NSBO Work Plan
Objectives for 2019/20 Season
Level II assessments.
Presently collecting and prioritizing information in preparation for Fall clinics. “Points of Emphasis” will remain the same as last year. “Feel Safe” document will be highlighted as well as “IOT’s” and updated information from CBOC.
This is a priority for all areas. The President will create a set of advertisements for social media (using his allotted budget). The target group is 20 to 30 year olds. Emphasis will be placed on working with 3rd year officials. It appears that this is the age group where we are starting to lose officials.
Contract negotiations are ongoing. Most contracts are in their last year and presently being negotiated.
(10 & 20 years of service)
Paul Hanson has purchased 10 and 20 year service pins. They were issued to Area Supervisor at our September AGM. Area Supervisors will be presenting these pins at their respective area meetings.
Executive has completed a review of the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Executive has recommended some changes. NSBO will be communicating with the Executive Director, Katherine Brien, regarding alignment. We are presently waiting to see some of the best practices from other provinces on this initiative.
The first introduction of the IOT’s was presented at our September 2018 panel meeting. Brent introduced the 9 modules and stated this will be the foundation of learning the basic fundamentals of officiating. This was an agenda item at last year’s area clinics. The Executive wants to place more emphasis on this initiative. The President of NSBO has asked Roger Caulfield and Brent Stocker to come up with an action plan to have the IOT’s delivered.
This initiative has been an excellent vehicle to fast track and promote officals’ development. Numerous officials identified through this initiative have advanced to the NSSAF Championships and Summer Nationals. This year’s list is as follows:
Alex Nuschke Jake Babin
Graham Carter Grant Hatcher
Stephanie Hiltz Doug Walker
Jim Bryan AJ Simmonds
Luke McFarland Rodney Myers
Brian Walker Chris Downey
Interpreter has just completed a draft of a “Feel Safe” document which covers players, coaches and officials. We are planning to have this document included in our Operational Guidelines. This was a topic at the “Together in Basketball” symposium and was well received. All areas will be educated on the “Feel Safe” document at their area meetings.
Member at Large
Symposium “Together in Basketball” organized by Chris Holland was held at MSVU on September 14th. The four key note speakers were: Roger Caulfield, Matt Boyle, Mark Forward and Paul Hanson. Approximately 45 people attended.
There is a need to revise our present list of referee coaches. One of the initiatives which needs to be undertaken is the implementation of Level I and Level II certification.
Jennifer McKenzie and Greg Parsons have received training on this initiative. Greg and Jennifer will be working with the Provincial Assessor to implement this initiative.
In light of the proposed merger between CABO and CBOC, we remain uncertain of the financial impact on our membership. We were recently notified that CABO Executive recommended provinces continue to pay a $35.00 annual membership fee to CBOC for the next two years. It appears our fee structure will remain the same this year.
Last month’s camp attendance was at full capacity and will continue to be offered annually. More information will be distributed in the upcoming months.
OTHER NSBO RELATED INITIATIVES
Last year, the President initiated a number of actions to address the problem around social media. However, the problem continues to be an issue and was addressed by the President at the AGM. Area Supervisors will be discussing this issue at their local meetings.
ACAA Commissioner Position
The Dal AC basketball program has been cancelled leaving only 2 Nova Scotia schools in the league. Reg followed up with Neil Hooper regarding the possibility of having one ACAA Commissioner for NS/NB/PEI. The proposal was not accepted. Therefore, the AUS Commissioner will be responsible for all AUS and ACAA assignments.
Wink Willox Award – Paul Hanson
Frank Baldwin Award – Greg Parsons
Rod Shoveller Award – Stephen Clow
Level III Certificates – Mike Goble, Aaron Barrington, Ryan Maxwell, Jalen Spicer
Provincial Service Pins were distributed to Area Supervisors for distribution to their members.
The issue of dues was discussed at the Executive meeting. No further action will be taken until we can determine the present fee structure of CBOC. The recommendation from the CABO Executive was to maintain a $35.00 fee for the next 2 years. We can anticipate our membership will paid the same dues as last year.
U17 Boys - Stephen Clow
U17 Girls -Nicole Weisner
U15 Boys - Ryan Maxwell & Jalen Spicer
NOTE: Matt Boyle was selected to referee the Jr NBA Global Championships in Orlando, Florida in August.
Merging of CABO and CBOC
Reg Jewkes was contacted by CBOC and asked to work on a committee to draft a detailed plan regarding the merging of CABO and CBOC into one formal entity under the auspices of Canada Basketball. NSBO Executive was provided with an update and brief overview of the activities of the weekend meetings. A proposed document will be circulated by the end of June 2019 will include a plan for the remaining funds that CABO oversees on behalf of the national officials.
The motion to transfer funds from CABO to CBOC has been put on hold. It was determined that the motion was too vague and required additional work. The transition team was tasked with taking the various recommendations and amending the MOU in more detail by October 31st. Once the work has been completed, the MOU and the motion will be distributed to all CABO Executives and an electronic vote will be held. It appears the support for the merger is strong but the CABO Executive was not willing to accept without specific items being guaranteed.
All rates were approved at the September AGM and the updated document has been forwarded to Area Supervisors.
Amendments to the Operational Guidelines were presented at our September AGM. Suggested amendments submitted by Greg Parsons were approved. Paul Hanson will be updating the document based on the approved amendments.
Rules of Play for Minor Basketball
Member at Large
Area Supervisors were concerned with the lack of information received regarding this initiative. They requested information on this issue to be placed on our website. Chris Holland will be following up with Basketball Nova Scotia and share the information with Area Supervisors in a timely manner.
Area Supervisors are responsible to communicate all disciplinary issues to our Vice-President (with supportive documentation). The VP cannot take action without comprehensive information to support his decision.
NSBO requires funding to ensure we are able to implement objectives. Matt Boyle will be contacting BNS to discuss potential financial support (i.e. grants).
September 27, 2019