Since its inception in 1970, the Del Mar Carmel Valley (DMCV) Sharks soccer program has been a powerhouse in the 92130 community and communities at large. Between the team oriented recreational leagues the high caliber competitive teams and the impressive and dedicated players on the elite teams, the Sharks offer a high quality program for all players of all abilities. The organization is one of the largest soccer leagues in the country and prides itself on delivering a quality soccer experience to thousands of kids each year, from ages five to nineteen. The organizations goal of providing the opportunity for every player to train and play soccer in an environment where they can develop both individually and as part of the team is apparent when you embark on the fields that the Sharks test their drive for the game on. It will be apparent something big is happening on the Del Mar Carmel Valley fields come August when practices start. Goals on and off the field will be met and the community volunteers, players, coaches, and all those involved in the program are to thank for that.
What is the history behind the Del Mar Carmel Valley (DMCV) Sharks soccer program?
The Sharks were established in 1970 as a small recreational program. We are still the largest recreational program in San Diego and have now grown into a 39 team competitive program as well.
What is the timeline for the recreational season and where and when are games played?
The Recreational Season is broken down into three leagues. The fall season is our main season and runs from August through November. All of our games are played in the Carmel Valley area parks and schools. We also have two five-week seasons in the spring, Junior World Cup and Minor League Soccer.
What will soccer players in the league expect to get out of the season?
For those players in our recreational program, they can expect to learn the fundamentals of soccer while having fun!
How are teams formed to ensure teams are balanced appropriately?
Our division 1-5 teams are drafted by the coaches. Our younger teams, divisions 6-8 are placed on teams according to schools and where they live. We strive to make all teams as balanced as possible.
What’s the difference between the fall rec league and the spring rec league?
The fall league is our actual season. The spring rec league consists of the Junior World Cup and Minor League Soccer seasons. These are each five Sunday programs where the kids participate in a skill session and then follow that up with small-sided games.
Tell us about your competitive and elite programs.
We have 39 competitive teams this year. Eight of those teams will participate in the Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL) while the other 31 will play their season through the Presidio Soccer League.
How does the DMCV Sharks run such an organized program?
We have an 8 member volunteer board as well as 3 full time employees and one part time.
- Shannon MacMillan – Director of Club Operations
- Erin Misaki – Director of Recreational Program
- Sandi Casterline – Registrar
- Jo Ann Almeida – Part time assistant
We work hard to communicate and really make this a community-based club that treats all families with respect and honesty.
Are there any changes this season that players/parents need to be aware of?
The biggest and most exciting change is bringing in Erin Misaki as our new Director of Recreational Programs. Erin is joining the Sharks after two years as the Director of Coaching for Saddleback United where she worked closely with former US National Team star, Joy Fawcett. Erin has been a youth coach since 2000 and she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Sharks. Erin played for the U14, U16, U18 and U21 youth national teams. In college, she played at the University of Portland where she was the captain of the first National Championship team for the University. After Portland, Erin was drafted into the WUSA where she played professionally for the Philadelphia Charge. Erin then went on to play professionally in Japan with the Tokyo Verdi Team. We are delighted to have her join our team.
How does a business or family sponsor a team? Who are the current League sponsors?
We rely on our sponsors to help meet the financial needs of our recreational programs. Please consider sponsoring a team this season or asking your company to be a sponsor. Contact the office for details.
Does the DMCV Sharks Program hold any fundraisers?
Competitive teams fundraise on a team-by-team basis. Opportunities include teaming up with local restaurants, selling food/snow cones/drinks at our tournament, the Copa Del Mar, or at our team picture day, Sharks in the Park.
How does one get involved with volunteering with DMCV Sharks?
Contact the office – or there is a form when you register for our rec program. Our recreational program has over 2,000 kids and is run smoothly due to all of the amazing volunteers who help coach or run the divisions!
What is the most rewarding part of dedicating and volunteering your time to DMCV Sharks?
Seeing the kids learn and grow both as soccer players as well as people. Being able to help inspire a child is one of the greatest gifts you can give.
What is the most unique thing about DMCV Sharks program compared to other soccer programs?
We are the largest recreational program around and we base our competitive program on developing the boys and girls as soccer players while also teaching them about life lessons to help them further on down the road.