Adaptive Soccer Member Strategy
The Adaptive Soccer Member Strategy defines the programs, services, and initiatives that specifically serve participants with disabilities and Member Organizations who serve participants with disabilities.
SSA is a participant-centred, membership-based organization that respects that all participants and organizations should have choices in how they participate and achieve their goals in soccer, and welcomes all participants who want to achieve their goals in soccer in Saskatchewan, regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation. This language is reflected in policy within the Member Rights and Responsibilities Policy and the Code of Conduct and Ethics.
Person First Language
SSA recognizes that people with disabilities are people first, before their disability, and that their identities are not solely tied to their abilities or disabilities. Person first language
puts the person before the disability, and describes what a person has, not who a person is. SSA strives to use person first language in its daily language and when interacting with others.
Acknowledgement of Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
SSA acknowledges diverse family and relational representations by utilizing parents, guardians, and caregivers within its policy and documents.
Partnership with Special Olympics Saskatchewan
SSA is proud to be formal partners of Special Olympics Saskatchewan (SOS). As part of this formal partnership, SSA recognizes and supports SOS soccer as SSA members, encourages local SSA Member Organizations to reduce costs associated with participation and support SOS partnership initiatives through MAP Grant funding, supports SOS to assist in reducing financial barriers to participation, and encourages the expansion of Special Olympics soccer programming with its local SSA Member Organizations.
Special Olympics Provincial Championships
SSA is proud to offer the Special Olympics Provincial Championships during the indoor soccer season.
Adaptive Soccer Resources Webpage
Our website includes a resource page
that describes soccer's different adaptations for participants with different types of disabilities.
A Guide to Inclusive Soccer: Offering Soccer to Athletes of All Abilities
In 2018, SSA released a guide for parents, guardians, caregivers or supporters of a participant with a disability, coaches who have athletes with disabilities on their team, and Member Organizations who are looking to welcome athletes with disabilities onto their teams or into their organizations. The guide provides useful strategies, knowledge, and tools to get athletes of all ability levels involved in soccer and having the best possible playing experiences.
Promotion of #CanPara
Saskatchewan Soccer is proud to promote Canada's para soccer team by sharing its news on our social media channels and circulating information about identification opportunities. Canada's para soccer team is made up of athletes who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury.
The MAP Grant provides Member Organizations with significant funding opportunities to grow adaptive soccer and futsal programming for athletes with disabilities.
Adaptive Soccer Promotional Video
Check out our brand new adaptive soccer promotional video
! This video shows the potential of adaptive soccer programs and is meant to encourage others to start adaptive soccer programming in their communities. Thank you to the participants of Weyburn Soccer's All Abilities Program and Lindsey Hoemsen Creative Services for your assistance in producing this video.
Try It Equipment
Thanks to the support of the Sask Sport Adaptive Equipment Grant, Saskatchewan Soccer has a variety of adaptive equipment available that can be loaned to Member Organizations and entities. The equipment includes sensory balls (heavier soccer balls for athletes with sensory processing challenges), ringing balls, blindfolds, and textured floor tape (for athletes who are blind or have visual impairments), and soccer guards for wheelchairs (metal and hard plastic), large balls, and goal posts (for athletes who use wheelchairs). Member Organizations may loan equipment to trial programming or find the best fit of equipment for athletes.
Adaptive Soccer Coach Training
Thanks to the support of the Sask Sport Adaptive Sport Club Development Grant, Saskatchewan Soccer will be offering adaptive soccer coach training in September during Thanks Coach Week. Stay tuned for more information.
Support of Adaptive Program Development
Saskatchewan Soccer supports Member Organizations who are interested to develop adaptive programming by doing research, sharing resources, and connecting MOs to others who may be of support.