SUBMISSION ON PROPOSAL FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  1. Three teams from each province (one team in each section; except Gauteng (senior female teams in section A) that still needs consideration of the number of teams to be sent due to quality of players). (Applicable to all categories of competition).
  2. National squads will be selected at these championships.
  3. Grading, assessment and evaluation of technical officials to take place.
  4. Number of championships days minimum 3 – 5 days.

N.B.: EPG REPORT AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR NSA

The recent EPG Report tabled to SRSA and SASCOC puts NSA at a very precarious position that implies that there are no structures in provinces and there is nothing taking place in relation to development of netball. This is the result of non-submission by most provinces, as was requested by NSA (Director: Demarcation & Structures) last year. Already, NSA is in the process of collecting and compiling the second report to be submitted to EPG by end of May 2014. One crucial observation by EPG was that at national level NSA is reasonably compliant in most areas requiring information on systems, policies and processes used; but the glaring discrepancy is at provincial levels;

Below are some of the things mentioned:

  1. No data available on structures, development programs and competitions to mention but a few.
  2. No information on how provinces engage with schools.
  3. No data on facilities.
  4. No information on issues of governance.

While we accept that the report might not be reflective of what really obtains in provinces, we agree with the findings on a number of issues. We as the executive have raised concerns around a lot of issues when we also failed to get information from districts/provinces (for example: working through constitution that is aligned to NSA’s and implementing all NSA policies to the letter, on functionality of leagues, minutes of regular meetings, development programs that are monitored and netball events that happen in schools where districts/provinces are not aware and/or involved. This demands that NSA executive should be directly involved with districts and provinces to make sure that data/information submitted/provided is authentic.

Our response to SRSA and SASCOC was that we addressed some of the findings of the EPG report at our March 2014 Council meeting; among other points discussed was the most important one of reviewing our quota system to ensure that more blacks (generic as well) get more attention to get them to high performance level. We also mentioned the proposed format of staging championships; the idea of provincial championships was lauded as it allows for more attention to be given to a province and its masses.

Our position on the 60/40 proposed target is that we abide by the resolutions of the Sports Indaba held in November 2011. We understand that getting to the proposed target would be a process. We also acknowledge that we have always strived to select players on merit for our national teams, which is why our national teams’ performances have improved over the years. We acknowledge that we still have to address a number of issues (especially social) for some of our players of colour to also maximize opportunity for them to get more court time during international competitions. As mentioned above, we would continue to ensure that we strengthen our development programs to move players of colour to high performance level. In this regard our focus is on development and accreditation of coaches in all provinces and schools (African black and generic black) so that we standardize coaching in our country.

This submission is therefore aimed at presenting what we have put together as the executive, as promised at the March 2014 Council meeting. We would like to request all of you to please go through this submission, discuss it thoroughly with all your committee members, get as much input as possible from all important stakeholders and then present a formal input/opinion to NSA for consideration. We would then put together the final proposal on the matter of Provincial and National championships for presentation to Council in October 2014.

Please submit your inputs directly to President: NSA through email. The deadline for submitting your inputs should be June 30, 2014.