Profile info on our School Holiday Coaching Clinic Staff
Now in his 50’s well known and respected American born Ricky Simpson played US Collegiate basketball as an athletic point guard before leaving to pursue his career in Australia.
Ricky started his NBL career with Newcastle Falcons in 1986. Then Played for the Hobart Devils in 1989-1990. In between these dates Ricky Simpson and Al Green managed to play a charity match here in Whyalla as imports for a Brorowa V Spartans match.
Ricky’s biggest Australian Claim to fame was in the ABL(league below the NBL) where he played and coached for Woodville Warriors and the Central Districts Lions, winning an ABL title in 2000 and ABL Coach of the year that year.
Ricky's passion has always been coaching for which his has filled numerous roles at all levels.
In 2017 CENTRAL Districts Basketball Club appointed Ricky Simpson as coach of their Premier League men side. His program involves not just the Premier League, but the reserves and the under 23s.
Ricky is also currently the Courts Manager of the Gawler Starplex complex in Adelaide which is the home of the Central District Lions.
Kevin Brooks Is a retired American professional basketball player. Born in 1969 in Beaufort, South Carolina, Brooks graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Brooks was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round as the 18th pick of the 1991 NBA draft. He was immediately traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he played 126 games in three seasons from 1991–1994 as a 1.98m tall Forward.
With the Adelaide 36ers looking for a second import in the 1998 NBL season, Brooks' friend and former Nuggets teammate Darnell Mee recommended him to the 36ers. After his first training session with the team, Brooks' teammates thought he would not last a week in the NBL. However, they soon found Brooks was the real deal averaging 19.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games in his 1st 2 seasons in the NBL.
Brooks went on to win back-to-back championships with the 36er’s in 1998 and 1999. Brooks was named the NBL Grand Final MVP in 1998 during the 36ers 2–0 sweep of the South East Melbourne Magic,
In 1999–2000, the NBL refused to let Adelaide register Brooks as it was believed doing so would put the 36ers over the leagues salary cap.
In his international career, Brooks has competed in France, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Sweden & New Zealand.
Since his retirement KB has embarked on many coaching assignments, currently he is the Assistant Coach to Joey wright of the Adelaide 36ers.
Holiday fun for all.
Ran by 2 legends of South Australian Basketball. This camp is open to anyone in the community not just WBA members.
Get in early to get the discount and tell your friends.
I think I may attend as KB was my hero back in the day!!
The Finals schedule has been released for a while now for comments. We will be playing a 1v4 and 2v3 format to finish before the show. It has been bought to our attention recently that even though it is scheduled it is not showing up on the Fixture pages.
Its annoying as each game is named as 1st or 2nd semi but when they shown on the fixture grid that detail is not displayed.
At the completion of the minor rnd team names will be automatically are populated into this grid and then show up propoerly on the website/gameday App, we hope.
The new tablet scoring system is a big hit with most people. So much so that we have people volunteering to score. Often these people are children. Often these children are not treating this role with the respect it requires!!
We have evidence of playing/tinkering with scores and fouls during games, anybody can see this thanks to the play by play feature on the results website. The tablets are not toys.
The score-sheet/tablet is the official document that records the game, if a child makes a mistake while using it that mistake stands, not the scoreboard. For this reason the WBA has a bylaw that says all scorers must be at least 12 y.o.
In this short 12 week winter season competition there were many grades not playing an equal number of games . The WBA understand that members pay their money with the expectation of playing as many games as possible in a fair competition. With this in mind the WBA have scheduled makeup games for all those teams that were left short of a game. These will be played on a Sat night on the 30th June. We felt this is better option than rescheduling for the school holidays when many people are away.
Please let us know ASAP if your team can't make this game.
The 1st draft finals schedule has also been released to clubs fro comment Semi's 6th - 8th Aug, GF's 9th-10th Aug.
Whyalla Basketball Association AGM, Sunday 3rd June at the stadium 7.00pm. Positions declared vacant Vice President and Treasurer.
All members welcome and encouraged to attend.
We are coming into a horrible time regarding scheduling / fixtures.
- This week is SAPSASA with lots of kids away affecting the U12 and U14 comps.
- Next week is the long weekend with the state champs in many junior sports being held which is going to impact heavily on Friday night games.
- Monday of the long weekend we have games scheduled which will or won't work depending on who makes State champ netball finals on that Monday.
Remember if your team needs to forfeit do so ASAP to avoid a fine. Forfeits must be notified by lunch time of the day the game is scheduled to allow us to notify rearrange and cancel officials.
Attention parents/caregivers of players born in 2008 and 2009.
Jenna Edwards and Ruth Rowlands will be running skill based development training every other Sunday over winter.
These trainings are open to any players WHO ARE INTENDING TO TRIAL for Steelers in Summer & are born in 2008 & 2009.
1st session 11-12pm this Sunday at the stadium please bring a BALL!!.
If you have any questions please inbox Ruth Rowlands on face book or respond to this email
Juniors U14 and below clock doesn’t stop for anything other than injury timeouts. No timeouts are permitted in the last 2 minutes of any 1/4, no substitutions are permitted in the last minute of any 1/4, both are deemed as time wasting.
U16’s and above clock stops for time outs and all whistles in the last 2 mins of the game.
1/4 and 3/4 time is 1 minute half time is 2 minutes.
Timeouts are 1 min.
Our games routinely run late as scorers and refs don't adhere to these timing conditions. Our score bench Timing Consoles have a button on the bottom row called timeout start and stop. When this is pressed a visual 60 sec count down is started. An audible beep will alert the refs that it is time to restart. This feature can also be used to keep 1/4 and 3/4 time breaks on track!!!
Tablets were used in anger for the 1st time this week to score a whole nights play. Besides a few minor hiccups all went really well. It will take the rest of the season to work thru the inevitable issues.
Games are running late at the moment due to the implementation of the tablet technology.
A culture change needs to occur: Coaches, Scorers and Referee's are used to walking up to the bench 10 secs before the game starts. Due to the requirement to check in all players before the game starts (which has always been the rule we just never did it) that can't happen anymore.
The scoring process now starts 5 mins before the game starts!!
-The tablets are showing many players as unregistered even though they are registered. Ignore this and just soldier on until we can work out why it is doing that.
-The Tablet game clock is to be run in parallel with the actual game clock however it has no "official" role in the game.
IMPORTANT: Always ensure the tablet clock runs at least 10 secs behind the game clock. This helps to ensure actions that occur late in the ¼ are logged correctly, eg if the tablet clock expires and you enter a foul that foul will be booked to the next ¼.
-You can start a game via the tablet in less than 30 secs!!! Manually adding fill-in players to teams Pregame is what takes time.
Clubs are asked to consider adding all potential fill in players to team lists senior and junior for each team to allow then to be checked in quickly and easily.
-Incorrect uniform numbers also delays the start of game. If you know your uniform number is wrong each week on the score sheet email your club and let them know so they can amend this in the Database.
-Players that turn up late are asked to “verbally check in” thru the score bench to give scorers a chance to add them.
Thank you to everyone for being patient and helping out.
This season after we failed to get up an U8Girls competition the decision was made to mix this grade. Its early days but that seems to be working well.
Coaches and Parents are reminded that the U8 competition is a modified competition, its fundamentally purely development, fun, non competitive and participation focused.We deliberately don’t publish scores or ladders for this competition as they are irrelevant!!
Examples of what I am talking about are teams playing Statues in Defence to let 1st time players score their 1st goal, lending players to the other team to stop forfeits (there should never be a forfeit in U8’s), switching players around between teams to make the game more even, etc
In U8’s this season we have a number of teams struggling to make the 5:45 start due to clashes with Soccer. We want these kids to play so rather than remove these teams the WBA have pushed back the Tuesday night game start times to 5:50pm.
The playing time will still be 4 x 10min ¼’s. We will just ask the umpires to ensure we keep these games on time 1min ¼ time breaks 2 min ½ time breaks.
This change will commence from rnd 3.