December 16 - Member Update


Dec. 16, 2021


Season's Greetings

After a challenging start to the year, many leagues restarted, and soccer registrations have rebounded. 2021 provided many things to celebrate; most importantly, we are grateful for the countless contributions of the Member Organizations, coaches, referees, organizers, directors and staff who worked through the ever-changing challenges of COVID to make soccer possible. This was accomplished only through significant effort and collaboration to navigate the ever-changing public health restrictions.
 
Sport is facing many such challenges and as such it is increasingly important that we recognize those that do so much for others; it doesn’t take much - a simple word of thanks goes a long way.
 
We extend our sincere thanks to our sponsors and partners who play a significant role in supporting soccer, Sask Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation, SaskTel, Direct West, Soccer Locker, and Living Sky Sports and Entertainment. As well we acknowledge the support of the Federal and Provincial governments during COVID.
While online engagement remained a prominent theme, we were thankful to have soccer games return this summer. The PSL League and Championship weekend were welcomed back with much excitement. We also had a very successful Soccer Day in Saskatchewan, allowing members to come together and celebrate all the game has to offer.
 
 
For 2022 we will continue to evolve and adapt. We know that soccer plays a significant role in the health and wellbeing of our participants and communities. Vaccinations provide a pathway for soccer to return to normalcy; we encourage everyone to get vaccinated and follow all health protocols so soccer can remain active.
 
We look forward to seeing you in-person in 2022, perhaps at the Indoor Provincials or, soon after, at the AGM and Awards Banquet.
 
Happy New Year to all, we wish you the very best in 2022!

SSA Closed for the Holiday Season

Saskatchewan Soccer Association will be closed for the holiday season beginning Friday December 24 with SSA staff returning Tuesday January 4, 2022. 

Update - Dec. 15 Deadlines

Nominations to the SSA Board of Directors are now closed
 
We received six nominations at the deadline. The Board of Directors would like to thank all candidates who have put forward their name for consideration by Membership at the 2022 AGM.
 
Bylaws Amendments are now closed
 
Each fall the SSA engages Members in our annual bylaw consultation. As of Dec. 15, no amendments were received from Membership.
 
SSA’s proposed amendments were circulated in October for member consideration. While this year’s online session had to be cancelled, we had support for the amendments via the member survey. We also received written feedback which we followed up on directly.
 
We want to thank all Member Organizations for contributing to the consultation process. As a result of member feedback, the SSA Board approved revisions to the initially proposed amendments.
 
Within the amended document, we identify the original amendments that have been maintained, the new revisions along with rationale. The Bylaw amendments as outlined here will be put forth to membership for their consideration at the Annual Meeting on March 19.

Nominate someone for the SSA Recognition Awards 

SSA Awards Nominations extended
As of the December 15 deadline we are without candidates for the following awards, and as a result we have extended the deadline to January 15.
 
Adult Coach of the Year
 
Member Organization of the Year
 
Forms and Criteria
To submit a nomination and for further information about the Awards and Recognition process, please click on the forms and criteria on our website. Saskatchewan Soccer Association: Website by RAMP InterActive (sasksoccer.com)
 
Please visit this link to view the Category and Nomination Criteria.

Holiday Pro Camp

 
SSA is proud to partner with Pro-Camp, a unique Soccer Camp where young soccer players can meet professional hometown players Thomas Hasal and Brett Levis!
 
Thomas Hasal is a goalkeeper for the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer, he played youth soccer with Aurora Soccer Club in Saskatoon before joining the Whitecaps Academy.
 
Brett Levis, a former Vancouver Whitecaps player was the first born and raised Saskatchewan player in the MLS. Levis is currently a midfielder for Canadian Premier League club, Valour FC in Winnipeg. Levis played youth soccer with Saskatoon United Soccer Club then went on to star with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies before his professional career.
 
Event features:
Open for U7 to U15 players
 
The program is designed for participants to hone skills while learning new ones, all with the opportunity to learn from current professional players who were once in their shoes.
 
Gain knowledge and insight from current MLS and CPL professional soccer players Thomas Hasal and Brett Levis
 
Q&A with the pro's
 
Signing session
 
Every player registered is automatically entered into a raffle to win a signed game worn MLS jersey
 
Camp Runs from the 27th - 29th of December 2021 at the Elite Performance Centre, Saskatoon SK.

Register Today!


 

 
Upcoming C-Licence Workshops
The C Licence workshop is the entry level course for Canada Soccer's Advanced Coach Education Program. The course is split into two parts, the online theory and in-person practical training. Coaches must first complete the online theory before they can register for the in-person practical. Registration is now open for the following dates.
 
C-Licence ONLINE THEORY - February 1 to March 15
The online theory components will be delivered in both an a-synchronous and synchronous format. There will be four scheduled synchronous sessions starting on February 1 and running every second Tuesday until March 15.
 
C-Licence IN-PERSON PRACTICAL Training - Regina, January 7-8
The Regina C-Licence Practical workshop originally scheduled to take place this past fall, has now been rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 7 and Saturday, Jan. 8. We have re-opened registration for this workshop to accommodate anyone else looking to complete their in-person practical training.
 
Registration for both events can be found on your member organizations RAMP registration portal.
 

SSA Female Referee Development Group Launching in 2022

Coming up in 2022, SSA will be launching a new online development program for Female Referees. Led by Provincial Referees Shukwia Tajik and Nicole Rapin, the group will be open to all Sask Soccer registered female referees. More details with dates and registrations will be available in the New Year.
 
Referees are essential to the participant experience and advancement of the game. They deserve our respect and a supportive, abuse-free, environment. You can make a difference; always treat them well and thank them for their contributions every game!

Canada Summer Games, Saskatchewan soccer teams Identification Registration

SSA is happy to announce the opening of registration for the Identification Events for the Saskatchewan soccer teams at the Canada Summer Games. Registration opened Saturday December 11 at 9am and remain open until March 1, 2022, at 11:59pm.
 
Before registering, please make sure you are familiar with the Saskatchewan Soccer, Canada Games Information Package, which can be found HERE. This document will include all the relevant information for athletes who would like to register for the ID Events.
 
At this stage, we are yet to formally announce our coaching staff for either male or female programs. Although provisionally selected, our coaching staff must first complete their Safe Sport compliance checks in full. We plan to make a formal coaching staff announcement in the New Year. We encourage athletes to register after the coaching announcements are made. However, if athletes prefer to register early, registration will be open as of December 11.
 
To register, please click the link Team Sask Canada Summer Games Soccer Registration
 
If you have any questions, please email SSA's EXCEL Manager, Adam Miller, at a.miller@sasksoccer.com.

SSA Staff Updates

Hiring: Technical Operations & Coach
SSA is looking for an energetic and determined person to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the game, a strong desire to learn and a commitment to high standards. The TOC will also be an active coach and support on-field programs such as the female SK Regional Excel Centre (REX) and provide operational support to SSA programs and competitions.
 
Aligning to our Strategic Plan priority to advance female coaches at high performance levels and confirming our commitment to equity, we welcome female applicants for this role.
We would appreciate your assistance to share this posting with aspiring coaches, particularly with female candidates, who would like a chance to advance as a coach and technical staff contributor.
 
For more information, please check out the job posting here.
 
Rahim Mohamed on loan to Canadian Men’s National Team
In pursuit of World Cup Qualifying, Canadian Men’s National Team Coach, John Herdman, has reached out to SSA for support. Director of Soccer, Rahim Mohamed, will be on leave in support of the Men’s National Team for 3 months in the role of World Cup Qualifying - Manager of Operations, beginning January 1.
 
This is a chance of a lifetime for SSA to support Canada and for Rahim to contribute on this historic run to World Cup Qatar 2022. In his absence, Markus Reinkens will take on additional duties as Interim Director of Soccer.
 
SSA Staff Capacity
As soccer continues to rebound, we ask members to consider that we have all been impacted by the pandemic, within our member organizations and with SSA staff in the past two years. With a much smaller team, all staff have been asked to take on additional duties as we strive to maintain quality service and advance the game under challenging circumstances. Members are asked to be cognizant that we all need to be more efficient in our interactions, working respectfully, meeting deadlines and commitments fully each time. We can accomplish a lot much working collaboratively by aligning and streamlining our efforts; we thank you for you continued support in 2022.
 
 
As part of SSA's commitment to providing quality service and value, we are requesting your feedback through the Member Organization Satisfaction and RAMP Satisfaction survey. These surveys give us a chance to hear from you and learn what we have done well this past year, and what we need to work on in the year to come!
 
Please answer the questions as honestly and constructively as you can. The two surveys combined will take approximately 12 minutes to complete.
 
Member Organization Satisfaction: Please choose 2021 as the year of completion
 
RAMP Satisfaction: We ask that only one survey be submitted on behalf of each Member Organization/entity with a RAMP registration site.
 
Deadline: January 25, 2022  
 
Thank you for taking the time to complete the surveys, and as always, for your tremendous efforts this past year!

Outdoor 2022 Season Registration

Online RAMP registration for Outdoor 2022 season will be available December 22, 2021.
 
REMINDER: The Outdoor 2022 season will not be active until the Member Organization activates it, this can be done in the season settings.
 
RAMP Season Set Up Tutorial: RAMP Registration System Admin Tutorial 

SSA REX Program Athletes Win Gold

 
Pictured here are the Saskatchewan Soccer Association Regional Excellence Program (REX) participants. Many of these young athletes move on to University and College level soccer programs across Canada and the United States.
 
On November 21 MacEwan University women’s soccer team won the Canadian U Sports national championship in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Two members of that gold medal winning team, Renee DeCorby and Brenna Paquin developed their soccer skills with the SSA REX program in Saskatoon.
 
Brenna Paquin, returning to train with SSA REX recently, is pictured above in the middle of the front row holding her U Sports gold medal. Brenna grew up playing in several Saskatoon area Associations including Valley Soccer Association, Hollandia Soccer Club and Astra Soccer academy.
 
Brenna had this to say about her national championship winning experience. "The feeling is absolutely surreal, as a team, we worked incredibly hard for this opportunity since the first day of pre-season. We made it a goal to get to Cape Breton and not only did we achieve that but to win the championship, I couldn't ask for a better rookie season."
 
SSA REX Manager and High-performance coach Adam Miller was thrilled with news of SSA REX athletes winning a national championship. “The SK REX program is so proud of both Brenna and Renee and their achievements with MacEwan University this season. I have been fortunate enough to work with Brenna this past eight months, she is an incredible young person, with a fantastic attitude and growth mindset. These characteristics, coupled with her intense desire to win, has made it a privilege to have her involved with our current REX team, to show the standards that need to be met to be able to join a gold medal winning program. We are so proud of Brenna and Renee for what they have achieved with MacEwan University, and we look for forward to more Saskatchewan players following in their footsteps.”
 
Renee DeCorby also a U Sports national championship winner with MacEwan University, grew up playing youth soccer with Saskatoon United Soccer Club. SUSC Technical Director Huw Morris said “Renee always came with the drive, commitment, and positive attitude you would expect from such a talented athlete. Renee was a pleasure to coach and wonderful to be part of her development. She’s a great role model for other Saskatoon United Soccer players to aspire to.”
 

2022 Saskatchewan Soccer Association SaskTel Indoor Provincial Championships Entry Information

 
Saskatchewan Soccer Association (SSA), in partnership with Saskatoon Youth Soccer Inc. (SYSI) and FC Regina (FCR), are very pleased to confirm the following information and deadlines for the 2022 SaskTel Indoor Youth Provincial Championships and the 2022 Adult Futsal Provincials:
 
 
Team registration is available on the SSA website by clicking here.
 
All participants to these SSA events must be in compliance with SSA Covid-19 Policy.
 
The entry fee will be $600 (6 aside), $700 (9 aside) and $650 (Adult Futsal).
 
The associated entry fee must be submitted to your local Member Organization. Your Member Organization will forward all team registration fees to the SSA, in advance of the Entry Deadline. Late team registrations will not be accepted.
 
Rosters will be submitted using the online platform, with additional information on this process to be forwarded to all teams following the entry deadline.
 
Rulebooks for all competitions will be posted soon on the SSA website. Participants are expected to review the Rulebooks before the competition.
 
SSA would like to thank FC Regina and Saskatoon Youth Soccer for serving as hosts for these prestigious competitions. We look forward to welcoming teams from across the province for a celebration of soccer!
 
We also want to thank SaskTel our title sponsor and Directwest for their ongoing support.
 
For more information on the S4L Provincial Championships, please visit the SSA website or contact Octavian Iliuta at o.iliuta@sasksoccer.com. For questions related to Coach Certification, please contact Markus Reinkens at cs4a@sasksoccer.com.
 

 
 
Each week visit Everyone’s Game Resource Centre on our weekly communication to find informational and inspirational articles, member interviews, and developmental opportunities.
 
Educational Resource:
 
Winter Holiday Resource: Religious holidays are a great occasion for reaching out to others at work, at school, or in your community to create connection. We all like to feel that we belong and to feel some link to others. To help you along, here is a free resource on religious holidays during this season. It lists some of the key holidays and gives a short description. It’s a tool, essentially, to help you reach out.
 

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.
 
December 22: Outdoor 2022 RAMP Registration Opens
 
December 27-29: Holiday Pro Camp
 
January 7-8: C-Licence in-person practical workshop, Moose Jaw / Regina
 
January 25: Registration for C-Licence Online Theory closes 
 
February 20-26: Saskatchewan Winter Games
 
 
 
 
February 20-26Saskatchewan Winter Games
 
March 19: SSA Annual General Meeting

BE SAFE! BE THE SOLUTION!
As a reminder, please continue to take care of yourself, your families, and others. 
We encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated.
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.
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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