NYSWYSA Update 7/6/2020

NYSWYSA Update 7/6/2020

Please see the link below which specifies the return to play guidelines for Sports and Recreation effective today July 6th for Soccer as mandated by the New York State government. 

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/SportsAndRecreationSummaryGuidance.pdf 

The State of New York has classified Soccer as a moderate Risk Sport and their guidelines clarify what type of play is allowed.  The guidelines specify both the mandatory requirements of return to play and the recommended best practices.  Refer to the above link to ensure that your respective soccer programming meets the New York State requirements.

Updated travel restrictions: Tournaments, Games, Matches, or Scrimmages that require travel outside of your (Covid) region or beyond counties that border the one you are in (irrespective of region) are prohibited.  

Additionally, NYSWYSA recommends referencing the US Soccer Play On guidelines as a template to develop your own program-specific return to play protocols.  The US Soccer guidelines can be accessed via the link below. Please make sure that in using these guidelines, your program-specific protocols also meet the mandated New York State government requirements. 

https://www.ussoccer.com/playon

US Soccer advocates a phased return to play for all players.  US Soccer recommendations include many additional resources which should help in the construction of your specific return to play protocols.  

As previously circulated here is a link to a template for a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement, which you may use if you choose to do so.  It is recommended that you review this template with your organization’s legal counsel before utilizing it.   Click here!  for the template and click this FAQ link for additional information.  FAQ regarding Hold Harmless Document 

Finally, please ensure all players returning to play are registered as ACTIVE with NYSWYSA and therefore insured to the end of the season.

Regards,

New York State West Youth Soccer Association.