Volume 22 | January 14, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - January 14, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status as of 01/14/2021

  • In State - Tournaments of multiple games, matches or scrimmages (regardless of the game length) that require travel outside of your (COVID) region or beyond counties that border the one you are in (irrespective of region) are prohibited. No restrictions for a single game in a single day, not requiring an overnight stay.
  • Out of State - Travel to neighboring states for practice or play is severely discouraged, however if you do 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 to CT, NJ, PA or MA they must fill out the Online Traveler Health Form but are not required to quarantine. 
  • If teams wish to travel to a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, they must fill out the Online Traveler Health Form and quarantine for 10 days upon return.  
  • Travelers may 'Test-Out' of the 10 day quarantine. (Guidelines Here)
  • Teams from other states cannot practice or play in New York. 

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.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, restrictions and guidance is changing frequently by region. Please make sure you are aware of the requirements in place for your region.

  • Maps of current cluster zones can be found here.  
  • Please ensure you are aware of the guidance for these zones here

NYSW Updates
Risk Management Reminder
When completing the Risk Management process, ONLY register yourself or you minor child under 18 in your Sports Engine Account. DO NOT register an adult family member, friend or anyone not associated with your family under your account, they MUST create their own account. For a minor child under 18, please give them their own email address.

Please also make sure to only register yourself once. Problems? Use the Contact button on the SportsEngine page first. A second application can not be refunded.

Last Call for Registration - Deadline January 15, 2021

Friday is the last day to apply to the NY West Champions Conference, the new premier league administered by NY West. Registration closes at midnight Friday, January 15.

There are currently openings in all age groups from 12U to 19U, both boys and girls. The current list of accepted teams and teams under review can be found on the league website.

The NY West Champions Conference website provides detailed league information, including league rules, FAQs, and more. Applications must be completed and received no later than January 15, 2021. 

Contact Pam Whitcomb, League Administrator, with any questions at ChampionsConference@nyswysa.org.
US Youth Soccer Updates
Largest Youth Sport Organization Partners with Innovative New Tech Platform to Empower Parents and Coaches Across the U.S

US Youth Soccer (USYS), the largest youth sport organization in the country, and MOJO, an innovative new education and technology platform, announce a pioneering two-year partnership.

Los Angeles-based MOJO aims to put the magic back into youth sports by providing coaches, parents, leagues and teams with a one-stop coach-in-a-box mobile app that takes the stress and chaos out of coaching. Starting in February, US Youth Soccer coaches and parents will be able to access the MOJO app featuring exclusive short-form videos customized to age and skill level and one-touch tools to plan fun and engaging practices. 

The new partnership comes at a crucial time in youth sports as COVID-19 has disrupted play across the country. As the spring 2021 soccer season approaches, USYS and MOJO hope to enrich and improve the grassroots soccer experience with easy-to-use technology and world-class educational content developed by top coaches, experts and elite athletes. 

U.S. Soccer Updates
Guidelines for Indoor Soccer Released

U.S. Soccer has released guidelines for indoor soccer as part of its PLAY ON campaign, providing coaches, players, parents, referees and administrators with considerations to continue to ensure safe play indoors as winter approaches.

U.S. Soccer encourages playing outdoors whenever it is safe to do so in accordance with its Cold Weather Guidelines. When weather doesn’t permit outdoor play, these indoor recommendations will help evaluate and mitigate risk.

The guidelines advise the use of larger indoor facilities for acceptable social and physical distancing, as well as higher frequency air exchange rates to reduce risk. Shorter training sessions with fewer players on the field and no throw-ins can also help decrease risk, while players and coaches should continue to wear a mask when not physically active.

All the resources for the PLAY ON initiative can be found in a virtual hub at ussoccer.com/playon. PLAY ON guidelines are intended for use only when and if state and local authorities have deemed it safe to return to the field, indoors or outdoors.

US Soccer guidelines for indoor soccer do not supersede the specific requirements a venue has in place. The requirements of the venue should always take precedence.
Parent / Athlete Resources
Soccer Players: Top 10 Ways to Detox for Better Performance
Refresh your system and get ready for the pitch with a healthy detox created for soccer players by Amy Dirks, the former MLS Sporting Kansas City Nutritionist. A safe way to detox without missing meals for increased athletic performance.

Here we are in January of a new year feeling the indulgences of the holidays and wondering how we are going to detox from them and get back on track.

This pretty much happens at the beginning of every new year where people feel they have a fresh start and are more motivated to practice mindfulness and put effort into their wellbeing.

Rise of Champions is the official USYS national esports program
Are your kids driving you crazy at home?

Here are four reasons to enroll your kids in the program:

  • Safe and structured environment for your kids to play online
  • Your kids can learn field strategies virtually through FIFA 21 and Rocket League
  • Cash and Prizes to be won!
  • 200+ Colleges are now providing esports programs

First 200 Pre-registrations get 30% off.

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).