Tablets were used in anger for the 1st time this week to score a whole nights play. Besides a few minor hiccups all went really well. It will take the rest of the season to work thru the inevitable issues.

Games are running late at the moment due to the implementation of the tablet technology.
A culture change needs to occur: Coaches, Scorers and Referee's are used to walking up to the bench 10 secs before the game starts. Due to the requirement to check in all players before the game starts (which has always been the rule we just never did it) that can't happen anymore.
The scoring process now starts 5 mins before the game starts!!

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Tips

-The tablets are showing many players as unregistered even though they are registered. Ignore this and just soldier on until we can work out why it is doing that.

-The Tablet game clock is to be run in parallel with the actual game clock however it has no "official" role in the game.
IMPORTANT: Always ensure the tablet clock runs at least 10 secs behind the game clock. This helps to ensure actions that occur late in the ¼ are logged correctly, eg if the tablet clock expires and you enter a foul that foul will be booked to the next ¼.

-You can start a game via the tablet in less than 30 secs!!!   Manually adding fill-in players to teams Pregame is what takes time.
Clubs are asked to consider adding all potential fill in players to team lists senior and junior for each team to allow then to be checked in quickly and easily.

-Incorrect uniform numbers also delays the start of game. If you know your uniform number is wrong each week on the score sheet email your club and let them know so they can amend this in the Database.

-Players that turn up late are asked to “verbally check in” thru the score bench to give scorers a chance to add them.

Thank you to everyone for being patient and helping out.

 

This season after we failed to get up an U8Girls competition the decision was made to mix this grade. Its early days but that seems to be working well.
Coaches and Parents are reminded that the U8 competition is a modified competition, its fundamentally purely development, fun, non competitive and participation focused.We deliberately don’t publish scores or ladders for this competition as they are irrelevant!!
Examples of what I am talking about are teams playing Statues in Defence to let 1st time players score their 1st goal, lending players to the other team to stop forfeits (there should never be a forfeit in U8’s), switching players around between teams to make the game more even, etc
In U8’s this season we have a number of teams struggling to make the 5:45 start due to clashes with Soccer. We want these kids to play so rather than remove these teams the WBA have pushed back the Tuesday night game start times to 5:50pm.
The playing time will still be 4 x 10min ¼’s. We will just ask the umpires to ensure we keep these games on time 1min ¼ time breaks 2 min ½ time breaks.
This change will commence from rnd 3.

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As the WBA transition to online Sports TG Scoring we will rely on our officials to be up to speed with this technology to help scorers learn this new system.

We have purchased 1 Tablet already which has been used successfully on a number of games.  2 more tablets will arrive next week. 

They will be colour coded with a protective rubber case, configured for use on a specific crt with a simple crt password.

Each tablet will locked to the courtside app to prevent tampering by Geeks on the scorebench.

The tablets last for 6-10 hrs so must be charged each night  but will not need to be powered up while on the bench

They are to be left on the score bench and returned by the umpires at the end of the night by the referee.

Below are 5 very short 1-2min instructional videos to teach people how to use the Courtside tablet scoring system Sports TG system

Introduction                                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-GrSFMAiZU

Part 1 - Launch and Setup                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mg5sAAqHlI

Part 2 - Add a New Player or Coach          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6flFJe3GnAg

Part 3 - Assign Scores, Fouls & Timeout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDwTM9zn6CQ

Part 4 - Editing Actions                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjrdHVghyS0

Part 5 - Referee Actions                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfNoq3K7Gs4

We are still working out how this system works with respect to officials.  One thing we do know is the system require all referee’s to be registered in Sports TG, so that you can be assigned your own “Umpire code”

There is no cost to this!!  Simply log into sports TG using your existing club profile and select referee rather than player when that option is presented to you.

Back in February our floor scrubber terminally blew up. Thus the floors have not been properly cleaned for nearly 4 months. We have finally secured a new battery powered self propelled scrubber at substantial unplanned cost. It will hopefully be here early this week.

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1 day to go
Winter season Basketball starts tomorrow kicking off a 12 week season that doesn't play in the winter school holidays and finishes before the Whyalla show avoiding end of season Netball/Football /Hockey.
There have numerous scheduling head aches/forced late changes for us which we are still working thru. PLEASE check the schedule prior to your game. But for now please don't look past week 2 as there is still some manually grade manipulation to be done.

We want you

Tonight is the last rnd of the Senior Mixed social basketball comp ran be Paul Issom in the season break
Congratulations to him for organizing this I believe most have had fun and enjoyed this concept. Their will be a trophy presentation after the last game.
The bar will be open tonight after the matches for any one interested in sticking around for a drink or maybe some pizza and watch the footy.

Mixed social teams of 2018

COURTSIDE Is a tablet based electronic scoring App that integrates with the Sports TG software platform.
As of rnd 2 the WBA hope to have Tablets available for scoring on each score bench. Don't stress paper score sheets will also be available on the score bench until everyone gets familiar with this system.

Don't be scared of this new technology, every association that this system has been implemented in it has been quickly adopted as it is far easier than the paper scoring system.
Benefits of this system are, automatic "correct" score updates to the DB, player qualification reporting for finals eligibility, recording individual player statistics and preventing unregistered players form entering the court.

Any Steelers parents and or carnival referees will be familiar with this system we ask for your assistance in helping other parents learn the system. The system instructions are in the attachment below.

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Is an app available for your phone to stay up-to-date with your favourite teams and keep an eye on your rivals by accessing the latest match results. Its the easiest way to view your upcoming fixtures, get directions to your next game, and find out where your team sits on the ladder, while you are out and about.
If you have multiple players in your family it has a great planner feature to show when your next game is.

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This Winter season under the new Sports TG platform clubs can't physically register unfinancial players!! Last season a lot of players from all the clubs played while unfinancial as we transitioned to the new online affiliation process.

The WBA are not tolerating that this season. Any player whose name is not typed on the score sheet or in the new scoring tablet(yes we are moving to electronic bench scoring) won't be permitted to play or if they do play unregistered that game will be considered a forfeit.

Please don't wait till the very last minute to register as some people have had trouble trying to register, make payments, logging in etc. That won't be OUR problem 30mins before YOUR game.

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1st draft schedule for winter has been released.  This will change!!! But is a guide of how things are going to go.
Please scrutinize this and let your club or the WBA know of any scheduling issues.
This site is quite phone compatiable but they do recommend downloading the Game day App. to better view this content.
Have a play and look around it is different to what we are used to. We are still trying to get the club icons and stuff working.
The power of this system will become apparent when we change to "Courtside", tablet scoring of games.

SportsTG Is the sport software management package of choice for Basketball Australia thus the reason we are migrating to this platform this winter season. It is powerful, free to the WBA, web based, supported nation wide and is one of the things that your affiliation fees pay for. It is also a pain in the arse and complicated, it is the reason we have had to delay the roll out the Winter schedule or as Sports TG calls it the "Fixture".
I would recommend not looking too far past round 1 as some manual manipulation is still occurring eg, to reduce issues like too many 9:30 games, or coaching /player clashes.
Please be patient as we are all learning this new system.
There will be teething problems as we go.

Julian Kovacic has done an amazing job spending countless hours to get us where we are now. Thank you on behalf of the WBA.

This question has been asked by almost every one of my clubs members.  The new online Sports TG registration and payment system simplifies the process for all parties, as well as breaking down the payments such that distribution of payments are transparent.  And yes they have gone up :(

CLUB - This season almost every club has dropped their club fee component. to ease the pain of the transistion

WBA - Fees have risen due to a global review & restructure of WBA fee mamangement.  This is the first increase in WBA fees in over a decade. The increase is to hopefully provide some capital for continued upgrades as well as funding an increase to referees while keeping our gate fees to the lowest in the state.

STATE / NATIONAL - Affiliation levies have always been paid to our national body however some clubs used to share the cost over 2 seasons.  The crappy part about affilaition levies at the moment is that all associations across the state are being double charged due to a change from retrospective payments to individual Payments before you play.

Beacuse of this affiliation change unfortunately fees are going to be high again in summer season before we stabalise back to normal levels.

This increase is out of our control, sorry.

That all said even with these increases a recent state wide fee comparision puts Whyalla cost to play fees on par with the lowest in the state.  Something we as an association are proud of!!

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School Holiday time which means just 1 thing for Whyalla basketball.

The winter season is about to start.

Players are asked to contact their club and sign up ASAP.  All clubs are using the Basketball austtalia Sports TG system for sign up this season.

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Whyalla Wildcats Basketball Club turns 30 years old in 2018 and we want you to be apart of the celebrations.
An open invitation to all past and present Whyalla Wildcats Basketball Club members to come celebrate 30 Years of Wildcats Basketball
 
When: Saturday May 19, 2018
The Saturday will start at 11:00am with a family fun day out at the basketball stadium. The juniors will be taking part in a Shoot-a-thon fundraiser. There will be shooting comps and a legends game. There will be a BBQ lunch available to buy and kids eat for free. Also there is a bouncy castle for the little cats.
Then that evening at 6:00pm its the adults turn to put on their after 5 wear and party ! We will hold our Gala Dinner at the Westland's Hotel in the Oasis Room. Tickets are $50 per head for a 2 course meal and entertainment will be provided by one of Adelaide's best party bands 'Rushmore' . Drink specials will be available on the night. 
Thanks to our major sponsor 'Westland's Hotel' there will be a discount on accommodation for those travelling from out of town. Just mention you are booking for the Wildcat 30 year Celebration.
There will be a photo booth to capture all the fun for the evening and Adelaide 36ers Basketball memorabilia can be won as lucky door prizes. 
So come along for a great day/night and help celebrate 30 years of Wildcats Basketball.
Tickets can be purchased online by using the following link below
Kind Regards
Whyalla Wildcats Basketball Club
        
Rushmore

Sorry for this late GF Update post but I had to spend as lot of time on the couch today recovering form an exhausting 12 hr day at the stadium yesterday.

What an awesome day it was, with great basketball action every round being witnessed by a large parochial crowd.  We amazing had 4 of the 29 finals go to overtime. Thrilling the crowd.

There where many upsets non more so than the Men's grade.  This battle between rivals Wildcats and Roopena was hyped to one of the classic's with almost every minor rnd encounter going down to the wire in often controversial fashion.   Unfortunately minor rnd premiers and favorites Wildcats did not fire in a disappointing performance handing victory to Roo's giving them their 2nd clean sweep of the A grade titles

Roos's WA team made light work of a depleted Demons squad that struggled to get our of first gear.

All clubs shared equally in the successes of the night which was great.

Big thanks to all the volunteers and officials that made The Summer season the success that it was

See you all in 6 weeks for the start of Winter.

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This is my Favourite GF portrait of the day and not just because my daughters in there.

It captures the attitude and spirit these girls played with all season, the joy of the occassion, an unexpected overtime win.

Remember anything can and does happen on GF day :)