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Drone Soccer Takes Off in New York State

Lisa Marie Payne

CNY DronesROME, NY - CNY Drones is pleased to announce that it is now the New York State Affiliate and Statewide League Administrator for US Drone Soccer. US Drone Soccer offers a thrilling indoor team sport for students aged 12-18. Games are played with remote-controlled hobby quadcopters that are safely enclosed in protective plastic spheres. The sport combines technical building and coding skills with sports strategy. As New York Affiliates, the CNY Drones Planning Committee will help guide the development of teams, arena sites, intramural sites, competitions, training programs and camps. CNY Drones chose to pursue drone soccer to fill the void created by their 3rd Annual Northeast Team Drone Challenge that remains on pause until the 2022-2023 school year.  

US Drone Soccer is played with teams of 3 or 5 players competing in action-packed 3-minute sets. Games are held inside fully enclosed 10-foot by 20-foot netted arenas. One drone on each team is designated as a Striker that can score points by flying through the opposing goal. All other drones are defending or blocking by intentionally colliding with the opposing team. The arena can fit inside a classroom, building foyer, cafeteria, or gymnasium. US Drone Soccer is driving the adoption of youth drone programs by providing educational leadership, innovative technology, and supporting new leagues formed under CNY Drones.

CNY Drones is a volunteer run community organization promoting drone-focused STEM through programs that encourage further exploration of the regional drone education & employment pipeline. Remote informational meetings with US Drone Soccer representatives are planned for October and November. Interested schools, STEM groups and families can contact CNY Drones at [email protected] or 315-292-2002.  

For more information on US Drone Soccer in New York State visit www.CNYDrones.org and US Drone Soccer at www.dronesoccer.us.

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