DCG Soccer Club: News

Field Day – North & South Soccer Complex Fields now Available
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Goals were moved into place by a group of volunteers on Friday, March 27th on both the existing Grimes Sports Complex and the new north practice fields.  The Grimes Sports Complex near South Prairie Elementary will continue to be the location for both league games and practices.  The north fields are located just west of Northridge Elementary and will be the location for practices only.  Located at the north complex are goals and field outlines for three different sizes of fields (U6-8, U10, and U12).  There is also plenty of flat greenspace available at the north complex.  We encourage coaches to check out the north complex and consider scheduling a practice or two there if they are having troubles finding practice space/time at the Grimes Sports Complex.

Thank-you volunteers!  Thanks to all that were able to make it up to the soccer complex and help out at Field Day on Friday.  Volunteers set-up 18 fields (36 goals & nets, and 72 anchors).  This included moving 6 goals to the north complex – a lot of work to say the least but doable in just 1.5 hours with all the help.  I was impressed by the turn out and am truly grateful to live in a community where so many families are willing to volunteer their time and help out.  Everyone's help was very much appreciated!!
 
Thanks!

David Kurth
Director of Fields


2015 VSA Select Soccer Tryout - June 1-18 (varies by age)
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Vision Soccer Academy (VSA) has announced Select Soccer Tryouts for 2015.

Select soccer is for players who wish to be in a more structured environment with players of similar commitment levels, technical, and/or physical abilities.  Tryouts are held in early June to determine teams.  Invites from tryouts for U11 through U13 age divisions will be issued on or after 8:00 A.M. on June 15th.  Invites from tryouts for U14 through U18 divisions will be issued on or after 8:00 A.M. on June 25th.  All teams are coached by the VSA Professional Coaching staff.  Coaching assignments are announced at tryouts.  All professional coaches have experience playing and/or coaching soccer at a high level and an emphasis is placed on continuing education throughout the coaches’ tenure with our club.

All Tryouts will be held at the Waukee High School Turf Stadium located at 555 SE University Ave., Waukee, IA 50263. VSA is pleased to announce that they will be playing at their new complex (VSA Timberline Soccer Complex) this coming FALL 2015 which is located at 2655 SE LA Grant Parkway, Waukee, IA 50263.

Info and registration is at the VSA Site.



Important Dates - Spring 2015
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Mark your calendars now for Spring Soccer! Opening weekend is April 10-11th and last weekend of games is June 6-7th.

DCG Soccer Spirit Wear Available
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DCG Soccer Club and Soccer Connections have teamed up to make DCG Soccer Spirit Wear available. Stop by the concession stand during the season to check out the new pieces available to order, all featuring the DCG Soccer Club logo.

While Spirit Wear is available to view in the concession stand, it will be sold exclusively through Soccer Connections.  Feel free to stop in to Soccer Connections or view and order Spirit Wear Online.

Shirts, sweatshirts, and hats are available from $12-$26.  Order yours this week! 



DCG Soccer Club Hoodie Winner - Tricia Small
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Congratulations to Tricia Small for winning the DCG Soccer Club Hoodie for filling out our coaching clinic survey.  Thanks to all that took time to fill out the survey.

Tyler Lyon - Director of Coaches



NEW UNIFORMS & CREST - FALL 2014
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New uniforms are mandatory for the start of the Fall 2014 season for all age levels. The club is also rolling out a new crest at the same time that accents the new uniforms.  DCG Soccer Club players will look very sharp.

The uniforms must be ordered no later than 7/15/2014 from Soccer Connections, 3233 100th St, Urbandale -  (515) 270-8141. They will consist of red shorts, red socks, a red jersey and a white jersey; please let the Soccer Connection staff know you are with DCG Soccer Club and they will help you locate the right apparel. 



Open Board Positions - Volunteers Needed!
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The Dallas Center Grimes Soccer Club is currently accepting nominations for open board positions. The open positions are (no previous soccer experience needed):
    * Director of Referees
We have a very active and supportive soccer board. Please consider stepping forward and getting involved!
 
Please send contact information to board President, Bob Scott (president@dcgsoccer.com), if interested.


Levels of Play Reclassified
Starting with the Fall 2010 season Iowa Soccer will be implementing new Levels of Play, which have been in the planning stage for nearly two years. Teams are now recognized as Levels 1, 2, and 3 rather than premier, classic and recreation.

Reasons for the change are:
  • to take away the stigma related to the currently used terms (especially rec)
  • provide more consistency in terminology statewide
  • provide more support and playing opportunities for "B" level and strong recreational teams
  • provide the dedicated player with a higher level of competition while giving the multi-sport athlete a chance to participate without the pressure and financial commitment that is prevalent on the select side
  • finally, to provide our tournaments with the ability to invite Level 2 teams and potentially expand team participation

For details see the Levels of Play explanation along with the Q&A.


iSoccer Promo Extended to DCG Soccer Club

iSoccer, the Leader of the National Standards Project, is an online training platform that motivates players of all ages and abilities to improve their technical skills. A revolutionary program, iSoccer uses standardized testing, web technology, and competitive learning to drive positive, objective results.

The Des Moines Menace Academy has extended their partnership with iSoccer to the DCG Soccer Club.  Through this special promotion players can obtain a 1 year subscription for only $6 and coaches are free.

Additional information is available:

To better understand the iSoccer platform follow the first link above and watch the videos.


Reminders for Players & Parents
What you will need for soccer…
  • Water Bottle, recommended for practices and games.
  • Soccer Ball - Size 3 (U5-U8), Size 4 (U9-U12), Size 5 (U13 and up).
  • DCG Soccer Club Jersey - available at Soccer Connections, 3233 100th St., Urbandale (515-270-8141). Home teams wear red jersey in Grimes.
  • Red Soccer Shorts - Required for U9 and up.  Recommended for U5-U8.
  • Red Soccer Socks - Required for U9 and up.  Recommended for U5-U8.
  • Soccer Shoes - Required for all ages.
  • Shin guards are REQUIRED and MUST BE WORN AT EACH PRACTICE AND GAME for the player's own protection. 
  • NO JEWELRY!!!  Jewelry CANNOT be worn because of the danger to the player and to other players.


What if it Rains?

If the fields are open and it is safe, we play soccer in the rain.

The field status is updated according the the Field Closure Policy.  And if you want to sign-up for field status notification via email or text we use RainedOut.

If you are a coach and you decide to reschedule the game, make sure you follow the "How to Reschedule a Game" procedure. 



Field Safety Reminders
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Please take note of a couple of field related items as we get ready to start our games and as we continue to practice throughout the season.

 

  • Do not move the goals – the goals are safely anchored and expected to stay that way.  Our High School teams move them occasionally for practice purposes but they are the only exception.
  • We have implemented a spectator line for U10 and above age groups on one side of the field to help keep fans at a safe distance from the sidelines and to help our assistant referees (ARs) do their job.  If you are a spectator please help out by sitting on the side of the field with the white dashed line and if you are a coach please have your team line up on the opposite side.