Volume 23 | January 21, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - January 21, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status as of 01/14/2021

  • In State - Tournaments of multiple games, matches or scrimmages (regardless of the game length) that require travel outside of your (COVID) region or beyond counties that border the one you are in (irrespective of region) are prohibited. No restrictions for a single game in a single day, not requiring an overnight stay.
  • Out of State - Travel to neighboring states for practice or play is severely 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 cannot practice or play in New York. 

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.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, restrictions and guidance is changing frequently by region. Please make sure you are aware of the requirements in place for your region.

  • Maps of current cluster zones can be found here.  
  • Please ensure you are aware of the guidance for these zones here

NYSW Updates
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 Girls
  • 2002/2003 Boys

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 27, 2021. 

Contact Pam Whitcomb, League Administrator, with any questions at ChampionsConference@nyswysa.org.
US Youth Soccer Updates
Rescheduled Dates and Locations Set for Spring 2021 National League Playoffs
US Youth Soccer has established new dates and locations for the National League Playoffs that were affected by previous postponements and relocations. Teams that were previously scheduled to compete in the Playoffs in Tampa, Fla., Sarasota, Fla., or Irvine, Calif., will now play at either the Feb. 27-March 1 event in Greensboro, N.C., or at the March 19-21 event in the Orlando, Fla., area.

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.

Rise of Champions is the official USYS national esports program
Are your kids driving you crazy at home?

Here are four reasons to enroll your kids in the program:

  • Safe and structured environment for your kids to play online
  • Your kids can learn field strategies virtually through FIFA 21 and Rocket League
  • Cash and Prizes to be won!
  • 200+ Colleges are now providing esports programs

First 200 Pre-registrations get 30% off.

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).