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Happy July!  

We hope that your summer leagues are in full swing, and that this season has been record-shattering!  

This month, we are excited to share the topics discussed and decisions made at the Executive Committee Retreat in June.  We will also cover the proposed membership re-structure, highlight a member and sponsor, and post several important reminders and announcements.

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to be considered for a future Highlight opportunity, please contact Krissy at

~ Your SSIA Team

2018 EC Retreat Recap

The Executive Committee met in St. Petersburg, FL from June 11th-13th for the 2018 EC Retreat
to set goals and determine the budget for FY 2019, evaluate current initiatives, and have a little fun along the way.  We'd like to say at BIG "Thank You" to Chris and Tracey Giebner and their team at Club Sport for their hospitality...and congrats to Omid Rafiei, Ian Elston and Bob Downing of Team Red for dominating at Inner Tube Water Polo! 

Please review the minutes HERE for details on what was discussed.  Email with any questions or comments.  
Membership Re-Structure

Every year, the EC discusses its upcoming budget in regards to expected and historical income / expenses of the association. A membership sub-committee was developed to address the issue of membership structure and dues. They identified a trend obvious in our industry: consolidation. This is affecting the SSIA’s budget. As clubs merge or are purchased, this reduces the number of dues-paying members while reducing the overall income of the SSIA - income that is needed to fund our administration needs as well as various projects important to members.

In an attempt to be fair to not only the small clubs, but the larger ones as well - many of whom are getting larger by this market trend - a tiered membership structure was suggested and approved. It splits membership levels into 3 tiers based on self-reported annual club income. We trust all clubs to report honestly in their annual reporting survey; however, if required by SSIA staff, this self-reported annual income may be required to be validated by a CPA letter or similar method called out in the membership agreement.

Each membership level, or tier, will have a separate member fee, as well as entitlements associated with it. These will be effective immediately upon your club’s renewal date, following a 2 week member comment period ending at noon EST on July 16th, 2018.

The levels are as follows:

Please direct any comments to  Thanks!

Member Highlight
The Chicago Sport and Social Club is excited to announce a new tournament and travel opportunity for SSIA members this Labor Day Weekend.  The Chicago Social AVP Tournament is a beach volleyball tournament on one of the world’s premier beaches for beach volleyball, North Avenue Beach. CSSC is producing the tournament in collaboration with the AVP during the AVP Chicago Open Championship a mile down the shore at Oak St. Beach. The tournament includes amateur 4’s and 6’s beach volleyball formats in a one-day tournament Saturday, September 1.

CSSC is seeking to attract teams from SSIA members and will attract local teams from the Chicago area for the tournament. Included throughout the weekend will be a pre-tournament party on Friday and a post-tournament party on Saturday, and access to the AVP Gold Series Championship on Sunday at Oak St. Beach. There are three hotel partners with availability and discounted rates if rooms are booked before August 1. Interested organizations should contact Chris Hastings or Allyson Kelchlin for marketing materials and to set up their promotional partnership. The Social Sports Network is a marketing partner for the event.  
Sponsor Highlight

Ace Apparel & Promotions is offering SSIA Members a great deal on Champ caps!  They can be embroidered in 3 locations AND multiple cap colors can be ordered for the following prices:
2500 pieces at $2.50
1200 pieces at $2.69
576 pieces at $2.99

Ace is a third generation family business. They pride themselves on finding unique solutions for each client that will help you build your brand.  Check out details about their business below:   
  • Ace operates a 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility with screen printing, embroidery, heat press and Made in the USA cut and sew capabilities.
  • All boxes are packaged neatly with exterior labels indicating style, size and imprint information for easy distribution to your participants
  • They manage tight deadlines for league start dates
  • Expertise in printing numbers bundled by team and color
Chris Giebner of Tampa Bay Club Sport said, “Marc and Ace were great to work with to get us some sweet-looking hats at a great price. Saw them at the 2018 conference in person so knew the quality we were getting.”  Contact Marc Mathios at
Click HERE for the recording of the June Lunch N Learn session hosted by Ringer Sports.  Max Lubahn presented, "Developing New Revenue Through Sponsorships & Technology", which covered how leagues can attract new players & retain existing ones, how to use automated data analytics to calculate your CAC (cost of player acquisition) and LTV (long term value per player), and how to lock in sponsorship revenue based on player participation & elevate your club's brand by finding sponsors your players are excited to be introduced to.

The Q3 National Quarterly Call is scheduled for July 19th at 3pm EST.  A Facebook event and calendar invite will go out shortly. 

To share your events on the Social Sports Network Facebook page, click HERE.  

Use #PlaySocialSports to have your content featured in Social Sports Network posts on Facebook and Instagram.  
The Marketing Sub-Committee recently decided to use this to replace #ssnpost.  

The 2019 SSIA Conference will be held February 19th-22nd in St. Petersburg, FL.  Please submit ideas for seminar topics to Chris Giebner at by August 15th.
Thank you to our Partners
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors
Thank you to our Gold Sponsors
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