Important Dates and Deadlines
Bid application deadline for vacant Spring 2015 Provincial Championships
ASAA Volleyball Provincials (click on each to visit host championship website):
Alberta Bowl - hosted by South Zone in Lethbridge
ASAA Annual Planning Meeting - Red Deer
ASAA News and Information
Schedule for 2014/15 *UPDATED WITH RESULTS ON THE ROAD TO ALBERTA BOWL
School Sport Australia hosts 2015 Pacific School Games in Adelaide, South Australia
School Coach Survey: assist Ottawa professor who is examining coaching related issues by completing a survey
Seldom do we have the opportunity of a university level research project being conducted in an effort to support school athletics. The ASAA, as a member of School Sport Canada, is requesting that teacher-coaches across Alberta take the time to complete the survey at the link below.
Dr. Martin Camiré from the University of Ottawa is overseeing this research project exploring how teacher-coaches believe they can influence the global development of student-athletes and what they perceive to be the benefits and challenges of being a teacher-coach.
Your participation consists of completing an online survey that takes approximately 12 minutes to complete. The survey consists of questions related to a) your demographic information, b) your experiences as a teacher and coach, c) your influence on the development of student-athletes, d) the benefits of teaching and coaching, and e) the challenges associated with being both a teacher and a coach. Your participation can help better our understanding of a) how teacher-coaches can best influence student-athletes in the classroom and gymnasium, b) the realities of teacher-coaches, and c) the situational factors that force many teachers out of coaching.
Healthy School Sporting Events Video
The ASAA has partnered with EverActive Schools and Alberta Health Services to create a new video highlighting the importance of good nutritional offerings at school sporting events. Take a look at the embedded video, which is part of a campaign that encourages individuals to pause and think differently about consuming unhealthy food at school events where healthy habits are the focus. Watch the video and help spread the word about how you can be involved in creating healthy food environments in school, recreation and community settings!
Based on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) decision early this year, from our recent audit - the ASAA has to collect GST from all schools on school membership fees and late registration fees. Schools should be able to obtain their GST back from the CRA; ASAA's GST # is: 10807 0897 RT0001
2014/15 Appeals Hearing Dates
ASAA has brought in new policy with regards to appeals. We will only be hearing appeals on certain dates of the year, which will be heard by an Executive Appeals Committee, made up of current and past ASAA Executive members. These dates have been pre-determined for this year and are also included on your ASAA wall calendars:
Appeals Hearing Dates are held in Edmonton (unless otherwise stated)
September 15, 2014
October 15, 2014
December 3, 2014 (Red Deer)
February 25, 2015
May 6, 2015
School Sport PSAs Available for School Use
The ASAA, with the support of School Sport Canada is making available some great posters that your school can print off and use in your school. Schools are welcome to print the following PSAs, or alternatively they can connect with ASAA's graphic designer, James Shrimpton, and he can get your logo placed onto the document for $25 (see example here).
Alberta Milk Every Moment Scholarship Winners Announced
ASAA and Alberta Milk would like to congratulate the following 2 student athletes for being selected as the recipients of the2014 Milk Every Moment Scholarship. The Scholarship is awarded annually to 2 students (one of each gender) who 'Milk Every Moment' by achieving a balance in school, home and community life. ASAA and Alberta Milk are incredibly impressed with the quality of applications this past year and are happy to announce the winners:
Please click on the student's name above to read each of the winning essay submissions.
SUBWAY Fundraising Opportunity
The ASAA is partnering with SUWAY Restaurants to offer a fundraising opportunity to our schools. Schools can buy SUBWAY Peel-a-deal cards for $2 from the ASAA, and sell within their schools for $10 each. Each card offers the user over $70 in savings at SUBWAY restaurants. Cards are valid until June 20, 2015 and can be ordered by clicking here.
Survey Results Regarding Rugby and Track & Field Provincial Championship Dates
You can download the analysis of the Survey regarding Rugby and Track & Field Provincial Championship Dates with analysis of student registrations in ExNet and at Provincials. Click Here to Download.
ASAA Spectator Code of Conduct Banner
ASAA Commissioners and staff have created a new ASAA Spectator Code of Conduct banner that will be hung at all provincial championships and schools will also have the ability to purchase a banner and add their school name or logo. Please click on the link below for pricing and ordering information.
Coaching Educational Resources
Engaging Effectively with Parents Course now free!
ASAA is proud to announce that the online course - Engaging Effectively with Parents - is now free. Available since the launch of ASAAWeCoach.ca in 2011, this course provides input and strategies for dealing with difficult situations that may arise as part of coaching. Check out www.ASAAWeCoach.ca for more information.
Safety Guidelines for Secondary Interschool Athletics
The Alberta Centre for Injury Control & Research has published the most recent iteration of their Safety Guidelines resource. Click here to access a free PDF or check out the LRC to purchase a hard copy. Note: You will require a copy of this manual to complete the online Safety Guidelines course from www.ASAAWeCoach.ca - AVAILABLE NOW!
Concussion Course in Group Settings
A number of schools have asked if they can take advantage of a PD day to have all of their coaches take the concussion course in a group with the course being shown on a projector. Yes, this can be done – but in order to ensure ASAA can track which coaches have completed the course you will be required to send a list of all of the coaches who were present for the course, and it must be signed off by your principal. Please fill out a list of all names in the provided template (accessible by clicking here) along with all of the requested information and send the completed template to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memos to Schools
News and information from other groups
ParticipACTION Teen Challenge Grant Opportunity
Teen Challenge aims to inspire Canadians aged 13-19 to become more active and to help youth challenge themselves and their friends to get moving. Striving to eliminate the inactivity crisis in Canada, Teen Challenge helps youth to take initiative and identify creative, exciting ways to add daily activity into their lives. Need funding for these initiatives? Community organizations, schools, charities, and not-for-profit organizations may apply for grants several times within a year, pending funding availability.Visit the Teen Challenge website to apply