Volume 06 | August 20, 2020
Weekly Newsletter - August 20, 2020
Return to Play Update
Travel Restrictions: Updated 8/7/2020
  • Teams are not permitted to travel outside of NY State at this time.

  • Tournaments of multiple games, matches, or scrimmages that require travel outside of your (COVID) region or beyond counties that border the one you are in (irrespective of region) are prohibited. 

  • Individual games or league play: No restrictions on a single match in a single day that does not require an overnight stay.

US Youth Soccer Updates
Recognize to Recover - Environmental Conditions

Make sure to familiarize yourself with the USYS Environmental Conditions guidelines for outdoor events.

Environmental conditions can significantly impact player health and safety. Extreme temperatures, severe weather and the integrity of the playing field and its equipment all impact players’ ability to practice and compete safely. U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover program gives players, parents, coaches and referees information and guidelines to make sure the desire to play does not cloud the decision-making process when it comes to evaluating environmental conditions to ensure the safety of those on the field.

US Soccer Updates
US Soccer Official App

Immediate notification of match announcements. Easy access to tv information. Rosters and lineups at your fingertips. The Official U.S. Soccer App is the easiest way to follow the USWNT and USMNT.

In addition to schedule notifications, roster announcements, and player information, version 2.0 now brings U.S. Soccer content into one, easy-to-access hub so that you never miss match highlights, interviews, or behind-the-scenes content. We're also giving all U.S. Soccer fans the ability to vote for the Insiders' Player of the Match, exclusively in the app on matchdays!
NYSW Updates
NYSWYSA Insurance -
What is a COI and how does it differ from player medical insurance
A Certificate of Insurance (COI) serves to provide evidence to 3rd party (i.e. a field owner) that your club has General Liability insurance for your sanctioned NYSWYSA activities. The General Liability policy covers the club and the field owners for liability claims against them for what happens on the field and is adjudged to be due to the field and/or due to the negligence of the club. The General Liability policy does not provide medical insurance for the individual player. A separate Excess Accident Medical policy is procured by NYSWYSA to provide supplemental medical coverage to individual players injured during a NYSWYSA activity.
Therefore a club requests a COI for fields they use for practice/games (to protect themselves and the field owners [which may be one and the same]) from any claims against them.
In order for the individual player to be insured for liability and medical cover, the player needs to be registered on NYSWYSA Roster Pro by their club, paid for and be participating in an activity organized by the club and under the direct supervision of a club official.

Benefits of Esports
Over 280 colleges today feature esports scholarship programs. These programs operate similarly to traditional programs, and sometimes operate out of the college’s athletic department. All players who participate in our leagues will have the option to be placed in a national scouting directory for esports scholarships to help them get discovered.

2020 - 2021 Seasonal Registration Now Open
NYSW Player registration for the 2020 - 2021 season is now open. The seasonal year runs from September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021.

NYSW will support registered players born in 2001 (20U) as per the USYS Birth Year Modification for the upcoming season. Make sure to confirm the correct Date of Birth for all players upon registration.

All players must be registered by their club in RosterPro prior to any practices or team events to ensure medical insurance and liability coverage

Contact pwhitcomb@nywysa.org with any questions.

2020 NYW Academy Registration Open
Are you a soccer player born in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011? Are you committed to becoming better at the sport you love to play? Do you want the opportunity to play with and against other good players your age? Do you want to learn more about the Olympic Development Program (ODP)? If you answered yes to any of the following questions then the 2020 NYW Academy is just what you’re looking for. On the heels of the COVID-19 induced period of inactivity, there’s no better way to get your game back up to speed than by attending the NYW Academy.

August 25, 2020 - Syracuse Development Academy
Next week’s “Spotlight” will shine on Tommy Tanner representing Syracuse Development Academy as we continue our webinar series on Tuesday, August 25th at 7pm.

The NYSWYSA Spotlight is a FREE opportunity for members to promote and showcase their club to current and potential players, parents and coaches. To find out more information about bookings on the New York State West Spotlight, contact Pam Whitcomb via email at pwhitcomb@nyswysa.org.

 Click Here for the Complete Schedule
Club Tryouts
With the season coming to a close, we know that clubs will be holding tryouts in the upcoming months. In order to make it easier for members to locate tryout details, we have added 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@nyswysa.org.

Parent / Athlete Resources
Exclusive Shop Event - Coming Soon!
NYSWYSA will be offering an exclusive shopping event with Dick's Sporting Goods on September 11 - 14, 2020. Get ready for the upcoming soccer season with 20% off your entire purchase. The coupon will be shared in September.
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.

Teaching the Mental Side of Youth Soccer
Even though U.S. Soccer has designated the psychological component as the 4th pillar of player development, it is the one that is the most difficult for coaches to develop and the pillar that has the fewest resources for coaches and players.

And yet, that psychological component might be the most important pillar of development, especially for players hoping to compete at an elite level.

New York State West Youth Soccer Association | 1200C Scottsville Rd. Rochester, NY 14624
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).