Volume 03 | July 30, 2020
Weekly Newsletter - July 30, 2020
Return to Play Update
As mandated by the New York State government, soccer resumed on July 6th, 2020.

Travel restrictions are still in force: Tournaments, 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. 

The State of New York has classified soccer as a moderate risk sport, and their guidelines clarify what type of play is allowed. The guidelines specify both the mandatory requirements of Return to Play and the recommended best practices. Refer to the document linked above to ensure that your respective soccer programming meets the New York State requirements.
US Youth Soccer Updates

USYS has developed a COVID Tip Sheet guidance document for club use.

Birth Year Modification

Due to the impact COVID-19 has had on our U-19’s, the Board has approved our request to allow all players aging out to play one additional season. Therefore, USYS will allow the U-20’s to play with U-19’s during the 2020-21 season only. This ask was supported by various committees and did get support from US Adult Soccer.

US Soccer Updates
PLAY ON Guidelines

There are now guides for all three return-to-play phases published online, along with FAQs and other tools/assets for getting back on the field. You can find all of the information in the PLAY ON hub at  ussoccer.com/playon . Additionally, the  Member Toolkit  has been updated and we’ll continue to add more tools as we complete them.
NYSW Updates
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 Announced
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.

Online registration will open on
August 1, 2020. 
August 4, 2020 - Cobras FC
Next week’s “Spotlight” will shine on Bob Donahue representing Cobras FC as we continue our webinar series on Tuesday, August 4th 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
NYSWYSA’s mission is to provide a lifelong positive experience by engaging, supporting, and advocating for females in the NYSW soccer community. Our goal is to increase the number of female coaches in our region as females are important role models. As such, NYSW is committed to the creation of a Women Coaches Initiative.

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 .

Great Lakes Conference (15U - 19U)
For all teams planning to play in the Great Lakes Conference Spring 2021 season, the application window is now open! The application period runs until August 28.

Parent / Athlete Resources
START - Stand Together and Rethink Technology
START equips parents and community members to be mentors and guides so kids can grow up happy and healthy in an increasingly digital world. We offer a variety of resources for families and organizations—all designed to help you maximize the benefits of screens but minimize the negative side effects.

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).