Volume 13 | October 15, 2020
Weekly Newsletter - October 15, 2020
Return to Play Update
Travel Restrictions: Update Coming Soon

NYSW Updates
Virtual Annual General Meeting
The 2020 AGM will be held virtually on Saturday, November 21st. Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks.

The Aspen Institute Project Play - State of Play 2020

The Aspen Institute’s Project Play explores the state of youth sports in 2020 – past, present and future – during one of the most turbulent years our country has ever witnessed.

Coaching Education Available
Due to an overwhelming response, the in-person courses filled up quickly. A virtual National D-License course has been added. The online course will consist of training via Zoom for 1.5 hours per week for 15 weeks and conclude with a 6-hour in-person course. The final date will be held in Rochester or Syracuse depending on registration.

Register Now - Spots are limited

Additional information is available on our Coaching Education page.
Any club interested in holding an in-person Grassroots or D-License, please contact Scott Craig at scraig@nyswysa.org or 607-427-8563
District Commissioner Election
NYSWYSA is holding elections for three District Commissioner positions in October and November. This is a two-year commitment and includes a seat on the NYSWYSA board.

The districts up for election are Binghamton, Rochester and Twin Tiers.

US Youth Soccer Updates
USYS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
US Youth Soccer (USYS) has taken firm action to establish and reaffirm their long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. These actions will strengthen USYS culture and foster an inclusive, bias-free and equitable community that enables all of its members to achieve their full potential on, and off, the field of play. Through specific, deliberate and meaningful actions and investment, USYS seeks to make soccer a sport where everyone feels welcomed, respected and part of the team.

US Soccer Updates
Safe Soccer

U.S. Soccer has developed the Safe Soccer Framework as a foundation from which all participants in the soccer community, be they athletes, coaches, referees, administrators or volunteers, play an active role in creating an environment free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The Safe Soccer Framework is a comprehensive program of policies and process, screening, education and training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement designed to help participants detect and report abuse, respond to it, and prevent future occurrences.
Parent / Athlete Resources
Discounts available for your soccer needs
Dick's Sporting Goods is offering all NYSWYSA members a 10 - 20% discount off your soccer apparel and equipment needs. The attached coupons are valid from September 16 - December 31, 2020.

How to be a good sporting parent
How can you best support your child's sporting activities, without getting over or under-involved? Here's a few pointers.

Virtual Esports Combine
Join Indiana and other soccer associations in their efforts to help players get discovered. We're giving your players a FREE opportunity to network and learn about collegiate esports opportunities. This year's Virtual Esports Combine will help your soccer players learn more about esports, network with top colleges and recruiters, and be able to watch the skills showcase. Your players can earn scholarships for playing competitive games in college such as FIFA, Rocket League, and much more. To date, these combines have helped hundreds of students already earn scholarships.  

Have your players sign up to compete for free using the promo code AYCE when they check out with a player pass for free or prospect pass with a discount.

Attend the Esports Combine. Witness the future

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).