Dublin United Soccer Club General Information and More
Dublin United Soccer Club has been the largest and most successful parent-coached soccer organization is Central Ohio since its beginnings as the Dublin Middle Tier Soccer Organization (DMTSO) in 2005. We continue to lead the charge with innovative "Foot Skills Sessions", Goalkeeper training, Club Indoor Sessions, our unique Kickoff Event the first week of August, and more opportunities for our players to improve in the Summer, in season, and over the Winter.
NOTES about DUSC Player Evaluations that make Dublin United Soccer Club unique:
1. Players whose parents AND current or future coach agree on team placement will be asked to attend ONE NIGHT of evaluations. Keep in mind, COACHES develop their own rosters with assistance from DUSC.
2. Players are EVALUATED for placement and are NOT "CUT" based on the players skill level.
3. Some players will be "advised" to play in the recreational program while being able to take advantage of DUSC "skill sessions" all year long, BUT, so long as DUSC has room on a roster, all players desiring to play in DUSC will be placed on a team (this is part of the DUSC agreement with the City of Dublin).
4. Players are NOT required to attend each session, however, attending multiple sessions will assist the evaluators/coaches in proper team placement. Parents will also have additional opportunities to speak to the coaches at the end of each session.
5. When possible, we attempt to allow players to be paired with friends (this is NOT ALWAYS possible!). We also allow players to "play up" with their friends assuming they have the ability (frequently, this means playing "age up, grade even"). With the change to calendar year cut-offs, many January through July players end up not playing against players in their own grade until getting to high school. We do not believe that forcing these situations is in the best interest of the PLAYER!
Monday Foot Skills
Every Monday from August 6th to September 24th, DUSC is providing skills sessions for all current players. These training sessions will help players of all ages improve their footskills, including dribbling, passing and trapping.
When: Mondays Aug. 6th, Aug. 13th, Aug. 20th, Aug. 27th, Sept. 3rd, Sept. 10th, Sept. 17th, and Sept. 24th
Where: Coffman Park Extension (6631 Commerce Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017 for GPS purposes)
Time: 6:00PM to 6:55PM (last two weeks @5:45PM) for U-08 to U-10 Boys and Girls
7:00PM to 7:55PM (last two weeks @6:45PM) for U-11 and Older Boys and Girls
Cost: Included in players base fee.
Pre-Registration (by no later than 12:00PM the day of the session): Is required to ensure proper trainer to player ratios.
Fall 2018 Foot Skills and Goalkeeper Training Forms Available
Sorry about the delay. But, the forms for both Fall 2018 Foot Skills Registration and Fall 2018 Goalkeeper Training Registration are now available on the site. They are in the left Vertical Ribbon. They can also be found here:
We were able to dodge the rain for a second day in a row, yesterday. We are hoping to be able to do the same, again, this evening.
Here are several updates on the season/action items, etc.
1. Both the Gray and Neon practice shirts should all be delivered by this evening (all teams the past couple of days should have received at least the neon shirt -- the gray shirts for many of our younger teams had a delivery glitch and are being delivered this evening).
2. The game uniforms will be ready by August 12th. Referee money will be distributed by August 12th as well.
3. ALL Practice/Game Uniform Issues are to be communicated directly to the team head coach/team administrator. They will receive a Uniform Issues Form. All issues for a team are to be documented in that single Uniform Issues Form. Replacements will be made as needed. NOTE: Uniform sizes were selected and entered into the system by the parents. If a numbered uniform jersey needs to be replaced due to a sizing error, the cost of that replacement jersey is to be made by the parent.
4. Game uniforms will only be distributed to players who have completed all required documentation. Players are not permitted to participate in a game until the player is "carded." Therefore, the uniforms will only be provided once all documentation has been received. This information is to be sent to your head coach/team administrator. As a reminder, the following documentation is required for each player:
* Proof of Birth (Players NEW to DUSC, only -- may be a birth certificate or passport)
* 1"x1" color face shot picture
* R002 Form
* COPL/OCL Parent Conduct Form
* Ohio Concussion Law Acknowledgement Form
* Lindsay's Law Form
5. Future Activities:
* Monday Foot Skills Sessions will begin this coming Monday (AT OLDE SAWMILL PARK)
- Pre-registration for these "no additional fee" sessions is required and will be available by Thursday
- Exact times and locations throughout the season will be provided in the registration form
* Sunday Goalkeeper Sessions will begin this Sunday (at Dublin Scioto HS)
- Pre-registration for these "no additional fee" sessions is also required and will be available by Thursday
- U-08 to U-10 players will be 5:00PM - 5:55PM
- U-11 and up players will be 6:00PM - 6:55PM
6. Ohio Champions League/Central Ohio Premier League season starts as early as August 18th
* All DUSC teams will play in either the OCL or COPL
* Team games schedules are still being finalized
* They can be viewed by team on the www.dublinunited.org website
- Hover over TEAMS and click on the appropriate league (usually OCL), division and team
- Schedule can then be displayed
* Schedules will be finalized by August 10th
7. Dublin United Champions Cup
* All teams will participate in this tournament which is included in your fees
* The tournament is September 22-23, 2018 at Darree Fields
8. Ohio Champions League Tournament will be held 10/25-28 in Hilliard/Worthington
9. The Central Ohio Premier League Tournament for U-11 and up teams is still being finalized
- COPL teams at U-10 and under will play on the 10/25-28 weekend in Hilliard/Worthington
We managed to avoid rain on Night One of the Kickoff Event, last night. It was great to see the teams out on the fields at Darree Fields as a group. I was somewhat disappointed at the attendance across DUSC last night. While I understand about 20% of our players are typically out of town this week, the attendance for several of the teams was much lower. If a player is in town this week, player attendance is expected!
These four practices (or two/three for some of our teams) represent the kickoff of the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 season. These sessions should NOT be considered to be optional. DUSC and the coaches have spent time preparing for and attending the sessions this week. Players should be doing the same. I hope to see far more of you, tonight!
Speaking of tonight, if we do not get significant rainfall before then and we do not experience thunder and lightning this evening. In the event we need to cancel or delay the start this evening, a broadcast text/e-mail will be sent as soon as a decision is made.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT SPORTS PARENT—AND A NOT-SO GREAT ONE
Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?"
Their overwhelming response: "The ride home from games with my parents."
The informal survey lasted three decades, initiated by two former longtime coaches who over time became staunch advocates for the player, for the adolescent, for the child. Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC are devoted to helping adults avoid becoming a nightmare sports parent, speaking at colleges, high schools and youth leagues to more than a million athletes, coaches and parents in the last 12 years.
Those same college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame.
Their overwhelming response: "I love to watch you play."
There it is, from the mouths of babes who grew up to become college and professional athletes. Whether your child is just beginning or has been playing for years, this is a good reminder to all parents.
FIVE SIGNS OF AN IDEAL SPORTS PARENT
Let’s hear it for the parents who do it right. In many respects, Brown and Miller say, it’s easier to be an ideal sports parent than a nightmare. “It takes less effort,” Miller says. “Sit back and enjoy.” Here’s what to do:
• Cheer everybody on the team, not just your child: Parents should attend as many games as possible and be supportive, yet allow young athletes to find their own solutions. Don’t feel the need to come to their rescue at every crisis. Continue to make positive comments even when the team is struggling.
• Model appropriate behavior: Contrary to the old saying, children do as you do, not as you say. When a parent projects poise, control and confidence, the young athlete is likely to do the same. And when a parent doesn’t dwell on a tough loss, the young athlete will be enormously appreciative.
• Know what is suitable to discuss with the coach: The mental and physical treatment of your child is absolutely appropriate. So is seeking advice on ways to help your child improve. And if you are concerned about your child’s behavior in the team setting, bring that up with the coach. Taboo topics: Playing time, team strategy, and discussing team members other than your child.
• Know your role: Everyone at a game is either a player, a coach, an official or a spectator. “It’s wise to choose only one of those roles at a time,” Brown says. “Some adults have the false impression that by being in a crowd, they become anonymous. People behaving poorly cannot hide.” Here’s a clue: If your child seems embarrassed by you, clean up your act.
• Be a good listener and a great encourager: When your child is ready to talk about a game or has a question about the sport, be all ears. Then provide answers while being mindful of avoiding becoming a nightmare sports parent. Above all, be positive. Be your child's biggest fan. "Good athletes learn better when they seek their own answers," Brown says.
And, of course, don’t be sparing with those magic words: "I love watching you play."