Volume 36 | April 22, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - April 22, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status - Current as of 4/22/2021

  • In State -
  • No restrictions

  • Out of State - If you choose to 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 out of state they must fill out the Online Traveler Health Form but are not required to quarantine. 
  • Teams from other states may practice or play in NYS.

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 - Blind Draw Results Posted
With more than 140 teams registered, we look forward to a successful tournament. The complete list of registered teams can be found here.

The blind draw was held virtually on Sunday, April 18th at 6:00pm. The event schedules will be posted on Friday, April 23rd. Click the below link for all event details.

The dates and format for the 2021 NYSW State Cup have been finalized. The playdown weekends will be May 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 with the semi-finals and finals being held in Rochester, NY on May 22-23.

Contact StateCupChair@nyswysa.org with any questions.
Risk Management Reminder
All Risk Management applications MUST be submitted under your own Sports Engine account. The only exception is for a minor child under 18 years old, with their own email address. DO NOT register an adult family member, friend or anyone not associated with your family under your account. They MUST create their own account. If an application is submitted outside of these rules, they will not be approved and you will be charged the application fee again when reapplying.

New York West Olympic Development Programs Prepares for its First Competitive Event of the 2021 Season.
NYW ODP players will participate in their first event of the outdoor season on Sunday, April 25th in the Albany area. NYW will play in the inaugural Eastern New York (ENY) ODP Sub-Regional against the ODP teams from ENY-South and ENY-North. The player identification process is under way for selection to the ODP State Team, ODP East Region Pool/Team and the ODP National Pool/Team. The ENY Sub Regional which will take place at Afrim’s Sports Park (Colonie, NY) for the ’03-’08 girls and boys and at Afrim’s Sports Dome (Latham, NY) for the ’09 girls and boys. Following this event, NYW ODP players will continue to train throughout the month of May in preparation for the ODP Tournament where they will face off against ODP state teams from around the northeast. This year’s ODP Tournament will be held on June 4-6th in Kirkwood, DE for the ‘03 – ‘08 girls and boys and in Pittsville, MD for the ‘09 girls and boys. Good Luck NYW ODP!

Musabwa Nzirimwo (Musa) makes U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — "This meant everything to me," said 17-year-old soccer player Musabwa Nzirimwo (Musa).

Musa, who plays soccer through Tillie’s Touch, a program that gives kids who may not have the means to play in the city of Syracuse, a chance to play competitive soccer.

"When I started playing, I didn’t know who was going to let me play because of my leg but when I started playing, I felt like normal people, I felt welcomed," said Musa.

His skills are no different than his teammates, but he does it with one prosthetic leg.

2020-2021 Seasonal Registration Open
Now is the time start registering your players who are participating in spring and summer leagues!

The only way to ensure that club players, team staff and club officials, are covered for medical insurance and liability coverage is by making sure they are all listed in RosterPro as part of your organization.

Completing registration within the club website does not ensure coverage for players. They must be registered with NYSW as well.

Questions about insurance coverage? The webinar recording and slides from our presentation in September can be found here. 

Contact pwhitcomb@nywysa.org with any questions.

US Youth Soccer Updates
US Youth Soccer introduces National League P.R.O.
US Youth Soccer is excited to announce National League P.R.O., a new high- level national competition platform, which will feature the top 14U-19U Boys and Girls teams in the USYS National League competing for the opportunity to advance to the annual USYS National Championships.
National League P.R.O. features an emphasis on the Player, Recruitment and Opportunity. The competition builds on the highly successful traditional format of the National League — providing an optimal environment for player development, exposure to college coaches and opportunities for advancement to the National Championships.

Additional Details can be found below:
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
Exclusive Shop Event - April 30 - May 3, 2021
NYSWYSA will be offering an exclusive shopping event with Dick's Sporting Goods on April 30 - May 3, 2021. Get ready for the upcoming soccer season with 20% off your entire purchase.

YouthSoccer 101 - Free Tools for Coaches
With YouthSoccer101, coaches receive one practice plan per week via email for the entire season. Coaches cannot jump ahead in the sessions, which helps keep age groups on the same path of development throughout the season. Every practice plan includes activities that are supported by animation or video to ensure that the coaches understand them. Coaches also receive a link for "backyard activities" to share with their players. Those activities coincide with the weekly plans, and players can use them to practice at home.

"Youthsoccer101 has been helping coaches across the country for over 10 years,” said Tyler Isaacson, CEO of YouthSoccer101. “It is a real privilege to be included as one of the many tools New York West Youth Soccer has to offer their members.

When the activities and practices from YouthSoccer101 are used within the context of US Soccer’s Grassroots Play-Practice-Play methodology, they help in providing players, parents and coaches with a learning experience that is realistic to the game and rooted in fun and enjoyment. To access this FREE service compliments of New York West Youth Soccer Association

Handling the "Mean Girl" Culture Within Sports
Should a parent ever step in to tell a coach about the negative behavior of a player on a team? On my daughter's 14U club volleyball team, there is a "mean girl" scenario occurring where one player talks behind the back of other players on the team denigrating their skill level. This girl makes these comments to another player on the team, who then goes on to tell the other players what was said about them. Our coach doesn't know this is occurring. 

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).