Having older children now its been a while since I have ventured out to Saturday morning basketball. With my youngest daughter, Georgia, now starting umpiring unfortunately I have lost my Saturday sleep in :(
I do love watching the U7 kids play:
Firstly they are so small small and cute it just makes me laugh. But more importantly they all just love it. Sure sometimes it looks more like a football match with kids going flying everywhere(the boys that is) but there is no malice involved like the older grades. They are all just having a red hot go!!
The score board is turned off which is annoying but like it or not it keeps the game friendly and less emotive making the focus participation as it should be. The kids don't care
The parents are passive, again very unlike the Jekyll and Hyde's that you often see on Thursday and Friday nights.
And the highlight for most of the U7's and u9's is the halftime free throw shot. What a great initiative that has been to give every single player the chance to get an open unopposed goal every week, it is gold for these kids. No other associations that I am aware of do this, but in my opinion it should be adopted nationally at this level. Thank you to ex 36er's coach Marty Clarke for giving us this suggestion.
And Finally, the after game high 5 walk thru, this is new to me and i love it.
See you all next week :)
For those members that usually play friday nights they may have noticed that rd 7 games Friday games are missing. This is due to the Pt pirie junior Carnival next weekeend. Most families have to travel over after work Friday thus many teams will be minus players and there definately won't be any umpires as most of our refs play representative basketball.
The plan is for these missed games to played on a saturday night early next year, maybe the Saturday before school goes back. The actual date is yet to be confirmed, stay tuned.
Whyalla Basketball Players that have been selected for South Australia Country Basketball Development Teams in Albury and Melbourne in Jan 2017.
Left to Right: Carla Payne, Georgia Hoffmann, Gabby Rodda, Jordan Lynch, Ashalea Perry, Jorja Eldridge, Hannah Neil, Lucy Cloe, Lachlan Phillips (reserve), Dillon Coathupe, Owen Raneberg, Shantae Barnes-Cowan (reserve), Absent: Torsten Birrell (reserve), Tia Bails, A.J Day.
After 12 months of state development training, selected boys and girls from around South Australia attended Murray Bridge at the weekend of November 5-6 for the final trials before team selection.
Three teams of 10 players each (boys and girls) have been selected from this group of players.
Whyalla will have very strong representation with six girls and two boys being chosen to participate in the South Australian Country Development Teams in Albury, New South Wales, in January.
Dedication and commitment has seen these children travel to training camps all across South Australia and compete against the best for these positions.
Without a doubt, the commitment from the coaching staff in Whyalla has been incredible and with their continued support and direction the children have become some of the best in South Australia.
Best of luck to the boys and girls in their basketball journey. Athletes from all sports aspire to represent their city in higher competition and the young basketballers are no exception.
In this case, they have taken the honour a step farther by being chosen to perform for the South Australian country development teams.
Whyalla will be keen for the boys and girls to taste success and will always be proud of their contributions.
As well, the help extended to them by their parents and care-givers cannot be under-estimated
Not pictured are boys Dillon Coathupe and Lauchlan Phillips.
All Players and coaches are reminded that as off this week rnd 5. All players must be in the correct uniform as registered to the WBA. Failure to do so results in 10 pt score penalty for each player that doesn't comply. This includes uniform number clashes.
The only exception to this is if a fill in player is used, say to prevent a forfeit. In this case the uniform must still be turned inside out however there is new score penalty.
Please don't abuse the games managers or refs that is the rules as agreed by all clubs
Clubs will be getting together this Sundayt to look at regrading some teams and splitting some grades into Divisions namely U11B's, U9G's, U13G's,WB, MC.
If you have an opinion on such matters make sure your club knows your position.
The goal of the WBA is to create a fair competition where all teams are competing in the appropraite grade.
It annoys me when people make this claim.
The WBA's biggest annual cost is umpiring. Despite this we still struggle all the time to get umpires.
Umpires are paid based on their grading but did you know even with no grading at all any adult senior referee is paid $10-12 a game. True, this is not enough to retire on but on top of this, If you umpire at least one game on the night that you play you will be admitted FREE of charge!!
Under this system you effectively get played to play as well as earn enough money to admit a friend or partner. as well as pay for your player repistration fees.
Thus their is "$0" cost to play baasketball. + If more players did just one game a night the burden on the few refs we do have would be greatly reduced
The WBA is always looking for umpires both senior and Junior. To enquire about getting involved Contact Deb Milne on 0434786847.
NOTE: There is a referee training camp planned for this weekend. Contact Kimbery Smmomds if you are interested in 04477769
Tonight the umpiring committee agreed to ask the WBA exec to adopt its recommendation that any player or coach that receives a double tech foul in a game will be ejected (as per the Rule book) as well as a mandatory reportable offense. Such reports will be handled administratively as they do in the AFL these days. A penalty will be imposed, the player has the option to accept or face the tribunal to plead their case. This action is in the wake of an exceptionally large number of tech fouls being called in the 1st few weeks of the competition. Players need to understand that this is not acceptable behaviour.
After some confusion last season it was voted at a recent WBA meeting that 3 pointers do not count in U13’s.
U15’s and above all use the outer white 3 point line.
The reasoning is their is no value in this game style at this age. the WBA discourage juniors to shoot from “3pt land” unless they are strong enough to do so without adversely affecting their technique.
Sometimes there are mistakes and the schedule is just wrong but often its just that the WBA is too nice:
- Multiple Coaches makes requests to accommodate their busy schedules (Wildcats president Greg Hayes is coaching 8 teams this season)
- Players playing in multiple teams make requests to not clash their matches (many players are playing 3 games a week this season).
- We allow teams that are inappropriately nominated to be regraded.
- We sometimes split grades to improve the competition.
- Sometimes teams just pull out of the competition.
- Rather than endure forfeits we allow teams to move games to prevent forfeits (i did this on Fri night, thank you to the other clubs that accommodated this).
- To reduce late night games were we can we try to bring games forward to vacant time slots from notified forfeits.
- We often bend to accommodate other sports or events.
The WBA doesn't make these changes flippantly and we don't do it without notifying the club or teams involved. And we try our hardest to not change any games a week before its scheduled to be played.
The morale of this story: Check the schedule weekly online to avoid missing one of these changes.
I won't say that there wee no issues this week but all in all it went quite smoothly considering.
We have some stuff to work on eg some junior grades look like they may need some massaging.
We had some players play unregistered or below there registered grade. They may have some fines coming their way.
It was disappointing to see a number of senior and junior refs leave our ranks over the season break but it is great and refreshing to see some familiar faces back on crt helping out.
WBA is looking for new gate keepers and Games managers. These are paid positions if you are interested contact Pat Kemp or inbox us.
Jeff Spry was elected to the position of WBA President at the AGM last year. This position is for a 2 year term.
I caught up with Jeff in the middle of this term to get to know him a little and to talk about what he sees as the biggest challenges facing Whyalla Basketball at the moment and how he measures the WBA’s success in meeting these challenges. Jeff is a proud South Australian and claims to always support the South Australian team so you’ll never guess who he nominated as the “sports person he would most like to be, if he could be anyone”.