2018-19 S1 Roster

The roster for 2018-19 Season 1 has been published on the Roster page. The rest of the umpiring roster will be added closer to round 4. Please get in touch with Tony regarding unavailability.

The Annual General Meeting will be held ahead of round 1 on the 2nd of August, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. All members are welcome and particularly captains are encouraged to attend.

The first Umpiring meeting is scheduled for the 16th of August, ahead of round 3, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The Regulations must be read prior to that meeting. Captains are strongly encouraged to attend; we are always struggling to get enough umpires so could you please canvas your teams and have a good try at convincing anyone to umpire. For those teams that are not volunteering at least one umpire (who is also attending the meeting), could you please either attend the meeting or nominate someone from your team to attend.

Duty teams, please be on time and have sufficient team members available to set up/clean up. A refresher of the tasks involved with Duty can be found here.

To assist the umpires in keeping the games running smoothly, all players are requested to read the Regulations at the start of each season. Aside from understanding the practicalities of the game, saving umpires the effort of having to shout an explanation over the water, it will also help you to understand how minor fouls (S15) and gross-misconduct fouls (S16) are enforced and how you can follow up on conflicts between players (S20).

Lastly, a reminder of the kind of sport Water Basketball is, the social environment it is played in and how that should inform your behaviour.

While Water Basketball is a sport, it is primarily a social game. Unlike sports played by large numbers of people and as such more categorised by ability, Water Basketball is a mixed sport, played by a small number of people, who therefore differ more in skill level, age, strength, fitness and motivation.

This means greater responsibility and consideration is needed from each player with regards to their impact on other players.

Water Basketball is also run by and dependent on volunteers. People who sacrifice their personal time, without compensation, for the benefit of each player. Umpiring any sport is difficult. Professional umpires are paid, thoroughly trained, and still make mistakes. It’s even more difficult to umpire a sport, where half the action is underwater.

Competitiveness is fine, but not if it comes at an unfair cost to others. That includes your team mates, other players and volunteers. Consider your actions, physically and verbally. Abusive behaviour of any kind is not acceptable, even if you personally think you have a good reason for it. When it is pointed out to you, don’t get defensive, but reflect and actively try and adjust your behaviour. The umpire’s word is always final, but it would be nice if it doesn’t have to come to that.

The Board and umpires continuously aim to improve the game, but we can’t do this without your goodwill and positive input. To help with this, please all read the Regulations and discuss any ambiguities with your Captain and/or the Board members. When in the pool and you’re finding yourself in a physically escalating situation, swim away, take a deep breath and think before you act.

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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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