Volume 14 | October 23, 2020
Weekly Newsletter - October 23, 2020
Return to Play Update
Out of State Travel Update from Albany 10/22/2020

  • Travel to neighboring states for practice or play is discouraged, but the State cannot prohibit such activity; (NYSWYSA insurance coverage will be in effect) however, keep in mind that such states may be included in the Department of Health's (DOH) travel advisory
  • Teams from other states cannot practice or play in New York.

NYSW Updates
Virtual Annual General Meeting
The 2020 AGM will be held virtually on Saturday, November 21st. Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks.
Coaching Education Available
Due to an overwhelming response, the in-person courses filled up quickly. A virtual National D-License course has been added. The online course will consist of training via Zoom for 1.5 hours per week for 15 weeks and conclude with a 6-hour in-person course. The final date will be held in Rochester or Syracuse depending on registration.

Register Now - Spots are limited

Additional information is available on our Coaching Education page.
Any club interested in holding an in-person Grassroots or D-License, please contact Scott Craig at scraig@nyswysa.org or 607-427-8563
NYSWYSA works with YouthSoccer101 to benefit Recreation/ Grassroots Programming
NYSWYSA will provide youth coaches and club representatives FREE access to a variety of age appropriate soccer activities and lesson plans, to help guide volunteer coaches throughout the season, through a new relationship with Youthsoccer101.com. We encourage you to sign up to receive the FREE age appropriate practice plans via email each week for the entire season. The plans include activities along with valuable tips.

When these activities and practices are used within the context of US Soccer’s Grassroots Play-Practice-Play methodology, we believe they will provide your players, parents and coaches with a learning experience that is realistic to the game and rooted in fun and enjoyment.

To start receiving the plans today, simply register HERE. We hope you enjoy this valuable information!
District Commissioner Election
NYSWYSA is holding elections for three District Commissioner positions in October and November. This is a two-year commitment and includes a seat on the NYSWYSA board.

District Commissioners Confirmed in October:
Binghamton District - Kevin Arnold
Twin Tiers District - Rich Wagner

There is still time to submit nominations for the Rochester district.

US Youth Soccer Updates
The Girls Academy Strike a Strategic Relationship with Major League Soccer and a Partnership with US Youth Soccer 
The Girls Academy (GA) has announced both a new strategic relationship with Major League Soccer (MLS) and a partnership with US Youth Soccer (USYS).

MLS and the GA have entered a strategic relationship to further connect and collaborate on the youth soccer development space. As such, MLS Vice President and Technical Director of Player Development, Fred Lipka, will hold a position on the GA’s Technical Advisory Committee, led by GA Commissioner, Lesle Gallimore, and help guide the evolution and transformation of soccer development in the U.S. Overall, four individuals associated with MLS NEXT will serve on the Technical Advisory Committee, including Lipka, one MLS Academy Director, the Youth Director of one of MLS NEXT’s elite member clubs, and another MLS NEXT-focused staff member. The other three joint committee members will be determined in the near term. 

This collaboration will deliver a true pyramid for female youth players in the US, with the GA serving as the USYS premier girls platform in conjunction with MLS (USYS Partner).

US Soccer Updates
Safe Soccer

U.S. Soccer has developed the Safe Soccer Framework as a foundation from which all participants in the soccer community, be they athletes, coaches, referees, administrators or volunteers, play an active role in creating an environment free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The Safe Soccer Framework is a comprehensive program of policies and process, screening, education and training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement designed to help participants detect and report abuse, respond to it, and prevent future occurrences.
Parent / Athlete Resources
Discounts available for your soccer needs
Dick's Sporting Goods is offering all NYSWYSA members a 10 - 20% discount off your soccer apparel and equipment needs. The attached coupons are valid from September 16 - December 31, 2020.

How to be a good sporting parent
How can you best support your child's sporting activities, without getting over or under-involved? Here's a few pointers.

Minor Athlete and Parent SafeSport Training
Policy 212-3 requires members to offer SafeSport training to youth participants. The U.S. Center for SafeSport offers this training free of charge to anyone.

This training is available without creating an account or going through the NGB Portal, and you can offer this training to your players and parents, but note that parental consent is required for any minor athlete to complete the training.
New York State West Youth Soccer Association | PO Box 1247, Corning, NY 14830
607-962-9923 | office@nyswysa.org

The New York State West Youth Soccer Association (NYSWYSA) is the parent organization for over two hundred and fifty affiliated clubs and leagues in Western New York State. NYSWYSA is affiliated with US Youth Soccer, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and the Federation de International Football Association (FIFA).