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.