DCG Soccer Club: News

Spring Soccer Dates Announced

Important dates for Spring 2014 Soccer have been announced.

 12/13/13 - 01/01/14   Early Bird Registration - save money and register early! 
 01/02/14 - 01/17/14   Regular Registration Period
 01/18/14 - 01/24/14   Registration Fees increase to include $25 LATE FEE!
 01/24/14  Online registration closes at midnight
 04/05/14 - 04/06/14   Opening Weekend of Soccer
 06/07/14 - 06/08/14   Last weekend of regularly scheduled games.

Mark your calendars now.  Registration starts now.



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.
  • Black 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. 



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.


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 this weekend 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 this season 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.  Please see map.