July 29 - Member Update

Jul. 29, 2021

SSA Offices Closed

SSA offices will be closed on Monday August 2.
We are excited to share our plans for Soccer Day in Saskatchewan (SDIS) 2021.
August, 20-22 will feature a number of different events including PSL Semi-Finals, PSL Finals, 7v7 Adult World Cup, 3v3 Grassroots World Cup, Walking Soccer Festival, Grassroots and Youth Soccer Tennis Event and a Skills Competition. The Saturday events will be filled with tons of fun and awesome prizes. There are limited number of spaces, so please make sure to register as soon as possible!
Location: Saskatoon Sports Centre - Saskatoon
Friday - August 20, 2021: PSL Semi-Finals
Saturday - August 21, 2021:
10am-12pm: Walking Soccer Festival (18+)
10am-12:30pm: 3v3 - Grassroots World Cup Festival (U9, U11, U13)
1:00-8:00pm: 7v7 - Adult World Cup (Men’s, Women’s, Masters Men's 35+, Legend Womens 30+)
1:00-5:00pm: Soccer Tennis - Grassroots & Youth Event (U9, U11, U13, U15, U17)
1:00-5:00pm: Skills Competition (All Ages - Open to Public)
Sunday - August 22, 2021: PSL Finals
Registration Deadline: Thursday August 12
Watch for social media promotions kicking off next week for all the events, please help amplify through your organizations social media channels.

Chantal Boudreau at the Olympics

2021 Olympics have seen a great start for SK Referee Chantal Boudreau. Chantal was appointed as an Assistant Referee in the China - Zambia July 24th game. Her second appointment was July 27 in the New Zealand - Sweden game. Both matches have resulted in very good performances, making us proud once again. We look forward to Chantal’s future appointments!

Daniel Boudreau at the CPL’s Kick off

The Canadian Premier League “Kick off” has wrapped up in Winnipeg, with SK Assistant Referee Daniel Boudreau being present for the full duration of the 35-day bubble. During this time, Daniel received 8 appointments which include the season opener FC Edmonton - Atletico Ottawa as well as a double appointment of Forge FC vs Cavalry FC (with the latter being a developing rivalry as the 2019 CPL Final). Daniel has returned home for a brief rest period with more appointments coming up in the packed Canadian Premier League schedule. For referee appointments, please go here. For more information on the Canadian Premier League, please visit www.canpl.ca . We are proud of Daniel’s achievements!

Soccer Town Saskatchewan Presentation

On July 15, Living Sky Sport and Entertainment and SSA travelled to Carlyle to officially award Moose Mountain Soccer Club with the title of Soccer Town Saskatchewan and a cheque for $5,000 towards facility upgrades and maintenance!
We were grateful for Mayor Jennifer Sedor, MMSC Board Members - Telia Dolphin, Krista Dolphin, and Scott Kirkness, and all the young soccer stars for being in attendance. We look forward to learning more about your facility upgrades and seeing how you continue to grow the game in your community!  

SK REX 2021 Graduating Athletes

Congratulations to the 5 graduating REX athletes moving on to the next stages of their soccer careers!
From left to right in photo:
Delaney Rhinehart
Home Club: Meridian Soccer - Lloydminster SK
REX Athlete: 2018-2021
Signed: University of Regina
Tia Schaffer
Home Club: Saskatoon Youth Soccer (Hollandia), Astra Academy - Saskatoon SK
REX Athlete: 2019-2021
Signed: Ontario Tech University
Nammi Nguyen
Home Club: Saskatoon Youth Soccer (Lakewood), Astra Academy - Saskatoon SK
REX Athlete: 2017-2021
Signed: University of Ottawa
Maddy St. Yves
Home Club: Saskatoon Youth Soccer (Aurora), Astra Academy - Saskatoon SK
REX Athlete: 2019-2021
Signed: Minot State University
Zoe Icton
Home Club: Saskatoon Youth Soccer (Lakewood), Astra Academy - Saskatoon SK
REX Athlete: 2020-2021
Signed: University of Regina
The program and team will miss them dearly and we wish them all the best with their new teams.

Congratulations FC Regina! 

On July 22, it was announced that Futbol Club Regina (FCR) and the Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL) have entered into a 25-year lease agreement.  New in the agreement, FCR will now operate the Affinity EventPlex all year round. Additionally, the agreement will provide the opportunity for REAL and FCR to consider the expansion of the indoor field space with additional seating, and further expand outdoor space with a multi-use synthetic turf field beside the AffinityPlex.

Put an End to Referee & Organizer Abuse

SSA is committed to providing a safe, positive, and respectful game-time environment for all participants. We would like to remind members that Match Officials and Organizers are an integral part of the game and need to be treated with respect. Abusive behavior will not be tolerated, strict sanctions will be applied to individuals who commit abuse of match officials or organizers. We ask that our member organizations reinforce this message with your participants to ensure the game time environment can remain positive for all.
Below are details and links to the different types of infractions which constitute abuse of match official, along with the jurisdiction related to each infraction, as well as details on how to utilize the SSA Formal Complaint form when filing a complaint.
Located in SSA Section 5 Discipline Policy, article 5.3 are the minimum sanctions for Misconduct against Match Officials or Organizers. Please note that the infractions listed in Articles 5.3.1 to 5.3.4 fall under the jurisdiction of the local member organization. Infractions listed under Article 5.3.5 fall under SSA jurisdiction.
Assault is defined as “attempted deliberate physical contact or deliberate physical contact, or attempted violent conduct or violent conduct (e.g. striking, kicking, spitting, etc.) and/or verbal or physical threats toward a match official or organizer” and results in an immediate suspension from all soccer activity, province wide, pending a hearing.
Please note the Section 4 Formal Complaints Policy, under Article 1.7 notes that a complaint of Assault of a Match Official requires the complainant to provide notice of the incident, along with a preliminary report of the assault within 48 hours of the alleged incident to the local member organization. The member organization is required to promptly contact SSA to provide the initial report and support the formal complaint process thereafter, as required.
The SSA Formal Complaint Form can be located here. Please note this form is required to file a complaint. Each section of the Complaint Form must be filled out and the local member organization can assist the complainant by including the contact information for the individual named in the complaint under section 2. Section 3 requires a description of the infraction, which must include a citation of the policy that was breached. In the case of an Assault of an Official this would be Section 5, Article 5.3.5.
 Many groups have local incident reports that are submitted for infractions; while they may be included for reference purposes, the SSA must receive a completed Complaint Form to proceed.
For the game to thrive it must be safe for referees, organizers and all participants.
Since games have restarted, we have had 2 incidents of Abuse of a Referee, 1 Assault of Referee and 1 incident of Assault of an Organizer.
We ask all SSA Member to join together to put an end to abuse of Referees and Organizers. Member Organizations, coaches, athletes and fans can support a culture of zero tolerance. Consider your own actions - are you yelling at referees during games, confronting them after games - or are you leading for change and supporting a respectful environment for all?
Be the solution! Let’s all put an end to referee and organizer abuse!
If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the SSA Formal Complaints Policy, please contact Steven at 306-519-5757 or ea@sasksoccer.com. If you would like more information on how to support safe and respectful environments for all, contact Octavian Iliuta ccd@sasksoccer.com.

Coordinator of Member Services - Posting extension

The SSA has extended the posting for the CMS position to August 6, and we can now confirm that this position will be 18 months+ in length.  We would appreciate your assistance to post and share the link on your communication channels and/or to potential applicants

Club Licensing Submission Deadline - October 1

Submission deadline for the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program has been extended to October 1, 2021. Starting in Outdoor of 2022, Club Licensing Program Designations of MA Youth 1 or MA Youth 2 will be required for participation in the U15 and U17 Youth Divisions of Competitive Stream Competition. For those groups wishing to participate in the competitive stream please ensure you plan accordingly to meet Club Licensing standards.
Please see Competitions Designations Chart for more information.

Coaching Standards Update

The Saskatchewan Soccer Coaching Standards have been established in an effort to improve the training and game environment for all players in Saskatchewan. The coaching standards are targeted to meet the specific age and stream requirements with a player-first priority and focus.
With the launch of Canada Soccer’s new Coach Education programs and re-aligned pathway, we have made some updates to our Coaching Standards to better align with the new course content and age specific courses. 
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MAP Grant Follow-up Webinars 

The following webinars are now scheduled to assist Member Organizations with their MAP Grant follow-up reports. We highly recommend you attend one of these sessions to ensure you are getting the most out of your MAP Grant funding.
Thursday, August 26 - noon to 1:00 PM
September 2 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
September 7 - 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pre-registration is required. Register here.
MAP Grant Follow-ups are due Sept. 30th.  For more information on MAP Grant, visit our website.

Two 50/50 Fundraiser draws have been completed since our last communication. Congratulations to both the winners!  
July 20, 2021 
Winning Ticket: 1068
Supported: FC Regina
Total Pot: $130
Prize: $65
July 27, 2021 
Winning Ticket: 1061
Supported: FC Regina
Total Pot: $120
Prize: $60
Raffle Interest Inquiry
Over the past few draws the total sales have decreased to a level that we now have to consider options for the raffle moving forward. The raffle was created as an outlet for membership to raise funds, but recently interest has reduced. We ask that all member organizations please complete THE SURVEY LOCATED HERE to confirm to SSA your interest in moving forward with the raffle.
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: 
Check back for new interviews in September!
Inspirational Articles: Tokyo, Beijing and a global pandemic: How 4 sports are advancing Safe Sport. Finding unique and engaging ways to promote Safe Sport policies, initiatives, tools and resources may help sport organizations to reach their intended audiences. Those promotions may also make the Safe Sport message stick

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. 
August 20-22 -  PSL Finals & Soccer Day in Saskatchewan
September TBA: Next Member Session
October 1: Club Licensing Submission Deadline

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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