Volume 44 | June 24, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - June 24, 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
NYW '05G's Win East Region ODP Tournament
The NYW 05G's ODP State Team won the East Region ODP Tournament Championship on Sunday, June 20th. They defeated the Virginia State Team by a score of 2-1 at the Chase Center, the multi-purpose training facility owned by the Philadelphia 76ers, in Wilmington, DE.
In semi-final play on Saturday, June 19th, NYW battled the NJ State Team to a 1-1 tie before advancing 4-2 on penalty kicks. Emily Hanrahan, Jailyn Parrotte and Wrianna Hudson calmly converted the first three NYW attempts. NJ kept pace until their third attempt sailed wide. NYW GK Catherine Apker proceeded to step up and bury the fourth NYW attempt and then fellow NYW GK Megan Fry secured their ticket into the championship final by saving NJ's fourth penalty kick attempt.  
The NYW 05G's State Team was comprised of players from eight different clubs within the NYSWYSA footprint. The team went unbeaten through both the group and knockout stage of the tournament and was led by Head Coach, Nate Wiley (Head Women's Soccer Coach, SUNY Geneseo) and Assistant Coach, Brian McGrane (Head Women's Soccer Coach, SUNY Oswego).
Congrats Ladies and Coaches!!!

Referee Going Above and Beyond -
submitted on Facebook by Northstars Soccer Club
I’ve seen a lot in my 18 years of coaching. But last night was definitely a first. The team we were playing against had a goalie with no shoes. When the referee noticed he stopped the game and was talking to the player. He then proceeded to take his turf shoes off and give them to the player to wear. He officiated the rest of the game barefoot.

Thank you to referee Franco Vitale!

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!

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

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

US Youth Soccer Updates
Eastern Regional Championship Games begin Friday!
The 2021 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships takes place June 25 - July 1 in Hammonton, NJ. The event will feature Boys and Girls teams in the 12U through 19U age groups who will compete for a regional championship and a spot at the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championships.

Good Luck to all NYSW Teams Participating!

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
How Your Can Help Your Child During Tryouts
I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, success is when preparation meets opportunity. Well, the prep part of that should be on a regular basis throughout the entire season. If your child is having to change a lot of what they are doing in order to “prepare” for tryouts, then there is a much bigger issue at hand.

Francis Jacobs on Life as the Youngest Professional Player in US Soccer History
Is the future of American soccer 16-year-old Francis Jacobs, a midfielder for Orange County Soccer Club in the United Soccer League? At age 14, Jacobs became the youngest player in American history to sign a professional contract, attracting attention from fans and media across the country.

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).