Volume 15 | October 29, 2020
Weekly Newsletter - October 29, 2020
Return to Play Update
Capacity Restrictions & Face Coverings

The sports and recreation guidance provides the following in regard to capacity restrictions (p. 5):
  • Responsible Parties must ensure that for any indoor sport or recreational activity, capacity is limited to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area as set by the certificate of occupancy, inclusive of employees and patrons/players/spectators.
  • Responsible Parties must limit spectators to no more than two spectators per player.

  • Responsible Parties must ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals at all times, whether indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity (e.g. practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not directly engaged in physical activity are required to wear a face covering.
  • The social gathering limit -- which is currently 50 or fewer people in areas that are not subject to the State's cluster action initiative -- is not the controlling limitation for these activities.  The limit is the lesser of 2 spectators per player or 50% maximum occupancy indoors/space required such that all spectators can maintain six feet of separation outdoors (e.g., roughly 100 square feet per person).

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 directed towards female coaches with a focus on promoting Women in Soccer 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

This is the last course currently scheduled until Spring 2021. If you have interest in attending any in-person Grassroots or D-License course, contact Scott Craig to be added to the waitlist. Additional courses may be added due to interest.

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
ODP Program Registrations Opening Nov. 1st
Are you looking for an opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in your area and around the state? Are you looking for a good way to supplement the training that you are getting with your local club team? Are you looking to develop your game through exposure to high level coaching and in a competitive environment?

If so, then the NYW Olympic Development Program is something you will want to be a part of.
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!
New Jersey Youth Soccer - Talking Tactics
Explore tactics and methodology of the modern coach and gain knowledge & insights into the everchanging youth coaching landscape.

  • Nov. 4th at 8pm - Coaching within the 7v7 model
  • Dec. 2nd at 8pm - Coaching within the 9v9 model

Free to the first 150 participants

US Youth Soccer Updates
USYS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
US Youth Soccer (USYS) has taken firm action to establish and reaffirm their long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. These actions will strengthen USYS culture and foster an inclusive, bias-free and equitable community that enables all of its members to achieve their full potential on, and off, the field of play. Through specific, deliberate and meaningful actions and investment, USYS seeks to make soccer a sport where everyone feels welcomed, respected and part of the team.

To ensure that each member of USYS understands that the ideals of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are essential to our organization, we ask that our members pledge to act off the field, how we do on the field; with a fierceness of character, determination, leadership, focus, passion and commitment to EVERY MEMBER OF THE TEAM.

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.

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).