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:

  • Increase the number of games a fill in player from a lower grade can play from 4 to 6.
  • $10 fill in players – Allow an unregistered player to play up to 3 games. This player would not be eligible for finals unless paying their full fees. There are uniform and insurance issues that would need to be worked thru.
  • If a team forfiets 3 times in aseason they shall be withdrawn from the competition.
  • Reduce gate entry costs “This has been done already and has been well received”.
  • Increase the consequences of a penalty from 20 pt loss to a 40 pt loss.
  • Increase the forfeit penalty from 0 premiership pt’s to -1 for a forfeit. -2 for an Unnotified forfeit.
  • Don’t schedule 9:30pm games – Our stadium is full every night of the week (except weekends). To do this we would have to consciously restrict the number of senior team nominations. Eg Drop a social women’s grade on Tues and or wed. That won’t be popular and is not something we won’t to do!! NOTE: The WBA used to have an 11pm starting rd back in the 80’s. Our older members think todays players are very soft.

What do you think we could do to prevent forfeits?

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A few days ago there was a few requests to switch a couple of games due to potential finals cashes with players and Coaches. Due to their early lodgement these changes have been granted
U11/13B GF is now Friday at 5:45pm
U13BA GF is now Sat at 5:45pm
Clubs/Coaches please make your players aware of this change.

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:)


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Yesterday Pat Kemp (WBA Competition Organiser) switched 2 semi final games due to multiple player clashes. the corrected schedule is below and on the WBA website.

Schedule change

Final ladder positions have now been ratified.  The populated finals schedule is now updated.
There were a few teams tied on pts. So had to go to head to head results which resulted in changes to the Premiership table. U15 Boys was a classic D1 and D2 played each other 4 times for 1 win 1 loss and 2 draws a piece. After totalling pts for and against for these 4 matches just 3 pts separated the teams with D1 Jumping to 1st place to go straight to GF.
But the closest grade in the league was Women's with all 4 teams being up for contention right up to the final weeks of the Season. Massive Thank you to the Pt Augusta girls for making this grade a reality.
We mucked a lot of people around this season splitting and changing grades. I realise this was frustrating but looking at the final premiership tables we stand by these decisions with most of these manipulated grades being better off.
Not saying they weren’t perfect!! Someone always has to win ad and lose but being competitive is what makes sport fun. 

Thank you to all members for competing and Good luck to those that made finals.
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For those that haven't already worked it out. It is in the basketball Association lease that seven days before the show we are obliged to hand over the stadium to them.
That means that there will be no training till the Monday after the show.


As of Monday the 23rd the WBA will reduce its gate fee's for players to $3 for juniors & $5 for Seniors.

The WBA have listened to its membership and acknowledge the financial hardship currently being felt by the community.

With many major upgrade projects like new floors, air conditioning, new roof and LED lighting now complete the WBA believe we have the financial structure in place to maintain this significant cost reduction to its membership for the foreseeable future.

Please spread the good news!!

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What a week from hell this has been with respect to scheduling forfeits and umpiring.
"21" forfeits in a week, that is insane and on the other foot really disappointing we have never seen anything like this before.
Suffice to say the WBA won't be scheduling in school holidays anymore!!



Recently there was confusion around finals timing due to the way our online calendar works.

This document has now been modified so it can show 2 different events on the same day and some incorrect carnival dates corrected.  The 2018 calendar has also been added for a long term look ahead. 

Click the below attachments for a look a ahead at whats to come!!

Calendar of Events 2017

Calendar of Events 2018


Last week at the Whyalla Steelers AGM Tamra Madigan(secretary) and Audrey Marks (Treasurer/Canteen manager) both stood down after many years in these roles. We didn't think it would be right to let them slip away without recognition for all the work they have done in the past.

Audrey Marks has been involved in Whyalla Steelers at committee level longer than any of our exiting players have been alive!! Noel Sharp tells me she started in 1997 when her children Aimee and Alan who got her involved in the Steelers program. However even when they stopped playing combined basketball in the early 2000's Audrey stayed on working diligently for the committee in numerous roles. For a while there Audrey with the aid of close friend Deb Clements almost single handedly administered the Steelers committee as well as manning the canteen on most nights. Audrey was recognized for her time and effort in 2012 when she was awarded with a well overdue life Membership to WBA.

Tamra came along some time after Audrey, led into the Steelers community via a similar process - thru her children Hayley and more recently Joshua. Again, like Audrey Tamra did her apprenticeship in the canteen as a volunteer and canteen manager slaving behind the chipper. She took on the role of Steelers secretary some 5 years ago, a position she has conscientiously managed since.Aud and Tamra

Neither of these ladies like their picture taken so to capture both at once is extremely rare. This picture was taken at our local Steelers carnival in 2016, an event that Audrey has proudly driven and etched firmly in to the state basketball calendar for 2 decades.

They will be sorely missed, especially once the rest of us realise what they actually did do :). Enjoy your rest.
We still have your phone numbers!!

An observant viewer noticed that the game times were messed up for Tues and Wed in the recently posted finals schedule (week 15). I have now corrected this allowing 1 hour time sots for all finals. I also moved U11/113B semi finals from Tuesday to vacant slots on Thursday to prevent 9pm games on Tues night.

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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.

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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.

Development Training