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Welcome to Homeplate Newsletter #13

This edition focuses on Planning, Softball Australia’s 2016 Member Survey, new affiliate recognition program Homeplate Ladder, National Affiliation Standards Checklist, Softball Australia Member Benefits Program, Sports Community’s Fundraising Book Project,  Alice Springs Softball Association Promotional Video and features a case study on Gold Coast Softball Association.

Planning
It’s that time of the year when many of you will be planning for the upcoming season, and into the future. Planning allows for preparing your club or association to think and plan ahead which has many benefits such as being proactive to problems that arise and implementing actions to ensure there is a resolution. Planning can also allow your organisation to have clear goals and objectives and increases the likelihood of an improved organisation and the coordination of activities. The Homeplate website provides valuable resources that may help you: a step-by-step guide to planning, templates and examples developed and used by clubs. Go to Homeplate and click on Planning (but don’t forget to register if you haven’t already).
Softball Australia 2016 Member Survey

Softball Australia is offering you the chance to take part in the 2016 Softball Australia Member Survey.

Now is the time to help influence the softball landscape in Australia by telling us what's good, what's not, what you'd like to see more - or less - of. This is where you bring your ideas and experiences to our attention so we can become more innovative in the way we conduct the sport as we seek to grow this great game.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close on 20 September 2016.  
For taking the time to complete the survey, your name will be placed in a draw to win one of 10 prizes.

For more information click here 

To complete the survey click here

Launching Homeplate Ladder – Softball Australia’s New Affiliate Recognition Program

Last month, Softball Australia launched its new Affiliate Recognition Program – “Homeplate Ladder” – to identify, reward and recognise affiliates for the successful management and implementation of best practice.

  • Be recognised and rewarded for being well-managed and operating effectively
  • Score points for implementing best practice and achieving membership growth
  • Opportunity to achieve Homeplate status by scoring 81 points or more
  • Opportunity to score a spot on the Homeplate Ladder of top achieving associations nationally and in your state
  • Open to associations only in year 1 beginning August 2016; clubs will be included in year 2

Visit http://homeplate.softball.org.au/club-assessment-and-benchmarking-tools/ for a complete outline of the program including how points are awarded, the amount of points required to achieve each category and a full list of incentives and rewards.

Sports Community – ‘The Fundraising Book Project’

"The Fundraising Book Project’ encourages community members of clubs and associations to come forward and share their fundraising stories or examples of fundraising. In light of this awesome project, we’re encouraging you to share your stories with us and Sports Community. Please send examples of fundraising at your club or association and the best story will be shared in next month’s Homeplate News and on Homeplate Blog. You will also receive half a dozen softballs for your club or association.

Please send your stories to: clubdevelopment@softball.org.au

Remember to join the conversation on the Sports Community Facebook page, Twitter page or email jenny@sportscommunity.com.au

Send Story
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 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.

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Good Sports Beating Heart Competition
Who is the beating heart of your club? Good Sports is offering $3,000 for your club and a $1,000 travel voucher to your deserving club hero. Nominate your club’s “Beating Heart” now, visit http://beatingheart.com.au/ to nominate and get your friends to vote for your club member to be considered for one of the cash prizes.
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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!!!
Join Now
Latest Play by the Rules magazine
The latest Play by the Rules magazine is available here. Articles include parents at junior sport, when size doesn’t fit age, taking ownership of our behaviours, Muslim Netball Program, Cricket Australia’s example of how to be a welcoming club and much more.
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Alice Springs Softball Association Promotion Video
Softball NT’s Remote Programs Association Coordinator, Brett Toll, has developed a brilliant 50 second promotional video for Alice Springs Softball Association using a drone. With 2,734 views since August 6, creating a short clip is a creative way to promote your club or association and we encourage you to give it a try!!! You can view the Alice Springs Softball Association promotional video here.
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Gold Coast Softball Association Planning for the Future

Over the past seven years, Gold Coast Softball Association (GCSA) has seen a decrease in membership numbers. As a result, GCSA’s Management Committee has identified key priority areas for improvement including future planning, governance, recruitment and marketing and promotion. GCSA is looking to the future with new initiatives put in place with support from Softball Qld.

You can read more here.
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