Home' Bowls NSW : November 2009 Contents 16 BOWLS NSW -- NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009
T HE Sport Development Team
have given 2009 a tick of
Without a doubt the biggest
success was the inaugural Rookies
competition. The comments from
the players and spectators at the
finals were strongly supportive of
Congratulations must go to the
team (minus me) for the great
work they did on that weekend.
The School Bowls Program had
another very successful year, and
the small bowls program has been
a winner. These two programs
• MICHAEL B EAUMONT • MARK W HITEMAN • ANDREW L YNN • CHRIS M ACAULEY
By MICHAEL BEAUMONT (Sports Development Manager)
Details of the second Bowlers
Arm Tournament at Beresfield
BC on 7 December were fea-
tured in last month's issue.
In response to several ques-
tions raised by bowlers, Mark
Whiteman, Sports Develop-
ment Officer at BowlsNSW has
released the following proce-
dural advice for participants.
• Bowler fills out the Bowling
Aid Approval Form (return
details on form).
• State Umpires Committee
issues approval letter and
• Bowlers do not have to have
their own bowling arm,
they just need approval to
• Bowlers do not need a
• There is no registration of
individual bowling arms.
help clubs bring juniors into their
club and into our game.
Junior development needs a
real kick along and these two
Member Protection is another
area that kept us busy this year.
We have three Member Protection
Information Officers among the
staff. They are there to provide
members with information on
what to do if they feel they have
been unfairly treated by their club.
Please remember they cannot
force a club to change their mind.
They are trained to supply infor-
mation about available resources.
Many bowlers get frustrated
when dealing with the Member
Protection issue, thinking that
we can waive a magic wand and
get clubs to see things from the
bowlers own perspective.
This is simply not possible all of
the time. If a club has acted legally
and within their own constitution,
the matter is out of our hands.
The NSW Sports Federation will
be establishing a Sports Disputes
Centre in 2010, I understand. This
will allow people to seek either
mediation, or possibly even arbi-
tration, without the expense of
going to court.
Look for more news on that
service next year!
Every registered bowler in NSW
is a member of the Federation.
The Federation also run regular
training courses on a range of top-
ics, including Member Protection,
how to handle difficult people and
many other topics.
For more information you can
go to their website: www.sportnsw.
On the related issue of con-
stitutions, many of the clubs we
have dealt with this year have
discovered the need to visit their
own constitution and update it.
I recommend you take a look
at your club's constitution sooner
rather than later. You may find it
One club I visited had it written
in their constitution that only full
members over the age of 21 could
play their poker machines, unless
they were returned servicemen.
Time for a change indeed.
2010 will see us out and about
in country NSW conducting Zone,
District and club presentations. If
you would like a visit from the
team, please give me a call.
Many clubs are astonished at
how quickly we can get to you
and the information we have at
our disposal. We don't hand out
money, but often good informa-
tion is the next best thing.
The Podcasts were well received
again in 2009. You may have
noticed that we cut them back a
little from last year. They do take
a lot of time to put together, but
bowlers seem to enjoy them.
You don't need an ipod to listen
to them, just any computer that
plays music. Go to the RNSWBA
website, simply right click on the
icon, and follow the instructions.
Thanks to all those clubs and
members that welcomed us this
year and took advantage of the
development services we offer.
The feedback tells us we are
on the right track, and we look
forward to assisting those clubs
that want help next year.
Remember, all you have to do
is call 1300 286392.
Merry Christmas to you all!
makes your club
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