Volume 33 | April 2, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - April 2, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status - Current as of 4/2/2021

  • In State -
  • No restrictions

  • Out of State - If you choose to travel, keep in mind that the New York COVID-19 Travel Advisory must be followed, as well as that of the State or States you are travelling to.
  • The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.
  • If teams wish to travel out of state they must fill out the Online Traveler Health Form but are not required to quarantine. 
  • Teams from other states may practice or play in NYS.

An updated COVID-19 Hold Harmless Waiver has been developed for use. If you had the form signed previously, you do not need to re-sign. This is for use moving forward.

NYSW Updates
NYSW State Cup - Last Day to Register!
Come join the more than 120 teams currently registered! You don't want to miss out!

The dates and format for the 2021 NYSW State Cup have been finalized. The playdown weekends will be May 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 with the semi-finals and finals being held in Rochester, NY on May 22-23.

Make sure to register your team before the deadline on April 2nd!

Contact StateCupChair@nyswysa.org with any questions.
NYSW Promoting Women in Soccer
Girls’ and women’s soccer is growing in New York State West, but where are the female coaches? NYSWYSA’s mission is to provide a lifelong positive experience by engaging, supporting, and advocating for females in the NYSW soccer community.
Over the next month, a number of programs targeted towards female coaches will be held. We hope that you'll join us!

Women in Coaching Zoom-Talk
Sarah Lowdon is the director of soccer operations of the Florida Gators (UF). Originally from Newcastle, England Sarah began her coaching career as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Wayland Baptist University, then took the Assistant Coach position at the Houston Dash. Sarah holds the USSF A-license.

We will talk about her coaching journey, her experiences, her mentorship under Becky Burleigh, and the risks she took to get there where she is today.

Date: Wednesday, April 7th
Time: 9:00 PM

Come and join our next FIFA21 tournament. This fun event is FREE and open to anyone interested.

Date: April 17, 2021
Time: 5:00pm EST
Ages: 8 - 18 years old

Don't Miss Out!

2020-2021 Seasonal Registration Open
Now is the time start registering your players who are participating in spring and summer leagues!

The only way to ensure that club players, team staff and club officials, are covered for medical insurance and liability coverage is by making sure they are all listed in RosterPro as part of your organization.

Completing registration within the club website does not ensure coverage for players. They must be registered with NYSW as well.

Questions about insurance coverage? The webinar recording and slides from our presentation in September can be found here. 

Contact pwhitcomb@nywysa.org with any questions.

US Youth Soccer Updates
US Youth Soccer Announces New Host for 2021 National Championship
US Youth Soccer (USYS) is proud to announce that Bradenton-Sarasota, on Florida’s West Coast, has been selected to host the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 20-25, 2021.
Given the challenges faced due to COVID, USYS has worked
collaboratively with the Bradenton-Sarasota area representatives to move the elite-level competition to the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

US Youth Soccer Travel Perks
We are excited to announce that USYS has extended our relationship with Southwest Airlines to provide 50% more bonus points when booking and flying using the USYS SWABIZ account through August 31st, 2021. This is a great opportunity to capture those points over the summer travel between State Cups, Regional/National events, ODP camps and the AGM.
More information regarding the sign-ups and booking processes can be found here.
U.S. Soccer Updates

The U.S. Soccer PLAY ON initiative has been launched with a comprehensive model to allow soccer to operate under key safety plans and considerations. These guides include a detailed approach to social distancing, screening, training, and interactions to ensure consistent and best practices are followed to promote the health and safety of all participants and fans.

Coach / Parent / Athlete Resources
Exclusive Shop Event - Coming Soon!
NYSWYSA will be offering an exclusive shopping event with Dick's Sporting Goods on April 30 - May 3, 2021. Get ready for the upcoming soccer season with 20% off your entire purchase. The coupon will be shared in the coming weeks.
Sports Specialization Study
Dear Youth Sport Parent,
My name is Stephen Strosser. I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Learning, Leadership, and Innovation from Wilmington University. My professional background relates to youth sports and fitness. Currently, I serve as a fitness specialist with Child and Youth Services at Fort Wainwright (an Army base in Alaska).
My doctoral dissertation focuses on parents’ beliefs about youth sport specialization (focusing on one sport at the exclusion of other sports). I am in the process of collecting data from youth sport parents throughout the United States.
There is limited research on parents’ beliefs about youth sport specialization. The purpose of this study is to examine youth-sport parents’ beliefs about specialization. The secondary purpose is to determine how well parents’ beliefs predict their children’s specialization status.
This study will provide much-needed insight on the specific parents’ beliefs that positively and negatively correlate with children’s specialization statuses. It will also help parents make an informed decision regarding their children’s sport participation pathway (e.g., single-sport specialization or multiple-sport participation).
The following survey will take only a few minutes to complete, and I would be very grateful for your participation. Your information will remain anonymous, and no individuals will be identified in any publications resulting from the study. A copy of the research findings will be made available to all participants upon request.
Your willingness to complete this online survey indicates your consent to participate in this study. You may refuse to participate or discontinue participation at any time without penalty. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. My email address is sstrosser001@my.wilmu.edu.
Stephen A. Strosser, M.Sc.
  • OUR MISSION is to train the most underutilized competitive edge in sports, the MIND; and in so doing, transform the mindset and elevate the wellbeing of athletes, coaches and parents. 
  • We believe the psychological elements of the player, coach, parent and sport are vital. We believe that strengthening your mind is as important as strengthening your skill, tactics and athleticism. As sports mindset advisors, we have many ways to serve and impact.
  • "We know that mental preparation is as important as physical preparation for elite athletes.” (Jill Ellis)
  • “I think that the mental piece of performance is something I underestimated until I learned that you could actually train it.” (Jozy Altidore)

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).