DCG Soccer Club: News

PAID POSITION - Registrar
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The DCG Soccer Club would like to fill the club's Registrar position. The Registrar is a paid position reporting to the DCG Soccer Club Board. The Registrar is a critical role for the club and is a great way to support Youth Soccer, support the community, and get paid at the same time.

Responsibilities for the Registrar include:

  • Plan the registration schedule for each season
  • Attend Board and League meetings for seasons planning
  • Communicate with League for season dates, transfers, rosters, and rule changes
  • Setup LeagueOne for electronic registration
  • Process player documents for LeagueOne (e.g. birth certificates, photos)
  • Form teams following Board and League policy
  • Assign coaches from volunteers and communicate vacancies to Director of Coaches
  • Prepare coach packets with rosters and schedules
If you have interest, please contact the President (president@dcgsoccer.com) for more information.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Director of Concessions & Director of Technology
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The DCG Soccer Club is looking for two volunteers to join the board as the Director of Concessions and the Director of Technology. This is a fantastic opportunity to support Youth Soccer in the DCG area and share your talents with the community.

Responsibilities for Director of Concessions include:

  • Stock supplies for the concession stand.
  • Track cash and make deposits from sales.
  • Arrange and schedule concession stand employees.
  • Track employee hours and report to treasurer for payment.
  • Clean concession stand at beginning / end of the year.
  • Report concession stand information to the board.

Responsibilities for Director of Technology include:  

  • Maintain the club website, email, and field status solutions
  • Maintain the club social media and voice mail accounts
  • Maintain the club hardware, software, and backups (e.g. laptops)

If you have interest, please contact the President (president@dcgsoccer.com) for more information.



Festival Style Soccer comes to DCG for U6 in Fall 2017
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The DCG Soccer Club is moving to a "Fesitval Syle" soccer experience for U6 in Fall 2017. Games and practices will be held during the same session on Saturday mornings with players participating in a variety of drills before each scrimmage. See the attached U6 Festival Style Soccer Flyer for all the details.

Join our Team of Referees
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DCG soccer is looking for energetic individuals to join our team of referees. You will need to be at least 12 years of age and have completed a certification class. Classes are currently being offered at the following locations.

Johnston/Urbandale 8/18-19
West Des Moines 8/11-12

Check out the Referee Flyer for additional details.
 
If you would like to earn extra money and have fun doing so please become a referee for DCG soccer. As we continue to make changes to our program we have added new bonus and reimbursement opportunities for referees.  See the Referee Bonus and Reimbursement Policy for details.

If you have any questions or concerns please email refereeing@dcgsoccer.com


big... Big... BIG Changes - US Soccer Player Development Initiatives
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Parents and players are beginning to hear about the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives. Some of the elements that have received more visibility include the change in field dimensions as well as birth year registration.
 
The DCG Soccer Club has prepared a brief overview of the 2016 Fall Season Changes, please take a moment to review.

The DCG Soccer Club implemented the new field dimensions (see the Standards Chart) with the Spring 2016 season. The 2016 Field Layout depicts the field changes. The DCG Soccer Club is implementing the new Birth Year Registration (see the Birth Year Matrix) with the Fall 2016 Season.

To learn more about the player development initiatives please visit the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives page and view the informative video. The video does a good job explaining the rationale behind the various elements of the initiative.


ISL Level 3 Central League Rules
The ISL Level 3 Central League Rules for U9-U19 are now available.

Field Painting Volunteers Needed
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We are looking for volunteers to help paint the fields throughout the season. Our club takes great pride in the soccer complex and this is a great opportunity to help contribute. We are asking for a time commitment of about 1.5 hours once during the 8-week soccer season. We usually paint fields after work on Thursdays or Fridays each week after the city has completed mowing and before the weekend games.

No previous experience necessary - the Director of Fields (David Kurth) usually paints the fields each week with the volunteer.

If you are interested, please contact the Director of Fields (fields@dcgsoccer.com) directly by email. We are offering again this season a free DCG soccer painting T-shirt for those who volunteer.



Lightning Safety Policy
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When lightning is seen or thunder is heard, all practices and games need to be immediately suspended for a MINIMUM of thirty minutes.  No one is to remain on the fields.  Notify others there is danger from lightning and take shelter right away.  Practices and games will not resume until a MINIMUM of thirty minutes has passed since the last flash of lightning or sound of thunder.

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.

 



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.