — even without a direct head trauma
If a child has a substantial fall, where the head and neck are dramatically whiplashed, please look out for the following signs of a mild to moderate concussion:
Physical Symptoms: (could include 1 or more)
- Headaches (including face, nose, ear — depending on direction of fall)
- Visual problems
- Balance problems
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Numbness or tingling*
- Neck pain*
* These can be a sign of more serious trauma and require immediate medical attention. Always err on the side of caution and get it checked out.
- Feeling mentally foggy
- Problems concentrating
- Problems remembering
- Feeling more slowed down
- Feeling more emotional
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Trouble falling asleep
There are many options for head protection. A simple web search provides lots of styles and price points to choose from — headband style to full coverage helmets.
DYSA's Policy On Running Up The Score
DYSA makes every attempt to make sure that teams are evenly matched. Kids get discouraged when they are on the losing end of games where the score is not close.
A goal differential of greater than +5 (5-0, 6-1, 7-2, etc.) is generally viewed as ‘running up the score’ and is not acceptable. In these instances, the coaches of each team should take the following steps
- Recognize early – Generally you can tell early on in the game if your team is going to dominate. Start doing the things necessary to avoid an excessive goal differential early on in the game, don’t wait until you hit 5 goals before you do anything.
- Stop your Scorers from Scoring – Tell them not to take shots and only pass the ball to others. Passing is a more important part of Recreational soccer than scoring.
- Put your non-scorers up front – Take advantage of this time to allow some of your other players to get a goal.
- Switch your goalie – Put in someone that normally doesn’t play goal to give them the experience. Don’t just put in your back-up, second best keeper – put in someone else. Nothing erases a goal differential and boasts the opposing team's morale like a couple of goals.
- Set a number of passes before a shot – Tell you players they must have a set number of passes or touches before anyone can take a shot and you’ve got to start over at 1 every time the opposing team touches the ball. This is a very good practice drill/tool to use also. Teaches the players to pass the ball around, forward and back, and switching the field. But, please don't chant out the number from the sidelines as this is sometimes demeaning to the opposing team.
- Anticipate that last second goal – Many times I hear “we were keeping the differential at 5 goals, until little Johnny, who never ever scores, scored a goal right at the end of the game. I didn’t want to stop him from getting his first goal!! Am I in trouble for a 6 goal differential?” My answer to this is – YES. As a coach, you should have anticipated this and not strive to maintain the 5 goal differential.
- Coaches on the losing side of a game where the goal differential is greater than 5 are encouraged to report the facts of such as loss to the Board.
- The Board, in its discretion, may require the winning coach to provide an explanation as to how and why the goal differential of the game was greater than +5.
- If the board is not satisfied with the explanation of the winning coach, it may warn and/or discipline the offending coach.
- Coaches who repeatedly run up the score to unacceptable levels as determined by the Board will no longer be allowed to coach in the Dixie Soccer League.
Code of Conduct
Players Code of Conduct
Play the game for the enjoyment of it.
- Be gracious when I win; be graceful when I lose.
- Listen to my coach and be a team player.
- Obey the rules and accept the referee’s decisions.
- Appreciate the efforts of my teammates and opponents.
Coaches Code of Conduct
- Educate myself about the game of soccer.
- Obey the rules and policies of DYSA and CYSA.
- Be a positive role model for my players, their parents and other spectators.
- Teach sound skills, fair tactics and discourage unsporting behavior.
- Remain calm, instructive and positive while coaching.
- Allow younger players to experience different positions.
- Respect my opponents and the referee and accept his/her decisions.
- Value player development and participation over winning.
- Help players achieve their personal goals and reach their full potential.
- Work cooperatively with other members of DYSA.
- Remember that the game is played for fun and that it is for the kids!
Parents Code of Conduct
- Attempt to learn about soccer and attend as many games as possible.
- Support the coaches and get my child to games and practices on time.
- Be a good role model for my child.
- Be positive (or quiet) at games.
- Respect our opponents and the referee and accept his/her decisions.
- Remember that the game is played for fun and that it is for the kids!
DYSA Policy on Advertising
Advertising from other sports leagues
DYSA permits "advertisement" for other sports clubs registration purposes provided that (a) the season does not conflict or overlap with DYSA's season, and (b) there is a reciprocal courtesy when DYSA opens its registration in the spring. If both of these conditions are met, DYSA will share an email once on behalf of the requesting league, but we will not share our distribution list due to strict privacy policies.