SSIA Newsletter: August 2023

Posted By: Galen Beers Industry Newsletters,

The new SSIA website and platform has officially launched!

First things first, all SSIA members and employees have user accounts already set up in the new platform. All you need to do is log in (or create a login if your email is not recognized). Learn more at

The new SSIA website will now be a one-stop shop for absolutely EVERYTHING you need:
  • Access to the Private Industry Directory
  • Update your Company & Personal Profile
  • Register for Annual Conference & Seminars
  • Review Member Only Content (aka the "locker room")
  • View & Pay Invoices
  • ...and so much more!!!
Login to the SSIA Website HERE
Happy August SSIA Community!
Is it August already?

The Executive Committee has been hard at work under their new term. First order of business was to arrange into roles and we accomplished that in record time. Since our fiscal year ended this past June, the EC had our annual retreat in July. We use this time to get together as a team, plan all initiatives for the next fiscal year (see initiatives below) and push ourselves to do more for all SSIA members. 

Two exciting efforts we are launching are the NEW website/platform for the SSIA (see above) and the 2024 annual conference registration in Punta Cana (see below). There will be many benefits to members with the new platform including improved knowledge share, simple one stop shop for all SSIA member only content, self serve/management of SSIA member employees and (finally) conference info/registration in one place!

Please share your any feedback you have regarding any of our efforts here.
~ Your SSIA Team
Executive Committee Updates
The Executive Committee has established its roles for the upcoming year, and met for the Retreat in San Diego mid-July. Check out the initiatives passed in the Committee Corner!
The 2024 Sport & Social Conference will at the
Hard Rock Punta Cana from February 20th-23rd.
Click HERE for all Conference Details
NEED TO KNOW: Only proceed with conference registration if you have booked your room at the Hard Rock Punta Cana. If you have not done so yet, click here to book your room, then come back to finalize your registration.

If you have booked already, please keep your confirmation number handy (7 digit number in the booking confirmation email), as you will need to enter it prior to completing your registration.
First the first time, the Social Stars are OPEN
for nominations throughout the year!
Submit a Nomination Here!
Here are the 2024 Social Star Awards Categories:

BEST MARKETING INNOVATION - Honoring great, successful, and creative ways to reach new or existing players and participants.

BEST VIDEO CAMPAIGN - Either promotional or recap videos, this can be long form, short form, in house, or professional. Videos for events that have previous won are ineligible. Awards will be given in each tier.

BEST PRODUCT INNOVATION - This award goes to new ideas for leagues, events, or any other customer product.

BEST INTERNAL WELLNESS PROGRAM (NEW!) - Recognizing innovative and creative ways to reward employees and foster teamwork. 

BEST EVENT - Apart from leagues, clubs produce great events - with new offerings being seen all the time!

BEST CLUB COLLABORATION - Going to the efforts of 2 or more clubs to work together either internally or on a customer facing product.

PHILANTHROPY AWARD - Honoring great, creative ways to give back. This award is not voted on.

INDUSTRY IMPACT AWARD - What person in our industry has stepped up this year to move the needle for everyone?

LEGACY AWARD - This award will recognize anyone in your organization reaching a 5-year milestone with your company (5, 10, 15...etc). 

CHAMPIONS AWARD - Given to clubs who participate in an annual NPS survey. Keep an eye out, info on this goes out at year end.

View Past Winners Here!
Committee Corner
Are you interested in becoming more involved in the industry?
Join a Committee that focuses on something you're passionate about!

    SPONSORSHIP SUBCOMMITTEE - Oversee, coordinate and increase all efforts being conducted by and for the SSIA in its revenue generating endeavors, such as advertising and sponsorship. This committee also develops educational content to share with members regarding sponsorship trends within the industry.

    Initiative Passed: Industry membership to the SMA (Sponsorship Marketing Association).  One of the benefits of joining the SMA is members of the SSIA will receive a minimum of $300 off their annual Sponsorship Mastery Summit, which is taking place in Chicago September 27-29.  Typically this Conference runs $1600 per attendee.  However, our membership will ensure you can attend for $1300 or less. Additionally, the SSIA will be offering a handful of scholarship opportunities to help contribute to additional costs that come along with attending.  More information on the scholarship details to come shortly!

    The Summit is 2.5 days immersive learning and networking experience with 25+ speakers and 15+ sessions. Here are three new opportunities they are offering this year: 

    1. Coaching Sessions: You can book 1-on-1, 15-minute coaching sessions with Summit Speakers and SMA Board Members to acquire personalized advice
    2. Sponsorship Mastery Academy: This is SMA's highly interactive training program based on sales success, industry research, and a logical and repeatable process, and shares a two 1/2-hour session for anyone attending the Summit.
    3. Summit Cliff Notes: Every attendee will receive three key takeaways from each session following the Summit to put their new knowledge into immediate action!

    If interested in attending/learning more, reach out to with the subject line of ‘SSIA x SMA’.  Please note, we are working on outlining more details on the limited SSIA Scholarship opportunities that will go toward additional costs to attend this conference.

    CLICK HERE if you're interested in attending or learning more about the SMA Sponsorship Mastery Summit

    DEI SUBCOMMTTEE - Elevate and facilitate ongoing and continuing efforts to build a culture and environment of mutual respect. Set best practices, policies, shared resources, and a safe space to check blind spots as it relates to creating inclusive, equitable, and diverse messaging and activities for the Social Sports industry members and participants.

    MARKETING SUBCOMMTTEE - Ensure the quality, integrity, credibility and reach of the SSIA brand. Oversee the SSIA and SSN websites and social media pages, and help educate members on marketing trends.

    Initiative Passed: Social Sports Network social platforms launching more original content and website improvements based on analytics outside marketing consultant guidance.

    EVENTS/CONFERENCE SUBCOMMITTEE - Work closely with SSIA staff to oversee, coordinate and increase all efforts being conducted by and for the SSIA in regards to events, tournaments, social functions and the annual conference.

    Initiative Passed: Budget for outside the industry expert speakers for 2024 Conference seminars, specifically focusing on Events and Sponsorships.

    Thank you to our Partners
    Thank you to our Sponsors
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