Volume 48 | July 22, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - July 22, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status - Current as of 6/15/2021

Effective immediately, state-mandated COVID restrictions are lifted across commercial and social settings. This includes social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, health screening, cleaning & disinfecting protocols and contact information for tracing.  The lifting of restrictions also applies to sports and recreation.

If you are not vaccinated and unable to maintain a social distance then a face covering is still recommended. If you are playing and not vaccinated, a face covering is recommended unless it can’t be tolerated.

NYSW Updates
NYSWYSA Annual Award Nominations Being Accepted!
Each year the NYSWYSA recognizes and honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by their exemplary voluntary contributions to the youth soccer community. This time-honored tradition will continue for the 2020-2021 season despite the disruption of activities caused by the Coronavirus.

Listed below are the Annual Awards that are available each year:
  • Demosphere Administrator of the Year
  • John R. Galli Volunteer of the Year
  • Boys Recreation Coach of the Year
  • Girls Recreation Coach of the Year
  • Boys Competitive Coach of the Year
  • Girls Competitive Coach of the Year
  • Female Young Referee of the Year
  • Male Young Referee of the Year
  • TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year
  • TOPSoccer Coach of the Year
  • New York State West Hall of Fame

The end of the 2020-2021 playing season is nearly upon us, so it is now the time to identify any and all potential candidates for these awards while the season’s activities are still fresh in your minds.

The deadline for submission of nominations is September 11, 2021.

Free Intro to Youth Soccer Clinic - This Weekend!
Date: Saturday, July 24th
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Baker Rd Fields, 3030 Baker Rd. Buffalo, NY 14127

Advance Registration Required.

For more info, contact Diana at dgroth@nyswysa.org

NYSW Champions Conference Fall Cup &
We will be hosting a Fall Cup sponsored by the Champions Conference and Fall Festival sponsored by NYSW on October 9-10, 2021 in Rochester, NY. The Fall Cup will be open to 12U & 13U teams and the festival will be open to 10U & 11U teams.

Additional Details Coming Soon!
NYW Players Attend East Region ODP Invitational Camp
Kendall Brown, Nadia Jaworowicz, Natalie Giunta, Kaleigh Pettit, Jessica Gale, Lucy Getzin, Madelyn Jackson, Briana Dorrance. Not pictured but also in attendance Courtney Felton

'04 NYW ODP players attending the East Region ODP Invitational Camp in Lancaster, MA on July 14/15. These players were identified at the ODP Tournament in June and invited to tryout for the East Region ODP Team that will participate against the West, Midwest and South Region ODP Teams in Orlando, FL in November.
2021 NYW Academy Announced
Are you a soccer player born in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012? 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 2021 NYW Academy is just what you’re looking for.

Come improve your game and learn from the acclaimed NYSWYSA Coaching Staff.

Online registration will open on August 1, 2021
Student Athletes - Interested in bringing a TOPSoccer program to your university?
TOPSoccer, The Outreach Program for Soccer, is a New York State West and US Youth Soccer official program. This program is designed for children with disabilities, ages 5 to 21. The program accommodates all disabilities whether mental or physical. This is an exciting program that brings the joy of playing soccer to players who have not traditionally had a place in the youth soccer system.

Contact Scott Craig at scraig@nyswysa.org to learn more about bringing a TOPSoccer program to your university with the support of NYSWYSA.
Coaching Education Coming Soon!
Grassroots (9v9 and 11v11) and D-License coaching education courses are currently being finalized. Additional details on dates/ locations will be available shortly.

Coaches interested in being added to the list, please contact Scott Craig at scraig@nyswysa.org.

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

2021 - 2022 Club Tryouts
With the season underway, many clubs are making plans to hold tryouts for next season in the coming months. In order to make it easier for our members to locate tryout details, we will be adding 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@nywysa.org

US Youth Soccer Updates
US Youth Soccer (USYS) is excited to kick off its 2021 National Championships today at the Premier Sports Complex at Lakewood Ranch in the Bradenton-Sarasota area, on Florida’s West Coast.

The USYS National Championships feature the top 104 boys and girls (13U - 19/20U) teams in the country, all vying for a national title in their age group. With 32 State Associations represented, the event features teams from all over the country who have produced numerous on-field accomplishments to advance to play in the pinnacle of youth soccer competition.

Getting Ready for Fall Soccer!
We’re particularly excited to have our partner, MOJO, be part of fall soccer. MOJO is the one-stop coach-in-a-box for youth soccer coaches everywhere, and 83% of MOJO coaches say that the app saves them time, reduces the stress of coaching and makes youth soccer more fun. With MOJO, your season will be better than ever. (If you haven’t downloaded the app, check it out here.)
As we all get ready to hit the field, here are a few MOJO resources to inspire the next wave of grassroots coaches and get you in the youth soccer mindset. 

U.S. Soccer Updates
USWNT: 2020 Tokyo Olympics
For decades, the USWNT has been topping podiums, making waves and racking up hardware as they prove to the rest of the world what grit and greatness looks like. From the team’s first trailblazers who won the very first Women’s World Cup in 1991, to the iconic 99er’s who captured the eyes and hearts of a nation, to the generation inspired by all of the above that now wear the Stars and Stripes with pride—the Women’s National Team is, always has been, and always will be a force to be reckoned with on and off the field of play.

US Soccer Disability Committee: #ADAPTandTHRIVE Working Group
Composed of professional players with disabilities and leaders within adaptive sports.
  • Kirsten Windbiel (Clemson University, Director of Veterans Camps) and Joslynn Bigelow (Eastside Timbers’ TOPSoccer, Director and Head Coach).
  • The other AaT Working Group members include: Matthew Downing (US ENT intern), Sydney Andrews (US Women's Deaf National Team), Shea Hammond (US Men’s Para 7-a-side National Team), Leah Glaser (CP Soccer), Eddie Perry (US Men’s Deaf National Team), and Nathan Mayer (US Men’s Power Soccer National Team)

Coach / Parent / Athlete Resources
Youth refs should emulate Willy Wonka, not Pierluigi Collina
Officiating professional soccer is definitely not for the faint of heart. This is not surprising as people’s livelihoods are based on the results.

Officiating youth soccer is sometimes not for the faint-hearted either. The majority of youth soccer referees quit within their first two years with verbal abuse by kids’ parents being the No. 1 reason for quitting.

Preventing sudden death in youth sports
It’s estimated that more than 30 million children between the ages of 6 to 14 participate in at least one sport each year. Data has indicated that 39 percent of life-threatening injuries treated in emergency departments involving children between the ages of 6 to 18 years old were sport related. Given the large number of children participating in youth sport and emergency room-documented serious sport injury data, it is imperative to improve sport safety policies and work towards implementation of best-practices.

How You Can Help Your Child During Tryouts
I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, success is when preparation meets opportunity. Well, the prep part of that should be on a regular basis throughout the entire season. If your child is having to change a lot of what they are doing in order to “prepare” for tryouts, then there is a much bigger issue at hand.

Minor Athlete and Parent SafeSport Training
SafeSport is providing virtual trainings on the 2022 Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP), including changes from the 2019 MAAPP. There are eight (8) different trainings scheduled for May and the Center will offer sessions during the summer.

If you’re an adult athlete, coach, parent, or administrator, learn how they apply to you in free, live, and virtual U.S. Center for Safe Sport MAAPP trainings tailored to your role.
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).