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Welcome to Homeplate Newsletter #14

This edition focuses on Committee Management, committee training webinar, how to boost your membership through Softball Australia’s National Participation Programs, new Softball Batter Up website, new Governance and Recognition program Homeplate Ladder, Women in Sport Leadership Grant, National Affiliation Standards Checklist, and a feature case study on the Bunbury and District Softball Association.

Committee Management

As we approach the beginning of the season, it is imperative that your committee is well informed and ready to go. Good governance is vital to your softball club or association. When inducting a new committee member, it is important to present key information about the organisation and the role, including the constitution, committee code of conduct, policies and procedures, position descriptions and strategic plan.

The Homeplate website provides resources for your club and association to successfully manage your committee by providing templates to create position descriptions, committee induction template, a sample of a committee nomination form, access to a committee management manual and much more.

You can find these resources under Governance on the Homeplate website.

So you’re on the committee, now what?
Sports Community will be running a series of webinars designed for club administrators, committee members and club members who wish to learn the secret to creating a successful committee, the power of goal setting and how to effectively run a committee meeting and AGM. For more information or to register click here.
Need a boost in your membership? Try these 3 National participation programs!

Sporting Schools

Sporting Schools has been designed by the Australian Government to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport and to connect children with community sport. To register your association as a provider visit the Softball Australia Sporting Schools website.
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Softball Batter Up
Softball Batter Up is our national junior participation program and is a perfect introduction to softball for children aged 4-12. Boasting a variety of activities and modified games to cater for different ages and ability levels and helpful resources to make delivering the program easy, the program is a must for every club and association. Softball Australia is excited to announce the NEW Softball Batter Up website is now live! The website has been designed to make “Playing, coaching and teaching softball easy!” Check it out now: http://www.softballbatterup.com.au/ and click here to register your club or association as a provider.
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Social 7s
Social 7s is Softball Australia’s slowpitch version of softball that is fast, fun and easy to play. It is also easy to organise a Social 7s competition.  Associations across the country are running Social 7s competitions and attracting new participants, with the South Brisbane Softball Association, Qld and Glen Eira Moorabbin Softball Association, Vic about to commence their third Social 7s season! To find out how to organise a Social 7s competition you can read the Social 7s Affiliate Guide or check out the Social 7s website here.
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Homeplate Ladder – rewarding and recognising good governance

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

  • Be recognised and rewarded for being well-managed and operating.
  • effectively to achieve good governance and minimise risk.
  • Score points for implementing best practice and achieving membership growth.
  • Earn a spot on the Homeplate Ladder of top achieving associations nationally and in your state.
  • Opportunity to achieve Homeplate status and be recognised by your stakeholders including Softball Australia, your State Softball Organisation, your clubs, other associations, your local council, your sponsors and the community as one of the best-managed associations in Australia.
  • Ensures each association is working towards meeting best practice standards as a softball affiliate.
  • 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.

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Women in Sport Leadership Grant
The Women Leaders in Sport program is a Government initiative aimed to provide women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential in the sports industry. The 2017 program of comprises three components including the Individual Development Grant, the Organisation Leadership Development Grants and the Targeted Leadership Development Program. Please promote the Individual Development Grant to all your potential future women leaders within your club or association including players, coaches, scorers, administrators and managers. Applications close on Friday 5 October 2016. For more information and to apply for a grant, click here.
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Grah takes her softball passion abroad

A passionate softball player since the age of eight, Victorian student-athlete Meaghan Grah is now taking her talent to the next level.

Having played the diamond sport for the majority of her childhood, Meaghan will now become an ‘Indian’ at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida for the next four years.

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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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Bunbury and District Softball Association set strong foundations
The Bunbury and Districts Softball Association Inc (BADSA) in WA faces a challenging year ahead with the commencement of the 2016-17 season without any clubrooms, lighting or storage due to works commencing on the development of a new facility. In preparation for the tough season ahead, the dedicated committee evaluated their current organisational structure and implemented significant changes to ensure it is ready for the upcoming season.
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