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May, 2021

SAYNEWS - MAY 2021

 
MAY 2021
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
 
AGM Save the Date
MOJO Partnership
Referee Materials
Finance and Risk Mgmt.
SAY & FC Cincy
Promo Items
SAY Press Kit
Prepare for Fall
 
Message from the Executive Director
 
Dear SAY Membership,
 
As we wrap up spring sessions and begin to prepare for the Fall, the National Office would like to remind you of resources available to your Area/District. In this newsletter you will find recommendations on best financial practices, updated referee materials, and information on a new mobile app to help coaches. We hope to see you in Cincinnati for our Annual General Meeting!
 
 
Doug Wood
National Executive Director 
 
2021 Annual General Meeting
 
SEE YOU IN CINCY!
 
The 2021 SAY Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for July 16-17, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The AGM is our organization's membership meeting where board members are elected, playing and organizational rule changes are discussed, and the overall state of the organization is presented.
 
Read full details on the SAY National website:
 
MOJO Partnership
 
The SAY National Office is excited to announce a new partnership with MOJO, a breakthrough youth sports mobile app. MOJO aims to take the stress and chaos out of coaching youth soccer by offering our members a one-stop coach-in-a-box platform.
 
SAY Soccer clubs, coaches, and parents will be able to access the MOJO app, which features exclusive short-form videos customized to age and skill level and one-touch tools to plan fun and engaging practices.
 
To learn more about MOJO, and to read the full press release, click below.
 
New Referee Materials
 
SAY Soccer provides a wide variety of referee educational materials and support for referee educators. In 2021, online training, referee testing, and assistance in organizing referee courses are NEW items available to SAY members.
 
We know that educating our referees is an important task and we hope that the implementation of our new and updated training materials will help you, your referee educators and your referees be better prepared to control the fields this coming year.
 
Please visit the new referee webpage for further details.
 
Finance Policy Update & Risk Management
 
This month, updates were made to the SAY National Finance Policy. The Finance Policy is meant to help SAY Administrators ensure there are sufficient resources to keep the SAY Area/ District operating properly. The policy also helps ensure that these resources are used efficiently and effectively, and that accounting best practices are utilized. A transparent finance policy can help protect SAY Administrator(s) from other financial risks including unauthorized expenditures and theft of funds.
 
Read the full Finance Policy here: SAY National Finance Policy.
 
SAY Areas and District Leadership: Please read this quick and easy guide to assure you are following SAY Soccer’s risk management policy for background screens. 
 
  • Implement the SAY Soccer Times Two Policy at all SAY sanctioned events.
 
  • Volunteers that may have unsupervised access to children at a SAY sanctioned event must fill out the volunteer application annually.
 
  • Choose a volunteer screening pathway that best fits your community. Click here for detailed options.

 
Read the full Risk Management Policy here: SAY National Risk Management
 
SAY East at FCC Stadium
 
 
SAY teams from Cincinnati East SAY had the honor of playing the inaugural matches at FC Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium this month. In a coming together of community leadership, the stadium’s ribbon cutting ceremony and open house featured youth soccer players as the first to take the field in the 26,000-seat stadium.
West End neighbors and families of the players were invited to join season ticket holders to get a first look at what will be the home of FC Cincinnati, now in their third season in the MLS. Matches took place throughout the day, and saw teams from the Passers, Strikers, Wings, and Kickers age divisions face off on two separate fields.
The day was made possible by Pat Kerrigan, president of SAY East, who even helped referee the matches. View more pictures on our Facebook, and read the full story HERE.
 
SAY Promotional Items Available
Raise awareness of your program throughout your community with promotional items from SAY National. For just the price of shipping, SAY National can provide your program with:

  • Yard signs (pictured)
  • SAY branded bags for league materials
  • SAY branded promotional items (slinkies, bracelets, sunglasses, etc.)
  • Coaching Manuals
 
To receive your promotional items ahead of your spring/fall season, please contact Operations Director Brian Begley at [email protected] or at (800) 233-7291.
 
Promotional items available while supplies last.
 
SAY Press Kit
 
While SAY does not require our groups to use our branding, we strongly recommend utilizing our logo when and wherever necessary. Through featuring the SAY logo on your teams’ uniforms and in your media efforts, you recognize and represent the value behind the SAY philosophy.
 
By sporting the SAY logo, your group helps to assist SAY in growing a strong national brand that connects all our members across the country.
 
"Fly the SAY flag" in 2021 to show that you stand united in our kids first philosophy. Access our current logos by clicking the images below - download by right-clicking the image and choosing 'Save image as...'
 
Affiliation Requirements
 
SAY National would like to issue a friendly reminder to submit player registrations and payment, as well as board lists, in a timely manner.
 
To maintain affiliation and remain in good standing with SAY National, as indicated by your signed SAYArea agreement, you must submit the following by the corresponding deadlines:
 
-SAYArea/District board lists by January 31st of the playing year.
-All player membership fees before the first practice.
-All team rosters within 30 days of the beginning of each season.
 
Please submit an updated board list and current registration numbers using the following forms:
 
Soccer Association for Youth, USA
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