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Spring 2018 Season
Here are the Spring, 2018 season dates:
- March 2nd – Registration Open
- March 16th - Registrations and Fees are due
- March 19th – Practice may begin
- March 28th – Schedules released (to teams who have paid)
- March 30th-April 1st – Easter Weekend – No practices or games
- April 7th – Opening Weekend
- Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day
- Saturday June 2nd – Developmental Tournament
- Saturday June 2nd – JV and Varsity Girl’s Only 4 v 4 Tourney (at same venue of Developmental Tourney) Note: DSL will schedule minimal JV and Varsity regular season games this date
- Sunday June 3rd – Last day for JV and Varsity games
- Tues June 5th – Sunday June 10th – JV and Varsity Tourney
Spring 2018 Rule Changes
Please note the following changes for the Spring 2018 Dates
- Create Sections that have 6 or 9 teams. This is dependent on the number of teams that register. This would enable teams to play each other once or twice. If there are 6 Sections then Sections 1, 2 and 3 would be Olympic and Sections 4, 5, and 6 would be World Cup.
- Require that schools with two JV or two Varsity teams have enough players for the B team. If schools have 2 teams for JV or Varsity then they must have at least 13 players excluding 4th graders for JV and 6th graders for Varsity. Example: A school has 2 JV teams. There must be at least 26 fifth and sixth graders assuming they would put 13 on both teams. If the school planned on putting 15 on the A team then they must have at least 28 fifth and sixth graders in order to have 15 on Team A and 13 on Team B. Then the school can pull up 4th graders on game day. This would decrease the chances of cancellations due to not enough players
- Create a quota for Female players. At least 2 female players on the field by both teams. This will require that schools have 4-5 female players on their roster. If a school cannot have 2 female players, then they need to play down. For example, a team with only one female player on the field will play with 10 players and if they have zero female players then they will play with 9 players.
- Rescheduling of games. No changes here. I’ll reinforce the 1 week reschedule rule.
- Qualifying for playoffs. Give some weight to Section 1 teams over a Section 3 team and likewise a Section 4 team over a Section 6 team. For example, if Olympic Division and World Cup Division have 3 sections each and we allow 8 teams to make the playoffs, then the playoff breakout for Olympic would be Section 1 with 3 teams, Section 2 with 3 teams, and Section 3 with 2 teams. Likewise for Sections 4,5, and 6.
- Incorporate the Build Out Rule for Developmental.
Congratulations to JV and Varsity Playoff Champions
Olympic Varsity: Sts. Peter & Paul over Blessed Francis Seelos Academy
World Cup Varsity: Our Lady of Grace over St Elizabeth
Olympic JV: Aquinas Academy over St. Kilian
World Cup JV: Sacred Heart over Blessed Francis Seelos Academy
Development Tournament Champions
Congratulations to Our Developmental Tournament Champions
Fourth Grade: Providence Heights Alpha over Aquinas Academy
Third Grade: St. Kilian over St. Bede
Second Grade: Aquinas Academy over East Catholic
First Grade: St. Philip over Blessed Francis Seelos Academy
Nate Ferraco Sportsmanship Award
This past Sunday after our last Pittsburgh Diocese Soccer League championship game, we honored two players with the Nate Ferraco Sportsmanship Award. Nate Ferraco was a freshman at Geneva College who died in a car accident this past winter. Nate played in our League then went on to play soccer at Penn Hills HS and was valedictorian of his senior class. Nate was an excellent student, a skilled soccer player, and a fine young man. The awardees of the Sportsmanship Award were #10 Nicholas Pieto of St Alphonsus and #77 Alex Freiwald of East Catholic who both received multiple nominations throughout the season from opposing coaches. A special thanks to Mike Clark from WTAE for joining us to honor Nate. Mike was Nate's soccer coach in middle school and a close family friend. Rest in piece Nate and we will keep your memory alive!
From Nate's Family:
Mitch / Mike - Words cannot begin to express our gratitude for your kindness & support shown by planning, implementing and awarding the 1st Annual Nate Ferraco Sportsmanship Award from the Diocesan Soccer League. The huge magnitude of its success can be attributed to how much Nate loved playing soccer on all levels and his utmost respect for the game and his teammates.... He loved participating on every team he was ever a part of from the time he was very little until now, as we have watched all these young athletes turn into adults. He always put his full effort into every team, event, game or tournament just as all of you have put your full efforts into keeping his memory alive with this award. We are blessed to have so many kind, caring people in our lives. We have great memories of the many years spent playing and coaching Diocesan Soccer. Thank you again from our entire family.
Sincerely - Greg, Kolleen, Mike & Nicole Ferraco
Cameroon Football Development Program
The DSL is excited to work with the local leadership of the Cameroon Football Development Program to promote soccer locally and in Cameroon. The founder Justin Forzano, is a Wheeling native, where he played soccer at Wheeling Park High School, a graduate of Dayton University and is currently in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. Here is a link to their website. http://www.cameroonfdp.com/
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