Decision dates near for area soccer leagues

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 May 2020 at 9:47 am

Key dates are rapidly approaching to determine if the regions’ two big youth soccer leagues, the Buffalo and Western New York Youth Soccer League which includes teams from Medina and Roy-Hart, and the Rochester District Youth Soccer League which includes teams from Albion, Holley, Kendall and Lyndonville will be able to have a season.

The most important of those dates will be this coming Friday May 15th. By that day Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce  whether or not to extend the “Pause” order, which currently runs until the 15th and was imposed because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. That will be the key factor as if the “Pause” order is extended until the end of the month or longer it would be virtually impossible for the leagues to play this season.

In a release to their member teams, Buffalo and WNY League officials have stated that “based on what announcements are made May 15th the league will assess the information provided and report to the membership.”

The other key date is June 1.

Buffalo and WNY officials add that To have even a short six game season  “restrictions on public events such as youth sports must be lifted by June 1.”

In a release to their member teams Rochester District League officials stated that “the Excecutive Board will make a decision on June 1 if the season will proceed.”

The release added that the decision to cancel will be made based on several factors including: state and local guidelines, a sufficient number of teams, if social distancing is still in effect and if facial masks are required.

The Rochester League is likewise looking to a short six game season if is possible to play.