The spring 2017 soccer season is underway. Registration for the spring season is largely closed, except we are still accepting registrations for PreK/K and Grade 1/2 teams. If you have players interested in playing at either of those grade levels, please contact our Registrar, David Pitkin, at email@example.com. Regularly scheduled game times and home field locations for the different age groups are as follows:
Boys Grade 1/2 - Saturday, 9:45 - 11:00 (Cow Pond)
Girls Grade 3/4 - Saturday, 9:00 - 10:15 (home games at Larter)
Boys Grade 3/4 - Saturday, 10:15 - 11:30 (home games at Larter)
Girls Grade 5/6 - Saturday, 11:30 - 1:00 (home games at Larter)
Boys Grade 5/6 - Saturday, 1:00 - 2:15 (home games at Larter and Cow Pond)
Girls Grade 7/8 - Saturday, 2:15 - 4:00 (home games at Larter)
Boys Grade 7/8 - Saturday, 4:00 - 5:15 (home games at Larter)
Girls Grade 9/12 - Sunday, games scheduled at either 1:00, 3:00 or 5:00PM (home games at Larter)
Boys Grade 9/12 - Sunday, games scheduled at either 1:00, 3:00 or 5:00PM (home games at Larter)
Because of the delay in the season opening, games for Grades 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 teams have been scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. However, those games can be rescheduled by their coaches if they are not going to have enough players to field a team that weekend. There will be no games for the PreK/K and Grade 1/2 teams on Memorial Day Weekend. The last weekend of games for the PreK/K and Grade 1/2 teams will be June 17th.
If you have other questions, please reach out to the appropriate GDYSC board member.
Fundraising Underway for New Main Stadium Field at the GDRHS
Over the past year, a group of concerned Groton and Dunstable residents formed a non-profit charity called GDatPLAY to drive a private fundraising effort for the renovation of the Groton Dunstable Regional High School’s main stadium athletic field. The playing surface within the stadium complex is currently sub-par compared to other similar playing surfaces across the state and visiting teams often refuse to play games on this field as a result of their condition. GDatPlay has worked diligently over the past several months with qualified athletic field construction engineers and other town officials to redesign the complex and get approval from the Groton Regional School District for the replacement of the current natural grass surface with a state of the art, environmentally friendly, synthetic surface. This project is now officially known within the Groton Dunstable Regional School District as the "FIELDS RENOVATIONS PROJECT" at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s Main Stadium. The unique aspect of this capital project is that it is a public/private partnership between the non-profit entity, GDatPlay, and the Groton Dunstable Regional School District. The Groton Dunstable Regional School District has unanimously approved and authorized this project and will be overseeing the project while GDatPlay is responsible for soliciting and collecting private donations from Groton and Dunstable residents to fund the entire cost of the project. The new complex will be responsibly engineered with the New England environment in mind and it will bring a sustaining 25 year asset to the community that will positively affect thousands of our present and future high school student’s lives.
GDatPlay representatives are actively fundraising in order to raise the remaining $650,000 required to complete the project and they have a goal of completing the fundraising as soon as possible so that the field renovation project can be completed in 2017. Once the requisite funds are raised by GDatPlay to cover the full cost of the project, they will be gifted to the Groton Dunstable Regional School District for the completion of the project.
As members of the board of the Groton Dunstable Youth Soccer Club, we are excited about having a complex in Groton and Dunstable that will allow us to train and play games earlier in the spring season when our grass fields are unavailable and throughout the season for special events and games. We also are committed to supporting the construction of a playing surface for our current and future GDRHS student-athletes that will be safe, sustainable and supportive of all of their athletic and other extra-curricular uses. Please join us in investing in this community asset by making a donation today by going to GDATPLAY.NET.
And, if you have any additional questions, please reach out to any of us directly or click on this ABOUT US link. Thank you.
Here is a quick update on the status of the newly established cooperative agreement with NEFC World Cup. As most of you know, we recently announced a collaboration with NEFC to create a new club soccer opportunity in the Groton-Dunstable area that is intended to be a local, more affordable elite club option for those players that choose to and are selected to play club soccer in addition to playing for the GDYSC. The collaboration is intended to promote continued participation in the Groton-Dunstable Youth Soccer Club and a commitment on the part of NEFC World Cup and the GDYSC to ensure that players that do play for teams in both programs have the flexibility to do both with as few conflicts as possible. We are pleased to announce that the plans for the club have been finalized and NEFC World Cup has estabilished the tryout dates and the player fee structure for the 2017-2018 season. Information on both aspects of the program are detailed below:
For all interested players/families, please use the link below to register for NEFC World Cup tryouts that will be held during the first two weeks in June. Once you click on the link, please choose either “Boys” or “Girls” tryouts and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to view tryout dates for NEFC World Cup teams. You can register for tryouts there. Please register based on the registering player's birth year.
Please see the attached list of fees for the NEFC World Cup teams for each age group.
2017-18 NEFC World Cup Teams
Registration Fees - 2017-2018
These fees are for the entire 2017-2018 year inclusive of all fall, winter and spring training, games and tournament participation. These fees do not include the cost for uniforms. Also, the difference in fees between the boys teams and girls teams is due to the fact that all players on girls teams get season tickets to the Boston Breakers.
Training and Game Locations:
All training and Sunday home games for the NEFC World Cup NEP teams for the entire year will be held at the Tyngsboro Sports Center. As many of you know, the Tyngsboro Sports Center is building a new outdoor turf field that will be ready for the fall season. NEFC World Cup teams will be training and playing games at this facility. Winter indoor training will also be held at this location.
NEFC World Cup will be holding tryouts for teams at every age group (U9-U19) for both boys and girls. The expectation is that for the U9-U12 age groups, the club will field two boys teams and two girls teams in the New England Premiership (NEP) League. These teams will be selected from a pool of players in the region and will likely be made up of players from Groton, Dunstable, Greater Nashua, Pepperell, Westford, Tyngsboro and other surrounding towns. These teams will be highly selective and players who register for tryouts are not guaranteed of being selected for one of the teams in their age group.
If you have any further questions regarding any aspect of the NEFC World Cup Club, please email Bob Thompson at
GDYSC signs cooperative agreement with NEFC to form local region
The GDYSC Board is excited to announce that we have joined in a three year cooperative agreement with the New England Futbol Club (NEFC) to create a new NEFC region based out of Groton, Massachusetts and Nashua, New Hampshire. The region is called NEFC World Cup and is a collaboration between NEFC, World Cup Soccer of Greater Nashua (World Cup), and the Groton Dunstable Youth Soccer Club (GDYSC). NEFC’s Bob Thompson, World Cup's Dan Wyborney and GDYSC’s Chris Davey will co-direct the region. The NEFC World Cup region will begin fielding NEFC Boys and Boston Breakers Girls teams for the start of the fall 2017-18 club season, with tryouts to be announced for early June.
The creation of this NEFC World Cup region represents the alignment of three like-minded organizations that value player development, promotion of town soccer participation, affordability and training close to home. This first of a kind cooperative agreement for the GDYSC will allow interested players and families within our town soccer program (which remains committed to providing local competitive and recreational soccer programs for players of all ages and abilities), optional, local access to one of the premier soccer clubs in New England which is committed to providing the highest level of youth soccer training and development at the regional and national level. The GDYSC will continue to operate independently from NEFC World Cup and continue to focus on providing community based soccer programs for players of all ages and abilities. However, as part of this collaboration, we will now actively promote the NEFC World Cup region as the top local entry point into the NEFC and Boston Breakers regional and national developmental pyramid.
Over the past several years, we have seen a growing number of GDYSC players also register to play on teams that are affiliated with elite regional club soccer programs. Until now, there has been no proactive collaboration between our town program and any of these other programs, often leading to conflicting schedules and priorities that forced players and parents to choose between participation in one program or the other on a weekly basis. Through this collaboration, the three entities will work closely together to minimize conflicts between the various programs, provide local facilities for training and games, and encourage player participation in both their GDYSC and NEFC World Cup weekly training sessions and games.
The GDYSC Pre-K to Grade 2 level teams will continue to play in-town and our Grade 3/4 to Grade 11/12 teams will continue to play locally in the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League. All GDYSC games for players on our Pre K to Grade 7/8 teams will continue to be on Saturdays. For those players U8 and older that tryout and are selected to play on an NEFC World Cup team as well, they will play on teams made up of players from across the region in the New England Premiership League (NEP) which plays the majority of their games on Sundays.
The evaluation process and registration process for the GDYSC and NEFC World Cup will remain separate and there will be no obligation on the part of any GDYSC player to also roster on an NEFC World Cup team. However, those that tryout and are selected to play on an NEFC World Cup team will have access to the following additional benefits:
Two additional training sessions and an additional game per week in the New England Premiership League (NEP) in the fall and spring seasons
Participation in the fall and spring NEFC tournaments
Participation in 1-2 other regional or national tournaments
Access to weekly skills clinics for all NEFC club members (i.e. goalkeeper clinics, Friday afternoon skills clinics, etc.)
A professional coaching staff made up of coaches from local colleges, private schools and high schools (e.g UMass Lowell, others)
One training session per week during the winter off-season along with the ability to participate in an NEFC sponsored futsal league and club-wide playoffs (available for U8 –U12 players) and an invitation to play in the Martin Luther King Day Futsal Jamboree (available for all U8 – U12 players)
The ability to be selected to play on cross-region, NEFC-wide elite teams that compete in the NPL for regional and national titles and also participate in various club-sponsored, regional and national college showcase tournaments
The ability to play in the NEFC players-only Boys and Girls College Showcase for Sophomores and Juniors (which over 75 college coaches attended this past winter)
The ability to play in the Prep School Showcase and School Fair for (6th-8th graders only). Over 50 private schools from all over New England attended this past winter.
Attendance at College Nights which are regional seminars open to all NEFC players and families geared toward explaining the college recruiting process as well as providing access to the SportSource college software – (available for freshman, sophomores and juniors)
The ability to be selected to participate in the Fall, Winter and Spring Identification Clinics for the US Soccer Development Academy
The ability to apply for need based scholarships (over $100,000 in scholarships will be given out in 2017/18)
Season tickets to the Boston Breakers (players on NEFC World Cup girls teams only)
A summer Coaches Workshop (which is open to all GDYSC coaches as well)
A full time Sports Scientist & Goalkeeping Director that is designing a program for each region
We are really excited about this collaborative agreement and feel strongly that it will provide a myriad of training and development options for our players of all ages and abilities. If you have questions or would like more information, please direct your inquiries to Chris Davey, the GDYSC President at
or Bob Thompson, the co-Director of the NEFC World Cup region at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also will be holding an information session in the coming weeks for all GDYSC players and families to share more specifics about this collaboration and answer any questions you might have.
Club practices are at Cow Pond for Tue & Thu sessions and at Larter for Mon & Wed sessions. The schedule is as follows:
Girls & Boys PreK/K: Mon 4:30-5:45 at Larter
Boys 1/2: Mon 5:45-7:00 at Larter
Boys 3/4 B&C: Tue 4:30-5:45 at Cow Pond
Girls 3/4 B&C: Tue 4:30-5:45 at Cow Pond
Girls 3/4 A & Boys 3/4 A: Tue 5:45-7:00 at Cow Pond
Girls 5/6 A&B: Tue 5:45-7:00 at Cow Pond
Boys 5/6 C&D: Tue 7:00-8:15 at Cow Pond
Girls 7/8 A & Boys 7/8 A: Tue 7:00-8:15 at Cow Pond
Girls & Boys PreK/K: Wed 4:30-5:45 at Larter
Girls 1/2: Wed 5:45-7:00 at Larter
Boys 3/4 D&E: Thu 4:30-5:45 at Cow Pond
Girls 3/4 D&E: Thu 4:30-5:45 at Cow Pond
Boys 5/6 A&B: Thu 5:45-7:00 at Cow Pond
Girls 5/6 C&D: Thu 5:45-7:00 at Cow Pond
Boys 7/8 B&C: Thu 7:00-8:15 at Cow Pond
Girls 7/8 B&C: Thu 7:00-8:15 at Cow Pond
Also, if you are interested in seeing the full schedule of all fields, it can be viewed at: https://goo.gl/NkyEgU
The GDYSC has decided to make Concussion Awareness Trainingmandatory for all of our coaches. There are two training sites that we expect all coaches to review prior to the season. They are the following:
Mass Youth Soccer Adult Volunteer and CORI Registration Process
Coaches and Volunteers:
If you plan on coaching or volunteering in the fall in the GDYSC, you will have to register as an Adult Volunteer with Mass Youth Soccer as well as update your CORI registration. To register as an Adult Volunteer, follow these steps:
2) Click on "Administration" on the top navigation bar and scroll down to "Adult Registration"
3) Click on "Adult Registration Portal"
4) On the next page, if you are a new user, click on the green "Register Now" button under Adult Registration New Users. If you are a returning user, click on the blue button "Register Now" for Returning Users.
5) On the next page, select Season "Fall 2016 - Spring 2017" and login with your username and password (same as you created last year)
6) Review the information on the next page and, if correct, click "Continue"
7) On the next page, click on "Register as a Coach/Admin"
8) On the next page, select "Play Level - Adult Registration"
9) On the next page, update any of the info displayed and hit "Save and Next Page"
10) On the next page, click acceptance of the two Adult Participant Agreement terms and then click "Agree and Continue"
11) On the next screen, click on "Print ELA" (if it will allow you to print) or log out. That completes Step 1.
12) Now, go to your email and look for an email from Massachusetts Youth Soccer titled "Thank you for Registering - Name"
13) Open the email and scroll down to where it says
If a date is present above and:
- If the date above is prior to July 31, 2017 you ARE REQUIRED to complete a CORI Submission Request using the link shown below.
- If the date above is after July 31, 2017 you are NOT REQUIRED to complete a CORI Submission Request.
If a date is not present you ARE REQUIRED to complete a CORI Submission Request using the link shown below.
Check the date in your email and if it is on or prior to July 31, 2017, you need to complete a CORI submission request. If the date in your email is after July 31, 2017, you do not have to do anything else.
14) You will be taken to the CORI Submission Request Form. Click on the blue "Register Now" CORI request form.
15) Scroll down and verify the season "Fall 2016 - Spring 2017" and make sure that the CORI request box is checked. Then scroll over and enter your Username and Password and click the green "Login" button.
16) On the next page, make sure the information is correct and click "Next"
17) On the next page, review the information and click on the blue button "Register for CORI"
18) On the next page, select "Program - CORI" and "Gender - Male", and review the other information for accuracy. Enter Drivers License Number, ID Expiration Date, Sex, Eye Color, Ethnicity, Father's First Name, Father's Last Name, Mother's First Name, Mother's Last Name. Then answer the remaining questions by clicking on the appropriate button. At the bottom of the page, click on the green "Save and Next Page" button.
19) On the next page, acknowledge that you have read the three documents and click accept next to each. Then click the green button "Agree and Continue"
20) On the next page, click "Print Required CORI Agreement". You must bring this to the GDYSC coaches meeting on Tuesday, September 6th along with your license to be reviewed and approved by the GDYSC CORI Administrator.
21) Also, you will get an email from CORI with the title "Thank you for registering - your name. Print this and bring it to the GDYSC coaches meeting.
20) Mass Youth Soccer will update an on-line Google docs form that shows all of the coaches in our club that have registered and been cleared to coach and the date they are authorized until. No coach or other volunteer will be allowed to participate in any activities with any players in the GDYSC until this process is complete.