July 15 - Member Update

Jul. 15, 2021

Return to Soccer

On July 11th, all public health orders were removed, and while the pandemic is not yet over, we are on the road to recovery and moving towards normalcy. We want to thank you all again for your continuous work over the past 15 months and for continuing to keep sport safe.In a meeting with BRT and Sask Sport this week, BRT indicated that they will still be around to answer calls and questions for the foreseeable future. They also provided clarification on the following:
General Health guidance should still be followed - ex. Stay home if sick!
Pre-activity health checks are not a requirement, but organizations should continue to reiterate key messages to their membership (ex. do not attend a game/practice when not feeling well, hand washing, etc.)
Organizations are no longer required record attendee information for contact tracing purposes.
There are no restrictions on Inter-provincial travel from Saskatchewan’s perspective, however we need to be mindful of the restrictions of other provinces. Also, National borders are federal jurisdiction, and therefore federal orders must be followed when it comes to leaving the country.
Reference documents: Re-Opening Saskatchewan Step 3 FAQ for Businesses and Workers

2021 Provincial Soccer League starts July 18

The Provincial Soccer League (PSL), operated by SSA, is a province-wide competition open to representative teams from SSA Member Organizations in Male and Female Under 13 Developmental, Under 15 and Under 17 divisions. It is a Competitive Stream competition and stands for the highest level of play currently available in Saskatchewan.
Participants from 21 registered teams from SSA Member Organizations (ASTRA, FC Regina, Saskatoon Youth Soccer, and QC United) will start play as soon as July 18, culminating with the U15-U17 PSL Finals on August 20-22 in Saskatoon. PSL schedules are available at www.sasksoccer.com

Canada Soccer #Play Campaign

Canada Soccer has released a #PLAY campaign in support of the Canadian Soccer Community.
Visit www.canadasoccer.com/play, a destination designed to raise awareness of the benefits of the sport while encouraging active living and showcasing the game as inherently diverse, inclusive, and safe. The Play landing page features the Club Discovery Tool that allows Canadians to find sanctioned soccer environments across the country that adhere to the Canada Soccer Safe Sport Roster where they can return to the pitch.


SSA is hiring a Coordinator of Member Services to fill a maternity leave!   
Applications can be submitted to ea@sasksoccer.com. Deadline to apply is TOMORROW July 16, 2021.  
Please share the posting within your network. 

Coach Education - July Coach Education & Development Opportunities

C-Licence Online Theory Workshop "Youth Edition" (Ages 16 to 25) July 20th to 29th
This edition of the Canada Soccer C-Licence online theory course is targeted towards youth players and is available for FREE to anyone aged 16 to 25. 
The theory will be delivered in a mixed synchronous and asynchronous format where students will complete portions of the course on their own and other components will be delivered through online group review sessions scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm from July 20 to the 29th. 
Jul 20, 2021 07:00 PM to 8:30 PM -Welcome and Introduction / Block 1 Review 
Jul 22, 2021 07:00 PM to 8:30 PM -Block 2 Review 
Jul 27, 2021 07:00 PM to 8:30 PM -Block 3 Review 
Jul 29, 2021 07:00 PM to 8:30 PM -Block 4 Review 
*To register please visit your Member Organizations RAMP registration portal. 

Vancouver Whitecaps Coach Development Series


Sask Sport - The Importance of Safe Sport 

Creating a safe sport environment is important to ensuring that athletes, coaches and staff have a positive sport experience and feel free to be their authentic selves.
Watch below: the 2020 Saskatchewan Sport Award Coach Dedication recipients, including Dale Perry from Swift Current Soccer Association, explain their thoughts on the importance of safe sport.

Two 50/50 Fundraiser draws have been completed since our last communication. Congratulations to both the winners!  
July 6, 2021 
Winning Ticket: 1059 - Gord Quinlan 
Supported: Saskatoon Adult Soccer Inc.
Total Pot: $545
Prize: $273
July 13, 2021 
Winning Ticket: 1113 - Shelley Nicolson
Supported: FC Regina
Total Pot: $220
Prize: $110
Now Open to Teams!  
We will now be accepting clubs and teams to sign up for the 50/50 Fundraiser! Please circulate this page to your clubs and teams to let them know they are eligible to sign up for the raffle.  
Ticket Sales 
We would like to thank everyone for their support in drawing attention to the fundraiser and would like to reemphasize the importance to drive ticket sales. SSA has provided the platform, but ultimately cannot be the main driver of ticket sales for each organization. If each organization sets a goal of selling $200 (10 purchases of $20) a week, we will hit $3,800 a week in sales with the current number of organizations signed up. Consistently high payouts will incentivize individuals to continue to purchase tickets and will ensure the success of this fundraiser. Please interact as much as possible with our weekly social media posts and promote the draws to your membership when possible. 
Haven’t Signed up yet? 
If your organization hasn’t signed up yet, there’s still time and there is no deadline! Fill out and return this signup form to ea@sasksoccer.com. It doesn’t get easier than this to raise money for your organization! Your volunteers can focus on the players and the game - we’ll do the work, and you will see the profit! You just need to 1 - sign up and 2 - promote the lottery through social media or other means to your membership. 
Get your tickets today! 

Each week visit Everyone’s Game Resource Centre on our weekly communication to find informational and inspirational articles, member interviews, and developmental opportunities.
Monthly Member Interview: Odean Thomspon
Odean is a certified educator from Lloydminster. He played CIS Soccer at Brock and Nipissing University. Coached Team North in the 2016 Saskatchewan games. Assistant Coach for the U-19 Male Saskatchewan team at NAIG 2017. Currently an assistant coach for Lakeland Rustlers Men's Soccer Team. His favorite quote is "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Past Interviews
Inspirational Articles: National Same Game Challenge 
Canadian Women & Sport is pleased to extend an invitation to sport and recreation organizations across Canada to apply for the Same Game Challenge thanks to funding support from Sport Canada. The Same Game Challenge provides education on gender equity and coaching support from Canadian Women & Sport as organizations progress through the Same Game Online Toolkit.
The Same Game online toolkit helps you bring your gender equity vision to life. You’ll walk through a systematic process for embedding gender equity into your organization - from creating your vision, to implementing initiatives, to reflecting and revising what you’ve done, and all the steps in between.
Applications are open from July 7th until July 21st, 2021 More information visit: https://womenandsport.ca/national-same-game-challenge-call-for-applications/

SSA Calendar of Events & Deadlines

Recordings of past webinars and COVID 19 member calls can be found on our YouTube Channel.
See our full Calendar of Events on our website. 
July 18 - Provincial Soccer League Kick off
August 20-22 -  PSL Finals & stayed tuned for a more information on a jam-packed weekend of activity!  

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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