Who should try out for a DFC team?
DFC Dragons is a soccer club for players from Duxbury that are committed, focused, and highly motivated. We offer a great developmental and competitive experience for those players who want to experience the enjoyment and developmental benefits that come from an age-appropriate player development curriculum, expert coaching, and the opportunity to train with and compete against other focused, talented, achievement-oriented players.
Competitive players train regularly to develop soccer skills and training habits that will enable them to acquire a level of mastery and competence, and to compete successfully in competitions. Teamwork, sportsmanship, and character development are cornerstones of the DFC Program.
What is the commitment that’s expected to play competitive soccer?
Playing on a competitive soccer team requires a high level of commitment from both players and families. Players are expected to attend two training sessions per week and a competitive game on Sunday. More importantly, we expect our players to practice frequently on their own outside of scheduled team events.
How does my child join a DFC team?
Tryouts are held June of each year for the season starting the following September. For the most part, tryouts are held at Coppens Field in Duxbury, but we occasionally utilize other venues in town.
Are we asked to commitment to DFC for a full year or a single season?
DFC allows its players to commit for one season at a time. Players that tryout and join a team in the fall are given preference to retain their positions on the team for the following spring. Should a player choose not to return in the spring season, DFC will then open up that player’s position to a qualified player that wishes to join the team.
What does DFC cost?
Currently, registration fees for DFC U8 Academy are $150 per player per season. For U10 and above, fees are $250 per player per season.
What are these fees for?
Most of the cost goes towards registration fees with Mass Youth Soccer (US Soccer’s sanctioning body in Massachusetts), MAPLE or MASC league lees (the leagues our club teams play in), referee fees, field use fees to the town of Duxbury, and insurance. The fee also includes uniforms. Tournaments and offseason activities such as winter futsal, summer skills session, and clinics are NOT INCLUDED in DFC’s registration fees.
These fees seem inexpensive compared other clubs that charge up to $3000 for a season. How does DFC do it?
As a non-profit organization, DFC believes that the players must come first. Therefore, we charge the minimum fees to cover insurance, league fees, and uniforms in order to make sure that club soccer is open and affordable for every player. Our dedicated group of volunteers makes sure that every player gets the best coaching and training available.
How often are practices?
Practice schedules are at the coach’s discretion. Most teams train twice per week. Training sessions take place here in Duxbury.
How do tournaments work?
Tournament schedules (dates and number of tournaments) are at the coach’s discretion. Tournaments cost approximately $50 per player. Most tournaments are played in Massachusetts, although some teams travel out of town for tournaments. Tournament season runs before and after the club season: typically late March, late May-June, and August.
When is the club season? How many games?
The fall club season runs from September through November. The spring season runs from April through May. There are usually roughly 7-9 games in each season.
Where are the games? Will there be a lot of traveling?
Roughly half the games are home games, played here in Duxbury. The away games are mostly around Eastern Massachusetts, but typically once per season we play a game that requires over an hour of travel each way.
If a player does not make a DFC team, can he or she still play recreational soccer?
Yes. One of the the goals of DYSA, our parent organization, is to provide developmentally appropriate soccer opportunities to all soccer players. DYSA has an excellent in-town soccer program that is both fun and developmentally challenging. Players who don’t make DFC teams can still sign up for DYSA’s in-town program. In fact, most DFC players play both in-town soccer for DYSA and club soccer with DFC.