Dear Waves Players & Parents,
We are so excited to have everyone back on the courts! It has been great to see so many new players & all our returning players back to playing the sport they love! Winter 2020 season is well & truly underway, with over 58 Teams across our junior & senior competitions, AND counting!!
We have attached a newsletter for you to read through too! Exciting times ahead! We will be aiming to do a newsletter no less than once a month (more frequently if required) & would love to hear from anyone who may be able to assist with a blank 'pro forma' for this to go into! If you have a hidden skill set & would like to help out the Waves, please email us at email@example.com
There are a few things that we need everyone to be aware of moving forward & we ask that you please take a minute to read through the below. It is all effective immediately.
- 1. We would like to firstly say: Welcome Back to Sue Martens!! We are all so excited to have Sue back home as not only a life member of the Waves but also our official Referee Development Officer!! Sue brings home with her, almost 50 years in our sport & moving into the future for our Waves Family & our club, this will be in invaluable in the growth of our club & the development of out referees! Please be sure to say Hi next time you see her!!
Now, lets get down to the formalities...
- 2. Please be sure to remove ALL JEWELRY prior to taking the court. This includes earrings/necklaces/piercings/wrap style bracelets/anklets etc (think anything other than sweatbands)... Our referees are doing their very best to visually check for jewelry before each game, but each player/parent needs to be personally vigilant in this matter as it poses significant risk of injury.
- 3. Invoices: Thank you all for your patience while we implement the new invoice structure. In regards to Junior Player Invoices, we confirm that they have not yet been issued because we are currently building a platform for parents of our Junior players to utilise Active Kids Vouchers. This has been a massive undertaking & we apologise that this was not ready in time, but we are working on it daily to get it completed as soon as possible. Rest assured, timeframes for payment will be adjusted accordingly.
- 4. Moving forward - Any team that plays an unregistered player, will automatically forfeit their game & be liable for full forfeit fees in accordance with our By-Laws.
Registration is, and always has been a mandatory requirement. Each player/parent holds responsibility to ensure that their/their child's registration with the state body (Basketball NSW) is current & up to date at all times.
You will have seen Directors of the Board checking individual player registrations courtside, stopping games if required, for registration checks - to ensure registration is current. We thank you for your patience & we do this to ensure everyone on the court is safe. But we cannot continue to do this at every game.
Our By-Laws state that if a team knowingly plays an unregistered player, the game is an automatic forfeit.
We do everything we can to ensure Coaches/Managers/Players/Referees & Bench are aware of who is not registered, by highlighting those players on the score sheet.
Where a player is highlighted & "(U)" is next to their name - this means the player is unregistered. If the (U) is crossed out, then that player has shows proof of registration & is permitted to be on the court.
Managers/Coaches - please check the scoresheet prior to games for unregistered players.
Registration can be checked by going to: member.basketball.net.au
Registration can be paid by going to:
- 5. COVID-19: *VERY IMPORTANT!*
As you are all aware, we are still in a pandemic with COVID-19. Some very important things you need to be aware of, so that you/you child(ren) can continue to play basketball & we do everything we can as a club to stop the spread, as listed below; We want to take this opportunity to reiterate that you Board of Directors are doing everything we can to ensure peoples safety, but we cannot do it alone. We ask that you please do the right thing & adhere to the below.
- In line with recent advice issued by the NSW Office of Sport, from today onwards, we are restricting spectators to ONE parent/carer per player.
- EVERY PERSON in attendance at Niagara Park Stadium for the purpose of playing/watching their child/children play basketball is required to sign in. Anyone who does not sign in, will be asked to leave the stadium.
- Please use the hand sanitiser at the sign in bench.
- If you have ANY Symptoms of COVID-19, please STAY AT HOME.
- If you have been in Victoria or any known hotspots in the Greater Sydney Region in the 14 days prior to the date you attend Niagara Park Stadium, please STAY AT HOME.
- Maintain 1.5m social distancing at all times.
- Please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to your game. We noticed last week that some players were arriving in excess of 30 minutes prior to their game time & some of our younger junior players were arriving without parental/carer supervision. As you can imagine, this creates a lot of 'crossover' of players & is not in line with our COVID policy.
- 6. Please be kind. To each other, to the club officials & to yourselves. This is an ever changing environment & we all need to understand that each person is handling this differently.
We recognise that we are in uncertain times with this pandemic & we want for everyone to be able to continue to play the sport they love. We thank each and every one of you for doing the right thing, your patience & understanding!
We very much look forward to restrictions being eased, as we are sure all of you are as well...
If you have any queries, suggestions or would like to help us man the sign in desk, please email us: Waves@WavesBasketball.com.au
See you all on the courts!
Yours In Basketball,
Tash, Tanya, Kim & Luke
Central Coast Waves Board of Directors