This is another black eye on the state of Basketball in SA.
Whilst I feel badly for the Forestville girls, by the laws of the game, the club is at fault for playing a player from another club without receiving a clearance first.
That said, how does BSA let this happen for 9 games over a season without finding the issue and fixing it in the first instance? In the best interests of the sport and its participants!
There are numerous mechanisms to stop this from happening and BSA as the 'leader of the sport in SA' have the duty to provide governance structures that benefit the sport positively.
Previously, the competition staff would have CSO check the database at stadiums and notify them of players on score sheets who were not registered. Often this would simply be an incorrect spelling or other such error. But often they found and fixed non registration errors.
Secondly, BSA has had the option of using stadium scoring, which again would not allow for these kinds of issues to occur.
Finally, and this is purely a personal view, BSA has had a habit of doing a great job of dividing clubs to stop them from working together. And currently the clubs have been seeming to become more and more united in its concerns about BSA management.
I would hope the the new CEO and his competition management staff would be able to recognize that they are at fault here for allowing this to occur unchecked and to provide a reasonable solution for the future.
So if you are a member of the Forestville team, I suggest they you take this up with BSA and not direct your concerns to Eastern Mavericks. As a united Basketball Adelaide and their clubs is far more likely to be able to generate improvements of this nature.