Volume 32 | March 25, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - March 25, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status - Updated 3/18/2021

  • In State -
  • Effective 3/29/2021 - 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.
  • Effective 4/1/2021 - 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 - Registration Deadline in 1 Week!
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. Make sure to register your team before the deadline on April 2nd!

Contact StateCupChair@nyswysa.org with any questions.
Women in Soccer - Coaching Education
Join us for a full day of coaching courses targeted at women in soccer! The 7v7 and 9v9 will be a blended course with one night of zoom training followed by an on-field coaching/ observation session. The 11v11 course is fully in-person. All courses are being held in Rochester, NY.

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

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
View the “Guidance, Support, and Examples on How to Safely Return to Play” Session from #UnitedCV21 
As you begin navigating returning to play it’s important to know the health and safety issues surrounding the topic of COVID-19. During our United Soccer Coaches Digital Convention, we included a session titled, “Guidance, Support, and Examples on How to Safely Return to Play.”
Leading medical experts discuss the health and safety issues associated with COVID-19 and provide their unique perspectives. From the elite levels including NWSL, MLS, U.S. Soccer’s National teams to our youth returning to play and the valuable lessons and measures any coach, club and team should consider. This panel consists of the key leaders who have created and implemented the COVID-19 protocols for the game of soccer across all levels in the United States, CONCACAF and FIFA. Join them to hear the process as well as the areas of safety you can and should implement into your program.

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
Sports Specialization Study
Dear Youth Sport Parent, 
My name is Stephen Strosser. I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Learning, Leadership, and Innovation from Wilmington University. My professional background relates to youth sports and fitness. Currently, I serve as a fitness specialist with Child and Youth Services at Fort Wainwright (an Army base in Alaska).  
My doctoral dissertation focuses on parents’ beliefs about youth sport specialization (focusing on one sport at the exclusion of other sports). I am in the process of collecting data from youth sport parents throughout the United States.  
There is limited research on parents’ beliefs about youth sport specialization. The purpose of this study is to examine youth-sport parents’ beliefs about specialization. The secondary purpose is to determine how well parents’ beliefs predict their children’s specialization status.  
This study will provide much-needed insight on the specific parents’ beliefs that positively and negatively correlate with children’s specialization statuses. It will also help parents make an informed decision regarding their children’s sport participation pathway (e.g., single-sport specialization or multiple-sport participation). 
The following survey will take only a few minutes to complete, and I would be very grateful for your participation. Your information will remain anonymous, and no individuals will be identified in any publications resulting from the study. A copy of the research findings will be made available to all participants upon request.  
Your willingness to complete this online survey indicates your consent to participate in this study. You may refuse to participate or discontinue participation at any time without penalty. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. My email address is sstrosser001@my.wilmu.edu.  
Stephen A. Strosser, M.Sc. 

We believe the psychological elements of the player, coach, parent and sport are vital. We believe that strengthening your mind is as important as strengthening your skill, tactics and athleticism. That’s why our mission is to train the most underutilized competitive edge in sports, the MIND; and in so doing, transform the mindset and elevate the wellbeing of athletes, coaches and parents.

Soccer Resilience has the sports psychology base, soccer specific staff, informed knowledge and effective content to guide individuals, teams, clubs and organizations to transform lives. 

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).