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RDYSL Frequently Asked Questions
(Last updated: 2015-12-10 )

1. My goal differential is wrong in the standings!  Go
2. My points are wrong on the standings!
What are team penalty points?
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3. Why do some scores appear quickly on the website while other game scores take much longer? Why does it take so long for my score to get posted to the website?  Go
4. I am a U9 or U10 coach. How come there are no scores for games in my age group?  Go
5. I am a coach or parent of a player on a U9 or U10 team. The referee is not calling slide tackles in the game.   Go
6. I am a coach or president of a club. Why does my club get charged for field changes? What about changes due to weather?   Go
7. I keep hearing about filling out the Game Feedback form. Where do I find the Game Feedback form?  Go
8. What is a Team ID?
Where did the Team ID come from?
I lost my Team ID. Who can tell me what it was?
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9. How much should I pay the referee?  Go
10. Why did nobody respond to my comment on the Game Evaluation form?  Go
11. What is the organization of soccer in the Rochester, New York area?  Go
12. How do I register my child to the RDYSL?  Go
13. When does a player try out for travel soccer?  Go
14. How can my child play indoor soccer?  Go
15. How can a young child start learning to play soccer?  Go

1. My goal differential is wrong in the standings!
The goal differential has a bound of 3. The easiest way to explain this is with two examples.
Example 1: Team A scores 3 goals against Team B that scores 1 goal
Team A goal differential: 2 (3 - 1 = 2)
Team B goal differential: -2 (1 - 3 = -2)
Example 2: Team Y scores 6 goals against Team Z that scores 1 goal
Team Y goal differential: 3 (6 - 1 = 5) bound to a max of 3
Team Z goal differential: -3 (1 - 6 = -5) bound to a max of -3
For more information refer to Rule 412 in the Rules and Regulations.
2. My points are wrong on the standings!
What are team penalty points?

The points for standings are calculated as 3 points for each win plus 1 point for each tie plus 0 points for each loss minus any team penalty points.
Team penalty points are caused by players receiving red and yellow cards. Each LOPC red card is 2 team penalty points and non-LOPC red card is 0 penalty points. The first 10 yellow cards (U11-17) or 8 yellow cards (U19) a team receives is 1 penalty point. After the threshold of 10 (or 8) yellow cards is reached every multiple of 5 yellow cards is 1 penalty point.
For more information refer to Rule 501 in the Rules and Regulations.
3. Why do some scores appear quickly on the website while other game scores take much longer? Why does it take so long for my score to get posted to the website?
Referees are required to enter an online game report within 48 hours of the game.  The score will be posted immediately from that report.  The accuracy of the information is verified later by the Division Coordinator.  Should the referee not file their report the score will be delayed.
4. I am a U9 or U10 coach. How come there are no scores for games in my age group?
Our parent organizations US Youth Soccer and New York State West Youth Soccer Association have identified these age groups as non-competitive. They prohibit the posting of scores or standings for non-competitive ages.
5. I am a coach or parent of a player on a U9 or U10 team. The referee is not calling slide tackles in the game.
Slide tackles are allowed in all age groups as per FIFA rules. For more information refer to Rule 400 in the Rules and Regulations.
6. I am a coach or president of a club. Why does my club get charged for field changes? What about changes due to weather?
The League passes on the charges from the referee unit. The amounts vary depending upon when (in time) and the type of change. For further information refer to Rule 417 and refer to the Referee's Contract.
The league absorbs the referee charges due to weather (rain-outs, field closed due to rain, etc).
7. I keep hearing about filling out the Game Feedback form. Where do I find the Game Feedback form?
Click on your game number in the division. This will bring up the Feedback form.
8. What is a Team ID?
Where did the Team ID come from?
I lost my Team ID. Who can tell me what it was?

When your team was electronically registered at the beginning of the season a Team ID was generated and returned on the confirmation page. The ID is necessary on other forms. If you have lost it there is a link next to the input box on forms that use the Team ID. Complete the information and your Team ID will be emailed to the Coach and Alternate Contact associated with the team.
9. How much should I pay the referee?
Referee fees can be found in multiple places.
  • Referee Information web page.
  • Game Day Roster.
  • The Referee Service Agreement .
10. Why did nobody respond to my comment on the Game Feedback form?
Game Feedback forms are sent to the Referee Liaison.  If you need an immediate response or corrective action contact the appropriate member of the RDYSL board that can be found on the Board Member website page.
11. What is the organization of soccer in the Rochester, New York area?
Soccer is big in the Rochester/Monroe County area. We have both a profressional men's and woman's soccer team that play their home matches at Sahlens Stadium in downtown Rochester. The men's team, the Rochester Rhinos information may be found at www.rhinossoccer.com. The woman's team, the Western NY Flash information can be found at www.wnyflash.com and the roster includes players from the US Woman's National team.  Soccer is also played at most of our high schools and colleges.
The foundation of soccer in our community are the multiple levels of youth and adult soccer (www.rdsl.org) leagues. If you are looking for a place for your child to play soccer, you need to determine what level of soccer best suits your son or daughter as well as take into account their age.

Tiered Organization Structure
The basic organization of youth soccer in Rochester consists of three tiers; "house recreation leagues", "travel soccer" and "premier soccer".

  • House recreation leagues are played mainly within your community or town with virtually every town having recreation programs. Recreation programs typically have a limited number of practices with with practices held and games played over the summer on community's fields. House leagues generally serve our youth between the ages of 5 through 16. You may generally find out more information about these programs by contacting your town's recreation department.
  • Travel soccer involves games between clubs from various local communities. The travel organizations serve players from age 8 through 19. Games are played from mid-May through very early August. (Player age is determined by the age of the player as of July 31 of the season.)  Travel soccer requires a greater commitment in both time and money. For RDYSL there are about 35 travel soccer clubs from Hilton to Wayne and Irondequoit to Geneseo. A complete list may be found at the RDYSL Club List web page. Training may occur over many months or the entire year including indoor playing time. A player is expected to travel from one community to another to play their matches. Many travel teams also play in indoor leagues and soccer tournaments in addition to the RDYSL summer outdoor season. Most clubs will hold tryouts to see if a player is suited to play on their team. Tryouts are usually held in the July to September timeframe for the next year's season.  Generally a player is not required to live in that club's community to play on the club team.
  • Premiere travel soccer. There are also a few travel programs that consider themselves "premier."  These clubs usually serve the same age groups as the travel level listed above. A few of the clubs who are members of RDYSL field "premiere" teams. Premiere clubs require more frequent training, greater travel and higher expense than the two levels described above. To find information about these clubs search "premiere soccer clubs Rochester NY" on your web browser and contact the organizations directly.
12. How do I register my child to the RDYSL?
Many parents inquire about how to register their child to soccer team. The RDYSL does not assign players to teams as done in baseball's little league. An athlete wanting to play travel soccer needs to find a club to join, often by tryout, and the club will assign the player to a team and register the player with the league. A list of the RDYSL clubs is on our web page under "Club Presidents." If interested in playing travel soccer, contact the club presidents to inquire about potential openings.
13. When does a player try out for travel soccer?
Each club and age group is different, but generally the cycle starts at the end of the summer or early fall. Most of the clubs have websites where you can check for tryout dates and other information. If you miss the tryouts, contact the club president as a club may still have openings after tryouts.
14. How can my child play indoor soccer?
The RDYSL does not have an indoor season. Many travel clubs sign up teams to play in an indoor league. Questions about indoor soccer should be directed to the facilities such as Total Sports Experience (www.totalsports-experience.com), Rochester Sports Garden (www.rocsportsgarden.com) and Webster Soccer Association (www.webstersoccer.com).
15. How can a young child start learning to play soccer?
Although the RDYSL does not allow players to register to our travel league before they are 8 years old (on or before July 31 of the season year), there are many opportunities for young children to start learning to play soccer. Many local YMCA offer a program from younger children. Also some of our clubs have training academies for the youngest soccer players. Contact the club president to see what is offered by that club.