After reviewing all of the available information regarding the ability to operate a 2020 seasonal schedule, even on a reduced basis, the Board of Directors has come to the conclusion that it will not be possible to do so and thus is cancelling the 2020 season effective immediately.
Please be assured that we have looked at a number of alternatives and have held many hours of conversations in both small and large groups to address the 2020 season. And we wish to thank all those club officials that kept us informed of their situation “on the ground” within their communities. The information that was shared by you was needed and helpful to the Board’s deliberations.
As you, our member clubs, move forward throughout the remainder of 2020 we encourage you to look at simple, community based opportunities to possibly offer “house” programs this fall and to use the many interclub contacts you've made to craft creative but safe solutions to provide the players an opportunity to play when you are able. Also, this may be a good opportunity for club leadership to reassess all of your program offerings and to make plans for strengthening and improving your club's programming and sustainability.
Thank you for your support and patience as the Board has worked through this challenge over the past two months. Stay safe, follow all public health guidance and we will plan to see you back on the pitch for the 2021 season!
The Board of Directors wishes to thank all the member clubs that responded to the 2020 Season Update Questionnaire and also to those that have reached out to speak with us regarding the situation we are all facing. The information we have gathered from you has informed our discussions and it is appreciated.
In the past few weeks a number of announcements have been made regarding a return to normalcy in all facets of our lives. It appears that the first major announcements will be made from the New York State civil government level on May 15, 2020. As this date coincides with the first decision date in the original decision making schedule announced by the League on April 15, 2020, the League has decided to maintain the current plan for now.
Based upon whatever announcements are made next Friday (5/15/20), the League will assess the information provided and report back to the membership.
The Board and Staff of the League hope that all who are reading this are safe with their families and have had the best Easter or Passover season possible under these challenging times.
We are offering the following updates as to the options that the Board is discussing with respect to the 2020 Season. We communicated with you on March 17, 2020 (see article below) as to the plans for the season were being based upon what was the hopeful assumption that the schools could reopen on April 20, 2020. As we all now know, the schools are closed until at least April 30, 2020. This date is the same as those that are included with the guidance and directives of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).
It was hoped that circumstances would improve enough for school to reopen and life to begin to return to normal by April 20th and that a “restart” on this date would provide enough time for clubs to also restart training and prepare fields or allow enough time for those fields that are maintained by local government entities and school districts to be made ready.
As we are now all looking at a minimum restart date of May 1, 2020 that no one has received any insight on as to whether it is realistic, the Board has looked at pushing back the “go-no go” decision date of starting on June 1, 2020 to May 15, 2020. Therefore, IF current restrictions on public events such as youth sports are lifted by May 15, 2020, the League will strive to begin on June 1, 2020 with an eight game schedule as previously announced. While we understand that this might be a stretch for some clubs with respect to fields it is recommended that if you have not already reached out to the owner/operator of your fields, that you do so immediately to get a sense of what the provider of the fields is planning and if they can still accommodate your field needs. It is very important that you share this information with the League Administrator as soon as you have information relative to your being able to begin to play home games June 1, 2020.
The next logical question you may ask is “what if the restrictions are NOT lifted by May 15th?” In that case, the schedule will immediately be reduced to a six (6) game schedule that will begin on June 15, 2020. To be able to execute this schedule, the current restrictions on public events such as youth sports must be lifted by June 1, 2020.
The League has extensively debated the question of what should the minimum season length as defined by the number of games played be? The consensus is a five (5) game season. It has also discussed at length how late into August can the League schedule games. Per the current League Policies, games are to be scheduled for play between April 23rd and August 10th of each year. Therefore, to play a five game schedule that will conclude by August 10, 2020 and to account for divisions that must have a bye week included due to the number of teams in the division, the season must begin no later than June 29, 2020 with final games targeted for August 8, 2020. Therefore, the restrictions currently in place must be lifted by June 15, 2020 for a season to take place this year.
By Friday morning April 17th a questionnaire will be posted on the website that we are asking each club to complete so that the League can get a sense of the current state of your travel teams status and field status as well as any major roadblocks to playing games under these scenarios. Please try to complete the questionnaire by Sunday evening.
Thank you to all of you for your efforts and hopefully we can all get outside soon to enjoy the Beautiful Game!
The Board of Directors and staff of the League hope that all of our member clubs players, families, volunteers and staff continue to be well and are coping as best as possible with the disruptions being experienced during these difficult times. We also thank those of you who have reached out to the League with their thoughts and suggestions for when we are able to resume League play. Please be assured that all of your thoughts and comments will be considered at the appropriate time.
We wished to update you with the following items, issues and deadlines and where they stand.
1. The planned U13-U19 Alignment Appeal Meeting that was planned for this Saturday, March 28, 2020 is postponed until April 14, 2020. The preliminary alignment postings have been delayed due to the current events and the need to address other issues. We hope to post them shortly and give you enough time for review before April 14th. At this time, the meeting will still be held by conference call and not in person.
2. The schedules for the U8 through U12 age groups may be delayed past the planned April 10th planned release date. We are being flexible with this because of the uncertainty of not knowing the exact time that teams can reconvene and what the availability of fields may be.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we continue to navigate through uncharted territory. Stay safe, stay well, stay in touch with your coaches and they with the players while we wait and hope for the best!
The Board of Directors and staff of the League hope that all of our member clubs players, families, volunteers and staff are well and coping as best as possible with the disruptions being experienced during these difficult times. We understand that there are many more pressing problems right now than the sponsoring and administration of youth sports programs. It is our hope that everyone maintains the proper perspective at this time.
A thank you goes out to those club leaders who have reached out to Board Members over the past week to share your thoughts and observations regarding your specific situations and how you were approaching your various program offerings. Your insights have been helpful to the Board as we discussed various alternatives for the 2020 season.
As of today, March 17, 2020, the League will TENTATIVELY plan to proceed with the 2020 season as follows:
1.) The number of games to be played will be reduced from 10 to 8.
2.) League play, which was scheduled to start the week of May 4, 2020, will now start June 1, 2020.
3.) For all age groups (U8-U19) the final date to reschedule games will be June 20, 2020.
4.) The Roster Freeze date for all age groups (U8-U19) will be June 20, 2020.
5.) The Odenbach Tournament WILL NOT be held this year. The plan is to again hold the event in 2021.
6.) The Board is in discussions regarding possible modifications to 2020 Team Registration Fees.
7.) The March 28, 2020 Alignment Appeal Meeting for U13-U19 teams WILL NOT be conducted in person.
More information on #6 and #7 will be shared as it becomes available.
All of the above actions are based upon the current information available as of March 17, 2020 and upon the hopeful assumption that the schools can reopen on April 20, 2020. The Board desires to leave clubs enough time before the start of League play to regather teams, hold a proper number of practices, prepare fields and facilities, etc. so as to offer a meaningful program for everyone.
The League will continue to monitor the guidance and directives provided by all civil authorities at the federal and state levels as well as those of the six counties that our member clubs operate within, along with those of the USSF and USYSA. We ask that you do likewise as we all work together to endure the current trials we are experiencing.
The preliminary alignments for the U8 (2012) through the U12 (2008) age groups are now posted. To review your teams placements please click on the link below this article to view the divisions. Please note that you will see farther down the listing the teams from U13 (2009) through U19 (2001) listed only by age group. As registration is still open for these ages, no inference or information is to be taken from the posting.
Please review your placements. If you are in disagreement, a member of the teams club (preferably the Travel Coordinator) should attend the Alignment Appeal Meeting at 10:00AM to 12:00PM on February 29, 2020 at the Village Glen ASA Soccer Complex, 162 Mill Street, Williamsville, NY 14221. Please be prepared with facts and data to support any appeal. E-mails and telephone calls to League Administration will not be accepted for this purpose-all appeals will take place before the Alignment Committee.
Please go to the "Referee" tab for important news on becoming a Referee!
An announcement was made at the Annual General Meeting on September 30, 2019 that the League would be adopting a standard naming convention for all teams for the 2020 Play Season. The conventions is as follows:
Club Name, Club Nickname, Birth Year, Gender, Descriptor
For example, if your club is based in the Town of Xanadu and is know as the Xanadu Volcanos, the U12 Boys team would be named as follows:
Xanadu (Club Name), Volcanos (Club Nickname), 2008 (Birth Year), B (Gender-Boys), Lava Rocks (Descriptor)
Xanadu Volcanos 2008B Lava Rocks
If you have already entered your teams in RosterPro with NYSWYSA and they do not match this format, please go back in an modify the team names. Thank you for your cooperation!
The Board of Directors petitioned the New York State West Youth Soccer Association to consider a modification to the USYSA Player Development Intitiatives with respect to roster sizes. The League's request was granted and beginning with the 2020 Play Year the following limits will be in effect:
U8-U10 Team Roster 16 Game Day Roster 13
U11-U12 Team Roster 18 Game Day Roster 16
U13-U19 Team Roster 22 Game Day Roster 18
The B&WNYJSL Board of Directors hopes that the increased team roster sizes at U8 through U12 will give clubs the flexibility they need in properly forming competitive teams with an eye to future needs. If you have any questions please contact League administration.
Welcome to the new website for the Buffalo and Western New York Junior Soccer League!
This website is still under construction and will continue to be built-up over the course of the 2020 season. Each week additional information and links will be added. Formatting of certain information is still being worked on and your patience with the "look" of some items is appreciated.