Volume 21 | December 17, 2020
Weekly Newsletter - December 17, 2020
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status as of 12/16/2020

As we approach the time of year for indoor tournaments, just a reminder regarding tournament restrictions:

  • 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.

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 Offices Closed Dec 24th - Jan 3rd
The New York State West offices will be closed from December 24th - January 3rd, and will re-open for normal business hours starting Monday, January 4th.

The next newsletter will be sent on Thursday, January 7th.

From everyone at NYSW, we wish you a happy holiday season!
USYS State Association Sublimated Merchandise Available - Last Call!
Limited Time Only! Order by December 22, 2020.

All I Want for the Holiday is a Family Game Night
Bring Your Family Together this Holiday Season with our Festive Gaming Event.

Our Family Night will include the rollicking hayride of a game - Rocket League. This nationwide 2v2 tournament on December 19th is designed to engage families in a hopefully friendly (or not so friendly) competition. The event will allow siblings, parent/child, and grandparent/child to participate. It is time to shine a light on your family’s gaming skills (or fun lack thereof).

ODP Programs Delayed Until January
Due to rising COVID infection rates within Western NY, an increase in hotspot clusters now being classified as yellow and orange zones, and with the looming potential for further elevations following the Thanksgiving holiday, NYSWYSA, out of an abundance of caution, will delay the start of all winter programming until January 8, 2021. 

Are you looking for an opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in your area and around the state? Are you looking for a good way to supplement the training that you are getting with your local club team? Are you looking to develop your game through exposure to high level coaching and in a competitive environment?

If so, then the NYW Olympic Development Program is something you will want to be a part of.
Champions Conference

New York State West Youth Soccer Association (NYSWYSA) announced on November 8 that it is initiating a new league in the Spring of 2021. The name of the league is the NY West Champions Conference. The league is meant to provide an increased opportunity for high-performing District League teams to progress to a higher level of league play. For more details see the announcement letter, or go to the NY West Champions Conference web site. 
US Youth Soccer Updates
US Youth Soccer Chooses GotSoccer as Official Platform
US Youth Soccer (USYS) is the largest youth sport organization in the country with nearly 3 million players. On a mission to provide world-class support and resources, US Youth Soccer has signed a deal to use GotSoccer as their official event management and event registration platform provider.

“We are looking at ways to grow the game and we need to get more kids playing. Working with GotSoccer’s analytics, US Youth Soccer will now be able to look at trends across the country and determine hot spots where soccer is under represented,” said US Youth Soccer CEO Skip Gilbert. “The GotSoccer analytics will provide us with insights on where we can grow the game, and we’re we are failing to do the best job — and we can use this information to activate and improve.”

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.
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.

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).