Downtown United Soccer Club Travel Policies
Downtown United Soccer Club 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 decisions: 1. 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. 2. 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. 3.
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 attend at least two practices (more at the coach’s discretion) or the two tryouts. 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 make a
one-year commitment to the team.
A coach may dismiss players from his/her team for unsportsmanlike conduct or disciplinary reasons, after
first verbally warning the player and his/her parents of possible dismissal, and informing and discussing the
situation with the team coordinators. A player with a serious injury may also be removed from the active
roster to allow a healthy player his/her spot on the team. In the event of player loss, or other valid reason, a
coach may add players mid-season, in accordance with state 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: There will be a pre-season training camp during the week of September 8 –
11 . Teams U10 – U14 will meet all four evenings (scheduled times are listed in the team letters). A
surcharge of $25 has been added to the registration fee.
Players U15 - 18 should expect to hear from their team coordinators in the last week of August: team pre-
season practices and tryouts will begin during the week of September 14th.
Practices: Team practices are mandatory. The practice schedules and team expectations are listed on the
DUSC website: please consult these schedules and make sure that you fully understand the commitment
involved. It is a travel player’s responsibility is to organize themselves and their school work so that they can
attend all practices.
Teams U12 and younger are guaranteed indoor practice options for the winter season; Teams U13 and
older may have to work with the club to secure indoor practice options.
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.
Games: League games play a minimum of one day every weekend in season (with exception of federal
holidays). Some teams will play supplemental leagues or a second game on weekends. 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. Players who miss more than 25% of games will be asked to leave the team. At the direction of
the Club, coaches and coordinators will arrange weekend scrimmages in addition to league games: these
too are obligatory.
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 forum for college and Olympic Development
Many tournaments take place during school holiday weekends (including Columbus Day and Memorial Day
weekends). Your team coordinator will hold a meeting with you in September to lay out general plans for the
year. There may be an additional cost for tournaments above that collected by the club: these costs must be
split among the team parents. An estimate of these costs is included in your team acceptance letter.
Concerns about costs should be taken up with managers, 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: Parents are reminded that it is important to the well-
being of their children that the coaching is left to the 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.
Decisions about play: Decisions about a child’s team, their position, and their playing time are made by the
coaching staff. Play 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 the year; players should know what is expected
of them. Questions about this may be addressed to your coach.
Soccer is a physical sport; a player with incomplete training has a greater likelihood of injury both to
themselves and to their teammates. Coaches and club must assure the safety and the readiness of their
players to play.
The Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League and MAPS: The CJSL 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.
Fees: The Travel Program fee for the 2008 – 2009 year is $1,125 plus a sponsor supplement of $75.
Teams who successfully find sponsors will have that portion of the fee rebated to them.
We urge all team parents to look for a team sponsor: the cost of Travel Team sponsorship is $1,000.
Uniforms fees are: $125 for returning players (new game and training kits); $250 for new players (new
game, training kits, warm ups, bag).
League registration and the CJSL Indoor tournament is included in the club fee. Referee fees for CJSL,
MAPS, and Premier League games must be paid by the team families.
An additional tournament fee of $150 must be paid as part of registration by teams U15 and older.
Tournament fee (if paid in full by the team) will cover two showcase tournaments.
Acceptance on a team implies the obligation to pay for the year in full. Payments can be made in
installments (details are in acceptance letters). A deposit of $300 + kit fee is due upon registration.
Fees for players added after the start of the season: Players added to a team roster through December
15th will be considered full members of the team and owe the fee of $1125 + $75 sponsor fee + uniform.
Players added to a team roster after December 15th will owe a fee of $550 + $75 sponsor fee + uniform for
the remainder of the year.
Players added as taxi players (training with the team, but not added to the team roster) will owe a fee per
training session plus an administrative fee.
Scholarships: The scholarship form is available on the DUSC website. Scholarship requests will not be
considered without a deposit of $100 (refundable if the scholarship committee so decides).
Scholarship players will be expected to pay the full price for uniform kits.
Scholarship players will be expected to pay the full $75 sponsor fee.
Scholarship players will be expected to pay the full $150 tournament fee (teams U15 and older).
Completed forms and supporting documentation must be sent to the club before the start of the season. 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
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 2008–2009 season; DUSC will not release any carded