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Rocky River Soccer Organization

Rocky River Soccer Organization

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why play travel soccer?

A: Some benefits of travel soccer include:

  • More opportunities to play than what is generally available at a recreational level, with practices twice a week and often leagues and camp between seasons. Players often have an opportunity to also participate in tournaments.
  • Lower costs than many premier teams and competitive with recreational programs.
  • Opportunities to form friendships with other players, as they get to play with the same team for an entire season (fall and spring).
  • Certified coaches help develop player skills, with camps and other opportunities available (i.e., goal keeping clinics, etc.).

Q: How competitive is travel soccer?

A: Travel soccer is more competitive than recreational leagues. However, our teams are matched with comparable teams in other neighboring communities. All teams are assessed at the end of each season based on their scores, and may be raised or lowered so that they continue to play teams with similar skill levels. These brackets are defined by the Ohio Travel Soccer League (OHTSL).

Q: Does my child need to try out for a team?

A: Based on the number of players interested in travel soccer, evaluations may be held to determine team assignments. If so, these evaluations are mandatory for each interested player to attend. This helps ensure teams are evenly matched based on skill level. See also About Us > Playing > Evaluations.

Additionally there may be cases where a child is not deemed ready to play competitive travel soccer. In this case a full refund will be granted.

Q: How much travel is involved?

A: Generally, about half of the games played each season (four) are in other neighboring communities in Northeast Ohio. The team schedule is provided in advance by your coach, and maps to the fields can be found on our Web site - see About Us > Fields/Maps.

Q: When are games scheduled?

A: Most games are played on Sundays, with an occasional evening game during the week.  The fall season runs from mid August until late October.  The spring season runs from mid April until Mid June. Games kickoff generally between noon and 6:00PM on Sundays, and around 6:30PM on weeknights.

Q: Where are games played?

A: Our teams play in 40 different communities. Please see About > Fields/Maps for locations of fields including addresses and links to maps.

Q: When are practices?

A: Most teams practice twice a week during the season, anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half depending on age, at various parks and fields around the city. Practice dates/locations are not known until a few weeks before the season starts.

Q: My child is younger but wants to play with kids in their grade. How do I do this when I register?

A: Register your child for their league-appropriate birth date. Since you also are asked to provide the grade your child will enter in the fall during registration, we will have the necessary information to move these players during the registration period.

Q: What is included in my registration fee?

A: The annual registration fee covers 8 games and 2 practices a week in the fall and 8 games and 2 practices a week in the spring.  In addition there are opportunities for free or reduced cost tournaments at various times during the year.  Also included is some sort of winter training that varies from team to team.  Players are responsible for their own uniforms. Details about uniforms can be found on the website under About Us/Playing/Uniforms.

Q: Can I get a refund?

A: 
The Rocky River Soccer Organization will allow registered players to withdraw from our program for any reason prior to tryouts. No refunds will be available after June 15th.  Refund consideration will be given for documented hardships (serious injury, child custody situations, relocation, etc.).  Each request will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  All refunds will be subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.

 
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