The Spring 2016 soccer will come to a close on Sunday, June 26th. Two Groton-Dunstable teams have qualified for the Mass Youth Soccer Tournament of Champions (MTOC) state championship at Progin Park in Lancaster from Friday, June 24th until Sunday, June 26th. Please congratulate the Groton-Dunstable BU12A team and GU14A team for winning their respective Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League championships and qualifying for the Division 1 state championships next weekend. I would also like to congratulate all of the GDYSC teams that qualified for the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League Tournament this weekend including the following teams:
GU14A (NVYSL Champion)
BU12A (NVYSL Champion)
We will post the schedules for our BU12A and GU14A teams if you are interested in watching them in the Mass Youth Soccer state championships next weekend in Lancaster.
In addition, evaluations for the 3rd/4th graders will be on Monday, June 20th and for the 5th/6th graders on Tuesday, June 21st and Wednesday, June 22nd. The girls will have evaluations at Cow Pond and the boys will be evaluated at Larter Field. For more information, please see below.
Finally, if you have any questions, please reach out to the appropriate GDYSC board member. They are listed below.
Fall Regular Registration Now Open - Closes on July 31st
Fall 2016 Regular Registration Now Open – Closes on July 31st
Regular player registration for the fall 2016 soccer season for non-HS players is now open and will run until July 31st. HS registration will open on September 1st and run until September 10th. Players and volunteers can register by clicking on the Register Now button on the right hand side of the home page at www.gdysc.org or by selecting Register On-Line from the Members menu. The fall season officially opens on Saturday, September 10th and runs until Sunday, November 6th.
Grade Groupings and Age Eligibility for the 2016-2017 Season
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has changed the grade and age eligibility requirements for the 2016-2017 soccer seasons (fall and spring). Instead of tying age eligibility to a soccer calendar year that begins on August 1st and ends on July 31st, they have mandated that all age eligibility will now be tied to the actual calendar year beginning on January 1st and ending on December 31st. Massachusetts Youth Soccer has decided to modify these requirements to allow children in the same grade to play together. Therefore, the new soccer groupings for the 2016-2017 soccer season(s) will be the following:
Date of Birth Requirements
Born on or After
Grade PK and K (formerly U6)
Pre-K and K
Grade 1/2 (formerly U8)
1st and 2nd Grade
Grade 3/4 (formerly U10)
3rd and 4th Grade
Grade 5/6 (formerly U12)
5th and 6th Grade
Grade 7/8 (formerly U14)
7th and 8th Grade
Grade 9/10/11/12 (formerly U16- U19)
9th - 12th Grade
We understand that a few of our youth players might not fit neatly into the Grade and Age categories defined above. As we've done in the past, the GDYSC board will define the waiver conditions and process to allow players to be assigned up or down one level based on their unique circumstances. This waiver policy will be consistent with the GDYSC mission of providing the best youth soccer development experience for all of our players. The new waiver policy will be posted to the GDYSC website once we have fully reviewed the information and recommendations from US Soccer, MA Youth Soccer, and the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League.
For the fall 2016 season, the GDYSC Board has raised registration fees. Starting this fall, registration fees for Pre-K/K and 1st/2nd Grade players will be $85. Registration fees for 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th, and HS age players will be $115. The reason for the increase in fees is two-fold. First, the GDYSC has been operating at deficit for the past three years as we have increased services, invested in field lighting and equipment and added weekly “club practices” for all age groups. We added these services, but we did not increase our fees over that time period to cover the additional costs of these things. Second, we as a board believe that we need to provide additional professional training to all of our coaches and players, not just those that choose to attend the weekly “club practices”. To that end, we will be contracting with a group of professional coaches (including a former New England Revolution Player and current Division I College Coach, and a current Women’s Professional Coach with the Boston Breakers) to provide the following additional training and services to our coaches, players and families:
Coaching Education – These professional coaches will mentor our entire coaching staff throughout the season with on field training during both practices and games. They will also run 3 coaching education workshops throughout the year. We believe this coaching education will dramatically raise the quality of coaching for our players and improve their development as a result.
Player Development – These professional coaches will take over the implementation of our technical training sessions and “club practices” in order to improve the quality of training for our players. This will include:
90 individualized training sessions for all 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade teams in each of the fall and spring seasons (minimum of 3 per team per season)
Pre-K/K and 1st/2nd grade “club practices” one evening per week
Pre-K/K training and game session on Sunday afternoons in the fall and spring
Grade appropriate, curated coaching curriculum for all GDYSC coaches
Player Evaluation Process – Our professional coaching staff will also help to run our player evaluations at the end of the spring season. We believe professional, third-party evaluation will improve the overall quality of our evaluations. These coaches will also provide our players with a “continuous evaluation process” throughout the fall and spring seasons to help identify players that have either been misplaced or should be offered the opportunity to train with a higher level team than the one that they have been placed on.
By doing this, we hope to provide a much higher level of training and instruction than we have been able to offer in the past and provide a “club level” training experience at a fraction of the cost of a typical “club” program.
Player registrations should be paid in full at the time of registration using a credit card or PayPal account. Players that are not paid in full by August 15th, 2016 will not be placed on a roster until their outstanding balance is settled. In addition, we do provide discounted fees if you have more than two players in the program and we offer a family maximum of $350 per season. For parents needing financial assistance, please contact the GDYSC Registrar, Victor Volpe (
) to request a full or partial waiver of the player registration fees. For parents who wish to pay by check, please contact both the GDYSC treasurer, Lisa McCarthy (
) and the GDYSC Registrar, Victor Volpe (
) to arrange for payment. There are no fees to register as a volunteer.
Registrations received after July 31, 2016 for 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade players will be assessed a $25 late fee. In addition, all of these late registered players will be placed on the waiting list and will only be placed on a team if there are available spots. The additional late fees are needed to cover costs that the GDYSC will incur from the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League for late roster changes or late team registration fees.
There will be no late registrations fees for Pre-K/K, 1st/2nd and HS grade players for the fall season.
Any refund request received after August 15, 2016 will not be honored. Refund requests prior to those dates in their respective seasons will be subject to a $15 processing fee. This fee represents the sum of the non-refundable fees that we may have to pay Mass Youth Soccer, the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League and PayPal.
If your child is in need of a uniform for the fall season, itmustbe pre-ordered and paid for by credit card on the online uniform ordering site at www.gdysc.org. Look for Shop on the Home Page. All uniform orders must be received by August 10, 2016 to guarantee receipt by the start of the season. All purchased uniforms can be picked up at Greco Graphics, located on 14 Hadley Street in North Billerica. They are open on Monday from 8AM to 8PM, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8AM to 5PM and on Thursdays from 8-6PM. They can be reached at 978-663-9122. If you would prefer that your uniform be shipped to your house, please select this option when you make your purchase. There will likely be an additional shipping charge of $5-10 to have the uniforms shipped to your house. Finally, Greco Graphics will be having two uniform pick-up sessions in Groton prior to the start of the season, times and places to be determined.
If your child will be playing Pre-K/K or 1st/2nd grade soccer in the fall, a reversible maroon/white GDYSC jersey is the only uniform requirement. If your child will be playing on a team in any of the older grades and does not have a uniform or needs a larger size uniform, they will have to purchase the new jersey, black shorts and black socks. Jerseys, shorts and socks can be ordered on-line.
GDYSC Summer Pickup starts the week after next week at Larter.
It'll run for 7 Wednesdays: June 29th, July 6, 13, 20, 27, and Aug 3rd & 10th.
No need to sign up, no fee. It's part of the GDYSC program, and open to all GDYSC players (or any player who plays on a Massachusetts based team...that covers the insurance). Wear shin guards and bring a water bottle. If you can, have your player wear a light shirt or a dark shirt so we can play light vs dark. I'll use pinnies to balance the teams as necessary.
We help organize them into small sided teams and they play. As players come and go we shuffle things around to keep games at least 3v3 and no more than 6v6. Although sometimes the older group goes a little more than 6v6. No coaching, minimal organization, minimal defending ;-)
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: