The purpose of this page and to a larger extent this web site is to promote a youth centered approach to the organization and instruction of youth sports. At DYS, special emphasis is placed on the promotion of the game of soccer as a confidence builder, and a family oriented activity that provides for familial bonding, team work, and friendships.
- As parents, adhering to the following guidelines would go a long way in making you and your child's soccer experience a pleasant and enjoyable one.
- Always encourage your child, win or lose.
- Do not set unrealistic goals for you and your child. You should be realistic of their physical ability.
- Do not live your athletic past or lack thereof through your child.
- Respect your child's opponents and cheer good play on the field.
- Always provide a safe environment for your child to play soccer by providing them with the right equipment.
- Encourage your child and the other children on the team by being their best fan and cheerleader.
- Be a positive role model. Do not use foul or abusive language during games.
- Leave the coaching to the coaches. Let them be free to do their job. Do not become an 'armchair quarterback' by coaching on the sidelines. Though your child's coach may not be a world renowned coach, remember that that they are volunteers who are giving their time and effort and need to be encouraged not discouraged by your antics.
- Remember to stay away from the goalies while they are playing as it distraction. All parents should be on one side of the field and the players on the opposite side.
- Be supportive of the coaches and communicate openly with them if you disagree with their approach.
- Be respectful and supportive of the referees and other game officials.
Remember all children need to wear shin guards. If you child does not have them, they can not play. No hats, jewelry can be worn while playing - this if for the safety of the children. Also, if you have any problems at the field, please see one of officers of the league and we will take care of all concerns immediately.
As a parent, we strongly suggest your child take the concussion training. You can logon to EDC Concussion training. For children ages 3 to 10 years old you can access another site [ original link broken ]. It is a cartoon site and should hold their attention.
Next season, it will be mandatory for all youth who are involved in activities by the City of Boston to complete the concussion training. Please take a look at the website.
Always remember it is only a game, have fun. Soccer should not be larger than life for you. Do not spoil the fun for your kid. Let your child know that win or lose, you love them and are proud of their performance on the field.