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Q: What are the age groups for the various divisions?

A: Based on school grade, with a maximum allowable age.

For the Fall 2022 Season

Age Group Eligible
School Grades
And Born Between  
Pre-K/K Pre-K, K 1/1/2016 8/31/2017
Grade 1/2 1, 2 1/1/2014 8/31/2016
Grade 3/4 3, 4 1/1/2012 8/31/2014
Grade 5/6 5, 6 1/1/2010 8/31/2012
Grade 7/8 7, 8 1/1/2008 8/31/2010
Grade 9/10 9, 10 1/1/2006 8/31/2008
Grade 11/12 11, 12 1/1/2004 8/31/2006

 

Q: What does it cost to play?

A: $85 per season for Pre-K/K & Grade 1/2, $115 per season for Grade 3/4 and older. Players must also purchase official uniforms (can be used multiple seasons) that are $20 for U6 & U8, and $60 for older divisions.

Q: When are games played?

A: 

 

Current Game times for the Fall 2022 - First game-day is scheduled for September 10, 2022:

Age Group

Saturday Times

Home Game Location

Pre-Kindergarten / Kindergarten

noon

Cow Pond

Grade 1 / 2 Girls

8:30am

Cow Pond

Grade 1 / 2 Boys

10:00am

Cow Pond

Grade 3 / 4 Girls

9:00am

TBD

Grade 3 / 4 Boys

10:30am

TBD

Grade 5 / 6 Girls

noon

TBD

Grade 5 / 6 Boys

1:30pm

TBD

Grade 7 / 8 Girls

3:00pm

TBD

Grade 7 / 8 Boys

4:30pm

TBD

High School (Sundays)

1pm, 3pm, 5pm

TBD

 

Q: What is the correct ball size for each age group?

A: Here is the information for each division

Program Pre-K/K Grade 1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 Grade 7/8 HS
Eligible Grade PreK – K 1 – 2 3 – 4 5 – 6 7 – 8 9-12
Ball Size 3 3 4 4 5 5
Game Play 4v4 no goalies 5v5 7v7 9v9 11v11 11v11
Max. Roster Size (no limit for REC) 10 10 12 16 22 22
Field Size feet 1/2 U8 Field 130 x 85 165 – 190 x 120 210 x 165 312 x 198 312 x 198
Goal Size PUG 6' x 4 yd 6' x 4 yd 6' x 6 yd 8' x 8 yd 8' x 8 yd
Game Duration
5-min halftime
2 x 20 min 2 x 25 min 2 x 30 min 2 x 30 min 2 x 35 min 2 x 35 min
Usual Saturday
Game Time
12:00 Girls 8:30
Boys 10:00
Girls 9:00
Boys 10:30
Girls 12:00
Boys 1:30
Girls 3:00
Boys 4:30

Sundays

1, 3, 5PM

Note: For 7/8 and HS, the maximum team size for the MTOC tournament is 18. Teams are limited to 18 players per game dressed to play, but players can be alternated as necessary.

 

Q: Which color jersey does the home team wear for Pre-K/K and G 1/2?

A: Home team is Maroon, away team is White.

Q: When are practices held?

A: Practice takes place during the week for all 1/2 and older teams and schedules are set by the individual coaches at the beginning of the season. The club allows the coach the flexibility to choose practice days and times that work for both the coach and the players on his/her team. Pre-K/K practice time is included in the Saturday afternoon sessions.

Q: Where can I find the schedule for a Grade 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 or HS age player?

A: The game schedules for Grade 3/4 & older teams are set by the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League (NVYSL). For the Spring 2022 season only, the schedule can be found at: link.

Schedules for all Pre-K/K and Grade 1/2 games are posted on the GDYSC website on the Game Schedules/Practices tab on the left hand navigation bar of the GDYSC home page at www.gdysc.org.  There are also maps of the Cow Pond and Larter field layouts on the website as well.

Q: Why is jewelry not allowed?

A: To avoid the risk of injury to all players, the league has adopted a no jewelry policy. If there is a question, the referee has the final say. All players must remove any earrings or they will not be allowed to play. This includes any newly pierced ears, so please plan accordingly as placing tape (or band-aids) over earrings is not allowed.