Volume 68 | December 16, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - December 16, 2021
COVID Guidance
Current Status as of 12/16/2021

At this time, NYS is requiring that masks are worn in all indoor public places unless the business or venue implements a vaccine requirement. The state will reassess this measure on January 15, 2022. Additional details can be found here.

Guidance is changing frequently. For the most up to date information, please visit the websites below.

It is recommended that all clubs have their players complete a COVID waiver for the upcoming season. The NYSW template can be found here.

NYSW Updates
NYSW Offices Closed Dec. 24th - Jan. 2nd
The New York State West offices will be closed from December 24th - January 2nd, and will re-open for normal business hours starting Monday, January 3rd.

Our next newsletter will be sent on Thursday, Jan. 6th.

From everyone at NYSW, we wish you a happy holiday season!
ODP Tryouts for Players born in '05, '06, '07 Continue this Weekend!
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.
NYSW Futsal State Cup & USYS Futsal National Championships
Yet again we had hoped to run a Futsal State Cup early in the New Year, but after much consultation and deliberation it has been decided to put this on hold again this year.

The National Event however is still scheduled and anyone interested in attending the first-ever USYS Futsal National Championship, set for February 25-27, 2022, in Oklahoma City, OK, is welcome to apply. The application is now LIVE! Additional information on the USYS Futsal National Championships can be found on their website.

More information on USYS Futsal, can be found here.
Coach for Community (C4C)
A coaching for community course can be hosted for any clubs, member and non-member.

Goal: Provide coaching education resources for grassroots coaches and connect with community member associations to help increase player participation as well as retain players and coaches.

What is Coach for Community and Who is the Audience: Coach for Community is a versatile tool built on U.S. Soccer Coaching Education principles that can be applied in various settings to meet the needs of a wide-ranging audience (including a virtual experience). The intended audience can be: Current members (clubs, associations, etc.), Under-served populations, non-members (unaffiliated clubs, YMCAs, Parks & Recreation Associations, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.), and Soccer enthusiasts attending a national team game or other major soccer event.

What Can US Soccer Coach for Community Look Like to Reach Club/ Organization Leaders:
  • 1 hour (unofficial course) free event to raise awareness about U.S. Soccer Grassroots Coach Education
  • 1 hour classroom in-person or 90 minutes in a virtual setting
  • Technical Leaders to facilitate a discussion with club/organization leaders to show the benefits of coach education and the steps to connect to host a future Coach for Community /Coaching Education Course with help from the host association/club directors and administrators
  • No field session(s)

Any club interested in holding a Coach for Community course, please contact Scott Craig at scraig@nyswysa.org or 607-427-8563.
2022 NY West Champions Conference Spring Registration Open!
The NY West Champions Conference is a state level premier league that implements promotion/relegation and is chartered and administered by the New York State West Youth Soccer Association (NYSWYSA). The NY West Champions Conference is a qualifying league for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series for NYSWYSA. Any team participating in a state-cup qualifying league can apply to the league and be admitted if they qualify. Acceptance to the league and promotion within the league are based on team performance and the league is intended for teams that can show successful performance at the state level or highest district division level.

New this year! In response to team inquiries, we will open the applications to 11U teams for this season.
Kentucky Youth Soccer Clubs Impacted by Tornado
The devastating tornado in Western Kentucky this past weekend impacted so many people including many Kentucky Youth Soccer clubs, coaches, players, families, and volunteers. We want to do what we can to help those who lost so much, so we’ve created a list of links where individuals can make donations to families, organizations, and more. If you have the means, please consider donating to one or more of the fundraisers below to help rebuild what was lost.

US Youth Soccer Updates
USYS x HSS Youth Soccer Coach Survey
Protecting the health of youth soccer players is very important to US Youth Soccer. By completing this survey, you will help experts from the Sports Medicine Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) to develop new player health and injury prevention programs for youth soccer coaches throughout the United States.

Survey Deadline is December 31st

Tom Condone, USYS Director of Sport and Member Development
Joe Janosky, HSS Director, Injury Prevention Programs

U.S. Soccer Updates
Coach / Parent / Athlete Resources
Soccerex Americas 2022 - Discount Registration Available
'Soccerex Americas 2022' will run from 15-16 March @ The Miami Beach Convention Center, in partnership with GACP Sports & Kapital Football Group. Bringing together key stakeholders from leading clubs, leagues, associations, federations, and brands from the US/worldwide.

  • NETWORKING - meet with rights holders from leading clubs, leagues, and federations throughout the 2 day event. We will be hosting speed networking sessions, a social evening on day 1 and much more to help you connect with the right audience for you.
  • CONFERENCE - our live studio panels will feature soccer industry speakers debating key issues in the modern game with Q&A after each session. Topics will cover governance, performance analytics, sponsorship, digital media & much more.
  • EXPO - showcase your brand in our exhibition hall with a dedicated stand & opportunities to present a brand case study on stage to our Soccerex audience.

View the conference brochure here.

Click Here to Register and use code NYSWYSA to received a discounted registration.
Complaints and Conflict Resolution in Youth Sports
If you run a well-organized youth sports program and you are a great communicator, parent and coach complaints will be at a minimum. Although, sometimes things will happen that are out of your control causing someone to complain, no matter what you do and how great your program is. Regardless of the type or validity of the complaint, you should always listen. Most of the time, that is all the complainer is looking for.

Here are some examples, along with resolutions, of the top five complaints in youth sports. If you can eliminate these types of complaints, it will resolve 95% of any issues you may have throughout a season.

Youth Sports Program Planning
Planning is the cornerstone of any well-run youth sports program. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Proper planning prevents poor performance! Planning is extremely important in coordinating any high-level program. Planning can come in many forms and most all plans are open and customizable to how you want to operate. Below are some tips on different plans you should have in place within your youth sports programs.

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).