Earlier this year
What will BSA do in aftermath?
Everyone has a story to tell about the ineptitude of BSA, whether it's lateness of fixtures, forgetting to supply referees for makeup games, failure to handle complaints etc.
How are they going to respond, hands are tied in a lot of instances currently with games cancelled, stadiums closed, restricted gatherings maybe going forward.
BSA need to step up and get their shit together. They're going to have plenty of time to plan an action plan and get on with it. This shouldn't be restricted to district games but to all areas of basketball, social comps, school ball, elite programs and school visits. A great opportunity is there to get out there when restrictions are lifted to try and get kids playing that previously haven't. Have a plan in place if a semblance of winter season can be salvaged, be it just 1 round and finals. Have state champs in October if need be, keep the kids in current teams but let them have a chance to compete for a chance.
Speak to social comps and rec centres and see what can be done to assist.
Focus on proper referee training, make sure there's a level of consistency out there instead of constantly ignoring it. Everyone knows games are called differently at different stadiums, put onus on umpires in charge to make tough calls, if a ref is making up shit, pull them aside and if need be put them with someone that can teach them properly, be it at different area. If they crack shits, piss them off and promote others willing to show they can do job. Umpires in charge or stadium staff, crack down on coaches and spectators. Loud mouth coaches get away with murder because they can and always have. Enforce code of conduct.
Get state programs under control and get proper coaches that don't favour club affiliation. Get rid of hangers on that just want that tracksuit when they have no idea.
This is at least a once in a generation emergency that affects all of society, not just basketball. BSA staff have been told to work at home, but what can they do. The sport can take a huge step in starting afresh instead of the old, this is the way we've always done it. Stop the big clubs leading the governing body, make the clubs accountable but have a fair involvment in getting things on track. Some clubs struggle with involvment from communities, help them out and the competition gets better, rather than big clubs saying we'll do what we want. Try and fix the huge turnover in staff, always seeing new appointments, most inexperienced kids seeing dollar signs, no training, get stressed and leave.
Huge gap between good umpires and bad. As said, coach and crowd behaviour disgusting at times.
C'mon BSA, instead of sitting at home doing home improvements, get on phones, when meetings allowed, do something. Speak to interstate or overseas people and find the best model. Now is best time to rise from ashes and make basketball relevant and best run competition in state and national.