Volume 42 | June 10, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - June 10, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status - Current as of 6/10/2021

If the Interim Guidance for Sports & Recreation is updated to reflect changes to the mask policy, we will communicate the details as soon as provided.

We have received confirmation from NY State Government in Albany that the May 10th, outdoor social gathering limit increase from 200 to 500 people and the May 19th, indoor social gathering limit increase from 100 to 250 people, are applicable to Youth Sports. 
Vaccinated spectators are not required to wear a mask. The mask guidance for players, coaches, and referees remains as previously communicated in the Youth Sports guidance document updated on 3/25/2021. The guidance is the same for vaccinated & non-vaccinated coaches.

NYSW Updates
TOPSoccer Rochester starting June 18th!
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.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Survey
You are an important member of our community and we value your thoughts and opinions as we strive to improve our programming and services. We strongly encourage you to participate in a quick survey that will help us better serve your needs and improve the experience we provide all our members. The survey only takes 3 - 7 minutes to complete and you can also enter a raffle for a chance to win prizes like an Apple iPad Pro and Nike gear! Please take the survey TODAY; it is open for a limited time.

Only those who complete the survey are eligible for a chance to win one of two Apple iPad Pros and over 40 other prizes!

Also available in Spanish!
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

Watch for the link to the tryout page in a future newsletter.
US Youth Soccer Updates
Webinar: Addressing Discrimination in Youth Soccer Series - Awareness 
Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Join us as we kick off a series of webinars on discrimination in youth soccer. 

Date: Friday, June 18
Time: 1:00 PM EST

Host: Clifton Bush
Featuring: Kimberley Crabbe, Sully Hamid, Nicole Hercules,
Nikki Washington and Karla Thompson      

Webinar: LGBTQ 101 – creating inclusive environments for your team
June is LGBTQ Pride Month. Join us as we speak with two out, proud young people as they discuss their experiences growing up and playing youth soccer. This wide-ranging conversation will “open the closet door” – and provide information and insights – for all who work in youth soccer today.

Date: Wednesday, June 23
Time: 1:00 PM EST

Host: Dan Woog
Featuring: Atticus DeProspo and Shalom Kimble

Great Lakes Conference Registration Open!
There are some exciting structural changes to the divisional formats for the conference starting this fall for the 2021-22 seasonal year.

Fall 2021/ Spring 2022 Season General Team Information

Registration for the Fall 2021 season is now open and will be open until July 1, 2021. Click Here to Register

The National League has a NEW website!
We are excited to launch USYSNationalLeague.com, which will provide a more user-friendly experience for those looking to access National League news and information. With the website dedicated to all things National League, visitors can quickly navigate from page to page to find information on the National League Conferences, National League P.R.O., and the National League Showcase Series.

Quick tips for navigating USYSNationalLeague.com…
  • Get quick access to your National League Conference’s homepage by using the Conferences dropdown menu in the main navigation bar.
  • Select National League P.R.O. in the main navigation bar to access the National League P.R.O. homepage, where you’ll find league news, plus quick links to key information and resources.
  • Go to the News page to check out all the latest articles on the National League. You can sort by your conference to find specific news on your area.
  • The Resources section is full of helpful information, including resources specifically for college coaches and scouts, frequently asked questions, marketing resources, and more.
  • Use the Shop dropdown menu in the main navigation bar to access National League apparel and field signage. 

U.S. Soccer Updates
USA Deaf Soccer Association to hold tryouts for National Teams
USA Deaf Soccer Association is holding open tryouts for both their Women's and Men's Deaf National Teams this July. Tryouts are for the selection to the 24th Summer Deaflympics (May 2022) rosters.

U.S. Soccer announces application window for 2021-22 A-Youth and B coaching courses is now open
U.S. Soccer has announced that the application window for 2021-22 A-Youth and B license coaching courses is now open. As coaching courses and in-person education resumes, additional information will be provided regarding in-person safety protocols and requirements. As always, U.S. Soccer’s top priority is the health and safety of its players, coaches, and staff.

Female candidates accepted into A-Youth and B courses will have 50-percent of their tuition waived thanks to the Jill Ellis Scholarship Fund, established in fall 2019.

Coach / Parent / Athlete Resources
Training A Coach: How to prepare for inclusion in youth sports
When you think of youth sports, what comes to mind--the kids in your programs or maybe your daughter or son playing a sport of choice? Do you ever think about children with Down syndrome, autism or other disabilities? Why not? Statistics show one in 91 children are diagnosed with autism. Children with disabilities are no longer sitting on the sidelines, watching their siblings participate; they are becoming active members of programs and communities.

Why Training Park and Recreation Coaches on Social and Emotional Skills is Important
Park and recreation professionals and their agencies are major providers of both organized and unorganized sports programming across the nation. They offer spaces where kids can play together, build new relationships, and learn about teamwork. They provide programming that serves all community members, including youth from under-resourced neighborhoods.

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).