The NYSL has supplied the Can-Am League, affiliated leagues and every major independent league with nearly 600 players since its founding in 2006. The NYSL became the Can Am's official development league in 2010.
All NYSL games are played in a format similar to the Gulf Coast and Arizona Leagues. The league features younger players–recent college graduates, pro releases, players coming back from injuries and players looking to change their positions.
Most of the NYSL's players come from the Northeast but in seven seasons of operation they have come from over forty states and a dozen countries. The NYSL is recognized as America's best summer pro development league.
"We very much value our association with the Can-Am League," said NYSL cofounder Jay Acton. "It gives all of our players a goal to shoot for." Miles Wolff, Can-Am League Commissioner added: "Our roster rules require five rookies and the New York State League has been a great partner in helping us achieve that goal. Its Northeast footprint make it easy to get players out to the nearby teams in our league."