Umpiring Round 2

Hi all – just a quick note to let you know that some of our regular umpires are unavailable this week (round 2), so a few of the games will need to be umpired by single umpires. As always, we count upon each player’s understanding of limited visibility as well as their intent on making each game a positive experience for everyone involved.

On a related note, it would be much appreciated if the captains of teams that are providing no umpires or just 1 umpire, can try and find some suitably experienced candidates for the umpiring role (email to Tony and Dave). Ideally we’d like to be able to call upon 2 umpires from each team. The more umpires and better spread across teams we have, the more we can guarantee 2 umpires per game, as well as some breaks for the regular umpires.


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.

2018-19 S1 Roster Update

Hi all,

Please note the following updates to the 2018-19 first season planning. Note, that the Come & Try night will still be on Thursday 19/7 as originally scheduled.

  • Round 1 has been delayed by 1 week due to the Australian School Sports Swimming Championships (DKHAC apologises for the late notice) and will now take place on Thursday the 2nd of August.
  • The Water Polo Nationals are scheduled for the first week of October, so Water Basketball will have a break that week.

The planner on the Roster page has been updated accordingly.

It is currently also unclear whether we will have 8 or 9 teams. This depends to a large extent on whether certain teams are able to find a few more players during the Come & Try night (so the Round 1 delay may not be such a bad thing).

Once that has been confirmed, we’ll be able to finalise the season structure, possibly further affecting the dates and introducing byes if we end up with 9 teams.

We aim to publish the detailed roster for the first season of 2018-19 during the weekend prior to Round 1 at the latest.



2017-18 S2 Results SF

Thursday 7/06/2018

Sharks 38 def Beached Az 32
Caitlin 14, Kylie/Christy/Wes each 10

Ducks 22 def by Sea Serpents 48
Nicki 8, Cole/Carrie each 16

The Grand Finals roster is now available on the Roster page, including Duty and Umpiring arrangements.

A reminder regarding the Winter Water Basketball Dinner. See a previous post for a summary, and please follow up with your captain if you haven’t yet received the more detailed email with RSVP and payment arrangements. Please make sure you get your RSVP/Payments in ASAP.

2017-18 S2 Results QF

Thursday 31/05/2018

Sheep Stations 33 def Ducks 22
Nicole 24, Shane 14

Beached Az 44 def Clownfish 41
Sam 24, Julie 16

Sea Serpents 54 def Brothers 26
Bec 10, Cole 22

The Nuts 52 def Sharks 40
Jemma 30, Mikalah 10

The Semi Finals roster is now available on the Roster page, including Duty and Umpiring arrangements.

The Water Basketball Planner for the 2018-19 year is now available on the roster page. The roster may change still, depending on the number of teams playing and the finalisation of Water Polo Nationals scheduling.

Lastly, a reminder regarding the Winter Water Basketball Dinner. See a previous post for a summary, and please follow up with your captain if you haven’t yet received the more detailed email with RSVP and payment arrangements. Hope you can all make it 🙂

2017-18 S2 Results R14

Thursday 24/05/2018

The Nuts 60 def Sea Serpents 48
Jemma 32, Cole 30

Clownfish 30 def Brothers 14
Brett 14, John 6

Sharks 30 def by Ducks 38
Markus 8, Nicki 16

Beached Az 14 def by Sheep Stations 50
Kylie 8, Nicole 30

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics and are now finalised for the season.

The Quarter Finals roster is now available on the Roster page, including Duty and Umpiring arrangements.

Lastly, the email regarding the Winter Water Basketball Dinner has gone out to all captains yesterday. See below for a summary, and please follow up with your captain if you haven’t yet received the more detailed email with RSVP and payment arrangements.

As has been indicated on the roster from the start of the season, this year’s Winter Water Basketball Dinner will be on Saturday the 16th of June.

We’d like this to be event for all players to participate in, so please help us make this event a success by getting as many of your team mates to come along as possible. Partners are invited as well.

  • The Dinner will be at 7:00pm on Saturday the 16th of June at the Ball & Chain’s upstairs function room.
  • The cost is $35 per head and the menu is a choice of:
    • Lamb shank – A favourite comfort food. A chunky shank served on potato mash enhanced with a tasty rosemary and red wine sauce.
    • Tasmanian Atlantic salmon – Chargrilled with hollandaise sauce.
    • 300g Rump steak – Many diners say this is the tastiest cut of all. It requires a little more work from the jaw because of its density but the flavour is well worth it. Topped with garlic and herb butter.
    • The vegetarian option is all you want from the salad bar for $15. If anyone wants this option then we suggest they just confirm their attendance via email and then pay on the night to keep it simple.
  • Drinks can be purchased separately at the upstairs bar.

Please transfer all payments by Friday the 8th of June into the Water Basketball Tasmania account (see your captain for details). We’re maintaining a RSVP list of everyone attending and who has paid. So, since there is only limited space in the transfer reference field, if you’re paying for a number of people please let Kyle and myself know the names via email.

We’ll accept cash if a bank transfer is problematic, but the bank transfer is preferred. If you have any questions, please check with your captain or get in touch with me asap. Hope you can all make it 🙂

Thank you all for making it another enjoyable season so far.


2017-18 S2 Umpiring Roster Finalised

Hope you’re all having a great weekend 🙂

Just a quick note to let the umpires know that the umpiring roster has been finalised and is available on the Roster page.

There are a few gaps, which were unavoidable due to the limited number of umpires. As players, please take that into account when your game is umpired by only one umpire and something gets missed.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Tony.