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Softball Australia updates stakeholders on revolutioniseSPORT transition
With Softball Australia, and all its member states and territories, associations and clubs, moving to migrate to using revolutioniseSPORT technology solutions by 30th June 2021, the committee behind the process has advised that the transition is tracking well and that the project is on track.
In an online update, Softball Australia advise “this is a significant change to the administration and promotion of the sport and Softball Australia are committed to bringing members from all levels of the game along the journey.
“The new system will lead to a new way on how all members, clubs and associations administer softball in Australia, so it is crucial to communicate these changes to our community.”
Over the last month, revolutioniseSPORT has conducted several online seminars with selected club and association administrators around what the platform can do.
As a result, three winter associations - Perth Softball, North Shore and Brisbane Softball - will be the first to transition to the new system and will fully embrace and use revolutioniseSPORT prior to the national rollout.
Importantly, both revolutioniseSPORT and Softball Australia, with the help of these early adopters, quickly identifying challenges at the grassroots level and established solutions prior to the system going live on 19th February.
Perth Softball, North Shore and Brisbane Softball will now begin to register new members through revolutioniseSPORT shortly.
Other winter Associations will remain on the old system (SportsTG) until the 2022 season.
The process of creating the new websites, from the national and state level all the way to the clubs, has also commenced.
To maximise the benefits from the transition to the new system key decisions that will impact the sport include:
• Membership and insurance year changed to 1st July to 30th June;
• New two month and temporary membership options are now available;
• Every member will have a unique (and new) national member ID;
• For a player to register they must as a minimum, pay the national and state fees (also known as capitation fees) ensuring members are committed to playing. A player will only pay these fees once per year if competing in multiple competitions;
• Clubs and Associations are free to charge what they like on top of national and state fees of course, and if they decide that portion can be paid under payment plans. Allowing members credit is however not recommended as it leads to an increased administration workload, bad debts and cash flow challenges; and
• All registrations must be completed online and the member must be present when this happens to ensure valid identification and agreement to terms.
Softball Australia go on to advise “the system will create change and it’s important for members to embrace the new system to continue to strengthen and grow our sport.
“The system will enable Softball Australia and member states to more efficiently track participation rates and to use that data to make informed decisions to improve the sport.
“The online platform requires all Clubs to have an ABN so that they can maximise the fraud security, administration and member payment benefits the system offers.”
Next steps will follow once early adopter clubs are live, with Softball Australia and member states will begin to request data from other clubs and associations to prepare their registration systems and new websites.
Queries on the process should be directed to email@example.com.
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Image courtesy of Softball Australia.
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