The past twelve months have been hugely successful for the Rockingham and Districts Softball Association (WA). The Association has facilitated successful Softball Batter Up programs, Social 7s, Have a Go days, and participated in the Softball WA Aboriginal Sports Carnival. In 2015-16, they recorded 496 members; this season they have registered an additional 130 members – a massive 40% growth!
Rockingham was recently recognised with Homeplate status through Softball Australia’s governance recognition program, Homeplate Ladder, one of three associations to receive this acknowledgement. Their committee has been working on setting good governance foundations, recently formalising a yearly budget, setting a vision statement and identifying their purpose and values. Over the past six months with the support of Softball WA’s Association Coordinator, they have developed and adopted a new Constitution. The Association commenced a strategic and operational planning process and this will be formalised over the coming months. All these initiatives have contributed to the success of the association in achieving Homeplate status.
In 2015, Rockingham City hosted WA’s first Social 7s competition involving eight teams. Due to its success, the Association has managed to increase the number of teams from eight to 14, with 156 people registered and participating. “Social 7s was a great success for us; players both new and existing embraced the new format and it was a great revenue raiser for the Association” said President, Mike Canning.
Rockingham City has a particular focus on junior recruitment, having implemented successful strategies to recruit juniors through Have a Go days, Softball Batter Up, a recruitment stall at the local shopping centre and a wonderful opportunity for juniors to participate in a pitching and catching clinic with state players. These initiatives have seen an increase in junior membership from 115 in 2015 to 176 this season. They have also focused on providing opportunities for their coaches to increase their knowledge and skills. They currently have 33 coaches, 12 of whom are Level 1 accredited.
In 2015/16, Rockingham City was recognised as Softball WA Affiliate of the Year for their efforts in conducting the first Social 7s competition and hosting the final round of the Little League All-star Championship.
Congratulations to Rockingham City on all their amazing success!