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Things Every Soccer Parent Needs to Know


  • Shortly before Opening Day each player will be issued a jersey, shorts, and socks.
  • Each player is required to wear a complete uniform to play in a game.
  • Families are encouraged to wear team colors at games to show their support.

Soccer Ball

  • Each player must have a soccer ball (#3 for U6’s and U8’s, #4 for U10’s and U12’s and #5 for all others) at each practice and game.
  • Write your name on your ball with a permanent marker.

Shin Guards

  • Each player must have properly fitting shin guards.
  • Each player is required to wear shin guards to participate in games and practices.
  • Shin guards must be covered entirely by socks during all games and practices.

Soccer Shoes

  • A well fitting pair of soccer shoes is highly recommended (but not required).
  • Studs or cleats made of metal are not allowed. Baseball cleats can be used, but the toe cleat must be completely removed.


  • Players shall not wear jewelry or other items that may cause injury to themselves or other players during games and practices (i.e. hair barrettes, earrings, etc.)
  • Any articles that cannot be removed (such as Medic-Alert) must be taped

Player Safety During Games and Practices

  • Players’ fingernails must be short and not sharp to participate.
  • Players wearing braces must wear a mouthpiece to participate.
  • Players wearing orthopedic casts are not allowed to participate.
  • Each player should have a parent or guardian present at all times.
  • Any injuries must be reported to the coach immediately for insurance purposes.

Playing Time and Game Schedule

  • Each player that shows up for a game will get to play at least half of that game.
  • Each player wanting to play goalkeeper will have that opportunity during the season (developmental leagues).
  • All games are on Saturdays. No game on Labor Day weekend.
  • U-6 games have four 8-minute quarters. U-8 games have four 10-minute quarters.
  • Game schedules and game field assignments are posted online when they become available.

Water and Snacks

  • Each player is responsible for bringing their own water to games and practices.
  • Team parent should create and distribute a snack schedule for their team.
  • Snacks should be healthy food—no carbonated drinks or sugary snacks.
  • Please bring a few extra servings to share with players’ siblings, coaches and the referee.

Team Banner

  • Each team provides its own banner and splits the cost evenly among all players.
  • Each player’s banner fee is due to the team parent by August 1.
  • The team parent is responsible for getting the banner prior to Opening Day.
  • The team parent is responsible for seeing that the banner is set up at each game.
  • Feel free to offer to help the team parent with the banner.

Opening Day

  • Opening Day is typically the first weekend in August at one of the local high schools.
  • Usually we meet there around 8am…exact time to be determined later.
  • Players (ages U-10 and under) will march with their coaches in the opening ceremony.
  • Families get to cheer wildly for their teams from the stands.
  • Please be in full uniform (shin guards are not required, soccer shoes are optional).


  • Pictures are scheduled through out the entire day on Opening Day.
  • Please be in full uniform (shin guards are not required, soccer shoes are optional).
  • The entire team must be there on time before scheduled picture can be taken.
  • Completed picture packs and checks are due back to the team parent by August 1.

Team Socials and Player Awards

  • Teams may have one social at mid-season and one after the final game.
  • The team parent is responsible for coordinating these events.
  • Each team provides its own awards—usually it’s trophies, but there are other options.
  • The team parent is responsible for arranging any awards. Check the Sponsors page on the web site for preferred vendors.
  • The costs for all social events and awards are split evenly among all players.
  • Please share your ideas and any offers to help with the team parent.


  • If your player is going to be late or miss a practice or game, please contact the coach.
  • Please bring up your concerns early so we avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
  • Questions or concerns should be directed to the coach first.
  • If you are unable to resolve issues with the coach, contact a DYSL Board Member.
  • Points of contact for DYSL are (925) 978-5020 and

Please Always Remember

  • Soccer is a game…it should be fun for everyone at all times.
  • Each player is still learning the game. Keep expectations realistic.
  • Parent should not coach or give instruction from the sidelines. You may encourage, but not distract.
  • Practices are for helping them learn. Saturday games are for letting them play, their way.
  • The game is for the children. Your role is to help them learn to play it and enjoy it, their way.


Delta Youth Soccer League  P.O. Box 2085 Antioch, CA 94531 (925) 978-5020