August 12 - Member Update

Aug. 12, 2021

Canada Soccer Achieves Best Ever Result at Olympic Games 

On August 6 Canada watched and cheered as the Canadian Women’s National Team made history in becoming Olympic champions! Canada were the 3-2 winners on kicks from the penalty mark after a 1:1 draw with Sweden in the Gold Medal Final at Yokohama Stadium winning the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Yokohama, Japan.
Congratulations to Canada Soccer's Women’s National Team!

Return to Soccer 

Reminder, there are currently no provincial restrictions on sport for the upcoming indoor season, with all Public Health Orders having been removed effective July 11th. General Health guidance should still be followed and communicated to your membership - ex. Stay home if sick! 
For those organizations that haven’t yet returned to soccer and plan to for the fall, please contact us and we will be happy to support you in your return to the game!  
Requesting Vaccination Status - Member Organizations have enquired on whether it is ok to ask for vaccination status of participants and organizers. Currently health information is protected by privacy legislation, and we are currently working to get more information from our governing authorities and the provincial government.  
Travel - Reminder, there are no restrictions on Inter-provincial travel from Saskatchewan’s perspective, however we need to be mindful of the restrictions that are in place for other provinces. Also, National borders are federal jurisdiction, and therefore federal orders must be followed when it comes to leaving the country. Any teams traveling outside of Saskatchewan to participate in a sanctioned event will require a Domestic Travel Permit. Information on travel permits can be found:  
Reminder: Teams can only participate in sanctioned events against registered members.

Soccer Day in Saskatchewan!

Join us in celebrating Soccer in Saskatchewan! Soccer Day in Saskatchewan will be filled with fun events and prizes for all ages. Please pass the below information along to your membership, as well as engage with us on social media to build on the excitement! 
We are also excited to announce that the 92.9 the Bull will be going live from the Sports Centre between 1-5pm.  

Ready for Indoor? 

Ensure you have match officials trained and ready to kick off this fall season! SSA has an online theory module to support referee readiness which can be started at any time (accessible through your own Member Organization Ramp registration portal) followed by a one-day classroom/practical session to be certified. 
For more details, please visit our website. If you need assistance in contacting previously registered referees or to set up a new Referee Course, please contact Octavian Iliuta at We are here to help! 

Sask Sport Adaptive Sport Grants 

SSA's Adaptive Soccer Member Strategy defines the programs, services, and initiatives which assist Member organizations in engaging and supporting participants with disabilities.  
Soccer is an excellent sport for participants with disabilities because it can be easily adapted to meet participants’ abilities and needs, no matter their age, and we encourage Member Organizations to strive to provide all people with the opportunity to participate. 
Sask Sport administers an Adaptive Sport Grant program that is made possible through financial contributions from the Sask Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation.  Deadlines are April 1st and October 1st annually. If you wish to learn more or to apply for the upcoming October deadline, please email to start the process. Applications must go through SSA prior to being submitted to Sask Sport.  
Adaptive Sport Equipment Grant 
The cost of specialized (adapted) equipment for athletes with a disability to participate in sport is a significant barrier to their participation. The purpose of the Adaptive Sport Equipment grant is to assist in removing this barrier and provide financial assistance for the purchase of adapted equipment for people with a disability to participate in organized sport programs.
Adaptive Sport Equipment Grant Guidelines  
Adaptive Sport Equipment Grant Follow-Up 
Adaptive Sport Club Development Grant 
The purpose of the Adaptive Sport Club Development grant is to provide financial assistance to support new developmental programs in communities or the expansion (enhancement) of existing sport programs for persons with a disability. 
Adaptive Sport Club Development Grant Guidelines  

Staff Announcement 

SSA is pleased to welcome Nathan Holowaty to the team. Nathan will serve as Coordinator, Member Services while Nicole Drozda is on maternity leave (20 month term). 
Nathan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Political Studies. Most of his career has been in advertising for various local print publications. He got his start in advertising in 2008 with the Star Phoenix and worked there for over four years. In 2016 he was elected to the Board of Directors at the Saskatoon Co-op and was re-elected in 2019.  
Nathan has transitioned his career towards the field of Public Relations and Communications. Last year he received a certificate in Public Relations through ICS Canada. Nathan is an avid soccer player and a huge fan of the sport.  
Nathan would like everyone to know that "soccer is a huge passion of mine and working to grow the sport of soccer and it’s future in Saskatchewan is a real honour.”      
Nathan is currently training with Nicole, and will be taking over the Coordinator of Member Services position when Nicole leaves for maternity leave in the fall.  His contact information will soon be added to our Contact Us page.   


Coach Education  

In person Coach Education Workshops to resume this fall:
We are excited to announce that we will be resuming in-person Coaching Workshops this fall. Coaches will now be able to complete the practical on-field portions of the Canada Soccer GRASSROOTS Coach Education Programs (Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train and Soccer 4 Life) courses. As well as practical on-field portions of the Canada Soccer ADVANCED Coach Education Programs (C-Licence) courses.  
Initial dates have been scheduled for Regina and Saskatoon as follows. 
Registration will open on Monday, August 16th with access available through your Member Organizations RAMP registration Portal. Registration windows will close 7 Days prior to the course start date.   
*Reminder - All Coaches interested in registering for the practical on-field courses are required to have completed the on-line theory portion of the course prior to registering. Coaches who have not completed the online training at time of registration will not be accepted. 

IMPORTANT - Raffle Update 

With the decreased interest in the fundraiser over the past month, we have made the decision to finish the raffle early. Originally it was scheduled to run for one year ending on May 17th, 2022. We have been granted permission from Sask Lotteries to complete our license early and the final draw will now take place on August 24th, 2021. Based on Member interest, we will look to run a similar fundraiser with altered terms, such as monthly draws instead of weekly and a shortened license that will run for 2 or 3 months instead of a full year.  
With this in mind, lets strive to ensure the remaining 2 draws are a success! Please share/like/comment our social media posts promoting the raffle as much as possible and share the details of the fundraiser with your membership. We will be promoting the final draw during Soccer Day in Saskatchewan and are aiming to make this draw a huge success!  
Weekly Winners 
Two 50/50 Fundraiser draws have been completed since our last communication. Congratulations to both the winners!  
August 3, 2021  
Winning Ticket: 1045 
Total Pot: $90 
Prize: $45 
August 10, 2021 
Winning Ticket: 1095 
Total Pot: $120 
Prize: $60 
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.
Online Education Session: You Can Play Project - September 8 7:30 PM
SSA is working with You Can Play to offer an educational series designed to ensure the safety and inclusion for all who participate in soccer, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans. This will be achieved by creating a community of allies that is able to foster a true sense of belonging. Sign up to be apart of the learning session on Wednesday September 8 at 7:30 PM.
Learn more about You Can Play:  
Monthly Member Interview: 
Check back for new interviews in September!

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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