As usual school Xmas carols and Xmas parties are causing havoc with our playing schedule again this year.
Its hard for us to move games as this often effects many other teams as well.
If teams have to forfeit please do that early to avoid a financial penalty.
Lots of complaints about the floors this season.
The floors are being cleaned but the
issue for us is the dust due to the location of our stadium.
Also the seal surface is wearing off, they are due for a reseal at Christmas time.
Compare the below puicture to the dull floors we currently have !!
This week we lost another Whyalla Basketball legend.
Ray Williamson, a legend of the Whyalla Basketball Association and the Spartans basketball Club, passed away in Tasmania, aged 59.
Ray began playing basketball as a 13 – 14 year old back when junior basketball first started in Whyalla. He played all of his junior career and early senior with YMCA. In around 1976 YMCA changed its name to Spartans and then in 2003 Spartans combined with Robinettes and became Titans.
Ray played in the dominant Spartans men’s A grade side of the 1980’s, when the side won multiple Whyalla A grade premierships as well as several Pt. Augusta A grade premierships. Ray was a Mens A grade MVP winner in 1986.
Ray was also a great coach, putting many hours into junior basketball. He coached Spartans Men’s A grade, Women’s A grade, Whyalla Steeler’s under 14’s, 16’s and under 18 girls and was an Assistant coach for SA Country under 16 girls at the National Championships in the mid 80’s.
Ray and his beautiful wife Anna, had a daughter Katrina, in 1988 and left Whyalla a few years later when Ray won a job in Wollongong where Ray continued his love of basketball.
Their daughter Katrina represented NSW Country basketball as an under 18.
At one stage, for a period of a few years, Ray was a part owner of the Illawarra / Wollongong Hawks NBL team.
Even after relinquishing his part ownership of the team, Ray maintained involvement. A major sponsor of the team had no real understanding of basketball, so appointed Ray as an observer / interpreter of the team’s performance, where Ray would watch all the teams matches and then report on their performance to that sponsor.
In recent years Ray and Anna had moved from Wollongong to Tasmania, while Katrina had worked in marketing the UK.
Most of this us written from memory of Ray as a friend, business partner, a basketball opponent and sometimes team mate, and a great guy. Sincere apologies for any slight inaccuracies.
-No names can be added to the score sheet of a game after half time. Eg if a player fouls out in the last quarter you can't grab some random fill in player that may be standing by.
-There is a misconception that if a player doesn't take the crt before half time they can not take part in the game. This is a very old rule and no longer applies. As long as your name is on the score sheet you can come into a game at anytime.
I have a couple MC teams complaining about early games on Tuesday nights, due to shift work commitments. They would like to swap their 5:45 or 6:40 games for later games, but many other teams are in the same boat so we can't do that without agreement from both parties. If your Tuesday night team would rather not play those 8:30 or 9:30 games let me know please.
The Umpiring committee are submitting a proposal to the management committee next weekend to give a 10%(approximate) pay rise to all refs. If approved this would be a nice surprise for the start of this season.
There are plans to increase the pay rate even further by voluntary participation in a Referees Champion program targeted at those driven to achieve official recognition for their efforts(accreditation levels). This program is still being developed at the moment.
The WBA is always looking for new refs. Clinics are ran frequently and refs are expected to attend. A beginners course is scheduled for next week before the start of Summer season. If you or someone you know is interested please inbox us for more details.
Get to know one of Whyalla's young stars!
In January Jorja played in the Under 16 Girls Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury. From this tournament she was chosen in the ACJBC (Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup) team to play in a tournament in New Zealand over Easter. In July she represented SA Country in the Under 16 Girls National Championships in Perth.
After starting out as a little girl with Demons Under 9’s in 2011, Jorja has moved quickly through the ranks of Whyalla Basketball, winning MVP’s in Under 15’s and 17’s and playing in Whyalla’s A grade competition since she was 13.
A little while ago, Jorja must have realised she had some spare time, so, with the support of her family, she took up the opportunity to also play in Adelaide District competition each Friday evening where she has now played for Norwood for the past three seasons.
In September I asked Jorja to sit down in one spot for a minute or two so I could speak with her after what had so far been a pretty full on 2017, of travel and basketball.
After many hrs of arguing and moving teams back and forth the 1st month of of 2017/18 Summer season has finally been released.
After the 1st week or 2 of the season, once all teams are confirmed and settled we will publish the rest of the schedule in full. Clubs have been told that we will not be changing the schedule at a drop of the hat after negative feedback about doing that last season. Any necessary changes will only occur with direct to both all parties involved.
It is a very tight schedule which is good for the WBA as it means we are fully utilizing our facilities but it does make it hard to fit in all our teams.
We have listened to our members and avoided grades being split over different nights. The only exception at this stage is U11B which we can't fit into Friday so that is spilling over to the occasional Saturday game. Not splitting nights of play does means teams on Tues & Wed are getting more 9:30games when there is a spare slot on Thurs at 8:30 but that is what people said they would prefer. We will continue to review this situation.
There are unfortunately a few merged grades this season. Under 9B's and U11B's will be monitored and reviewed at rd 5. As will U17B's who for the 1st time in along time have 8 teams which may allow us to split to Div A and B at mid season.
Please check the schedule hopefully we haven't missed anybody.
Good luck to all teams
Clubs are frantically trying to put teams together before this Thursdays Team Nomination meeting.
If you haven't registered yet get to it ASAP before you miss out.
Summer Season begins after the oct schools holidays and runs thru to the March Long weekend.
Use the WBA website to find details of Club contacts if required.
Why does Basketball suffer from more forfeits than another sport (that I know). WBA played nearly 900 games this Winter season and had over 40 forfeits. That’s less than 5%, doesn’t sound so bad but that’s 500 players that missed out on playing a game that they paid fees to play!!
In that same period there was “2” forfeits at Netball and “1” forfeit at football.
Interestingly statistics for the last 6 season show Basketball forfeits are not directly related to the time of the game, a particular day, time of year or grade. Stats do show that scheduling games in school holidays is stupid and we won’t be doing that again.
The WBA are proactively looking at ways to reduce forfeits and want your help.
Suggestions on the table:
What do you think we could do to prevent forfeits?
This year Basketball Australia(BA) is insisting all basketballers in the state sign up individually online via "The Basketball Network" and pay their affiliation levies separately, these are normally incorporated into your club Fees.
All clubs are managing this differently but for the most part players will invited to do this after first registering with your club.
There will by 2 options: One is FREE and the other will cost you per $34(junior) or $49(Senior). Unfortunately only members that played for the WBA in Winter get to tick the FREE box, as they have already paid their Affiliation fees.
Please note this is not a new fee or an increase in your overall fees over the year.
To add to the confusion BA defines anyone too old to play U12's an adult!!
When the time comes if you you have any questions or concerns ask club or inbox us:)