Club and Association Development
Softball Australia and Member States recognise that many of our clubs and associations have limited resources. We also recognise that many people involved in running a club or association have so much to do in developing and delivering softball programs, let alone the administrative tasks involved. Softball Australia and our Member States are dedicated to supporting our affiliates to build their capacity and capability to grow and ensure their sustainability.
To relieve the pressure on club resources and volunteers, Softball Australia has developed a dedicated online club development resource centre, Homeplate, providing a one stop shop of tools, templates, resources, information and best practice examples to support our clubs and associations to provide their members and the community the best place to play softball. Click here to register your club and association.
Homeplate News, is a monthly newsletter developed to communicate important information and initiatives directly to our affiliates. Homeplate News was launched in June 2015 and is now being circulated to over 900 recipients, an increase of 562 since launch. Click here to subscribe.
Club Health Check
If your softball club or association is wondering how it is performing off the diamond, there is an easy way to check. The Australian Sports Commission’s Club Health Check is an online self-assessment tool designed to help clubs and associations examine how they are operating. The Checklist addresses a number of different factors that are crucial to the success of a well-run club and association. The Office for Rec and Sport South Australia has designed the STARCLUB Survey assessment tool for South Australian clubs and associations.
A proven strategy in helping affiliates improve how they operate is in face-to-face support. Softball Australia has invested in Association Coordinator positions around the country through part-funding in Qld, Vic, Tas, SA, and NT and WA. Click here to meet our Coordinators in NT, Qld, Vic and Tas.
Homeplate Ladder is Softball Australia’s new Affiliate Recognition Program to identify and recognise affiliates for the successful management and implementation of best practice.
Affiliates will score points for implementing best practice and achieving membership growth to ultimately achieve Homeplate status. Homeplate Ladder is open to all affiliated associations in year 1 beginning August 2016; clubs will be included in year 2. All the information is detailed in the Homeplate Ladder – program outline.