It’s official: Americans love soccer and are starting their love affair at a very early age and that is reflected across the South Coast. One of the top organizations that have been helping feed this appetite for the sport since 1984, believe it or not, is the Dartmouth Youth Soccer Association (DYSA). The non-profit organization has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Over the decades its volunteers have developed successful programs as well as a state of the art facility and fields which have produced 13 State Champions.
DYSA is committed to serving the families in the South Coast region with numerous cost effective soccer programs including a fall recreational program, town travel program, premier club program, as well as camps and clinics. Equally as important, they’re one of the very few soccer associations in the region to now offer a spring micro soccer program. The new spring program provides an opportunity for girls and boys ages 4-7 to explore their interest in soccer. Kids from all towns are encouraged to participate. The technical development they will experience at this age will serve them throughout their soccer careers. In addition to their technical development, players will also develop and expand upon the concept of team work and build new friendships along the way.
So, is your child or children expressing an interest in soccer? What does the program entail? What are the particulars? How do you register? The sessions, which are held each Saturday from April 1st through June 3rd, are one hour long. All sessions are held at the DYSA fields located on Russels Mills Road in Dartmouth. The first 40 minutes are spent in soccer related activities and games that create a fun, playful environment with the goal of nurturing the game. The remaining 20 minutes are scrimmage minutes in which the kids play the game with minimal instructions from coaches. The scrimmage time allows for the kids to apply their learned skills in a game environment. The program is developed and implemented under U.S. Youth Soccer guidelines and is supervised by U.S. Soccer licensed coaches.
A full overview of the program can be seen here. Interested in signing up? There are a few ways. Online registration is available right now at dyssoccer.com. You can register in person on March 16th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at 562 Russells Mills Road. The best part of all, that registration for the entire session is a very affordable $90.
Lastly, if you are interested in coaching, during the registration process there will be an option to indicate if your interest. Coaching assignments will be completed by the Program Director based on the number of volunteers and qualifications. All coaches will, of course, be required to pass a CORI check.
Enrich your kids’ lives, place them in a rewarding environment, one where they will develop social skills, coordination, improve their health and fitness and have just plain old fun!
562 Russells Mills Rd
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts