017-18 STSA Club Development Home Plate

Main goals-

  1. Retain current members
  2. Increase participation through

a)       Batter Up T-Ball

b)      Social 7s

  1. Increase coach and umpire numbers
  2. Upgrade facilities

 

Strategies-

  1. Retain current members

Senior members

Delegate meetings are open to delegates as well as any member for input into areas they have questions about or show interest in. This gives them some ownership of their particular area of interest. More information in the Club Health section below.

Juniors, male and female, moving up from Batter Up T-Ball League

Extended the pathway for juniors from Under 11 to 13 & Under. Met with members of baseball and put in place a system that allowed for baseball pitch (9” ball) and softball pitch (11” ball) to be used week about. This ensured all were catered for and 32 of 35 returned.

 

  1. Increase Participation

Batter Up T-Ball

This joint venture with Baseball Tas started in 2015-16 with 85 participants, increased to 134 in 16-17 and this season we had 159 participating in Under 7, 9, 11 T-Ball and 13&Under Softball/Baseball. Added to this parents that wish to coach a team are asked to attend an SCCP course before the season and to date around 20 parents have done so.

Recruitment is done via

Flyers delivered to all schools- calls to each school, to ask permission to deliver flyers and to find out how many classes and number of students, worked well as we then had a reference when delivering as well as saving office staff from having to sort for each class.  

Clinics and Sporting Schools programs- flyers given to participants.

Word of mouth from current participants and officials.

Social 7s

STSA have run Social 7s rosters regularly since 2015, with Spring and or Autumn rosters as well as the Corrie Jones Day held in February each year.

This year the Autumn roster attracted 8 teams with approx 75 participants

STSA have kept email contacts for all participants from previous rosters of old Mixed Social & OzPitch (back to 2005) as well as Soc 7s and we used these addresses to get information out. This drew current and old players back and word of mouth, from recent Soc 7 and fastpitch players, did the rest.

Each Soc 7s roster has seen transition of a few players into fastpitch clubs and there has been the same interest from this roster with more opportunity to recruit from the Spring roster commencing mid August.

Autumn has proven to be a good time as fastpitch softball and baseball players are looking for ways to keep their connection with friends as well as the sport.

Softball Tas are keen to promote Soc 7s so STSA suggested they provide coloured t-shirts with ST & Soc 7s, logos for participants in all associations, this they did as well as waive the fees due to ST so that the associations that do the work gain the benefit and can use the funds for future rosters.

  1. Increase Coach and Umpire numbers

Coaches- Following on from courses run the previous season, and again with Batter Up T-Ball parents/officials in mind an SCCP/Level 1 course was run then Jo Paez ran a Level 2 course.

Umpires- STSA has the support of clubs and has been working toward a training program for new umpires. Following discussions with Jo she arranged for Trevor Murphy to visit Tas to explain the program to associations and, in line with ST policy, we will be implementing the Green Shirt Umpire training program in 2018-19.

  1. Upgrade facilities

Applications for grants were submitted with STSA successful in gaining a grant from our Federal member Andrew Wilkie to install new curtains, trophy cabinet and a couple of other minor things.

STSA have continuous contact with the Glenorchy City Council who have indicated they have plans for the facilities at Prince of Wales and are working with Softball, Baseball and Soccer to get input into the final plan.

 

Club Health Check and National Affiliation Standards

Information gained from these programs has enforced the need to include members in decisions that directly affect their ability to participate.

In the past members were asked if timing of games was suitable- Saturdays and midweek games under lights. This gave the association some assurance that we could continue to make full use of the lights and facilities.

 

Issues that Jo Paez is working through with our association

Exit survey

Annual budget

Volunteer coordinator

Operational Plan

 

The board agrees that we need to progress these issues.




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