September 4 - Member Update


Sep. 04, 2020


To: All SSA Member Organizations
 
BE SAFE! BE THE SOLUTION! 
  
Saskatchewan Soccer and member organizations continue to adhere to all Government of Saskatchewan Public Health Orders regarding the COVID 19 pandemic. 

Return to Soccer Updates

The Return to Soccer Plan and Return to Soccer FAQ have been updated.
 
This week, SSA facilitated a meeting with representatives from the Business Response Team (BRT), Sask Health, the Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport, Sask Sport and fall/winter contact sports to gain further clarity on sport guidelines. The meeting was productive, and we appreciated the opportunity to speak directly to senior leaders at BRT and Health. SSA, and our sport colleagues, received praise for bringing all parties together and a commitment was made to host additional meetings in the future.
 
Below are the updates that we can share at this time. We made progress in several key areas; however, Members should be aware that this information is subject to change at any time. 

 

Mini Leagues - Coaches & Volunteers
ONLY under the following circumstances may a coach or volunteer participate in more than one mini league:
 
The coach maintains 2 metres social distancing at all times and wears a non-medical mask
Or
If the coach cannot maintain social distancing at all times, they must wear medical (surgical or procedural) mask.
 
Coaches that cannot follow either of the above requirements, must remain in one mini league.  It is always recommended that masks be worn by coaches.
 
Mini Leagues - Referees
ONLY under the following circumstances, may a referee participate in more than one mini league:
 
The Referee maintains 2 metres social distancing at all times and wears a non-medical mask
Or
If the Referee cannot maintain social distancing at all time, they must wear medical (surgical or procedural mask).
 
Please note: It is highly recommended that referees participate in only one mini league. Soccer referees are considered highly active as they run at the same pace as the players and therefore will have difficultly wearing masks.
If a Member Organization chooses to have referees in multiple mini leagues, they should be aware that the referees’ abilities will be limited by the above requirements. The member organization will also need to determine an alternative to a referee blowing the whistle (i.e. electronic whistles).
All referees need to continue best practices of not touching equipment with hands, maintain social distancing during ID checks, pre-game routines (no coin toss unless social distancing is achieved), and post-game routines (no handshakes), etc.
 
Mini Leagues - Coach/Referee/Volunteers that are also players
A volunteer, coach or referee can also participate as a player in a separate mini league but only if they follow the guidelines above when participating as a coach/referee/volunteer. 
Playing in more than one Mini League within soccer
Although it was discouraged, it was confirmed that there are no guidelines that prohibit participation in more than one mini league within a sport.  (see discussion below the chart).
Mini Leagues -
Field Size, Size of Mini Leagues, Adjusting Mini Leagues
 
1. Fields can be split into more than one field of play, however there should be no opportunity for the groups sharing the field to co-mingle (ex. Use barriers between fields, separate entrances, staggered start times, etc.). There should be more than 2 M between groups.
2.  The field of play is considered the playing area. The 30 on the field, does not include players or team staff on the bench.  This allows for 11 v. 11 games with substitutions and team staff to be played on a full-size pitch.  Please note however the overall mini league size remains at 50. Member Organizations need to be aware of their field size to not overcrowd a field (for example, do not put 30, U5 players on one quarter field at a time as this creates increased risk).
Member Organizations must be aware of their specific facilities’ guidelines and adhere to those guidelines.
Unsanctioned Sports
There have been concerns that the restrictions on sport will drive athletes to participate in non-sanctioned sports that are not following the same standards. The BRT informed us that any unsanctioned sports must also follow the same rules and guidelines in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Enforcement is supported by public reports to the BRT.  1-844-800-8688
Travel between communities
Intra-provincial travel for sport is only allowed under two conditions:
1.  In-sufficient numbers do not allow mini leagues to be formed locally, and,
2.  Distance between communities is reasonable. 
Therefore, if small communities cannot form their own mini league, then community # 1 could form a team with community # 2 to join in a mini league operated by community # 3 as long as they are within reasonable distance.
Tournaments are still NOT allowed.
Transition from outdoor to indoor
The BRT indicated that this is up for discussion, but no change has been made yet.  We are continuing to seek clarification on this item.
During the meeting, significant discussions also occurred about the intent of the guidelines to keep participants and the public safe and the need to stay true to and maintain this intent in all our decision making:
Whenever possible we should limit the number of people we come in contact with, in our daily lives, including within sport.
Whenever possible we should stay close to home, limiting travel and thus contact and exposure.
With school opening it is likely COVID numbers will spike and therefore everyone is being asked to be more diligent and to adhere to all safety precautions, or the government may be required to reinstate increased restrictions to keep numbers low.
Member Organizations, facility operators, and participants carry the liability for their Return to Play decisions.  As such it is incumbent on everyone to make informed decisions and assess risk before taking action. Although a decision may not be prohibited in the guidelines, the decision may still not be in the best interest of your participants and your organization. 
 
For example: While the news about being involved in more than one mini league within soccer may be a pleasant surprise, we would strongly encourage each Member to assess the significantly increased risk that this decision would place on your organization.  Ultimately the Member Organization is responsible for providing a safe environment for its participants. By allowing more people into more mini leagues you risk their safety and, if there is an exposure, you will need to shut down multiple groups. The risk of the spread of COVID increases exponentially with every contact a person has.  By maintaining access to only one mini league your organization and your participants are safer.
 
We are aware that the sport guidelines are currently under review and understand that once school starts many things may change.  Sport has a role to play in keeping our communities safe since we collectively impact so many people.  So be prudent in all decision making. 
 
Should you have any questions about the updates noted above we encourage you to contact the BRT: 1-844-800-8688 or supportforbusiness@gov.sk.ca.  Please report any new information to Nicole Drozda, Coordinator of Member Services.

Member Discussions

The next Member Discussion is Tuesday, September 8th at 8:00 PM - Click here to register.
 
All Member Discussion recordings are available on our YouTube Channel.
 

MAP Grant

The MAP Grant Follow-up deadline is September 30th at midnight.
 
We know this year has been financially difficult for some Member Organizations, and therefore we want to ensure that all SSA Member Organizations maximize their MAP Grant Funding. If your organization is unable to complete your project(s) due to COVID, you can revise your project on your MAP Grant Application. Additions can also be made to your MAP Grant Application for expenses due to COVID (PPE, cleaning supplies, etc.). Please note, these revisions will not increase the funding total, but rather the eligible projects to spend funding on.  All revisions are subject to approval and must be submitted by email by September 15th.
 
Follow-up resources are available on our website, including a pre-recorded 6 minute webinar detailing the follow-up process and best practices (please note, webinar was recorded before COVID and does not include COVID concessions).
 
Due to COVID, it is required that all Follow-up Reports and receipts are submitted by email.
 
To be eligible for MAP Grant Funding, Member Organizations must be in good standing on the follow-up deadline (i.e. have no debts outstanding).
 
We are available to assist you with your follow-up process. If you have any questions, or require any support please contact Nicole Drozda by September 25th. We encourage you to reach out early, as we may not have the ability offer support close to or on the follow-up deadline date.
 

SSA Launches the Female Coach Mentorship Program

 
 

Registration Deadlines

The Outdoor 2020 registration deadline is September 30. The deadline includes all registrations for players, coaches and officials received during the outdoor season.
 
It is critical that you submit the completed Registrar Report and fees no later than September 30. The amended registration fees and Registrar Report are available on the SSA website. If you have any questions, contact registrar@sasksoccer.com.
 

National Coaches Week

September 19-27 is National Coaches Week and one of the ways the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan will be celebrating is by offering free NCCP courses.
 
Registration information for all courses can be found on the CAS website and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Don’t delay and sign-up! Note: Some of these workshops have sold out!
 

 

An Effective Approach for Enhancing the Sport Experiences of Girls/Young Women

 
Anyone interested can register here.
 

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group Update

In July SSA announced the development of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. An invite was sent out to our member organizations asking for leaders to represent SSA’s diverse community and have a voice in designing and implementing an inclusion strategy.
 
We received 11 responses from individuals across our province, on Tuesday September 1, we sat down with them to discuss what this group means and what can we do to develop a better soccer environment for everyone.
 
Thank you to the individuals who joined us on Tuesday to assist with the formation of this group. As the group is currently in the development stages more work still needs to be done.  Our focus is on sustainable change that will create more welcoming environments for all.  We look forward to working with this group to build a long-term plan to better our soccer community for all.
 
If your member organization is looking for additional resources to develop a more inclusive environment check out the Member Strategies and Coach Resources page.
 

SSA Calendar of Events & Deadlines

Recordings of past webinars and COVID 19 member calls can be found on our YouTube Channel.

September 8 - Member Discussion
September 16 - Registration deadline for Canada Soccer C-Licence (Online)
September 23 - Registration deadline for Canada Soccer B-Licence Part 1 (Online)

Major Events for 2021 

Multisport Games and re-scheduled date confirmations: 


Canadian Women and Sport Workshops

SaskSport has partnered with the Rivers West District to host a number of workshops in September and October. Registration is now open!  

Canada Soccer Nation Inside  

Every Friday - Canada Soccer Podcast

BE SAFE! BE THE SOLUTION!

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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