October 9 - Member Update


Oct. 09, 2020


October 9, 2020
 
To: All SSA Member Organizations
 
BE SAFE! BE THE SOLUTION! 
  
Saskatchewan Soccer and member organizations continue to adhere to all Government of Saskatchewan Public Health Orders regarding the COVID 19 pandemic. 
 
Return to Soccer Updates
We were hopeful that the current government guidelines would be updated in October to provide more clarity for the fall and indoor seasons. However, with the provincial election on October 26, we no longer anticipate there to be any major announcements until after the election.
 
We continue to meet regularly with our sport colleagues and Sask Sport to share information and monitor the guidelines and interpretations of the guidelines. We are aware that the Business Response Team (BRT) has been working closely with hockey and that Dr. Shahab indicated in his briefing yesterday that hockey will start this month under the same guidelines as other organizations. Yesterday the Saskatchewan Hockey Association released their Return to Play plan, Hockey is following a phased in approach similar to soccer. As we have done with other sports, we will review hockey’s approach to determine if there is value to our Return to Soccer Plan.
 
Member Discussions
The next Member Discussion is Tuesday, October 13th at 8:00 PM - Click here to register.
All Member Discussion recordings are available on our YouTube Channel.
 
November Member Sessions
As released last week, this year's Fall Member Sessions will be held online.
 
These sessions will all be organizational development opportunities and will be held over the month of November, with sessions both during the day and evening. A full schedule will be released soon. The first opportunity scheduled is:

November 1 & 8 - How to Manager Your Technical Direction.
Register through your Member Organization registration portal.
 
Staffing Update
Today will be Leanne Schellenberg's last day with SSA. We congratulate Leanne as she moves onto the role of Saskatchewan Winter Games Manager. We will miss having Leanne as part of the team but wish her the best of luck and look forward to working with her in a different capacity as we prepare for Futsal to be introduced into the games in 2022.
 
On an interim basis her duties have been distributed to various staff; updated staff roles are available on our website.
 
Insurance Update
In spring, after meeting and confirmation from Knight Archer, SSA advised membership that there was a COVID exemption on our liability policy. Over the months that followed we pursued a written and more detailed outline of what that entailed.
 
We have now received the following communication from Knight Archer to clarify our coverage.

We are grateful to Knight for this clarification and apology. We also extend our apology for any impact this may have had on Members.
 
As we investigated our options for 2021 and beyond, we have learned that that pandemic coverage may be available in the market, but costs and the extent of coverage is currently unknown. In addition, we know that COVID related cases have not yet been tested in the courts, and therefore, so there is much to learn about insurance coverage during a pandemic. To ensure that we have the best price, service and coverage possible for our membership, we will be initiating a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Insurance services. We will report on progress when the RFP is complete.
 
Member Benefits Document
We are proud to present our new Member Benefits Document. Inside you will find all of the benefits that you are entitled to as a Member of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association. SSA and all Member Organizations provide high quality and safe sport to all participants, this is something to celebrate! Please share this with your participants, as well as non-member organizations near your community.
 
As a member of the SSA you have access to the benefits of our RAMP partnership. See details below on their new app, an additional feature you can purchase.
 
Another benefit is access to our three professional development Grants. The deadline for applications is coming up!
 
Coaching, Referee and Female Development Grants
 
More information and application forms are available online. http://sasksoccer.com/content/membership-funding 
 
RAMP App - New Features Released
RAMP releases updated App with new COVID-19 features and sign off that will streamline directly to your website.
 

Formore information contact:
Brant Middleton, brant@rampinteractive.com, Office: 866.607.7267 ext 3003
 
SSA Calendar of Events & Deadlines
Recordings of past webinars and COVID 19 member calls can be found on our YouTube Channel
 
October 13 - Member Discussion
 
Every Friday - Canada Soccer Podcast
 
BE SAFE! BE THE SOLUTION! 
As a reminder, please continue to take care of yourself, your families, and others. 
Wash your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and move in moderation).
Stay home if you are sick

 

Our sport is underway during the pandemic. It's a challenging time, but support from our partners allows us to offer opportunities for kids to play. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. Nous reconnaissons l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.
 

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