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Important Dates and Deadlines
April 24 - 26
Team Handball Provincial Championships
Deadline for Rugby Registration and Declaration of Opting-Up
ASAA Annual General Meeting, Edmonton - Click here for more information
Deadline for Track & Field Registration
ASAA News and Information
The Alberta Schools' Athletic Association is sad to report the passing of Bert Strain of Stettler, Alberta on April 13, 2014. Bert was the President of the ASAA Executive from 1975-77. He was a former Superintendent for the Stettler School District and sat on the University Board of Governers. Prayer service will be held at the Stettler Catholic Church on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm. The funeral will be held on Friday April 25 at 1:00 pm. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Bert.
Notice of Motions
Team Handball 2014
ASAA Publishes a “Highlights Guide”
To assist member schools, administrators, Athletic Directors, coaches, students and others in being aware of “must know” ASAA Bylaws and Policies, the ASAA has had an at a glance brochure made. Without any prompting, ASAA Executive member Heather Bartling from Bonnyville Centralized School created the brochure, which subsequently underwent modification by ASAA Executive and staff. When asked why she undertook this initiative, Heather said:
“I guess when I sat down to do it I mostly was creating it so AD’s had a quick reference to some of the major policies which apply to all schools. It seemed in the few meetings I had been to that we were mostly dealing with issues of adults not understanding or knowing policy that were imperative to their student athlete(s) eligibility to play. I thought something quick to look through that would summarize some of the important key policies would be helpful for all the new AD’s (who are possibly so overwhelmed that having to read a whole policy book was unreasonable in the short time they had to get their sports underway), any administrators or counselors who were in charge of students registering, and even for parents of student athletes. Knowledge is power and giving all people who are governed by these policies (admin, parents, coaches, athletes, etc.) access to a quick overview of the most important policies that could impact an athlete’s ability to participate in sport helps us all to be on the same page.”
The ASAA Executive and staff thank Heather for her leadership in undertaking this initiative. Schools are encouraged to print the two page brochure at this link for distribution at your school or for posting outside your Phys. Ed/Athletics office. The document will be updated after the 2014 AGM and hard copies will be mailed to schools in the fall of 2014.
Student-Athletes needed for ASAA Basketball Course video-shoot
ASAA is still in need of basketball players to be involved with shooting our online basketball course. We need some male and female athletes to perform some drills on camera under the direction of Canadian national team coach Shawnee Harle. We are shooting on March 18th from 10am-4pm at the Saville Centre in Edmonton. All participants will receive a free t-shirt, lunch, and snacks throughout the day. If any students in your school are interested please contact email@example.com - 780-638-3669.
Note: We are also shooting the volleyball course on March 10th-11th if you have students interested in that as well.
Alberta Milk - Milk Every Moment Scholarship
The updated application for the Alberta Milk athletic scholarship has been uploaded HERE.
The award is for students who Milk Every Moment, achieving a balance in school, home and community life. ASAA member schools may submit a nomination for one male and one female only. The application form must be signed by the school principal/assistant principal. Applications must be received at the ASAA office by June 30 to be considered.
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.
It was brought to our attention that in the month of March, the highlighting done for Basketball and Cheerleading Provincials fell on the weekend of March 13-15. The dates are listed as March 20-22 and are correct. Basketball Provincials are on March 20-22, 2013 and Cheerleading Provincials will be March 21 & 22, 2013.
Please be aware that several dates are missing from the 2013/14 ASAA Calendar.
- December 23 & 24
- March 24
- June 23
Please be aware that this will cause a shift in some of the events highlighted on the Calendar:
- Teacher’s Convention for the Greater Edmonton area is Thursday & Friday, March 27 & 28
- Diploma Exams will end on Thursday June 26
- Deadline for Milk Scholarship Applications if Monday, June 30
- Deadline for Lorne Wood Nominations is Monday, June 30
- The Deadline for Fundamentals of Coaching is Tuesday, December 31
- Basketball Provincials are March 20-22
We apologize for the oversight in our review process. An updated PDF of the Yearly Calendar is available here as well as monthly calendars:
Need to Know ASAA Policy Modifications for 2013-14
Please click here for a summary of the key notices of motion that were passed at the AGM and impact policy. Any questions about policy changes can be directed to your zone secretary.
NEW 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
Alberta Summer Games - Athletics
The Alberta Summer Games will commence July 24-27 in Airdrie Alberta. In order to participate, Youth and Midget athletes (born 2000/1999 and 1998/1997) will need to qualify at a trial meet. Click the links for your zone for more information
St Mary's University College, Calgary - Job Posting
St. Mary’s University College Lightning Athletics is looking to fill a Head Coaching Position for Cross Country Running.
Red Deer College - Job Posting
Red Deer College is looking to fill the position of Kinesiology Instructor/Coach Queens Basketball
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