WBA entry level (U8's-U10's) participation has been dropping for the last few years. WBA are taking action to address this by implementing the Nationally Accredited Aussie Hoops Program. The fine detail is is still being nutted out but here is an overview of what we know now.
• Aussie Hoops is BA run nationally supported program.
• AH promises structured player & coach development with statistically proven performance outcomes.
• AH has accessible online resources for coordinators, coaches and parents.
• Other major codes are successfully running similar programs.
• To start with we are targeting 6-8 year olds.
• Children eligible for U10's but not ready for the rigors of full rules basketball may choose to enter AH instead of the U10 comp. All new players should consider this option.
• U8's that develop quickly to a level where they are ready to play "proper" BBAll may at any point register to play in U10's. HOWEVER they must understand that U10's is full rules!
• There will be 1 AH session per week. Less commitment required for busy parents.
• Each session will be 60mins, it is not a basketball game!
• Format is likely to be 40min structured training and an informal fun 15-20min game at the end of each session.
• AH program will be a officially WBA run. You do not register with a club.
• BUT the program won't work without club support. It's in the clubs best interest to help & be seen at these sessions.
• We also need and encourage parents to get involved.
• Importantly we have secured 2 coordinators to run the program.
• Its estimated the cost for families to participate in this program will be much less than half that of the current format.
• There will be no door entry fee.

Stay tuned for more more updates.

Congratulations to all our winter premiers!

Both nights went well with good crowds and exciting games.
The Men's and Women's A grade games went to script Wildcats taking out the Men's and Demons the Women's fianls. Both were undefeated all year however both were challenged on the night neither had it their own way which made an entertaining spectacle for the crowd.

So for now another season is done and dusted but its important to acknowledge basketball (or any sport for that matter) doesn't happen by accident. Many thanks must go to all our Court Supervisors, Gate Keepers, Referee's, coaches scorers, Canteen Staff, Bar Staff, Cleaners, Committee, etc members for their efforts without these people we have no basketball.

Thank you
Hope to see everyone back for Summer.

Happy 50th Birthday to a couple of WBA Legends, Brian and Darren Quinn. Have a great day guys.

Its finally here, Winter Finals!
Make sure you get out and support your club /team this week. As usual action packed games and upsets will be played out.
Good luck to all our players and refereee's this week.

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Massive thank you to Jo, Deb and Fiona for another massive day with the Eyre Peninsula SAPSSA day. Worked all day in the canteen and all back out here in various capacity’s friday night.

Our association runs on these sorts of people.

Thanks to Sean Sheedy for recognising the Ladies for their efforts and buying them a great bunch of flowers.

Ladies we would be lost without you all, thanks for everything you guys do.

Reminder that all clubs voted last season to keep the head to head finals philosophy for this winter season. That means if you are tied on points only the games between the 2 tied teams are looked at to determines final ladder position. Often manual manipulation is required to correct the table. if you have any questions about to this contact the WBA.
 
Also please note that Sports TG Auto generates the finals games.
It has been doing that very badly so far!! I have had to fix many incorrectly scheduled games.
 
Please check the online schedule carefully so you know when your game is. Any concerns with the auto published finals games let us know ASAP please
 
As minor rounds are completed and teams know were they finished I am getting more and more requests to move Finals game times.  This is almost impossible to do as the schedule is very tight and in flexible at the moment.

Finals schedule 2019

Thank you to Skai from Tickled Ink for our fantastic new logo! Rebranding both the WBA and steelers.

 

Common Bylaws you need to know:
- All players need to be in the correct uniform by round 5.
- To be eligible to play Seniors Juniors must be too old to play U14's.
- Juniors can only play one age grade higher than their registered grade.
- Seniors can fill in for higher grades. BUT if you play more than 4 games above your registered grade you automatically become registered in the higher grade.
- Juniors can only play 2 junior games per week.
- Kids playing juniors and seniors can't play 2 senior games in the same week
- You can't play in two different teams in the same grade.
- To automatically qualify for finals you must play 4 games in that grade.
- A forfeit is considered a 0-20 loss you will also be penalized 2 premiership points. A $40 fine will given to your team if you don't notify by lunch time on the day of the game.

 
 

Over the next few weeks the WBA will be forced to make the following changes to the current schedule:

Week 7
June long weekend - This is traditionally a chaotic sport weekend for representative Netball, Football, Hockey, Soccer, etc. Thus the public holiday Monday games will be moved to Saturday the following week, 15th of June.

Week 6,
WASP camp - 20 or so of our WBA players, referee's and coaches are off to Adelaide for a School basketball camp. To stop forfeits Teams adversely effected by this Basketball event, ie missing 2 or more key players can request a change of game time, most likely to the 15th of June. If a suitable rescheduled time can't be negotiated the effected game may be called a draw. If this effects you please contact your club or the WBA ASAP.
As this is going to be tricky to sort out.

Week 9
5 Team Comps - In a 12 week Winter season 2 teams in each 5 team comp get ripped off as they have an extra bye. That means come end of season they are a game short. To solve this the WBA propose to play make up games for these 7 effected grades. Most likely on Saturday night 29 June.

There are currently no spare slots on weeknights in the schedule to play these makeup games. All clubs voted against trying to play these extra games in school holidays.

NOTE: These changes have not been made yet

At the completion of week 4 the WBA will meet with all clubs to look at where our competition is currently failing. Where possible we may agree to move some teams around to create closer competitions.
We can't fix all the worlds problems but seeing teams win or lose by 100pts for example has to stop, as this is not a good look, and drives players away from our sport.
If you have concerns about a team or players being in the wrong grade, voice it to your club.

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From Steelers to Rockets:Tia Jan

This Months video interview instalemnet by Trevor Castle features another one of Whyalla's young female high flyers.

18 year old Tia Bails started her basketball career in U8's In our local WBA competition.
Llisten as Tia tells the story of her path from here to Steelers to State to District to Nationals to America and then to the SA Premier League.

 Click the Link below:

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CAPD stand for Community Athlete development program

he 1st CAPD training session is at the stadium tomorrow.

All registered WBA players welcome - training for skills development. Club coaches are also encouraged to come and watch or lend a helping hand - training will be provided by SA Country to coaches who want to be a part of the program.

All player abilities are welcome! This is purposely not an elitist program. Its a Basketball SA grass roots, fun, skill development program for all kids.

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