ALEX FAIR THE ADVOCATE The next significant step in Basketball Tasmania’s restructure will take place at the board table on Saturday.
The governing body’s board meeting in Launceston, which will be held around the State League finals which will be taking place in that city, will involve tabling feedback on the proposal from across the state, chief executive Chris McCoy confirmed on Friday.
Basketball Tasmania announced in October it would move towards a “three association model”, where the NWBU would become the North West Basketball Association from 2020 with the North-West Thunder to become the association’s “flagship program”.
Changes at the junior level have also led to some concern, with the NWBU junior competition to welcome four Launceston-based teams and running two divisions under the plan, with the belief by some that the extra travel would force youngsters to have to choose between football and basketball.
“We got all the presidents together and some of their office bearers as well from their associations, and we did that statewide,” McCoy said.
“We initially put out the concept and then a lot of the detail needed to be worked through, so that is what we did statewide and we gathered all that feedback and took it back to the board tomorrow for further discussion.
“We’ve had a lot of good feedback and some areas that we needed to consider further, so it really has been a worthwhile exercise to do this.
“And certainly that (the junior structure) has been one of the discussions that we have had.”
McCoy reiterated the proposed structural changes were for the good of the game in the state.
“Whenever you look to change a model there is pros and cons in whatever model you come up with and the current structure we have on the North-West has some great points about it, and it has some serious issues with it as well,” he said.
“That has been one of the main areas we have been discussing with the associations to ensure we can get it right for the game.
“We are working through all that now and tomorrow (Saturday) is a significant step in where we are trying to go.
“The board will sit with this information and we will look to decide what is best for the sport in the state, and while each area has its differences, the board will now look to see how that works best for basketball.”
McCoy said more information would be released next week.
The changes would also see full time Basketball Tasmania appoint full-time staff in the regions. The new-look NWBA would “continue to run all the regional activities, and that includes continuing to run the rosters, both juniors and seniors, running a development program at regional level for athletes and push local competitions”.
The structural changes come in the shadows of the state’s quest for its own NBL licence.