What is Dartmouth FC?
Dartmouth FC is a competitive soccer travel program for female and male players in grades 2 through 12 as well as post graduate. Teams play against other town teams that participate in in the South Coast Soccer League (SCSL).
What is the spring season like?
The spring season is comprised of eight games, four home and four away. Games are scheduled to be played on weekends. Practices are held at the coach’s discretion. Most teams practice 1 to 2 times a week.
When are the tryouts?
Tryouts are completed over the course of two weeks in late October and early November.
What is the tryout process?
Tryouts are directed by DYSA. Each grade and gender will have a minimum of two tryout sessions. A tryout coordinator is assigned for each group as well as one or more assistants. The coordinator and assistants complete individual DYSA player ratings sheets during the tryouts.
How are teams formed?
Upon tryout completion the ratings for each group are gathered by the group coordinator and an average rating is formulated for each player. Teams are then formed based on the player ratings.
For grades 2 & 3 DYSA strives to create balanced teams to ensure the best experience for all the players.
Teams at grade 4 and above are divided based on skill level with advanced players playing on division 1 teams and developing players on division 2.
How are coaches selected?
Dartmouth FC coaches are all volunteers. Interested coaches are asked to sign up in the fall prior to the tryouts. Once the sign up period is completed DYSA evaluates the listing of coaches and determines which coaches are the most qualified based on recognized licenses, years of coaching experience, and their history with the organization. All coaches must pass a CORI and complete concussion awareness training.
When does the season start and end?
The season starts at the end of March or the first weekend in April depending on the calendar year.
The season concludes in early June. SCSL playoffs are then held for grades 5 and above to determine divisional champions. All SCSL Division I champions then travel to Lancaster, MA in late June to play in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC). Friendship tournaments for grades 2-4 are completed in one day on a weekend in mid to late June.
What does it cost?
The cost of the program is $125. This fee covers Mass Youth Soccer Assoc. costs, referee services, SCSL dues, field maintenance, and the player’s uniform which consists of a jersey, shorts, and socks. For families with multiple children a $15 discount is given for each additional sibling.
Do teams play in the winter?
Many teams do hold indoor practices in the winter and also participate in non-DYSA affiliated indoor leagues. Team activities during the winter are not covered by the spring program fee. Players are not required to participate in winter activities but are highly encouraged.
What are the next steps?
Visit http://fctryout.dysasoccer.comand complete the sign up form. DYSA will follow up through email with details regarding tryout dates.
Is this open to Dartmouth residents only?
No, the program is open to all players in the surrounding communities. However, non-Dartmouth players are not allowed to displace a Dartmouth player on a team. Also, a player that is from a town that participates in SCSL will require a waiver of approval from their town’s program before playing in Dartmouth.
How can I get involved as a coach or volunteer?
DYSA is always looking for coaches and volunteers to assist in improving its programs. If interested in coaching please visit the DYSA website and complete the Coaches Registration form. For all other inquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.