Board Members Present: Gary Levine, Neil Fisher, Mark VanDellon,
Lou Boyon, Jacky VanDellon
Clubs Present: Brighton Soccer Club, Brockport Soccer Club,
Canandaigua Area Soccer League, Churchville Soccer Club, Fairport Soccer Club,
Genesee Valley Bronze Bears Soccer Club, Greece Eclipse Soccer Club,
Hilton-Parma Soccer Club, Honeoye Falls Blaze Travel Soccer Club, Irondequoit
Soccer Club, Penfield Soccer Club, Pittsford Mustangs Soccer Club, Rush-Henrietta
Soccer Club, Victor/Farmington Soccer Club, Wayne Wings Soccer Club, and
Webster Soccer Association.
- The question was asked, “What do you
think of presidents meeting?” No
definite answer from the audience.
dates you should note: NYSW AGM, November 13, 2005, Sunday
(check nyswysa.org for updates on date and time) RDYSL AGM,
November 17, 2005, Thursday 7-9, Monroe Community College, Empire Room.
that two DC’s were needed for GU10 and GU19. Summarized job and time commitment, talked about need to
attend meetings. West side
representation would be desired; Mary Arter stepped forward to be the
new GU19 coordinator.
reception from most in the soccer community for the 7-team division
format. Dave Hynes, Webster Soccer Association, commented the league
should use mandatory relegation, first two finishers are promoted into the
next higher division and last two finishers are demoted to the lower
division. Gary Levine stated this
is the general rule but common sense and numbers of teams still need to be
considered to make balanced divisions.
The league will continue to strive for seven team divisions for
2006. George Hebert, Penfield
Soccer Club, requested that the DC contact the president of the club
for placement of younger teams, stating the coaches are mostly new to
travel soccer and therefore not knowledgeable to the competition. Eric
Schaff, from Fairport, agreed.
Suggested U-12 and down. This
is an item that will be brought back to the board for discussion.
games U12: Discussion on small-sided games with the clubs, pros and
cons. The conclusion is not
whether this is a right or wrong approach to teaching soccer but is this
the correct decision for Rochester soccer. Discussion ensued on the direction the clubs would like to
take this issue. The board has
decided to take the NO position on the small-sided games for U-12 and has
voiced our disapproval to NYSW.
The board encouraged the clubs to make sure that NYSW knew how its
membership viewed this change.
presidents were told that club passes for the U-17 and U-19 age
group were being investigated for practical use in the league.
fields are a scarce resource. Gary
Levine requested all clubs match the correct size field to the age. Please make sure the goals are held
down in the second half of the season.
All clubs do wonderful job to start the season but observations
have been made that in the second half of the season stakes/sand bags are
not stabilizing the goals. Our
rules call for teams and spectators to be on the opposite side of the
fields but two stadium fields in town keep parents/fans on the same
side. Please place fans on
opposite sides of the bleachers with space in between. Mike Triassi echoed the sentiment that
common sense should apply where a field requires this type of placements
of their spectators.
Levine stated the changing environment of the Premier league. One representative club from each major
area will be allowed in the League: Rochester (Jr. Rhinos), Syracuse
(unknown), Buffalo (we think Buffalo United Soccer Club), and Binghamton
(unknown). If there is enough interest, we could try to make a premier
league under our umbrella but we think there is not enough interest. Greece Eclipse rep says their club
suggests their exceptional teams play in higher-level tournaments. The question was raised “Why did NYSW
not want to run the premier league”?
Reasons not clear-cut but depth of work needed…time frame…conflict
of interest…. may all have been contributing factors.
changes: Please consider changing rule 414 1a. Teams will be contacted 3 days prior on directions and team
colors, this request comes from Fairport soccer club. The request is made due to the rule
being obsolete with the website, directions and colors. The request for the rule change will
be brought back to the board.
question was put on the floor “Should we consider the expansion of rosters
to 22 players for U12?” Eric
Schaff asked the board to make the number of players consistent with 11v11
play, 22 players. Others agreed
the clubs could then use their discretion whether they utilize the
expansion or not. The question was
asked, “What happens with tournaments?”
Tournaments can decide on what rules for roster size they want to apply
to their matches. The request
for the rule change for U12’s to have a roster size of 22 will be brought
back to the board.
of the games with some sort of data on refs. 92.4% of games evaluated the refs at 7 or better, out of
a 10 rating. Referee unit and
RDYSL are working at getting the good refs more help and bad refs more
help. RDYSL is talking to the
referee unit about a mentoring program for the refs that are young and
need instruction or been around and need some objective information for
the refs. Steve Randall,
Churchville Soccer Club, said we should all encourage more of the kids
(teens of appropriate age) to take the course and stay. Point made from the floor that
tournaments on the weekend, which are physically taxing, are giving us
refs during mid-week who are tired, and cranky. A suggestion was made by George Hebert, Penfield Soccer,
that the refs input into the RDYSL system when they are having trouble
with a coach. We will bring
this topic back to the board, and discuss with our DC’s how we can do a
better job of communicating a pattern of behavior back to the clubs in a
timely manner. The BU-19 and
BU-17 will stay with the 3-man system.
RDYSL has heard from several clubs the Girls would like to have
GU19 and GU17 have the three-man system.
The refs are a scarce resource and RDYSL will discuss with the ref
unit the distribution and what we can do to help. Look into mini-ref course for U8 and
Triassi, Rush-Henrietta, suggested a redistribution of games to spread the
games out to relieve the stress on the ref unit. RDYSL will discuss with the ref unit our priority if
decision needs to be made U-8’s will be first to go without refs. After discussion, many agreed if the
girls and boys played on same night field usage could possibly be better
because double headers could be arranged. Most representatives said they were comfortable with days
assigned to age groups.
fees for RDYSL will to stay the same for 2006, $2.50 per player. We had $4000 less in fines than we
anticipated. To balance the budget
RDYSL will draw from savings.
Cup coming to Rochester for 2006.
The travel soccer community should be aware of dates for planning,
lack of refs, traffic and players should have the ability to see the
information will not be entered on team registration form for 2006. Every club will input field information
with the field change form.
that the winning coach enters the scores for the game in the RDYSL
database; this would mean mandatory, but also a fine if this was not
done. Mark VanDellon questioned
whether this would impact the number of referee evaluations received. Proposal that both coaches still do
the game for another year. Both
proposals will be brought back to the board for further discussion.