Volume 24 | January 27, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - January 27, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status - Updated 1/25/2021

  • 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 Esports Opportunity
We are excited to launch our winter battle pass for kids to connect, have fun, and play video games with each other.

The Gamer Club community strives to provide fun events for kids to teach them about teamwork, communication, strategy, and sportsmanship. This is a great way to help with their cognitive and social development, and to introduce them to kids their age to forge long-lasting friendships.

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!
Soccer through Soccer Newsletter - January
Two Feet - Two Weapons!
Both-footed soccer players have a huge advantage in many game situations on the soccer field. If a player can control the ball or shoot with either foot, he or she will make the difference on the field. The ability to play and control with both feet will give players a time lead, a better orientation on the field, and a protection shield against the defender. The player will develop their individual flexibility and is therefore less predictable for the defender. In this article we want to demonstrate the basics in techniques and the unconscious use of both feet in the game situation.

NYSW State Cup
We are currently finalizing the dates and venue for the 2021 NYSW State Cup. Additional details will be shared once finalized.

Looking for a Few Teams

The new Champions Conference is looking for a couple of teams in certain age groups to complete the division. The registration deadline has been extended to fill these openings.

We are looking for one or two more teams in the following age groups:

  • 2009 Boys
  • 2008 Boys
  • 2004 Boys
  • 2004 Girls


The current list of accepted teams can be found hereIf you have a team that is looking for a higher level of play that falls within these age groups, please register now. 


The NY West Champions Conference website provides detailed league information, including league rules, FAQs, and more. Applications must be completed and received no later than January 31, 2021. 

Contact Pam Whitcomb, League Administrator, with any questions at ChampionsConference@nyswysa.org.
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US Youth Soccer Updates
US Youth Soccer Partners with TrueSport
US Youth Soccer (USYS) is pleased to announce their partnership with TrueSport®, a youth sports values-based program powered by the U.S. Anti Doping Agency. Founded on the cornerstones of sportsmanship, character building and life skills, TrueSport® and USYS will work together to change the culture of youth sport.

U.S. Soccer Updates
Guidelines for Indoor Soccer Released

U.S. Soccer has released guidelines for indoor soccer as part of its PLAY ON campaign, providing coaches, players, parents, referees and administrators with considerations to continue to ensure safe play indoors as winter approaches.

U.S. Soccer encourages playing outdoors whenever it is safe to do so in accordance with its Cold Weather Guidelines. When weather doesn’t permit outdoor play, these indoor recommendations will help evaluate and mitigate risk.

The guidelines advise the use of larger indoor facilities for acceptable social and physical distancing, as well as higher frequency air exchange rates to reduce risk. Shorter training sessions with fewer players on the field and no throw-ins can also help decrease risk, while players and coaches should continue to wear a mask when not physically active.

All the resources for the PLAY ON initiative can be found in a virtual hub at ussoccer.com/playon. PLAY ON guidelines are intended for use only when and if state and local authorities have deemed it safe to return to the field, indoors or outdoors.

US Soccer guidelines for indoor soccer do not supersede the specific requirements a venue has in place. The requirements of the venue should always take precedence.
Coach / Parent / Athlete Resources
10 Coaching Skills to Reflect on During Lockdown
Effective coaching is made up of knowledge and skill in many different areas. Use lockdown to reflect on your own coaching approach using the prompts below – there are links below to over 40 recommended articles to help you.

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).