Volume 37 | April 29, 2021
Weekly Newsletter - April 29, 2021
Return to Play Update
NYS Current Status - Current as of 4/29/2021

  • In State -
  • No travel restrictions

  • Out of State
  • If teams wish to travel out of state they must fill out the Online Traveler Health Form but are not required to quarantine. 
  • Teams from other states may practice or play in NYS.

  • Mask Wearing
  • Our responsibility as a youth organization is to follow the guidance as provided in the Sports and Recreation Guidelines document posted by NYS with the most recent update of March 25, 2021. The summary version of this document can be found here.
  • Following is the current guidance:
  • Responsible Parties must ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals at all times, whether indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity (e.g. practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not directly engaged in physical activity are required to wear a face covering.
  • We will share an updated guidance once it has been approved by NYS.

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.

NYSW Updates
NYSW State Cup - Playdowns Start this Weekend!
With more than 140 teams registered, we look forward to a successful tournament. Best of luck to all teams participating in the tournament.

The playdown weekends will be May 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 with the semi-finals and finals being held in Rochester, NY on May 22-23.

The tournament schedule, participating teams and additional information can be found on the State Cup page on our website. Click below to learn more!

Contact StateCupChair@nyswysa.org with any questions.
NYSW Promoting Women in Soccer Zoom-Talk
Managing the Menstrual Cycle
For coaches and players, men and women!
What is the menstrual cycle? How can we break the taboo and have discussions about the subject? How can we prevent injuries?
We can educate and support ourselves and others!

Sarah Milner (London, England):
Female Health & performance Specialist
Specialist Musculoskeletal Sports and Rehab Physiotherapist 

Date: Wednesday, May 5th
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Risk Management Reminder
All Risk Management applications MUST be submitted under your own Sports Engine account. The only exception is for a minor child under 18 years old, with their own email address. DO NOT register an adult family member, friend or anyone not associated with your family under your account. They MUST create their own account. If an application is submitted outside of these rules, they will not be approved and you will be charged the application fee again when reapplying.

2020-2021 Seasonal Registration Open
Now is the time start registering your players who are participating in spring and summer leagues!

The only way to ensure that club players, team staff and club officials, are covered for medical insurance and liability coverage is by making sure they are all listed in RosterPro as part of your organization.

Completing registration within the club website does not ensure coverage for players. They must be registered with NYSW as well.

Questions about insurance coverage? The webinar recording and slides from our presentation in September can be found here. 

Contact pwhitcomb@nywysa.org with any questions.

US Youth Soccer Updates
US Youth Soccer introduces National League P.R.O.
US Youth Soccer is excited to announce National League P.R.O., a new high- level national competition platform, which will feature the top 14U-19U Boys and Girls teams in the USYS National League competing for the opportunity to advance to the annual USYS National Championships.
National League P.R.O. features an emphasis on the Player, Recruitment and Opportunity. The competition builds on the highly successful traditional format of the National League — providing an optimal environment for player development, exposure to college coaches and opportunities for advancement to the National Championships.

Additional Details can be found below:
U.S. Soccer Updates
Permission to Host - Youth International Travel - Update April 26, 2021

Permission to host international teams for domestic youth tournaments and permission for youth team international travel - No approvals through June 30, 2020.

In accordance with guidelines set by FIFA, USOPC, Concacaf, the CDC and U.S. Soccer Play on Protocols we are continuing with the decision to not approve the hosting of international youth teams for domestic tournaments and international travel for youth teams through the end of June 2021.

Coach / Parent / Athlete Resources
Exclusive Shop Event - This Weekend!
NYSWYSA will be offering an exclusive shopping event with Dick's Sporting Goods on April 30 - May 3, 2021. Get ready for the upcoming soccer season with 20% off your entire purchase.

YouthSoccer 101 - Free Tools for Coaches
With YouthSoccer101, coaches receive one practice plan per week via email for the entire season. Coaches cannot jump ahead in the sessions, which helps keep age groups on the same path of development throughout the season. Every practice plan includes activities that are supported by animation or video to ensure that the coaches understand them. Coaches also receive a link for "backyard activities" to share with their players. Those activities coincide with the weekly plans, and players can use them to practice at home.

"Youthsoccer101 has been helping coaches across the country for over 10 years,” said Tyler Isaacson, CEO of YouthSoccer101. “It is a real privilege to be included as one of the many tools New York West Youth Soccer has to offer their members.

When the activities and practices from YouthSoccer101 are used within the context of US Soccer’s Grassroots Play-Practice-Play methodology, they help in providing players, parents and coaches with a learning experience that is realistic to the game and rooted in fun and enjoyment. To access this FREE service compliments of New York West Youth Soccer Association

How to Prevent Soccer Head Injuries
Soccer players’ head injury risk could be reduced with simple adjustments to the ball, study finds. Up to 22 percent of soccer injuries are concussions that can result from players using their heads to direct the ball during a game. To reduce the risk of injury, a new study recommends preventing how hard a ball hits the head by inflating balls to lower pressures and subbing them out when they get wet. 

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).