Volume 43 | June 17, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - June 17, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status - Current as of 6/15/2021

Effective immediately, state-mandated COVID restrictions are lifted across commercial and social settings. This includes social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, health screening, cleaning & disinfecting protocols and contact information for tracing.  The lifting of restrictions also applies to sports and recreation.  

If you are not vaccinated and unable to maintain a social distance then a face covering is still recommended. If you are playing and not vaccinated, a face covering is recommended unless it can’t be tolerated.

NYSW Updates
2021 - 2022 Club Tryouts
With the season underway, many clubs are making plans to hold tryouts for next season in the coming months. In order to make it easier for our members to locate tryout details, we will be adding a list on our website with club names and links to their tryout pages.

If you are a club who would like to have your information included on our list, please email pwhitcomb@nywysa.org

TOPSoccer Programs Starting Soon!
TOPSoccer, The Outreach Program for Soccer, is a New York State West and US Youth Soccer official program. This program is designed for children with disabilities, ages 5 to 21. The program accommodates all disabilities whether mental or physical. This is an exciting program that brings the joy of playing soccer to players who have not traditionally had a place in the youth soccer system.

Volunteers are also needed!

Rochester - This program will run for 7 weeks on Friday evenings beginning June 18th.

Southern Tier - This program will run for 7 weeks on Thursday evenings beginning July 1st.

Premier League star Jamie Vardy buys stake in Rochester Rhinos
Premier League striker Jamie Vardy has bought a stake in U.S. soccer club Rochester Rhinos.

The Rhinos have been out of action for four years, but are targeting a 2022 comeback. Vardy, 34, has said he will continue playing for Leicester City. The Rhinos have four national championships to its name, and won the U.S. Open Cup in 1999.

US Youth Soccer Updates
Webinar: Addressing Discrimination in Youth Soccer Series - Awareness 
Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Join us as we kick off a series of webinars on discrimination in youth soccer.

Date: Friday, June 18
Time: 1:00 PM EST

Host: Clifton Bush
Featuring: Kimberley Crabbe, Sully Hamid, Nicole Hercules,
Nikki Washington and Karla Thompson

Webinar: LGBTQ 101 – creating inclusive environments for your team
June is LGBTQ Pride Month. Join us as we speak with two out, proud young people as they discuss their experiences growing up and playing youth soccer. This wide-ranging conversation will “open the closet door” – and provide information and insights – for all who work in youth soccer today.

Date: Wednesday, June 23
Time: 1:00 PM EST

Host: Dan Woog
Featuring: Atticus DeProspo and Shalom Kimble

Great Lakes Conference Registration Open!
There are some exciting structural changes to the divisional formats for the conference starting this fall for the 2021-22 seasonal year.

Fall 2021/ Spring 2022 Season General Team Information

Registration for the Fall 2021 season is now open and will be open until July 1, 2021. Click Here to Register

Opening - USYS National League Commissioner
Today we are posting to fill the role of USYS National League Commissioner. As I wrote in the job description, the “Commissioner will supervise a nationwide network of talented staff, supporting the overall growth and success of the league and the sport. He/she will be a persuasive entrepreneur/visionary with a dynamic, commanding personality that has an insatiable appetite to make the National League inarguably the best, most prestigious, sought-after youth soccer league the world has ever seen”. 

U.S. Soccer Updates
As the U.S. Women’s National Team prepares for this summer’s delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, AT&T, the official 5G wireless network of U.S. Soccer, is bringing a new level of interactivity to fans with its “Pose with the Pros On the Go” digital experience. The program connects fans with USWNT stars, allowing fans to take augmented reality photos with their favorite U.S. players from the comfort of their own homes.

USA Deaf Soccer Association to hold tryouts for National Teams
USA Deaf Soccer Association is holding open tryouts for both their Women's and Men's Deaf National Teams this July. Tryouts are for the selection to the 24th Summer Deaflympics (May 2022) rosters.

U.S. Soccer announces application window for 2021-22 A-Youth and B coaching courses is now open
U.S. Soccer has announced that the application window for 2021-22 A-Youth and B license coaching courses is now open. As coaching courses and in-person education resumes, additional information will be provided regarding in-person safety protocols and requirements. As always, U.S. Soccer’s top priority is the health and safety of its players, coaches, and staff.

Female candidates accepted into A-Youth and B courses will have 50-percent of their tuition waived thanks to the Jill Ellis Scholarship Fund, established in fall 2019.

Coach / Parent / Athlete Resources
Training A Coach: How to prepare for inclusion in youth sports
When you think of youth sports, what comes to mind--the kids in your programs or maybe your daughter or son playing a sport of choice? Do you ever think about children with Down syndrome, autism or other disabilities? Why not? Statistics show one in 91 children are diagnosed with autism. Children with disabilities are no longer sitting on the sidelines, watching their siblings participate; they are becoming active members of programs and communities.

Why Training Park and Recreation Coaches on Social and Emotional Skills is Important
Park and recreation professionals and their agencies are major providers of both organized and unorganized sports programming across the nation. They offer spaces where kids can play together, build new relationships, and learn about teamwork. They provide programming that serves all community members, including youth from under-resourced neighborhoods.

Minor Athlete and Parent SafeSport Training
SafeSport is providing virtual trainings on the 2022 Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP), including changes from the 2019 MAAPP. There are eight (8) different trainings scheduled for May and the Center will offer sessions during the summer.

If you’re an adult athlete, coach, parent, or administrator, learn how they apply to you in free, live, and virtual U.S. Center for Safe Sport MAAPP trainings tailored to your role.
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).