Volume 17 | November 12, 2020
Weekly Newsletter - November 12, 2020
Return to Play Update
Update from Albany 11/11/2020

  • Out of State - 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 the COVID-19 Travel Advisory must be followed.

  • In State - No restrictions for a single game in a single day, not requiring an overnight stay. Tournaments of multiple games, match, 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.

  • Teams from other states cannot practice or play in New York.

New York State Government recently announced new yellow zones in Erie County, Monroe County, Onondaga County and Tioga County, adding to those already existing in Broome and Chemung Counties. 
Maps of current cluster zones can be found here.  
Please ensure you are aware of the guidance for these zones here

NYSW Updates
"Virtual" Annual General Meeting
Date: Saturday, November 21st
Time: Join online beginning at 3:15pm
Meeting will begin promptly at 3:45pm

Positions up for election:
1st Vice President

Additional Details regarding the meeting can be found here.
2020 NYSW Hall of Fame Inductee
The NYSWYSA Board of Directors (BOD), is pleased to introduce Ed Merante for induction into the NYSWYSA Hall of Fame. The NYSWYSA sincerely thanks him for his many, many years of exemplary service to the youth in the Rochester District of the State Association and is very pleased that we now have the opportunity to publicly recognize him for his contributions.
New York State West Youth Soccer Association (NYSWYSA) announced on November 8 that it is initiating a new league in the Spring of 2021. The name of the league is the NY West Champions Conference. The league is meant to provide an increased opportunity for high-performing District League teams to progress to a higher level of league play. For more details see the announcement letter, or go to the NY West Champions Conference web site.
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 Now Open
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.
US Youth Soccer Updates
Respect the Game - Let the Refs Ref
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).