Lizzie Lay-up
Two months ago

Junior basketball in Newcastle needs your help

http://chng.it/MycVWP7d

Long time reader - first time poster and hoping anyone in the community who values grassroots junior basketball and dedicated volunteers might sign the above petition.

This is the second time in weeks that a large NSW Country association has been at the mercy of some very poor decision-making at Board and Management level. BNSW has stepped in and assisted Port Macquarie Association. It is early days yet for Newcastle.

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Red84  
Two months ago

What is the reasoning used by Newcastle BA for excluding 4 clubs from the winter comp? Can someone - who is supportive of Newcastle's moves - make the case in this forum please? They probably have a good reason.
That said, no one likes to see the door slammed in the face of volunteers and players - we all will like to see the game prosper. Will Newcastle reach out to players and volunteers affected by the move, or will they consider them collateral damage?

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

NBL in Newie, pfffft

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Lizzie Lay-up  
Two months ago

As the original poster I can't make the case from their side but they do have a statement in the news section on their website.

"The changes we are making are necessary so we can align with almost every other basketball association in Australia that operates under this model of governance, finance and making our sport more affordable for everyone."

I have not been around basketball long (two years) and come from two other sports which are both completely volunteer run at domestic level in NSW so I ask this genuinely. Are juniors run by paid employees in all the other associations?

These four clubs are run by four committees of volunteers. Closing the door on the volunteers and transferring the running of the competition to the association where all of the employees are paid and there’s already a $500K wages bill (also on the website) makes little sense if they plan on making the sport more affordable.

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Nix 78  
Two months ago

I am not taking anyone's side here, but the cost of playing varies greatly between clubs, the association asserts that they can offer a better product for less cost per head for the players.
The club system has worked well for some people, but like anything that involves people, it also creates conflict, unworkable rules and positions which lead to people walking away.

I think questions are being asked about the value for money of the current systems... the clubs only operate for 20 weeks of the year, so anything that gets quality games happening every week has got to be better than that. The volunteers, rightly, say it’s too hard to run comps year round, so maybe a change is needed.

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Red84  
Two months ago

Lizzie, this is a local issue and almost all readers of this forum will be in the dark about the details.
Associations are responsible for governance standards in the comps they administer. They have grants at stake and insurance premiums to pay. And - in this age of social media - failures at a local club reflect poorly on the reputation of the regional administrator.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Contact Jan Hilton
Lives in Swansea,wallarah street opposite caravan park at Swansea.
Loves to develop grassroots basketball
Very passionate with basketball especially Juniors .


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