2011 Social Competition

As provided last week through all team captains, please find the below information regarding the upcoming Social Competition.

After having received comprehensive feedback, both through the website and via a subsequent email inquiry, regarding the previous game night & roster suggestion the board would like to implement a new plan for the remainder of 2011 that we feel is a good compromise between all different viewpoints.

One of the main comments regarded the changes made to the program over the past seasons. To provide some context in that area; the changes were made due to factors like being required by THAC to give up our early 6.45pm timeslot and change the fee structure, trying to incorporate a new team that pulled out halfway through the season and an outdated & ambiguous set of regulations that needed updating. We expect that we’ll be able to retain more stability in the program from now on, as we have reduced teams (so late games are less of an issue), no further THAC changes are on the horizon as far as we know and the regulations have received a full overhaul.

Now, onto the remainder of 2011. The board feels the compromise is best served by implementing a 4 week Social Competition (see attached flyer), followed by a regular season in which every team plays every other team as much as possible in the time available.

  • The 4 week social comp gives those in favour of it a chance at playing with others and have a social final & bbq to finish.
  • It gives those not interested a break from water basketball that is not overly long (THAC has issues with the pool being unused – e.g. other sports/programs are being turned down – so the social comp avoids that).
  • It allows for a suitable timeframe for the subsequent regular season.
  • From an organisational point of view, another aim of the Social Comp is to attract new players, so we hope existing players out there can help out by bringing interested players along for a trial. Even if you don’t intend to play the social competition, please print and hand out the flyer to your friends & colleagues, or put it on your notice boards.

As per the flyer, please email either Phillip or the taswaterbasketball address to opt in.

All game nights will still be on Thursdays. So far as we know, currently 2 teams are dropping out (Swordfish and Crabs) and Lobsters were never an actual team. Plankton needs players, especially male, and some of the other teams need players as well and since it’s very likely that some of the Crabs/Swordfish players will want to continue, we’re confident we can keep those teams alive. That would leave us with 9 teams, which would mean 2 x 7.45pm and 2 x 8.15pm every Thursday, with a bye, so no late games. Since we’ll have the Tuesday night back as training (only if players actually make use of it, otherwise THAC will re-assign it), that night can serve the purpose the Lobster team served, to give new players a chance to come and play a game. Then again, we may also choose to retain the Lobsters as a new player pathway and not have byes, which would mean 1 x 9.15m game. All this depends on team numbers etc. and any input teams may have on this, so we’ll confirm closer to the 2011 regular season 2.

The Social Competition will run on 7, 14, 21 and 28th of July with a Final on Saturday 30th in the dive pool at 11.00am followed by a BBQ and presentations.  Then straight into a regular (where every team plays each other) 2011 Season 2, which at this point will likely be starting on the 4th of August and run until late November/early December as usual.

The above information was circulated through the captains to be able to catch any major concerns with this new approach, but should you still have any questions, feel free to comment.

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About Water Basketball Tasmania
Water Basketball is a sport developed by The Hobart Aquatic Centre. It involves two teams of 6 players, who pass the ball down the pool to their goal end, which is a hoop similar to basketball. Each player wears flippers (and a cap to identify which team they are playing for). Goals are scored as two or three points depending how far from the goals you are.

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