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About DYS Diversity Youth Sports (DYS) was established in 2011 with nine teams and the dream to bring sports to American children. Today, DYS is the fastest growing youth sports program in the nation; with thousands of participants in over 8 States and over 50 leagues. Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and the vision of the founding members, DYS continues to be a leader in providing quality youth sports programs.
DYS PHILOSOPHIES No Child Left Behind Half game play GUARANTEED Open Registration No tryouts, no cuts Balanced Teams No stacked teams, boys and girls Positive Coaching Building confidence Good Sportsmanship Everyone is a winner with DYS Player Development Improving skills
Everyone Helps Out DYS is a volunteer organization with thousands parents and friends, many of them working as coaches, referees and administrators. It’s not unusual to find two, three or more children in the same family playing DYS sports–while dad serves as coach and mom as team parent. It can be a total family experience.
DYS – What We Do
The primary goal of our program is to expose children to organized sports, to teach the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and community, while fostering a love for the game. Our league is funded through player registration fees, fundraising and sponsorships. We strive to keep our registration fees affordable for all players in our community.
Diversity Youth Sports practices and promotes individual core values by providing opportunities for everyone to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The mission of Diversity Youth Sports is to develop the total person-spirit, mind and body-through characterdevelopment programs that build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. Diversity Youth Sports accomplishes its Mission through programs that seek to help individuals with respect to one or more of the following:
To develop self-confidence and self-respect and an appreciation of their own worth as individuals.
To develop core values for daily living based upon family values and teachings that help achieve their highest potential as children, being sensitive to individual beliefs.
To grow as responsible members of their families and citizens of their communities.
To appreciate that health of mind and body is a sacred gift and that wellness, physical fitness, and mental well-being are conditions to be achieved and maintained.
To develop their capacities for responsible leadership and use them in their own groups and in community life.
To appreciate the beauty, diversity, and interdependencies of the environment and resources which have provided in this world.
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KidSafePlus® Are your kids really safe? No, really safe? KidSafePlus is the most comprehensive coach and volunteer background checking solution on the market. Your greatest commodity is our greatest concern.
Child Protection There are five elements in the KidSafePlus® intervention cycle. These are intended to stop child abuse and its agents before they get into the program. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Create Policies Screen Volunteers Train Volunteers Promote Education and Awareness Stay alert and aware
Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 This law grants immunity from certain types of prosecution for volunteers who meet its requirements. In order to receive full protection under the law, DYS volunteers need three things. 1. They must be properly trained and certified. 2. They must be performing duties as laid out in a position description. 3. They must act within the scope of DYS Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.
FCRA Compliance We’re in good with the Feds. Our partner, SportSignup is fully compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which mandates the proper processes and procedures for handling consumer disclosure and disputes. This helps to ensure that your coach and volunteer background screenings are being conducted under the strictest oversight of the law.
OUR MAIN GOAL To protect your children as best we can! Its that simple.
The Growth of DYS
DYS was founded in 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with about 125 players. Today that number has grown to tens of thousands nationwide.
Why DYS Works
DYS works because our volunteers work. The volunteers work because they believe in the DYS philosophies. Our phenomenal growth underscores DYS’s commitment to a healthy competitive atmosphere for youth sports players, combined with dedication toward the development of responsible individuals and our community first focus.
What Makes DYS Tick
DYS was founded on community involvement. Volunteer staff members are encouraged to organize in ways best suited to their needs. The foundation of DYS is the “League,” or basic community program. Each League is headed by a League Director. Each league director reports directly to the Area Director. Within certain areas or states, there are multiple leagues. These areas are headed and manager by an Area Director. The Area director insures that leagues are following proper procedures and have the necessary tools to make each league successful. At this time, there are 4 regions in the United States. These regions oversee the Area Directors and League Directors. The regional Director, with the help of a Region Board, conducts business within the framework of DYS’s philosophies, Rules & Regulations and Bylaws. Depending on its stage of development, a Region may have as few as 5,000 players or as many as 100,000. Regional directors are responsible for overseeing the direct operations of their region, and for growing their Region in accordance with DYS policy. A National Board of Directors governs the overall DYS organization. Regional Directors, along with the National Board Members, serve as Executive Members with voting rights. The staff at DYS’s national headquarters works closely with these Executive Members and interfaces directly with each Region. The headquarters, called the National Training & Support Center (NTSC), provides many services: computerized registration; publications; liability and accident insurance; training programs for coaches, referees and administrators and more.
Pulling it all together
Pulling it all together is Diversity Sporting Goods and Apparel, the official supplier of DYS photography, trophies, uniforms and equipment. This is all completed in house to ensure success in organization and processing.
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What is a League? Whether you are a veteran DYS volunteer, parent, member or you’re new at this youth sports thing, you may be wondering just what is this thing called a DYS League is, how it works and how to make it more organized and efficient. A DYS league is generally comprised of a city with a population of over 200,000. In some cases, due to the spread in city size, DYS will break up a city into more than 1 league. These leagues usually will not play each other throughout the course of a given season. Each DYS league is usually capped of at between 5,000 and 7,500 participants in any given season. Even though there are many leagues across the nation, all leagues follow the same DYS Bylaws and Rules & Regulations standardize operational procedures and playing rules. But because community needs and characteristics may be different, leagues and Area Coordinators have flexibility to satisfy their unique needs. Your Area is identified by its own code. For example, Atlanta, Georgia is ATGA, and Anaheim, California is CAAN. DYS is moving to the role of introducing parents into the management positions in the leagues. In fact, you may be one of those dedicated volunteers working to ensure the program is run effectively and DYS philosophies are upheld. These parents will be on the area committee and provide critical feedback and ideas to improve our programs to the regional and national directors during a seasonal meeting. Your Regional Director and Region Board will usually meet once a month during the season and perhaps more often for pre-season planning. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings.
Many Regions give out a Region Handbook at registration, with their policies fully defined. The Handbook may cover everything from rainy-day procedures, practice routines and important telephone numbers to lost-and-found information. Read it and keep it handy.
Here’s what you can expect for your DYS League…
A fun experience for your child during games and at practices.
Parent volunteer coaches that are screened and trained prior to the start of the season.
DYS certified referees that go through hours of training to become certified DYS officials.
Caring volunteers to manage the business of the league.
A national guidance.
Top Notch organization for a sports league. Come on, we all know that sports leagues can range from out of control unorganized to just a bit unorganized. With the help of our parents and volunteers, DYS is poised to become the most organized youth sports league in the nation leaving more time for training and expanding our programs.
Opportunities for you and your family to participate in DYS community give back programs, such as Adopt a School and Habitat for Humanity.
Get to know your child’s soccer coach and other parents. Volunteer your time, skills and energies to make your DYS League run well. This way, both your child and you benefit from the DYS experience.
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Participation Agreement PARTICIPATION WAIVER: Please read any waivers carefully. They include releases of liability and waiver of legal rights and deprive you of the ability to sue certain parties. Do not agree to these documents and do not register unless you have read and understood it in its entirety. By agreeing you acknowledge that you have both read and understood all text presented to you as part of the registration process. You also understand and agree that events carry certain inherent dangers and risks which may or may not be readily foreseeable, including without limitation personal injury, property damage or death. Your ability to participate in the event(s) is/are subject to your agreement to the waivers and by agreeing herein, you accept and agree to the terms of the waiver and release agreements. DIVERSITY SPORTS reserves the right to use any photograph or videography taken during a DIVERSITY SPORTS sponsored event without the expressed written permission of the subjects included within the photograph or video. Photographs may be used in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by DIVERSITY SPORTS including but not limited to: view books, catalogs, search pieces, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.
LIABILITY WAIVER: In consideration for being permitted to participate in the described activity and related activities, I hereby agree, acknowledge and appreciate that:
1. I HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE, the following named persons or entities, herein referred to as Diversity Sports. 2. To release the releasees, their officers, directors, employees, representatives, agents, and volunteers from liability and responsibility whatsoever and for any claims or causes of action that I, my estate, heirs, survivors, executors, or assigns may have for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death arising from the above activities whether caus ed by active or passive negligence of the releasees or otherwise. By executing this document, I agree to hold the releasees harmless and indemnify them in conjunction with any injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property that may occur as a result of my engaging in the above activities. 3. By entering into this Agreement, I am not relying on any oral or written representation or statements made by the releasees, other than what is set forth in this Agreement. 4. This agreement shall apply to any and all injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property occurring at any time after the execution of this agreement.
REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Diversity Sports has committed resources for the duration of the season/program based on opening enrollments. Diversity Sports incurred costs the moment you register and the bulk of our costs are not recoverable after we reach the program’s deadline. There are No Refunds after the Registration Deadline. (Registration Deadline is 7 days prior to team meeting). Once a program is set up and players assigned, you have paid for a space in that program, not for a certain amount of games or periods of instruction, so there are no partial refunds for missed days. If a player chooses not to play for any reason, including injury and is unable to play, it is mandatory that the player/parent submits a written request for refund which clearly indicates that the player chooses not to play. Season transfers are an option usually afforded participants who do not finish the season for any reason other than for disciplinary action due to violation of our policies or sportsmanship violations. If Diversity Sports cancels your program prior to the start of the season, you will be given written notice. You may be provided with a refund if you complete the Refund Request Form in a timely manner. If the season cancellation is not the fault of DYS, you will not be approved for a refund. If a refund request form is not completed, it is our assumption that you wish receive a credit for a future season. All refund requests must be in writing on a Diversity Sports refund request form. The date of receipt of written statement will determine, with the schedule below, the amount of refund if approved. The most current Refund Request Form may be found on the FORMS section of this site. • Requests POSTMARKED or RECEIVED At least 7 Days prior to the Team meeting: A refund will be issued for any reason, minus a $30 processing fee. • Requests POSTMARKED at or after the team meeting: A refund will not be given. All requests will be denied, regardless of reason. All refund requests must be accompanied by the purchase/registration receipt, if not, the request will be denied. Regardless of reason, refunds will not be given for seasons that were registered with a voucher or credit. By registering you are stating that you agree with this policy.
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