About the SAA
The Schalmont Athletic Association (SAA) is an active organization of interested parents, community members, alumni parents and students.
We promote Schalmont student-athletes and their athletic programs. We strive to provide school spirit, school pride and recognition of our student-athletes. We are a group of volunteers who work to generate funds that are used to provide improvements in our facilities, school spirit activities and universal equipment that are beyond what can be provided by the school district. The SAA has also traditionally granted scholarship awards to graduating senior varsity athletes.
Fundraising activities include our annual golf tournament in the fall, annual bowling tournament in the winter, apparel sales and the continuous operation of our concession stands.
Some examples of our larger purchases include a new portable sound system, improvements to the area surrounding the outside concession stand, a large contribution towards the varsity baseball backstop, a scoreboard topper for the stadium field, a new score board for one of the new soccer/football fields, a beautiful entrance mat for the gym lobby, tred sled conditioning equipment, an awning for the concession stand and concession equipment. We also contributed a great deal to our homecoming events offering the DJ, raffle prizes, rented tents and hiring play equipment.
We generally have several requests for financial assistance on our plate from coaches, district and parent representatives, which we continually explore.
We would like to invite you to consider joining the SAA. We meet once a month at 7 p.m. in the high school library. We generally meet on the second Wednesday of the month. Dates of our meetings are posted on the district calendar. There is a one time per year membership fee of $1 that can be paid at the meeting when you attend.
Team Parent and Coach Responsibilities
Choose Team Parent(s) at Meet the Coaches Night:
Obtain parent contact information from all parents at meet the coaches night, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses. At the end of the night, please return the completed list to one of the SAA members present.
We strongly encourage all teams to have the concession stand in operation for all of your team’s home games. This adds to a nice atmosphere for your team and visiting teams.
The concession stands will be stocked and opened for all teams who arrange a parent worker schedule for their games. This is why you need the parent contact information. Many teams have hung a copy of their schedule with the working parent’s phone numbers in the concession stand which is very helpful. Please encourage all parents to participate. A member of the SAA will be there to assist in opening/closing the stand.
Each team is offered an opportunity during their season to use a concession stand for the purpose of fundraising. The date requested can not be a regularly scheduled game/event. This is generally a team hosted tournament or such. A request for concession stand use form will be available in the athletic director and HS offices. Please fill this out and submit it to the SAA. A representative from the team is also requested to attend the SAA meeting prior to the date requested to inform the SAA of this request. An SAA member needs to agree to sponsor this day by opening/closing and ensuring that SAA guidelines are followed. The team parents are requested to help in relocating and replacing the SAA’s concession goods in the stand before and after the event.
All activities for this day/night should be coordinated with the Athletic Director. Some teams have the team parent in charge of this and others have parents of the team juniors do this.
The SAA will pay for the flowers for the seniors. We will allow up to $10 for each senior to be used for flowers, balloons or whatever you wish. The team parent will order them and pay for them and then submit a receipt to the SAA for reimbursement. Please contact the SAA for a tax exempt form prior to the ordering. Price Chopper does a great job with flowers and also gives a discount on balloons if you tell them it’s for a Schalmont school when the order is placed.
Team parents generally coordinate with the coach to organize their team banquet. Most teams prefer a program banquet and invite all teams (modified, freshmen, JV and Varsity). Please contact the SAA for a tax exempt form to use at the banquet facility of your choice. ALL CHECKS need to be made out to the team coordinator of the event and then one check given to the SAA for the total amount. The SAA will then issue that person a check for the amount given to us and made payable to the banquet facility. Please check with the athletic director to let him know the date you have secured for you banquet to avoid any conflicts.
The SAA feels that one of our most important roles is to recognize our student-athletes at Schalmont. The SAA awards special keychains to athletes/teams who have won a league season championship (Colonial Council or other), or individuals with accomplishments for their season. Some examples of individual awards we have given include – new school record and sectional place finals. The school board also acknowledges such teams/athletes and we try to do this in conjunction with them at a regularly scheduled school board meeting. Teams will be notified/invited by the District Office. It is very important that the coach and or the team parent make the SAA aware of such accomplishments. We are just a group of parents who all volunteer and although we try our best, we may not be aware of everything.
It is also strongly suggested that coaches and/or designated parent submit team results at the end of each season to the communications department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information you provide can be used in district publications and posted on the website. Digital pictures are also greatly appreciated. You can also contact the district’s Communications Specialist directly at (518) 355-9200, ext. 4006.