President's Report 2012/13


President’s report 2012/13



Dear Members,


My first year as President has been an interesting one at both our club as well as at Knox Basketball Incorporated (KBI) level. 


KBI Financial Position and Fee increases

As many of you would have read in our last newsletter, KBI have made a loss of approximately $500,000 for the year ending 31 December 2012 and the financial outlook for the 2013 year is not looking that much better.  To this end, KBI have advised all junior clubs that they will be increasing the cost to play effective 27th July 2013 as follows:



Pricing per team per game prior to 27th July 2013

Pricing per team per game from 27th July 2013 onward

Saturday Competition

$29.50 per game

$35.00 per game

Sunday Competition

$28.00 per game

$32.00 per game


The cost of entry will also increase to $2.50 per person on Saturdays.  The Sunday door fees will remain at $3.00 per person.


KBI have also increased the fees for the Senior Domestic Competition to $62.00 per game per team and Knox Junior Raiders (Friday night) door entry has increased from $2 to $3.  Although this does not affect our junior club, it is important to note that KBI have not just increased fees on the junior clubs, but increased fees across the board.


Wasps Financial Position

Following the financial result of 2011/12 where the club reported a loss of approximately $21,000, your committee has worked tirelessly to ensure that our club does not suffer that same fate again.  To this end, we are happy to report a healthy profit of $14,938.53.  However, it is important to note that approximately $5,300 were fees received this financial year from some of our members who had overlooked paying their Summer 2012 and Winter 2012 fees.  Although we account for them in this financial year, they relate to the previous year.


To ensure that fees are paid at the time they are due, we have introduced a new policy: ‘No pay, no play’.  In essence, if you haven’t paid your fees, your child cannot take the court.  This policy has proven to be successful to have our fees collected in a timely manner.


We have also introduced a new sponsorship package called the ‘Trade Page’.  Business owners within our club can pay a sponsorship fee of $100 for 12 months and advertise their business on our Trade Page.  We also ‘plug’ the business on our newsletters when released from time to time.


Communication to our members

We understand that our communication to our members needed improving.  We have introduced in the last year, a Facebook page and we are emailing our newsletters to your registered email address held by the club.


If you are not receiving these newsletters, please simply subscribe via our website:  Click on the ‘broadcast’ tab and then the ‘subscription’ tab.  We are aiming to send a newsletter out to our members at least once a month.  This is our main form of communication.


To become ‘friends’ on Facebook, simply search for Wasps Basketball Club within Facebook and ‘like’ the page.  You will then begin to receive updated posts.


If you are not a Facebook subscriber, the posts are automatically fed to our website page so you can keep up to date that way.


Trivia Night

To help with fundraising for the club, we are holding our annual trivia night on Saturday 10th August 2013 at Boronia Basketball Stadium commencing at 7.30pm. 


Get a table of friends together and join in the fun!!  There will be prizes, games and of course, trivia.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Little Stingers and the size of our club

The Little Stingers program was first started by one of our life members, Bob Crotty, and provides a free basketball clinic for young children aged between 5 and 8, to obtain basic skills of the game.  This program runs on a Monday night at SBC between 4.15pm and 5pm each week.  It has been extremely successful, with in excess of 25 children attending each session.


Mark Hayes now oversees the program and at the end of each season, those children who have mastered the skills of the program receive a graduation certificate and then join one of our u8 teams.  We now see that our club has five U8 boys’ sides and two U8 girls. 


The club is also expanding at different age groups.  We currently have 73 teams registered within the Junior Domestic Competition at KBI making us the largest club in the Association.


Club of the Year

Congratulations to our teams – Wasps Basketball Club was named ‘Club of the Year’ for 2012 within the KBI Association.  Well done!!


Wasps supporting others

Michael Wilson was a member of the Wasps Basketball Club.  He had leukaemia and sadly passed away.  In memory of Michael, a basketball tournament was held at Boronia to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.  Wasps made a contribution towards the event and past and current players also entered teams into the tournament.  The tournament was very successful raising funds for the foundation.


One of our new members, Jack Williamson, wanted to play basketball.  Jack has Down Syndrome however this hasn’t stopped him joining in the fun at Wasps.  During last season, Jack and his siblings (Ryan and Ella) also Wasps players, invited their team mates and their families to their house for an afternoon tea to raise funds and awareness for Down Syndrome Victoria.  The club made a contribution to this cause and together with the families of the players, they managed to raise in excess of $1,000.


Coaches night

Matt Shanahan, head coach of Knox Raiders senior men’s team, has kindly offered his expertise to conduct a coaches session to help our coaches at Wasps improve and in turn improve our players.  This session will be held at Waverley Christian College on 9th September 2013.  Further information will be released in our newsletter closer to the date.


Looking forward…….

Thank you to all members for a fantastic 2012/13 year.  We hope your children enjoy playing with the Wasps and continue to do so in years to come.


Krissy McNiece


Wasps Basketball Club