SEPTEMBER 2021


September 27, 2021: From our friends at Milo Casting


Hello Cruisers Family!


From our friends at Milo Casting:

My name is Monique and I work with Milo Casting. I am contacting you because we have reached out to you in the past. We have a lovely new opportunity that may be of interest to you or someone you know! 


We are looking for Ontario adults roughly 20-50 yrs of age with visible disabilities for a delivery campaign. This includes but is not limited to visual impairment, physical/mobility disabilities, assistive devices (eg: prosthetics, wheelchair, service animal or cane) and down syndrome.


Those chosen for this campaign will be paid a minimum $700 for a half day shoot. (Rate may increase if required for more time on set). The shoot is on Thursday, October 21st, 2021. 


FOR MORE INFO, please see attached: Project Delivery- Disability (1).pdf

September 26, 2021: Your September update!!


Hello Cruisers Family!


We hope everyone has had a great summer, and is settling back into their fall routine, time to start getting back to work or school after a fun summer of adventures.We also hope everyone is registered for our programs and are excited about a return to in-person team sports. We cannot wait to see you all!! ! If you have any issues with registration, please contact Skotty or Liza (registration@cruisers-sports.com) and we will get you set up.


Vaccines

In keeping with the recent Government of Ontario orders and mandates from our Provincial and National governing sport bodies, all Cruisers members (athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers - including parents) who are 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination in order to participate or attend in-person Cruisers Sports programming and activities.

Further details regarding implementation of this policy, exemption qualifications, providing proof of vaccination, etc. will be available this month as we update our Return to Sport protocols to align with these recent government orders. 


CAF Grants - A Fantastic Funding Opportunity

The mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.

Many Cruisers athletes have benefitted from their grant funding. The current grant application closes November 5, 2021.

ELIGIBILITY

All challenged athletes are eligible to apply for a CAF Grant. A challenged athlete is an individual with a permanent physical disability pursuing an active lifestyle through physical fitness or competitive athletics. The individual’s permanent disability must impair mobility, affect the neuromuscular system, impair balance or motor control.

CAF uses the International Paralympic Committee’s classification structure as a guideline and all qualifying individuals must provide supporting documentation from a medical professional to explain how their physical disability affects their activities of daily living. Hearing impairments, Intellectual and developmental disabilities do not qualify for support through CAF.

TYPES OF GRANTS – YOU MAY ONLY CHOOSE ONE 

  • Sport Expense Grant Requests
  • Equipment Requests 
  • Funding towards Equipment Requests

For more information on the grant, or to apply, please visit: www.challengedathletes.org/programs/grants/


Basketball Adventure

The Storm, Rockets, and friends wheeled, walked, kayaked, cycled, canoed, paddle boarded, and swam a combined 7,706 km this summer! They averaged almost 600km per week. As the team travelled remotely, they tracked their way across Canada virtually visiting many Canadian tourist destinations. The trip started in Outer Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, and made it all the way to Vancouver BC, with an added side trip to PEI. Coach Kathy thanks everyone for joining in and taking part in this activity. She truly enjoyed seeing where the team travelled every week. What a great way to stay active this year! Where should we go next?


Para Athletics Try-it!

Did watching your fellow Cruisers teammates compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics spark your interest in para athletics? Not sure what para athletics entails and what events you can participate in? Then this event is for you! Join our Cruisers coaches and other disability sport partners for a Para Athletics Try It session on October 2nd at the Toronto Track & Field Centre. No experience is necessary, all ages are welcome, and all equipment will be provided. All para athletics events (wheelchair racing, seated throws, ambulatory throws, ambulatory running and jumps) will be available for you to try based on your interest and what events are offered for your disability. 

If you have any questions about the event, wish to receive the registration link, or have questions about para athletics in general, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Para Athletics Lisa Myers at paraathletics@cruisers-sports.com

Details on the Try It are below and a poster is attached - note that this Try It is part of a larger weekend event and if you have fun at the Try It session, you are welcome to stay for the remainder of the day and have another go at it!

AO Para Athletics Try It
Date: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Toronto Track & Field Centre (231 Ian MacDonald Blvd, North York)

As per the recent announcement from Athletics Ontario (AO), attendees of the Para Summit and Try It Event must provide proof of full vaccination in order to attend. Those with legitimate medical exemptions are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours prior to the start of the event. The vaccine certificate can be downloaded in PDF form from this website - https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/



We’re looking forward to the upcoming season, and of course, we’re always looking for coaches and volunteers. If you are  interested, please reach out to any of our directors. It is a great way to learn new skills, make new connections, and give back to our club.  We would love to have you! 

Did you know that to date we have raised over $2,000 for our club from members and friends using the FlipGive app?  Incredible!!  If you have not already signed up, please do so, join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?fundraiser_name=Skotty&joincode=T5S4YQ
Or enter this code: T5S4YQ


The 22nd Annual Golf Tournament was held on Friday and was a great day on the links, over 75 friends and supporters gathered at the Carlyle Golf course and contributed to  another successful event. 

Next up is the Cruisers Cup Para Ice Hockey Tournament, November 5-7, 2021. This will be the twelfth tournament, and is sure to be a great time!


Finally a BIG THANK YOU to all of our amazing Cruisers’ coaches as we wrap up National Coaches week, you are vital to the success of our club and we appreciate all you do for the Cruisers Family.

September 22, 2021: Issue with fee reimbursement


Hello Cruisers Family!


We are so excited to be starting the registration process and so look forward to seeing our athletes return to sport in the coming weeks.

We regret to inform you that we have run into some difficulties with our registration platform automatically applying the credit from 2020 registration fees to your account.

In order to ensure the registration process is as smooth and accurate as possible for all of our members, we kindly ask that you do the following when registering:

  1. Renew Cruisers membership for the 2021-2022 season
  2. Press invoice me before paying fees
  3. Wait for an updated invoice to be sent from Cruisers Sports (please allow up to 12 hours for this to occur).

Cruisers Sports will ensure on the backend that your credit has been applied and we will then send you an updated invoice with credit reflected in total owing.

Please pay the updated invoice at your earliest convenience.

Please note that all first installment payments must be paid prior to first practice, unless you have applied for a bursary and payment plan. If this is the case, you must pay the Cruisers membership fee prior.

September 20, 2021: IMPORTANT ~ Registration Information


Hello Cruisers Family!


We are so excited to announce that we will be proceeding with the 2021-2022 season. As we embark on a new season whilst still in unprecedented times, we would like to pass on some important information for the upcoming season prior to completing your registration package.


Registration:

Thanks to the Community Sports Club Fund Grant (provided by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture and distributed to us through the Ontario Para Network and Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Association), we are thrilled that we are able to lower our registration costs this season by $100. In the past (pre-COVID), fees for the first competitive sport were $350 per athlete and $100 for each additional sport (with an additional $50 hockey fee). For the 2021/22 season, the registration fee will be $250 per athlete for the first competitive sport and $100 per additional sport in addition to the Cruisers membership fees.

This year registration payments can be paid in two separate installments.

September - December 31st - First Installment ($50 membership fee + $125 for first sport + [ $50 hockey fee ] + [ $50 additional sport])

January 1st - Second Installment (2nd half of sport fees) - An invoice will be generated in January (this is a back-up plan in case COVID protocols change again)

Athletes will not be able to participate in their sport unless the first installment is paid in full or a guaranteed payment plan has been approved.

For those athletes who paid their first installment for the 2020 season but were unable to return to in-person programming due to the lockdowns, your account will be credited prior to registration opening. As a result, you will only be required to complete the registration package and pay the 2021 Cruisers membership fee as your first installment.

Please note, payment and registrations are due prior to your first practice. Athletes must be registered using the above steps before entering the gym/ice.

We will never stop a player from playing because of financial reasons. If the above costs are challenging for you, please consider the following options. First, please apply for a bursary. Second, please complete the payment installment plan. Our registration director will follow up with you regarding the payment plan.

If you have any questions/concerns/problems with the registration process, please email Liza Sneyd (Director of Registration) at registration@cruisers-sports.com.


Cruisers Bursary:

We are happy to announce that we will be offering Cruisers Bursaries again this year. If you are in need of financial assistance, we strongly encourage you to complete the bursary application.


Vaccination Requirements:

In keeping with the recent Government of Ontario orders and announcements from our governing sport bodies, all Cruisers members (athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers - including parents) who are 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination in order to participate or attend in-person Cruisers Sports programming and activities.

Further details regarding implementation of this policy, exemption qualifications, providing proof of vaccination, etc. will be available in the near future as we work through updating our Return to Sport protocols to align with these recent government orders.


Seasonal Outlook:

All Sports Directors will be sending out an overview of what the season will look like for individual sports in the coming days.

Any questions, please ask.

September 15, 2021: Check out our Silent Auction!!


Hello Cruisers Family!


The Golf Silent Auction is now Live!

Check out our Silent Auction in support of the Golf Tournament:

https://app.bidbeacon.com/activity/#N4R9AD


If you download the Bid Beacon app, you can get updates when you get outbid, and when the auction is about to end. Just use code N4R9AD

You DON'T need to be at the Golf Tournament to pick up your item, we'll contact you if you're the winner and arrange pickup.

September 4, 2021: Cruisers Registration Information for 2021-2022


Hello Cruisers Community,


We all know that September is a highly anticipated time for our Cruisers family as the newest seasons are on the horizon. We wanted to let you know that the Board is currently working on all aspects of the organization and structure for the upcoming seasons, including the registration process. As you are all aware, we continue to experience unprecedented times and we are doing our best to navigate through this as we prepare to return to sport in the most seamless way possible.

You can expect to hear an update from us with regards to the upcoming seasons by mid-to-late September. At that time, we will be able to share registration dates, processes and fees, as well as return to sport protocols.

We are so excited to be reunited again in sport.

Stay safe and stay tuned!


Liza S.



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