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Welcome to the Shoalhaven Basketball Association (SBA) Junior Representative Basketball Program for 2017. The following booklet has been reviewed and updated to inform parents or guardians and prospective players of the program on the roles and responsibilities all players, and families of players, have as part of the representative program. Where a specific situation is not covered in this handbook, the Representative Delegate will consider the matter in consultation with the Director of Coaching, the coaching staff and the Junior Committee.
It is very important for ALL players and parents or guardians to READ and UNDERSTAND the requirements and expectations of players and their families who enter into this program and only accept a team position if all expectations are UNDERSTOOD and AGREED to. The player and their family should recognise that participation in this program is a major commitment of time, effort and money.
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What is the Shoalhaven Tigers Junior Representative Basketball Program?
Junior Representative Basketball is the next stage from Wednesday night or Friday night junior domestic basketball competition. It consists of a number of levels of competition across various age divisions in competition against associations from around the region or state.
Barrengarry Conference - a development competition and a gateway into representative basketball. Games are played on four or five Sundays with dates and venues advised early in 2018. Conference will run from February until September. Conference is played in stadiums close to Shoalhaven (e.g. Milton, Moss Vale, Illawarra, Goulburn) as well as Bomaderry.
Southern Junior League (SJL) – is the level above Conference and based on a geographic area from Wollongong to the border and taking in southern and western associations such as Albury, Wagga Wagga, Goulburn and Canberra. Whilst some players may progress directly into this competition, a strong competitive side needs to exist before SBA nominates for this League. SJL is played in three rounds in March and April, with Finals occurring in May. SJL is expected to be played in Canberra, Wollongong and Albury in 2018 with Finals in Canberra.
Country Tournament - representative teams are expected to participate in the John Martin Country Tournament held on the June long weekend across various venues around the state. Locations will be announced early in 2018.
Country Championship League (CCL) – is new for 2018, replacing CPL and is the highest level of association representative competition. CCL is made up of the first place Championship Division team from SJL, plus the next two placed teams battling out for a spot at the Country Tournament. CCL will be played over two rounds and a finals series in July and August, with winners progressing through to State Cup in late August.
SBA will enter teams based on the strength of the plaers available and the availability of coaching staff (coach or head coach, assistant coach and manager). Coaches are selected from an application process conducted during September and October 201 and Assistant Coaches and Managers will be called for from interested parents once teams are formed. Coaches are supported by SBA’s Director of Coaching and Managers are supported by the Representative Delegate.
SBA is also required to supply one referee for each team nominated, per event and provide two people to undertake scorebench duties. Referees are selected from within SBA’s qualified referee roster, however scorebench is a commitment undertaken by the families of players. Training in scorebench will be held in February 2018 for new families and those needing a refresher.
Who is a Shoalhaven Tigers Junior Representative Basketball Program Player?
Each team will consist of approximately 8 players, with the possibility of additional development players in some teams. Development players train with the team to develop their skills and can be asked to participate in a game if a player is absent.
Junior representative basketball is an elite program and equal playing time is never guaranteed. Some players will play more than others and coaches will have different philosophies on rotating their players. While coaches should be willing to discuss court time and how players may be able to increase their playing time, the bottom line is playing time is at the coach’s discretion.
How much training is involved?
SJL teams will need to train up to twice a week. Barrengarry teams once a week. Training will continue from the Rep Prep Program sessions held in October and November 2017. All regular training sessions are compulsory. An injury or non-contagious illness is not an acceptable excuse not to attend as coaches explain plays and other relevant team information. It should be noted that absence from training may affect a player’s court time. Players will be given a training timetable from which to organise other events in their life including casual work. Participation in SBA domestic competition is a requirement of representative selection and enables a player to further build upon training sessions. It is also a part of a player’s overall commitment to the Junior Representative Basketball Program.
Players, be prepared to work hard in order to gain positive results. You must be willing to accept responsibility for your own performance. Don’t blame other people and don’t make excuses. Great players know they are responsible for their own destiny. Respect the people willing to help you reach your goals. Listen and learn from your coaches, give them your undivided attention and remember they are there primarily for your benefit, not theirs.
Basketball will develop you as an athlete but it also presents you the chance to develop as a person. Some lessons that we value are;
Players are expected to conduct themselves appropriately at all times. Our club is worthy of your best behavior. It is important that you communicate with others. If you have issues (negative or positive) with a teammate, then approach your coach or manager.
Eligibility of players
To be eligible for selection players must meet the following criteria:
In addition, the following matters will be taken into account:
Any player who believes that they have a legitimate reason for being unable to comply with any part of the selection eligibility or procedures relating to selection may appeal in writing via the Junior Committee to the SBA Board to be considered in the selection process along with the other players.
Representative Development Training Squads
For season 2018, the Rep Prep Program will be conducted for all potential representative players on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. These sessions will commence on Tuesday 24th October 2017 and run for four weeks. The more sessions you attend, the more skills you will pick up and the greater your chance of being recognised as a potential Tiger for 2018. Training sessions will be conducted by coaching staff, under the direction of SBA’s Director of Coaching. Players must stand for selection in their own age division.
Additional players may be introduced throughout the trial process should SBA deem their participation to be in the best interests of the team and the program.
SBA coaching staff will consider the following player factors during the selection process:
SBA coaching staff will also consider the overall need of balance in individual teams and where an individual player’s skills and strengths lie, to best support the SBA Junior Representative Basketball Program 2018. Coaching staff may require additional criteria as seen fit, to apply in helping select competitive teams.
Parents and players are reminded that SBA Junior Representative Basketball is played at a competitive level and equal playing time is never guaranteed. Discussions on how to improve a player’s skill set, motivation and commitment to the team to increase playing minutes are welcomed by the coaching staff.
Decisions on final make up of teams will be made by coaching staff, in consultation with the Director of Coaching, the Representative Delegate and the Junior Committee. Appeals of these decisions should be made in writing to the Junior Committee as soon as possible.
What is required of a player if they are selected in a team?
Non-compliance with these requirements may result in player suspension from representative games.
What does a player need?
It is preferred that all players must stay with the team at accommodation sourced by the Team Manager. Payment and confirmation of accommodation is the responsibility of parents or guardians and is not included in rep levies.
All players are required to attend the end of year presentation ceremony and dates for this will be set early in 2018 and families are asked to put this in their calendars.
As of 2018, BNSW are altering rules that could see a player ejected from a game for two unsportsmanlike fouls, two technical fouls or a combination (ie, one of each).
What costs are involved in Shoalhaven Tigers Junior Representative Basketball Program?
The levied costs for playing representative basketball are based on the competitions that individual players participate in. Note that this does not include accommodation or travel expenses. The representative levies for the season vary between each team and players. Levies can be paid in full prior to games commencing or in instalments prior to major dates on the basketball calendar.
Representative levies are money expended by SBA for inclusion in competitions. As such, they are NON REFUNDABLE as the expense of entering a team will have been set based on a player’s commitment to play. Commitment by a player to play is for the entire season.
If there is a situation where the player is injured whilst playing basketball in Round 1 or 2, that will prevent them from completing the season, a request for partial refund needs to made to the SBA Board via the Junior Committee. No requests will be granted after Round 2.
An invoice will be issued for all players at the start of the season. Payment can be made by direct deposit. Regular part-payments well ahead of levy dates will help alleviate the impact of costs associated with playing representative basketball. Fundraising is another way to help reduce team costs and family participation and support in this helps everybody.
31st December 2017
28th February 2018
31st March 2018
30th April 2018
What is included in the Rep Levy?
What’s not included in the Rep Levy
The cost of the Junior Representative Basketball Program should not be a key determinant to participation. There is plenty of opportunity to make smaller regular payments in the lead up to due dates for levies as well as fundraising opportunities to help reduce team costs. Requests for payment arrangements should be directed to Cheryl Hunter, Administration Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org. Any requests for assistance will be dealt with in confidence and on a case by case basis.
If you have a problem meeting deadlines please contact Cheryl Hunter at the stadium before the due date.
What is the role of Shoalhaven Tigers Junior Representative Basketball Program families?
We know and appreciate the sacrifices families make in order for your child to represent SBA. It is essential that you support your child but you must also support the coach, team manager, other team members and SBA administration. As a parent or guardian you will be required to assist your team at times in various ways including: scorebench duty, fundraising, transportation, supervision and maybe even cooking (on the road or for fundraising). You may be asked to assist in the supervision and transportation of a referee.
Each team requires a team manager. This person is usually a parent from within the team who is responsible for the administrative management of the team, alerting families to upcoming training, games and events, as well as the central contact between SBA Administration and the team. Manager’s are supported by the Representative Delegate throughout the season.
SBA will conduct a scorebench course in February for those who are unfamiliar with their duties or for a refresher of skills. All teams are required to provide two scorebench personnel at every game. This responsibility must be shared amongst the team families. As managers already provide a high level of commitment to the team, their family is often exempt from undertaking scorebench, and the manager cannot be on scorebench when they have team duties to attend to during a game.
Fundraising towards team costs can significantly reduce the amount families are asked to pay towards the Junior Representative Basketball Program. In 2018, it is planned for representative teams to run a sausage sizzle on Wednesday and Friday nights. The funds raised from this will go towards nomination costs. Representative teams will also be able to conduct individual fundraisers, although coordination through the Representative Delegate and Stadium Manager is to be sought first.
Transportation, supervision and cooking
Accommodation, transport and meal costs are not covered as part of rep levies. Whilst on the road, parents may find it more economical to organise group meals. The manager will communicate with families about how this may best suit the team. SBA encourages parents to be responsible for the transportation, supervision and feeding of their own children. However, at times the only way a player may be able to take to the court is if another family agrees to take them to the venue. For those that are able to assist and willing to undertake the responsibility for another child, team managers will coordinate.
Indicative 2018 Rep Levies (subject to final confirmation from hosting bodies)
SJL, Country and Barrengarry
SJL and Country
Country and Barrengarry
THESE LEVIES DO NOT INCLUDE CCL, SJL FINALS, STATE CUP OR CHAMPS OR BARRENGARRY GALA DAY/FINALS. THESE ARE LEVEIED SEPARATELY AFTER TEAMS QUALIFY. THESE LEVIES DO NOT INCLUDE UNIFORM COSTS.
How does the Shoalhaven Basketball Association deal with Member Protection?
Through Basketball NSW, Shoalhaven Basketball Association adheres to Basketball Australia’s Member Protection By-Law as adopted 19 October 2015. A copy of this policy can be downloaded from the BNSW website http://bnsw.com.au
SBA will have a Member Protection Officer appointed for season 2018 who can be contacted in regards to concerns that you have about the safety of your child. All coaches, managers, Board and Committee members as well as Association employees who have contact with persons under the age of 18 are required to have a verified Working With Children Check. BNSW require this to include parents fulfilling the above roles, who are participating in BNSW or member association activities. Working With Children Checks are free for volunteers and require attendance at a ServiceNSW shopfront with a completed form available from the Office of the Children’s Guardian website https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/
In addition to this, SBA encourages the following actions:
Make sure your child is aware of personal safety
Be aware of possible danger signs
You should be wary of a club where staff and volunteers behave in the following ways:
You should consider reporting your concerns to:
SBA has implemented codes of conduct for all its stakeholders. Please make yourself familiar with the code as it applies to you as a parent
NO ALCOHOL OR PROHIBITED DRUGS POLICY
SBA has taken a policy on alcohol and prohibited drugs consumption at all of its Junior Representative Basketball Program events. SBA has made a commitment to not consume alcohol or prohibited drugs in front of players or when minors are present. Please note any parent or official that consumes alcohol or prohibited drugs in front of players or minors will be subjected to disciplinary action as it is a breach of the Member Protection policies of SBA, Basketball NSW and Basketball Australia. In the case of prohibited drugs legal action may be taken.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
Further to the Parent Pledge, the following policy documents on Player Behaviour, Spectator Behaviour, Zero Tolerance and Sport Rage are endorsed by SBA. Please read and acknowledge these, along with completing consent and medical forms at the end of this document.