The 1st draft winter finals schedule has been out for a month or so now. For the 1st time for many years the WBA have decided to play finals after the Whyalla Show to lengthen the Season for members.
However this means that our finals clash with the Annual Netball presentation night. To limit the impact on the WBA we scheduled as many female finals as possible to the Friday night and left predominately Male finals on Saturday night.
This is not ideal but with the amount of grades/teams playing this season this is the best we could do.
If you can foresee an issue with the existing schedule let your club know ASAP so they can address this with the WBA.
Junior Development training sessions are going to be held for all U9's & U11's (All clubs) as a development initiative, to both increase the skills of our younger players in WBA and to further develop new and experienced coaches.
Players from all clubs and ability levels are urged to attend.
This year in the face of complaints around the length of the winter season the committee decided to play 1 week of games in the 2nd week of the school holidays, a plan fraught with forfeits.
Thus WBA will as it has done in the past reward any team that notifes early (24 hrs in advance) of an impending forfeit by giving them the standard 1 premiership pt for the loss. So coaches please talk to your players and notify early as possible, that will also give us the chance to move some klate night games forward.
I hate forfeits full stop but un-notified forfeits make my blood boil.....Please do the right thing and notify.
Local basketball talent Max Boothey is hoping to take the next step towards accomplishing his dream of playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Max has been invited to participate in eight basketball tournaments in the United States as part of a team put together by former National Basketball League (NBL) player Mark Davis.
He will also be given the opportunity to attend NBA games and participate in a training camp hosted by college basketball.
But the price is steep and Max hopes to win community support to make the trip and get closer to his dream.
He has put in some hard yards already in his pursuit of excellence.
“I have trained with Mark Davis, Butch Hays and Willie Simmons and since they have played in the NBL and NBA, they knew all of the advanced techniques,” he said.
Max is one of only two players to be chosen from Whyalla to compete in the US. Also attending are Dustin, Heidi and Katlyn Medwin
To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/get-max-to-usa-for-basketball.
As published by the Whyalla News
This topic has been around since I can remember. Currently the WBA run a 2 x cut off date system that is season specific. This contradicts the rest of the country that use the single national cut odd date of 31 Dec. Many other Associations however only play the ones season.
There are pro's and cons for both systems.
Basketball Australia are currently in the process of "forcing" every affiliated Association to adopt a new online registration system. If the WBA comply then it would make sense to change to the same 31 dec cut off date as the rest of the country.
Clubs need to be aware of this as it will greatly affect everyone and will determine how local clubs and the WBA operate in the future.
I have had numerous people approach me saying this is the worst season ever for changing games/ schedule mid season.
Firstly I agree with that and the WBA does apologize for this. However in our defense almost of these changes were planned and came from re grading decisions agreed to by "The clubs" back in round 4. The clubs are accountable for the competition and to be honest they got it wrong in many grades and we have been forced to clean up the competition.
The U9B and recent WD/WE WF was due to teams dropping out. Not the WBA's fault.
The WBA made a conscious decision to move some games mid season to eliminate 9:30pm rds on Mon and Wed. People whine endlessly about 9:30 games so to hear complaints that we are moving games around to reduce these late games is disappointing.
Clubs are notified of game changes a week before they occur and asked to notify necessary teams. Late minute changes less than 7 days e.g where we try to bring late games forward due to notified forfeits direct contact and agreement is attempted to be made with the teams themselves.
Again the WBA apologises for confusion caused by shifting games around but on the over foot we don't apologize for trying to make the competition the best it can be.
Reminder to all teams training at the stadium:
Stadium training is scheduled and booked thru clubs. There are costs associated with training to run the lights to cleans the floors , reseal the floors(costs $6000 per year) it is not a free service.
It is the coaches responsibity to collect the training key for training. It is kept at 42 Kloeden street, it hangs at the front door prior to allocated training times. If it is not there it usually mneans someone else has beaten you to it and the stadium is already open.
Once the stadium is open the training key is to be hung such that it is clearly visible to all users on the assigned hook in the stadium entrance on the left side of the foyer at the entrance to the ladies toilets.
The "last person" to leave the stadium is to turn all the lights and fans, etc off check the emergency exits are all shut then lock up the main entrance and return the training key to 42 Kloeden street. This gets confusing on week nights as the stadium is never empty when we leave as people are coming in for games. However it is still the training teams responsibility to return the training key.
There is a $50 fine for not returning the training key.
The blood rule is a rule used in many sports that states that an athlete that receives an open wound, is bleeding, or who has blood on them or their clothes, must immediately leave the playing area to receive medical attention.
In our sport this rarely occurs but when it does we are governed by State and national guidelines regarding procedures to make players and the playing arena safe.
Simply washing out a bloodied shirt with water or wiping up blood off the crt does not remove the risk to others.
There is blood kit upstairs in the office with Bleach etc for such instances.
The Blood rule purposefully overides our uniform policy rules to allow for soiled clothing including shoes to be replaced with any other suitable clothing, ie Uniform could be replaced with any t shirt, you can't where thongs as that is not suitable footwear. Teams are not expected to carry spare uniforms.
This policy can be annoying but it is there for a reason. Please don't take out your frustration on our refs, Court Supervisors or support staff its a rule we must abide by.
After great success running the U14 Training and Development weekend we have opened registrations for the U13(born 2005) Training and Development Weekend.
Whilst this weekend is not compulsory it is a great opportunity for all current U13 athletes to train with some of the best coaches SA Country has to offer along with improve their skills prior to U14 Development Team Trials in October.
Attendees at the training and development sessions do not have to have participated in the U13 Development Tournament or any SA Country run activities. This session is open to anyone keen to improve and learn more from Basketball.
The training price is $15.00 and this covers all three sessions over the weekend.
Whilst attendance at all three sessions is preferred we understand that this may not be possible with other sporting commitments. We just ask that individuals notify the SA Country office if they are unable to attend any of the sessions.
Details for the weekend including training times and the venue details are listed below.
|24th & 25th of June
U13 Training Weekend
|12pm – 2pm (Boys)
2pm – 4pm (Girls)
4pm – 6pm (Boys)
6pm – 8pm (Girls)
|The Rex - Barossa Aquatic & Fitness
75 Magnolia Road Tanunda
|8am – 10am (Boys)
10am – 12pm (Girls)
| The Rex - Barossa Aquatic & Fitness
75 Magnolia Road Tanunda
Again this is open to any Boy or Girl born in 2005. For any further enquires please contact Whyalla Head coach Jason Begelhole.
40 years ago, as the Whyalla Basketball Association prepared to open its new stadium at Jubilee Park, the Whyalla News published a number of articles, written by then President Keith Lenon. (An interview with Keith Lenon will appear on the WBA website soon). The articles covered the history of basketball in Whyalla to that time, the 3 year process of planning and building the stadium and the official opening ceremony. Below are extracts from those articles with some additional commentary to assist with perspective on what has been achieved.
Competitive basketball in Whyalla had a very modest beginning in late 1955, five men’s teams assembled at the old aerodrome (now on the western edge of the wetlands) and played under the control of a small committee headed by Mr Bob Swanson, the virtual founder of basketball in Whyalla. The population of Whyalla at the time was around 13,700 people when the Whyalla Town Commission’s Chairman, Mr C Ryan tossed the ball to start the first match with about 300 people attending.
Local sportsman John Rumball and Parker Dix were among the locals to play their first games of basketball that night and they both went on to have long distinguished basketball careers in Whyalla and were key players in many Whyalla representative teams that would play against other teams from around the state.
Over the next couple of years a women’s grade and a junior boys (under 17’s) were added taking the number of registered teams to 13 but by 1963 this number had risen to 24 teams leading to the decision to move from the one court facility at the old aerodrome to a venue on McBryde Tce, which had previously belonged to the Whyalla Women’s Basketball (now known as Netball) Association. (In those days what we now know as basketball was then known as International Rules Basketball).
Through the mid to late 1960’s basketball in Whyalla continued to grow, requiring the development of a third court on McBryde Tce and by 1971, with Whyalla’s population climbing to nearly 27,000 people the Whyalla International Rules Basketball Association included 98 teams across 14 grades.
Although now strong in numbers, the association was still very poor financially, being no closer to being able to finance a stadium than it had been 6 years earlier when it had only 24 teams.
At the AGM in 1970 Allan Castle was elected President of the Whyalla International Rules Basketball Association and with the strong committee under his stewardship within four years the association had raised enough money that the prospect of building our own stadium was a reality.
In 1974 a subcommittee headed by Barry Waddingham was set up to begin the ground work leading to the construction of the stadium. This sub-committee included local Lawyer, now Supreme Court Judge Wayne Chivell, Kym Marston, Val Robson, John Spooner and Mike Osborne.
In 1976, the Whyalla Recreation and Leisure Centre was opened allowing Whyalla basketballers to begin playing indoors, but the Association was still working towards a home to call its own.
By June 1977, with the help of a loan from the Whyalla City Council and a generous grant from the BHP Community Development Committee, the Whyalla Basketball Association had its new home at Jubilee Park with one indoor and 2 outdoor courts. Officially opened on June 18 1977, this would not have been possible without huge efforts and hours of voluntary work by people like Barry Waddingham, John Kirby, Jack Woodforde, Bruce Dunn, Parker Dix, Keith Lenon, Ray Girvan and Gunter Scheide. Sincere apologies to anyone we’ve missed.
By the early 1980’s, with Whyalla’s population around 31,000, the association now included 145 teams and the stadium had been expanded to now bring the two outdoor court indoors and giving Whyalla one of the best basketball stadiums in any regional centre in Australia.
Enjoy it. Take care of it. Be proud of it.
The stadium (1 indoor court plus 2 outdoor courts) as it looked when it was opened in 1977.
As of 2017, Whyalla population has reduced from its 1980’s numbers by nearly 30%, but the WBA has actually grown to include over 180 registered teams making it what we believe is the largest participation sport in town.
What a nightmare!!! Trying to juggle all club requests around coaches and players while missing netball, football training, dance,etc, while trying to reduce or be as fair as possible with the 9:30pm game allocations, This is a very challenging process, no wonder Pats fair went white 40 years ago.
She has 1-2 more weeks to schedule to complete the 14 week program but this revision had to go out now as there had to be many changes made to round 6, people need to know this now.
There are changes to the existing schedule for many grades so all clubs and coaches are urged to check this new schedule. There are still some people concerned about some senior Grades eg WC and Juniors U9G's so we can't promise that their won't be more changes but we can promise to keep all involved informed.