January 27 - Member Update


Jan. 27, 2022


COVID Update

As of Friday January 28, new Public Health Orders (PHO) are being implemented in Saskatchewan. This PHO will have no impact on SSA policy at this time. SSA continues to implement its own COVID policies which will remain in effect until further notice.
 
According to the new PHO’s, close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases will no longer be required to self-isolate, regardless of vaccination status. However, we encourage our Member Organizations and team organizers to stay vigilant in helping to manage COVID cases within their teams.
 
Now that only those positive with COVID need to self isolate, this should prove helpful in successfully operating tournaments and league play with less disruptions. However, anyone who becomes symptomatic must immediately self isolate.
 
Close contacts, although no longer required to self-isolate, must self monitor and make use of the rapid-antigen tests that are readily available. It’s recommended that close contacts should self-monitor for at least 10 days for symptoms, test immediately, and again test on days three and five. Those who test positive must self isolate and should continue testing until symptom free.
 
We all must play a role to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Take all available precautions, wear a mask when outside your household, limit your contacts especially with people at high-risk for severe disease and vulnerable health.
 
We continue to encourage all participants to get vaccinated, get their booster shot and use rapid tests, to self-monitor, along with other COVID prevention measures.  

Outdoor 2022 Membership Renewal and Registration

Membership Renewal
2022 Regular and Associate Membership renewal forms will be available in early February.
 
Membership renewal and fee is due March 15.
 
REMINDER: Strategic Plan emphasizes reward-based member recognition and Members will be rewarded through the MAP Grant Population-Based Funding for (jointly) renewing their membership on time.
 
Outdoor Registration
RAMP registration for the Outdoor 2022 season is now active.
 
New to Outdoor 2022 the Declaration of Compliance Waiver has been amended to adhere to government public health orders.
 
RAMP Season Set Up Tutorial: RAMP Registration System Admin Tutorial
 
REMINDER: The Outdoor 2022 season will not be active until the Member Organization activates it; this can be done in the season settings.
 
Referee Registration
Referee registrations will be collected and reported by their respective member organizations. This will be done through your RAMP Official registration and submitted to SSA by using the Registrar Report
 
To turn on referee registration make sure to "Enable Official Registration" in your season settings.  
 
REMINDER: Referee registrations and fees will be submitted through the Referee Registrar Report by the annual registration deadlines, referees are not considered registered if this is not completed. The first report will be due March 31 for referees who registered January 1 up to March 31.
 

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 remains open until March 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
 
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.
 
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 Female Referee Development Group Launching in 2022

Sask Soccer is offering the opportunity to join the Female Referee Development Group. Led by Provincial Referees Shukwia Tajik and Nicole Rapin, the group will be open to all Sask Soccer registered female referees and will be delivered through online education sessions.
The dates and times for the sessions are:
 
Wednesday, Feb 16, 7:30 PM
 
Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 PM
 
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 PM
 
Thursday, April 21, 7:30 PM
 
Participants must register on Zoom.
 
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!

SK Official included in the 2022 CSA NextGen Referee list

It is with great pride that we announce that Theo Diederichsen, SK Elite Referee Program participant, has been included in the 2022 CSA NextGen Referee Program. Fitness is important for all Referees and Theo must still pass a Fitness Test at the CSA National Camp on March 25-28 in Toronto. The NextGen program represents a first step towards the CSA National Referee List. Members of the NextGEN list are eligible for appointment to professional Canadian competitions including the Canadian Premier League and the Canadian Championship.
 
Upon hearing the news, Theo stated “This accomplishment validates my efforts and motivates me to continue working hard. It means a step towards my goals, and also an opportunity to recognize all the support on the way here.”
 
We are very proud of this achievement and will continue to support Theo in his journey!
 

Regina’s Chantal Boudreau named to FIFA Referees list

Canada Soccer recently announced here that 17 of its National List of Referees have been named to the FIFA List for 2022 international appointments. Regina Saskatchewan's Chantal Boudreau has once again made the FIFA list, which she has been on since 2015 as an Assistant Referee. Congratulations Chantal!
 

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. This position will remain open while we invite applications from a strong group of candidates; interviews may be delayed as a result.
 
We would appreciate your continued assistance to share this posting with aspiring coaches, particularly 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.
 

Canadian Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifying

The international play window is open again this week, and Canada has some crucial World Cup qualifying matches coming up. There are eight teams vying for three automatic World Cup qualification spots. The fourth-place club will enter a qualification playoff with another nation from a different confederation in June.
 
On Thursday, January 27, first-place Canada visits eighth place Honduras, with the kickoff scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Sask time. Unfortunately, Canada will be missing their star player Alphonso Davies, as he’s been ruled out due to myocarditis brought on by a recent case of Covid-19.
 
On Sunday January 30, Canada hosts the USA in Hamilton Ontario. This is one of the most anticipated games in Canadian National Team history, as the USA is only one point behind Canada at the top of the group standings. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. at Tim Hortons Field.
 
The last match of this qualifying window takes place in El Salvador on Wednesday February 2, at 8:00 p.m. All these matches can be viewed live on Sportsnet or OneSoccer.
 
The last round of World Cup qualification matches takes place at the end of March, with Canada’s final three matches against Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Panama. Let’s hope star player Alphonso Davies can recover in time to be able to join the national team again for those matches.

CAF African Cup of Nations

The quarter-final stage is set at the African Cup of Nations, with four matches scheduled for this weekend. On Saturday, Gambia plays Cameroon, and Burkina Faso plays Tunisia. On Sunday, Egypt plays Morocco, and Senegal plays Equatorial Guinea in the last quarter-final matchup. The semi-final matchups are scheduled for Wednesday Feb 2, and Thursday Feb 3. The final day of the African Cup of Nations is Sunday February 6, with the third-place match and championship match. These matches can be seen on beIN sports with highlights on YouTube.
 
For more information, please check out the Confederation of African Football website here CAFOnline.com

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Membership and Donation Campaign

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has launched a new giving page outlining ways you can offer your support to this outstanding organization. The SSHF plays a vital role in recognizing, preserving, and educating the public about Saskatchewan’s excellent sporting legacy.
 
For as little as $35 or $50 for a family you can become a friend of the SSHF which includes many benefits you can read about here: Membership - Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (sasksportshalloffame.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:
 
Athlete Toolkit: Wednesday January 26 was Bell Let’s Talk Day, a day to raise awareness and combat stigma surrounding metal illness in Canada. According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)Opens in a new window, as many as 35% of elite athletes experience mental health symptoms and disorders. Fortunately, conversations about mental health are becoming more normalized in high performance sport. Check out the IOC’s Mental Health in Elite Athletes Toolkit for tips and strategies to help protect and promote the mental health of the high performers in your life.

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.
 
 
 
March 15: Regular and Associate Membership Renewal Deadline
 
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 and get a booster shot as soon as you are eligible.
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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