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MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER

Happy May!  

We hope those April showers brought everyone the perfect weather this month so that Spring leagues could wrap up on time and give you a strong head-start into Summer registrations!

In this month's newsletter, we will remind everyone about our great Partner Program benefits, highlight a sponsor, and announce our upcoming Lunch N Learn topics.  Krissy will also cover her recent visits with a few member clubs! 

Don't forget that the EC Retreat is coming up June 12th-14th in Toronto.  Email the board with any questions, concerns or ideas at ec@ssia.us.  

If you have questions or comments, or would like to be highlighted in a future newsletter, please contact Krissy at krissy@ssia.us.

~ Your SSIA Team

SSIA Partner Programs
Our SSIA Partner Program benefits are designed to help our members, whether it's through cost savings or enjoying some peace of mind in knowing that they are receiving industry-tailored services specifically designed for Sport and Social Clubs and their needs.  Plus, these programs bring in residuals to the SSIA, which help us bring members more value and keep costs down.

Check out the different offerings below and get more details and contact information on each program in the Member Locker Room.  If you have suggestions for new Partner Program opportunities, please reach out to our Purchasing Co-Chairs, Nikki Hartel with Chicago Sport & Social Club at nikki@chicagosocial.com, and Omid Rafiei with Houston Sports & Social Club at omidr@houstonssc.com.  Direct any questions to krissy@ssia.us.
Merchant Services

SSIA members save over $1000 on average when they switch to Gravity Payments!  Gravity has partnered with SSIA to offer members exclusive pricing:
  • Members annually processing $0-$1,800,000 receive a discounted rate of 0.18% + $0.10/ transaction 
  • Members annually processing more than $1,800,000 are eligible for customized rates
They make it easy to understand exactly what the cost to accept credit card payments will be without any hidden fees or surprises!  

Insurance

Jason Webb with Bell-Anderson Insurance specializes in working with clients on accident medical and general liability insurance within the sports industry.  He offers our members:
  • Exclusive SSIA rates
  • Coverage for corporate and social events
  • Dedicated underwriter and claims team for SSIA members
  • Peace of mind in knowing that this coverage is industry-leading, with 80% of SSIA member clubs participating in this program!
With Jason’s dedication and intimate experience to this field, he has been able to control costs and design coverage specific to the Sport & Social Industry.  
Gear

We are super excited to partner with Baden Sports and offer our members exclusive wholesale pricing on balls, equipment and backyard games!  Additionally, you get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $100 or more.  

To receive our negotiated rates, contact Krissy at krissy@ssia.us so that she can get you added to our buying portal.  

Gametime Technologies' Portable Scoreboard and Audio Player is designed to bring the fun and atmosphere of the stadium to your indoor and outdoor sports and activities.  By connecting your iPhone or iPad to the Gametime Scoreboard iOS App, you can remotely control and fully customize your Gametime Scoreboard as you play.  

SSIA members receive the following:
  • 25% off the regular price of the unit
  • Free shipping when 3 or more are purchased

Shirts

Discounts on t-shirts range from $2.25 to $2.70 for white cotton shirts, and $2.90 to $3.50 for colored cotton shirts.  Additional discounts apply on 50/50 cotton blend, ash and heather shirts.  
Member Highlight
Back in April, Krissy stopped by NOLA Fray's Tuesday Night Competitive Kickball League at Wisner Park to visit with their City Commissioner, Ilana Obuchowski, and meet the players.

 
Even though this was Competitive Kickball, the opposing teams remained friendly throughout the game.  "League members ump for player credit," Obuchowski explained.  "When you know everyone has to take a turn, you treat them differently."

Since entering the New Orleans market, NOLA Fray has split their kickball leagues into 3 divisions: Co-ed Competitive, Co-ed Social and Women's Only, which recently switched to self-umping.  They are also offering Cornhole, Flag Football, Softball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and corporate leagues.
Earlier this month, Krissy also had the opportunity to emerge from her kickball retirement and sub in with ClubSport's Sunday Kickball League at Hoyt Park in St. Pete, Florida!   It was a fun-filled morning spent with Chris and Tracey Giebner, Carly Houman, and the rest of their team, Drinking Buddies.  

Thanks for the visits, all!  It's always interesting to see how each club plays this popular sport!
Summer Lunch N Learn Schedule
Last year, we introduced the Lunch N Learn series, which are video chats with SSIA Partners and Platinum Sponsors.  The purpose of these sessions is to educate Industry Members and provide more value to our Partners and Sponsors, allowing them the opportunity to reach Industry Members who want to learn more about their products and services.  To view past sessions, visit the SSIA Locker Room!

Please save the dates for our Summer 2019 sessions:

June 18th from 1-1:30pm EST Baden Sports
Our new Baden contact, Angela Gow, will talk about the different  balls in our buying portal, share their new backyard game offerings and get member feedback on what you would like to see added or removed from the portal.

July 9th from 1-1:30pm EST: Ringer Sports App
Max Lubahn will talk about pricing leagues accurately to maximize profits AND share their new customizable ticketing, general admission and event tool that allows for charitable donations and attendee registration.  
 
August 14th from 1-1:30pm EST: Bell Anderson
Jason Webb will go over the Risk Management Guideline that is slated to be completed and shared in the Locker Room by the end of July.  Topics include alcohol, concussion and driver training, background checks, reporting injuries, accident medical claims, active shooter response and youth sports policies.  
Sponsor Highlight

Whether you have 8 teams a year or 800, LeagueLab is a proven solution that can handle it.  Contact the team at info@leaguelab.com to see how they can help your club!


Important Announcements

Felix Goodson, the SSIA Events Chair, is looking for a few more people to join the Events Sub-Committee!  If you are interested in learning more about event planning, assisting with the planning of the 2020 SSIA Conference, or collaborating with the Marketing and Sponsorship Sub-Committees to discuss national event opportunities, please contact him at felix@govavi.com 

Save the dates for the 10th Annual SSIA Conference at the Hard Rock Cancun from February 18th-21st, 2020!  More details will be available soon!

Thank you to our Partners
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors
Thank you to our Gold Sponsors
Thank you to our Silver Sponsors
Copyright © 2018 Sport & Social Industry Association
All rights reserved


Contact Us:
Galen Beers, Executive Director: galen@ssia.us
Krissy Greenleaf, Associate Director: krissy@ssia.us

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