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Q: What are the age groups for the various divisions?

A: Based on school grade, with a maximum allowable age. For Fall 2016/Spring 2017 age groups are:

Age Group Eligible
School Grades
And
Born on or After
Pre-K/K Pre-K, K 1/1/2010
Grade 1/2 1, 2 1/1/2008
Grade 3/4 3, 4 1/1/2006
Grade 5/6 5, 6 1/1/2004
Grade 7/8 7, 8 1/1/2002
Grade 9/10 9, 10 1/1/2000
Grade 11/12 11, 12 1/1/1998

Q: What does it cost to play?

A: $85 per season for Pre-K/K & Grade 1/2, $115 per season for Grade 3/4 and older. Players must also purchase official uniforms (can be used multiple seasons) that are $20 for U6 & U8, and $60 for older divisions.

Q: When are games played?

Q: What is the correct ball size for each age group?

A: Here is the information for each division

Program Pre-K/K Grade 1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 Grade 7/8
Eligible Grade PreK – K 1 – 2 3 – 4 5 – 6 7 – 8
Ball Size 3 3 4 4 5
Game Play 4v4 no goalies 5v5 7v7 9v9 11v11
Max. Roster Size 10 10 11 15 18
Field Size feet 1/2 U8 Field 130 x 85 165 – 190 x 120 210 x 165 312 x 198
Goal Size PUG 6' x 4 yd 6' x 4 yd 6' x 6 yd 8' x 8 yd
Game Duration
5-min halftime
2 x 20 min 2 x 25 min 2 x 30 min 2 x 30 min 2 x 35 min
Usual Saturday
Game Time
1:30 or 3:30 Girls 8:30
Boys 9:45
Girls 9:00
Boys 10:15
Girls 11:30
Boys 1:00
Girls 2:30
Boys 4:00

Q: Which color jersey does the home team wear for U6 & U8?

A: Home team is Maroon, away team is White.

Q: When are practices held?

A: Practice takes place during the week for all U8-U14 teams and schedules are set by the individual coaches at the beginning of the season. The club allows the coach the flexibility to choose practice days and times that work for both the coach and the players on his/her team. U6 practice time is included in the Saturday afternoon sessions.

Q: Where can I find the schedule for a Grade 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 or HS age player?

A: The game schedules for Grade 3/4 & older teams are set by the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League (NVYSL), and can be found in two ways.  The first way is to go to the page for our club on the NVYSL website and then follow the link for your team.  The second way is to go directly to the NVYSL website at www.nvysl.org.  To access your child's game schedule, click on "Scores, Schedules and Standings" on the top navigation bar, select the Season (Fall 2016), the Gender/Age (BU10) and the Group that they are playing in (BU10 Rec 2.2).  Then click "Get Schedule and Standings".  You will then see all games for the season for your child's team, listed by date.  In addition, alongside the schedule information (on the far right side), you will see direction and map information for the location of the fields you will be playing at.  Please be sure to check this site every week because the NVYSL has been making a number of real-time schedule changes and the information may change week to week.

Schedules for all Pre-K/K and Grade 1/2 games are posted on the GDYSC website on the Game Schedules/Practices tab on the left hand navigation bar of the GDYSC home page at www.gdysc.org.  There are also maps of the Cow Pond and Larter field layouts on the website as well.

Q: Why is jewelry not allowed?

A: To avoid the risk of injury to all players, the league has adopted a no jewelry policy. If there is a question, the referee has the final say. All players must remove any earrings or they will not be allowed to play. This includes any newly pierced ears, so please plan accordingly as placing tape (or band-aids) over earrings is not allowed.