Volume 28 | February 25, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - February 25, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status - Current as of 2/25/2021

  • In State -
  • Individual games or league play: No restrictions on a single match in a single day that does not require 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 the COVID region that borders the one you are in are prohibited. You can find the link to the COVID regions and counties included here.
  • Travel for practice or play to, or from, any area within New York that has been designated as a red or orange zone may only be permitted following consultation with the respective state or local health authorities with consideration of the abovementioned factors. Travel for practice or play to, or from, any area within New York that has been designated as a yellow zone is permitted so long as it adheres to all applicable DOH guidance.
  • Out of State - Travel to neighboring states for practice or play is strongly discouraged, however if you do travel, keep in mind that the New York COVID-19 Travel Advisory must be followed, as well as that of the State or States you are travelling to.
  • 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 noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, they must fill out the Online Traveler Health Form and quarantine for 10 days upon return.  
  • Travelers may 'Test-Out' of the 10 day quarantine. (Guidelines Here)
  • Teams from other states may practice or play in NYS as long as they follow the NYS Travel Restrictions which include quarantine or the testing out process.

An updated COVID-19 Hold Harmless Waiver has been developed for use. If you had the form signed previously, you do not need to re-sign. This is for use moving forward.

NYSW Updates
NYSW State Cup -
Dates Announced & Registration Open
The dates and format for the 2021 NYSW State Cup have been finalized and will be held the weekends of May 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23.

The webinar slides, event calendar and registration link can be found on the State Cup page on our website.

Coaching Education Available
Upcoming blended coaching courses have been finalized. Each course will consist of training via Zoom and conclude with an on-field coaching/ observation session.

  • Grassroots 9v9, Buffalo NY - March 7 & 10 - Email scraig@nyswysa.org for an invite
  • Grassroots 11v11, Buffalo NY - March 14 & 17 - Email scraig@nyswysa.org for an invite
  • National C-License, Rochester NY - Course Details
  • National D- License, Rochester NY - Details coming in mid March

Register Now - Spots are limited and will fill quickly!

Additional information is available on our Coaching Education page.
Any club interested in holding an in-person Grassroots or D-License course, please contact Scott Craig at scraig@nyswysa.org or 607-427-8563

NYSW Esports Opportunity - Open to any child wanting to play!
Now kids have the chance to turn their passion into a career. Have them start their journey by playing in our safe play community

Open to anyone ages 8 - 18. You don't need to be a soccer player to join the Esports league!

Learn more about our community and sign up:

Clubs - Are you interested in earning money for your club while supporting our Esports program? Contact dgroth@nyswysa.org for more information!
Empire United Soccer Academy to join Girls Academy League
The Girls Academy is a national league that was created in 2020. It is the only national platform to provide its sole focus on female players. The Girls Academy League provides the highest level of play with 70+ of the most distinguished soccer clubs in the country competing across 7 conferences. Empire United Girls Academy will begin competing in the Northeast Conference in the fall of 2021. 
US Youth Soccer Updates
US Youth Soccer to launch Champions Cup in August 2022
US Youth Soccer (USYS) is pleased to announce the USYS Champions Cup. This tournament will serve as a truly global invitational event, where all invited teams are welcomed on equal footing, regardless of registration provider, membership status, or carding entity. Selections will be made based on performance in Championship caliber events from around the world.

USYS is changing the culture of youth sport by providing the entire soccer community with an open
opportunity to stake their claim as a true international youth soccer champion. Combining marquee
teams, talented youth players, and referees from around the world, the USYS Champions Cup is a way to
build long lasting friendships and memories across many nationalities and cultures.

US Youth Soccer partners with Truclusion
US Youth Soccer (USYS) is pleased to announce their partnership with Truclusion, an experienced team of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) consultants who support organizations on their journey toward higher inclusivity across social networks, genders, ethnicities, orientations, generations and religions.

Truclusion is a Women-of-Color-owned business and operates with consultants and facilitators that reflect many diverse identities and experiences. Their approach to DE&I leverages human-centered inclusive design, intentionalism, and equity.

U.S. Soccer Updates

The U.S. Soccer PLAY ON initiative has been launched with a comprehensive model to allow soccer to operate under key safety plans and considerations. These guides include a detailed approach to social distancing, screening, training, and interactions to ensure consistent and best practices are followed to promote the health and safety of all participants and fans.

Coach / Parent / Athlete Resources
Player Survey - Sport & Human Rights
In the event that you are not familiar with the Centre, we are a human rights organization for the world of sport. We aim to: 
  • support the prevention of human rights harms from occurring through sport; 
  • support access to effective remedy where harms have occurred; and 
  • promote a positive human rights legacy from sport and sporting events. 

By sharing the short survey with your players under 18 years of age, they will have an opportunity to join children across the world in sharing their views on how the pandemic has affected their engagement in sport. The results of the survey will be reported globally. 

The survey’s target audience is children involved in sport, either through elite teams or grassroots sport. The aim is to reach a broad range of children, of all backgrounds, including professional athletes, members of school teams, those living in both urban and rural settings, and those with disabilities. 

As a coach right now, it can be challenging to think about anything other than dealing with severely restricted practices and competitions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Without a normal sports environment, it might also be hard to see how athletes can learn and practice the values learned through sport, including sportsmanship.

However, there are a few ways you can help your team learn and grow without a scoreboard or a stadium. Here are a few easy ways to focus on sportsmanship despite the pandemic.

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).