|HS Class ||Name||College||Years at DUSC
||Mely Leon||SUNY Binghamton|
||Daighn Dunn||Wells College|
||Alaric Garcia||Globe Institute of Technology|
||William Nathanson||University of Wisconsin|
||Freddie Ramirez||Queensborough C.C.|
||Maximo Juca||Queensborough C.C.|
||Alex Antiuk||SUNY Purchase|
||Jerry Leon||St Francis College|
||Alec MacIntyre||Northwestern University|
||Pierluigi Zambrano||SUNY Albany|
||Akay Nuredini||Queensborough C.C.|
||Franklin & Marshall College
||Wesleyan College (Connecticut)
||Queens College (CUNY)
||Burlington County Community College|
||Suffolk Community College
||Fulton Montgomery Community College
||City College (CUNY)
||Buffalo State College
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When signing up on sports sign up to make payment: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SPORTS SIGNUP SYSTEM IS NOT AUTOMATED FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS. You must fully complete the registration process for your scholarship application to be reviewed.
No player may begin training without the submission of the proper forms and down payment.
Scholarship offers do not apply towards kit fees or the sponsor supplement. These must be paid in full by all players.
The following standards are established to govern the behavior of players before, during, and after soccer matches:
DUSC Travel Policies 2012/2013
Downtown United (DUSC) provides a Travel Soccer program that is designed to develop a player’s skills to their fullest potential and to play in a supportive and appropriate competitive team structure. DUSC emphasizes individual growth and sportsmanship: the goal is to have fun while learning.
These policies have been formulated to protect the safety of the players, and to establish fair play.
Three important components go into DUSC’s adherence to policy decisions:
- Concern for the safety and well being of the players: If a player misses significant numbers of practices and games, their skills and their conditioning fall behind the level of the other players. This can pose physical risks to all involved.
- A need for the fair application of the rules to every player: If all players are to be expected to maintain their obligations, exceptions cannot be made for individuals. This is important to the discipline and health of the team.
- Given the limited nature of a team roster, slots on a roster should by rights go to those players who are willing to make a full commitment.
Tryouts/Admission to a team: DUSC runs competitive teams. The coaching staff evaluates players during tryouts. Players must be observed at least twice during practices (more at the coach’s discretion) or the two tryout days. The decision to admit or not admit a player to a team will be based on the coaching staff’s assessment of that player’s physical abilities, their mental attitude, and their readiness for play at the competitive level.
Participation on a team one year does not guarantee selection the next year. Selected players must honor the one full year commitment of fall, winter and spring seasons to the team. Players will not be released between the fall and spring seasons to play with another soccer club.
A coach may dismiss players from their team for unsportsmanlike conduct or disciplinary reasons, after first verbally warning the player and her parents of possible dismissal, and informing and discussing the situation with the team coordinator. A player with a serious injury may also be removed from the active roster to allow a healthy player her spot on the team. In the event of player loss, or other valid reason, a coach may add players before the 3rd game of each season, in accordance with state and league rules and club guidelines.
Commitment: The DUSC coaches commit to excellent age-appropriate training. The Club commits to the arrangement of league competition and quality field space. Players commit to attending all practices, games, tournaments, and other events organized by their team. Players registered with DUSC may not guest for other teams without written permission from their coach.
Pre-Season Training Camp: Teams required to attend the Pre-Season Training camp will be notified in their acceptance letter.
The 2012 – 13 year begins the week of September 4, 2012
Practices: Team practices are mandatory. The practice schedules and team expectations are listed on the dusc website and have been listed in the age group travel plans: please consult these schedules and make sure that you fully understand the commitment involved. It is a travel player’s responsibility to organize themselves and their schoolwork so that they can attend all practices. Homework is not a legitimate excuse for missing practice. All players have homework and are expected to organize their time to ensure that all their personal commitments can be kept. Soccer is a physical sport; a player with incomplete training has a greater likelihood of injury both to themselves and to their teammates. Since the coaches and club must assure the safety and the readiness of their players to play, poor practice attendance could negatively affect game playing time.
Players must notify their coach or team coordinator of an absence before the start of practice. Players consistently missing practices without clear medical reasons or prior discussion will be first benched during games, then warned, then asked to leave the team.
Players registered with DUSC may not practice with other travel teams without permission from their coach.
High School Season:
In September and October, U14 & U15 players who play for their HS teams are expected to attend at least one DUSC team practice each week and their league game if they do not have a school game conflict.
U16-U18 players who play for their HS team are expected to attend one DUSC team practice each week and a Saturday or Sunday team tactical session during September and October in preparation for the Fall leagues and Fall college showcases.
Academy Teams U8-U11 and Travel Teams U12-14 are guaranteed indoor practice options during the week for the winter season.
U15 to U18 teams will be provided with outdoor practice options for the weeknight and weekend in winter and may have indoor time/space once a week, space permitting. Teams are also encouraged to find indoor space on their own.
Academy Teams U8-U11 will be playing on weekend soccer festivals/games which will be organized by the Coaches and team coordinators with the approval of the DOC, Travel Director, and Academy Director.
Teams U12-U14 will be playing league games a minimum of one day every weekend in season (with exception of federal holidays). Teams U15-U18 will be playing in Fall League games and College Showcases starting mid- November in the fall, then regular league games in the spring along with additional College showcases.
Some teams will play premier leagues and/or supplemental leagues for a second game on weekends (EDP teams). At the direction of the Club, coaches and coordinators will arrange weekend scrimmages in addition to league games: these too are obligatory.
Attendance at games is mandatory. Circumstances that may interfere with scheduled games—such as special religious observances or important family occasions—should be discussed ahead of time with the team coordinator and coach.
Tournaments: Travel team players should play in an age-appropriate number of tournaments as determined by the coaching staff. Tournaments give players a chance to meet players from outside their league, and to keep their play sharp, especially during the winter season. Premier level regional and national tournaments showcase the top levels of play; they are also the forums for college and Olympic Development Program recruiters.
Many tournaments take place during school holiday weekends (including Columbus Day, Thanksgiving (College Showcase), and Memorial Day weekends). Your team coordinator will hold a meeting with you in September to lay out general plans for the year. There will be an additional cost for tournaments above the fees collected by the club: these costs must be split among the team parents. An estimate of these costs is included in your acceptance letter. Concerns about costs should be taken up with coordinators, who will bring them to the attention of the Club.
The Club conducts various fund raising activities to defray costs. Please be ready to volunteer your time to help make these successful.
State Cup Competition: The State Cup is the highest level of competition in Youth Soccer. The schedule for State Cup play is set by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association. Its dates are immutable. Participation in the State Cup tournament is decided upon by the coaching staff for players U12 and older. Please consult the calendar as soon as possible and make note of the necessary weekends. Players who miss a State Cup game will be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the coaches.
Uniforms: Travel uniforms consist of two numbered shirts, shorts, socks, practice jersey, warm ups, and backpack. Players are responsible for their uniforms; they must be worn at all games and practices. Players must attend practices in full practice uniform, including shin guards, shorts, water, and a ball. Players who do not arrive ready to play can be sent home. In cold weather, long underwear or sweats may be appropriate—talk to your coach.
Parent participation during practices and games: Coaching is the sole responsibility of the team coach. Unless specifically requested by the coach, parents should never be on the field during a game. Parents must not address the referee or the opposing team during a game. Games concerns should be brought to the attention of the coach or coordinator. Parent concerns should be addressed after the training or the game, and in a private and respectful manner. To the fullest extent possible, parents need to offer their children support, not criticism. There will be a team parent meeting at the beginning of each season conducted by the coach to go over the season’s plans.
Decisions about play: Decisions about a child’s team, their position, and their playing time are made by the coaching staff. Playing time during games will be determined by the coach according to (in part) a player’s attitude, game dynamics (teams U14 and older), and commitment to the team measured by practices. A coach should make his or her policies clear at the beginning of the year; players should know what is expected of them. Questions about this may be addressed to your coach.
The Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League, EDP and MAPS: The CJSL, EDP and MAPS are the governing bodies of the competitive leagues in which DUSC teams play. Their directors set policies that determine the rules of the games; they provide the referees; they arbitrate disputes between teams. They also set the season calendars and run an annual tournament (in the case of the CJSL) in which participation is mandatory. CJSL decisions are subject to last minute changes: to the extent that they can, the club will look for consistency.
There are 3 types of costs for the DUSC Travel Program: 1) Basic Club fee 2) Uniform cost 3) Extra team expenses
Basic Club fee for the 2012/13 Academy/Travel Program is $1,650 ($650 at Registration, $500 at Sep 1, $500 at Feb 1)
For Travel Teams designated as “White” that play in EDP, there is a supplemental $150 fee to cover extra training. So, the basic club fee for a White/EDP team is $1,800.
Uniforms are purchased on line from Eurosport. Returning players may select only to replace kit pieces as needed. New players must purchase a full kit. The current price is approximately $250 (full kit includes training and game shirts, shorts, socks as well as a kit bag and tracksuit).
Extra team expenses can include a player’s share of the team tournament, winter league and referee fees which represent a supplemental cost that is collected by a team coordinator at the beginning of the year. These fees will need to be divided equally by the members of the team separately from the club fees. These costs collected by the team coordinator vary by team and are obligatory for all team members regardless of participation. Projected team fees can range up to $350-$500 per player depending upon the number of tournaments the team enters. These fees may be reduced to the extent that a team is successful in finding sponsors, or in other fund raising activities. We encourage all team parents to look for a team sponsor to help defray these extra expenses, the average cost of Travel Team sponsorship is $1,000 and is tax deductible.
Payment by installments is an option. League registration and the CJSL Indoor tournament is included in the club fee. Referee fees for CJSL, EDP, MAPS, and Premier League games must be paid by the team families.
Acceptance on a team implies the obligation to pay for the year in full. Payments can be made in installments (details are in registration letters and travel plans).
Fees for players added after the start of the season: Players added to a team roster after the beginning of the season will be pro-rated based on the remaining months left in the travel year.
College Counseling Services: College counseling services for U16-U18 players will only be offered to players in good standing.
Scholarships: The scholarship form is available on the DUSC website. Scholarship requests will not be considered without a deposit of $200 (refundable if the scholarship committee so decides). Completed forms, $200 deposit, and supporting documentation must be sent to the club by email at:
Scholarship players will be expected to pay the full price for uniform kits.
Scholarship players will be expected to pay the full team supplemental fees.
The Club’s Scholarship Committee will review the application and talk to families about payment.
No scholarship application will be considered without financial documentation supporting the request. Payment in installments is an option; agreement about this and other terms for the award must be reached with the Scholarship Committee.
Players accepting scholarships make a commitment to play for DUSC. In the event that the player or the player’s parent/guardian fails to keep the terms of the scholarship award, the player and the player’s parent/guardian will be obligated to pay in full fee and costs covered by the award: travel players commit to play exclusively for DUSC for the duration of the 2012–2013 season; DUSC will not release any carded scholarship player.
PLEASE DO NOT GIVE PAYMENTS TO YOUR COACH OR TEAM COORDINATOR.
All Payments should be made on the Sports Sign Up website, used when you registered. If paying by check or money order, those payments should be sent to our Treasurer, Jean-Luc Savignac at:
Downtown United Soccer Club
C/o Jean-Luc Savignac
137 East 36th Street, Apt. 22K
New York, NY 10016
DUSC Travel is the most comprehensive program in Manhattan. Boys’ teams from U12 through U17/18 that are coached by excellent and dedicated professionals drawn from college and Olympic Development Program teams.
All coaches are licensed by a FIFA (Federation International de Football Association) recognized associations such as USSF (United States Soccer Federation), and are also certified by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America).
Full attention is given to skills, fitness, game strategy, and sportsmanship
Supplementary clinics with guest coaches, seminars and individual consultations are offered throughout the year to guide players in their soccer choices.
Let the Coaches Coach
Leave the coaching to the coaches. This includes motivating during practice, pre-game pep talk, after game critiques, the setting of goals, requiring additional training, etc. You have entrusted the care of your child to the coaches; they need to be free to do
Always Be Positive
Parents serve as role models for their children – please work to be a positive role model for all the children on the team. Applaud good plays by your child as well as his or her teammates. We expect you to be supportive of all our players. Under no circumstances
should any negative comments or remarks about teammates, coaches, referees, or other club officials be made in public. This admonition applies to your child's team players, coaches and parents as well as the opposing team's coaches, players, and parents, and the referee.
Every parent has concerns and criticisms from time to time – the coaches and the club want to hear and respond to them. But please make sure that they are shared in an appropriate time and place. Please try to foster healthy discussion that look toward solutions.
Remember Your Child Wants To Have Fun
Your child is the one playing soccer, not you. It is very important to let children establish their own goals and to play the game for themselves. Take care not to impose your own standards and goals on them. Children play for the love of playing
and parents must foster the proper balance in their children between striving for success and enjoying soccer.
1. I will enjoy my child’s opportunity to experience the benefits of participating in soccer.
2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for them, not for the adults.
3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
4. I will encourage my child and other children on the team.
5. I will make every effort to attend and be on time for all team events. If I am not in attendance, I will make every effort to promptly pick up my child or make arrangements for their safe return home.
6. I (and my guests) will refrain from coaching my child or other players from the sidelines during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team. Failure to comply with a request from the team’s coach, manager, or other club official may result in my expulsion from the field. Failure to comply with this request may lead to a decision to bench, or suspend, my child.
7. I (and my guests) will not engage in any unsportsmanlike conduct toward any official, coach, player or parent. This includes, but is not limited to: booing, taunting, use of profane language or gestures, or physical contact. Failure to comply with this rule may result in my suspension from the field and my child’s suspension from the team.
8. I will encourage my child to learn and play by the rules of the game, and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility, violence or other behaviors that could endanger the health or well being of other players.
9. I will see that my child treats other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect, regardless of race, color, creed, sex or ability.
10. I will provide my child with a sports environment that is free from drugs and alcohol and refrain from their use at every event.
11. I will respect the coaches and officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss or confront coaches or officials at the game field, and will take the time to speak with coaches and officials at an agreed upon time and place.