Seven new associations recognised among the best managed softball associations in Australia

Seven new associations recognised among the best managed softball associations in Australia

Softball Australia congratulates a number of associations on becoming the most recent associations to achieve Homeplate status. Gold Coast Softball Association (Qld), Southern Tasmanian Softball Association (Tas), Waverley Softball Association (Vic), Softball Campbelltown Inc. (NSW), Central Districts Softball Association (SA), South East Metropolitan Softball Association (WA) and Glen Eira Moorabbin Softball Association (Vic) have all achieved the ultimate recognition through Softball Australia’s Homeplate Ladder Program.

Each association has achieved this ultimate recognition on the back of strong membership growth, meeting each national affiliation standard and by delivering national participation programs such as Social 7s with tremendous success. Each association has achieved a total of points ranging from 90 – 120, placing them 1st, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th respectively on the ladder, with a number only separated by membership growth percentage.

The Homeplate Ladder Program was launched in July 2016. To be successfully awarded Homeplate status, affiliates must meet specific requirements for each criterion and obtain 81 points or more.

This brings the total of Homeplate status associations to thirteen, having already recognised Cumberland Nepean Softball Association (NSW), Newcastle

District Softball Association (NSW), Rockingham City and District Softball Association (WA), Softball Far North Queensland (Qld), Suncoast Hinterland Softball Association (Qld) and Far North Coast Softball Association (NSW). With 18 associations at Going for Home status (51-80 points) and 22 associations at On Base status (30-50 points), it won’t be long before more associations achieve the ultimate recognition of Homeplate status.

You can view the top 20 associations nationally on the live ladder, here. Every association still has time to achieve Homeplate status by 30 June, with points available for completing a national affiliation standards checklist, meeting each national affiliation standard, developing and implementing an action plan, delivering a national participation program, completing a Club Health Check and registering to the Homeplate website. Points are also available for achieving membership growth of 5% or more and member retention of 80% or greater. The final ladder for 2017 will be published in the July edition of Homeplate News. If you would like to know where your association currently stands, contact the Association Coordinator in your state or email [email protected].