Volume 16 | November 5, 2020
Weekly Newsletter - November 5, 2020
Return to Play Update
Out of State Travel update from Albany 11/4/2020

  • 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.
  • The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.
  • If teams wish to travel to CT, NJ, PA or MA they must fill out the Online Traveler Health Form but are not required to quarantine. 
  • If teams wish to travel to a designated state, they must fill out the Online Traveler Health Form and quarantine for 14 days upon return.  
  • Effective November 4th, traveler may 'Test-Out' of the 14 day quarantine. (Guidelines Here)
  • Teams from other states cannot practice or play in New York.

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

Additional Details regarding the meeting can be found here.
Risk Management Process Now Open
The 2021-22 Risk Management Seasonal registration is now open. This registration season is for all New Team Staff & Volunteers as well as Returning Staff & Volunteers whose current RM Passes expire 12/31/2020. Concussion Protocol training from the CDC is now a mandatory component of the RM process and will be found in the application process, along with Safesport training and/or refresher courses.

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
Great Lakes Conference Application Deadline
The registration deadline for U13 & U14 teams to register to join the 2021 Spring Season of the Great Lakes Conference is Monday, November 9th.

Please remember that all current 14U teams need to reapply for the spring season

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).