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Succession Planning
Many clubs and associations will be holding their AGMs shortly, and some will experience a change of committee during this time. Succession planning is an effective way of minimising the impact of committee turnover, by regularly reviewing what it needs, planning recruitment and managing when and how this happens. This, combined with a thorough handover and induction, keeping accurate and up-to-date documents and records as well as a written position description of roles and responsibilities, will allow a smooth transition and maintain effective committee functioning. 
The Homeplate website provides resources for clubs and associations on succession planning including; election and changing committees, planning hints, a committee nomination form template, Sample Committee Member Induction Package, position description templates and much more. You can find these resources under Governance on the Homeplate website, (but don’t forget to register first!).
National Affiliation Standards Checklist now online
The National Affiliation Standards have been developed by Softball Australia as part of its Club and Association Development Strategy, focusing on creating safe, welcoming and healthy environments to attract and retain members. Softball Australia would like all softball clubs and associations to complete the National Affiliation Standards Checklist to assess whether they are meeting the standard required of affiliates. The quick and easy checklist only takes two minutes to complete. Click here to complete the Checklist on the Homeplate website. Affiliates are encouraged to complete the checklist every 12 months.
2016 Australia Cup wrap up
The inaugural Australia Cup ended in triumph, not only for the winning teams but also for softball in general. Click here for a full wrap up of the event.
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Play Sport Australia – Stick with Sport videos
Play Sport Australia recently released two videos with high profile athletes, netball’s Laura Geitz and rugby union’s Stephen Moore encouraging teenagers to stick with sport. Click here to view the videos.
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Play by the Rules – “Know what you are doing” supplements e-book now available
Want to know more about supplements? A new Play by the Rules e-book released – “Know what you are doing”, has been compiled by experts in the field and answers 17 frequently asked questions about the use of supplements at the grassroots level. Click here to access your free e-book or to view the video.
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Checklist to help you prepare for your AGM

An AGM checklist is available on the Homeplate website to help clubs and associations prepare for their upcoming AGM. Many clubs don’t think about their AGM until the season concludes, making it so much harder to organise. This checklist will assist you in preparing for your AGM and ensure you are complying with your constitution and the statutory requirements of the Incorporations Act in your state. You can
find the AGM checklist under Governance on the Homeplate website, (but don’t forget to register first!).

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Softball Australia Member Benefits Program
Softball Australia is proud to offer an extensive range of benefits and savings through our new Member Benefits Program. GET UP TO…40% off cinema tickets, 40% off AFL tickets, SAVE UP TO… 60% on travel and accommodation, 50% on meals and fast food, 5% on groceries and fuel AND MORE… As the program is only available to softball members, and with up to $4000 in savings available, members are getting their softball for free through this program. So encourage all your members to join now for just $6!!!
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Mt Isa Softball Association focuses on improved governance
The Mt Isa Softball Association in Qld, like so many other organisations, has experienced regular turnover of volunteers resulting in minimum future planning, no succession plan and out of date policies and procedures. Recently, after consultation with Softball Queensland and completing the ASC Club Health Check, several key priority areas were identified.
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