April 17 - SSA Member Update

Apr. 17, 2020

April 17, 2020
To: All SSA Member Organizations
Saskatchewan Soccer and all member organizations continue to adhere to the Canada Soccer Suspension of all Sanctioned Soccer Activity and the Government of Saskatchewan Public Health Order issued on April 4, 2020 which states that indoor and outdoor gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited.
While the suspension of activity is in place, we encourage everyone to stay safe and maintain physical distancing. 
Member Engagement
We want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone that participated on the April 14 Member Discussion, including our guest presenter Jason de Vos, Director of Development with Canada Soccer. The recording is now available.
Thank you for your engagement; it was great to get together and feel connected and share experiences. While we were separated by distance, the love of the game and the commitment to collaborate could be felt through our virtual connection. There was a true sense that our soccer community can come out of this stronger by working together.
As we all know the landscape is changing daily. Recently, the Premier began initial discussions about controlled return to work scenarios. While this is very positive news, and signals that our efforts to follow medical protocols are making a difference, it remains clear that we will not resume normal activity any time soon. Therefore, members should not anticipate a return to play in May. The suspension of activity remains indefinite and we must all keep our focus on community health and on maintaining physical distancing.
We encourage all Members to continue registration and to remain open to alternatives to traditional programming that will be possible once the suspension is lifted.   
RAMP Refunds and Paystone Update (RAMP online merchant account provider)
Sincere thanks go to our friends at RAMP and Paystone regarding refunds. Following our call on April 14 we received information that RAMP has negotiated mass refunds can be done for zero cost!
For information on the process required to complete mass credit card refunds through Paystone read: Mass Refunds Information Release
Paystone has also informed SSA that they are able to reduce the monthly account package fee from $15.00 to $10.00 a month while accounts are not active. Any member organizations interested in reducing their monthly fee can contact Peter Burletoff pburletoff@paystone.com to make arrangements.
Online Engagement
Our next Member Discussion is April 28 @ 8:00 pm. Registration is required
Since the April 14th meeting we have created an FAQ document and we ask that you please share your comments or questions in advance of the April 28th meeting via the registration form.  We are preparing to provide updates on PSL, contingency plans, online coaching and referee courses and much more.

Please continue to our website for online learning opportunities and if you have any to share please send them our way!
Club Licensing & Member Organization Resources
We have been hard at work developing resources, templates, and information guides to support Member Organizations' operations, and to support the pursuit of the Club Licensing Program. Full information about what is available will be released next week.
SSA Calendar of Events
April 19-25 - National Volunteer Week 
April 21 @ 7:00 pm - Launching a Walking Soccer Program Webinar - Join this webinar and learn about how to start a walking soccer program in your community. 
Invite your friends and family to tune in, dress up and send us pictures of you watching on the Facebook Wall during the awards. We will have some messages and interviews from some very special guests. Follow us on Facebook as we reveal who will be making an appearance! 
April 26 @ 8:00 pm - New Board Member Orientation Webinar If you are a new board member or volunteer with an SSA Member Organization, join us to learn about the programs and services available to your organization and what SSA can do for you.
April 29 - 6:30-9:30 p.m. How to Write a Technical Plan.
Paul Varian is Back! We have rescheduled one of the sessions that was supposed to be part of the AGM weekend. Registration is required. A link to a Google Classroom will be sent to those registered the day before the workshop.
A follow up to How to Write a Technical Plan. Registration is required. A link to a Google Classroom will be sent to those registered the day before the workshop.
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


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