Recreation League FAQs

Dynamo Soccer is a volunteer organization that helps children develop soccer skills. We draw most of our players from the east end of Pittsburgh.

The Dynamo Philosophy
Dynamo's philosophy emphasizes development of fundamental soccer skills, knowledge of the rules of soccer, and good sporting behavior. We seek to minimize competitive pressures on our players. We do not pursue success in competition for its own sake, only as a by-product of our approach.

All parents and spectators must observe the rules outlined in the Handbook and Parent Sideline Conduct Agreement. Please view the revised HANDBOOK for more information.

Initial infractions bring a warning, and in the event of repeated infractions, the referees and coaches are empowered to stop the match until there is compliance.

Reservation of Rights: Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer Recreation League reserves the right to deny registration or placement on a team to any player for any lawful reason.


What are the age ranges for each group?
The registration process will automatically assign your child to the correct age level based on CALENDAR YEAR of birth.

ALL players must have been at least 4 turning 5. This minimum age is established by the PA West Soccer Association.

When and where do you play?
We play a Spring season, April to early June, and a Fall season, September to early November. Recreation teams practice one night per week and play one game on the weekend (see below). All the action happens at the Schenley Park Oval, next to the tennis courts, unless weather or field conditions require a move.

When are games?
Dynamo recreation games take place on Saturdays and Sundays. We prefer to schedule games on both weekend days to maximize the number of different teams each team gets to play. However, we do try to accomodate most of those players who are unable to play on one of the weekend days with the exception of the U11/12 through U13/U16 age groups. U11 through U16 will have Saturday games only.

When are practices?
Dynamo recreation teams hold practices once a week from 5:30-6:30 PM. During the registration process, you are asked to indicate weekday evenings on which your child can practice.

How do I sign up?
Follow the links/instructions on the left side of our webpage to register. Be sure to complete the registration with your availability for practice night, game day, and volunteer jobs. We do our best to meet requests but there are no guarantees.

What is the cost for the Rec League?
$90 for this season's rates. A $10 late fee will be added starting 3/25/2017

Are scholarships available?
Yes, Pittsburgh Dynamo offers scholarships based on financial need for its recreation, travel, and indoor leagues. To request a scholarship covering a recreation league player registration fee, you can select that option while completing online registration and then choose pay by check as a payment method. Following completion of the online registration, we ask that you email the club president to provide more information about the basis for your scholarship request.

Please note that the league can accept scholarship requests only during the early and regular registration periods. Partial scholarships are sometimes awarded in cases where the household income is borderline.

In sum, the process for applying for a scholarship is as follows:
(1) register your child or children online and select the "scholarship" prompt and the "pay by check" option,
(2) send an email to the President of Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer (pres@pghdynamo.org) stating that you are requesting a scholarship and providing information on your household size and annual household income.

You will receive an email once your scholarship application has been processed. Please note that a scholarship application cannot be processed until the club president receives an email request. Until the scholarship application is completed and any remaining balance paid, no team assignment is made.

How do I change my practice night?
Parents are responsible for any changes to Bonzi account information but once you have completed a player registration, you cannot update your child's game day or practice night preferences by logging into your Bonzi account. Contact your Age Level Commissioner with requests for changes to a current registration.

What is the league's policy on refunds?
Upon request, the player registration fee will be refunded prior to the 2nd game of the season, less a $15 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after the second game weekend of the season. The league does not refund the $25 late registration fee.

What should I do if I cannot log in to register?

Because Pittsburgh Dynamo is run by parent volunteers, we ask that each parent take responsibility for his or her own Bonzi account. If you are having trouble logging in or completing registration, please contact Bonzi Support directly at 1-866-726-4131.


How can I help? Is this for soccer pros?
The league is run by volunteers and cannot exist without them. You can coach, act as a team parent, or help in other ways. Even if you have never played soccer before, let us know your interest when you register. On the field, if you see something that needs to be done, do it. Additional information about volunteer job descriptions is in the handbook and on the club website.

Do you allow play ups or play downs?
It is important that you register your child using his or her true date of birth. Requests to play in an age level different from a child's date of birth will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We may honor play up requests but we cannot honor requests to play in a younger age level.

What is the dress policy and what equipment is necessary?
Players need to come to practice and games dressed ready to play with a soccer ball and shin guards on. No hard jewelry is allowed, except metal ID bracelets and prescription eye wear. Every player gets a team jersey.

The required equipment is a soccer ball in the correct size for your child's age level, shin guards, soccer socks, and a water bottle. Dynamo rec league requires only that kids wear athletic shoes--running, tennis, sneakers, etc.--and weather appropriate clothing that is comfortable for the activity. However, most of the kids do choose to wear soccer shoes with a rubber outsole with molded lugs/studs/cleats of some kind. PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILD'S SOCCER BALL AND EQUIPMENT WITH HIS OR HER NAME.

Equipment and clothes can be purchased in any sporting goods store, including Target and Dick's Sporting Goods. If you wish to support a somewhat local business, SoccerSource on Perry Highway, near North Park, is an option.

What is the weather policy?
Thunder and/or lightning immediately terminates any match or practice.

The ability to cancel matches prior to the onset of scheduled play rests solely with the League Commissioner, who will notify the referee coordinator and the age group commissioners no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff. Coaches should not cancel matches unless notified by their age group commissioner. Cancellations will be communicated via website, Facebook and Twitter. Referees can decide to stop play at any point in a match. Decisions for canceling practices rests with the team coach. The decision should be made as late in the day as possible, but in sufficient time to notify parents.

Does the Pittsburgh Dynamo recreation league have a photography policy?
Yes, as of the Spring 2013 season, by registering your child to play Dynamo rec league soccer, you consent to be photographed.

Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer ("Pittsburgh Dynamo") takes photographs and video of Pittsburgh Dynamo players and activities for use in promotional and editorial material. With registration of your child to play Pittsburgh Dynamo soccer, you give permission to Pittsburgh Dynamo for the recording of photographs and/or video of your child and yourself. You grant Pittsburgh Dynamo, a nonprofit organization, all rights to use these still or moving images for educational, promotional, advertising, and other purposes, which advance the overall mission of Pittsburgh Dynamo "to offer a fun and child-centered soccer experience for youth in Pittsburgh's East End." All rights to the photographs and video belong to Pittsburgh Dynamo.