Thank you all for your hard work in getting through the strangest season of basketball that I think that I have ever encountered! A lot of what we dealt with will be the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable future and is here to stay.
Going forward we will still be emptying the venue between games and sanitising EVERYTHING, but we will start allowing spectators back into the venue in a staged approach. Due to the 4-square-metre rule it won’t ever be a HEAP of spectators unless Gladys eases that restriction, but they will be there. But don’t fear, with spectators comes more supervisors, and a very low tolerance for misbehaviour. We’ve got you covered.
At the moment in the office we are busy planning for the next competition that will start on Monday October 12. This will be a short competition that will run up to mid-December (8 weeks + 1 week of finals).
Some court allocations and venues have changed, so I needed the competition staff to finalise these allocations before I could ask you for your availability. They are now pretty much done, so it’s time for me to ask when you’re available to ref.
The new availability form is now active HERE. I ask EVERYONE to please fill out a new form so that we can start fresh for a new season. Your availability from the season just passed will not carry over.
As with every season, if I get too many referees available for one particular night, I will be appointing officials on a “first in” basis, and also by appointing the most suitable officials to the games by determining which mix of officials is best for the competition and for the development of individual officials.
Some changes to note:
* We have the addition of Curl Curl Community Centre on Abbott Rd on Monday and Thursday.
* We are utilising Pittwater Uniting on Wednesday AND Friday.
* Premier Men’s and Women’s competitions have returned to Monday night, and Senior Women have returned to Wednesdays.
Also, I have asked for your interest in reffing ISA school games at NBSIC on Saturday mornings. I have taken over the management of the officials for St Augustines and Redlands, so if you would like to pick up these games in addition to your MWBA games, please indicate as such on the form.
Please note that these are NOT MWBA games, they are school games that come outside the realm of Manly’s competitions. If you drop Manly games to make yourself available for ISA, you will find yourself dropped off both.
I have also asked if you are interested in a variety of other things. Just mark those that might interest you, and we can discuss it.
Please ensure that you give me as much information as possible. If you can’t make it for the 4:30pm game due to school/Uni/buses or if you coach or play during the same shift……….or whatever. Just let me know. The more information the better.
So please pop into the Forms page and submit your availability to me by WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER so that I can get rosters completed for the week starting 12 October.