Softball Victoria (SV), in consultation with all 13 member associations, are pleased to announce key changes to the Victorian State Championships model for implementation in 2019-20.
Over the past 12 months, SV have collaborated with all 13 member associations on implementing change to the high performance pathway to increase the standard of competition at our events, with the Zone model being accepted as most suitable to drive Victorian softball forward in to the future.
On the back of changes to age groups for National Championships, late last year SV announced that it would be implementing the same changes to Victorian events with Under 15’s changing to Under 14’s, Under 17’s changing to Under 16’s, and Under 19’s changing to Under 18’s.
The following table explains the changes to age groups implemented for next season:
|2018-19 State Champs age groups||2019-20 State/Zone Championships age groups||Event Format 2019-20|
|Under 15’s||Under 14’s||Associations can enter teams|
|Under 17’s||Under 16’s||Zones can enter teams|
|Under 19’s||Under 18’s||Zones can enter teams|
|Open||Open||Associations can enter teams |
*to be reviewed following 2019-20 event, and consider change to Zone Model in 2020-21
One of the major changes is the implementation of the Zone Model for 2019-20 at Under 16 and Under 18 level that will require specific zones to trial and select combined teams for the events in line with new regulations to be implemented. Following the 2019-20 Victorian Championships the Open Championships format will be reviewed, and if applicable will also revert to a Zone model for 2020-21.
The following zones have been confirmed for 2019-20 in relation to the U16 and U18 events:
|North West||Eastern Metro||South East|
|Sunshine||Keilor Park||Glen Eira Moorabbin||Frankston|
|Albury Wodonga |
It is important to note that due to the complexities and travel restrictions of Softball Albury Wodonga (SAW) players and officials, SV will continue to work with the SAW committee on potential resolutions to the issues that they face.
In the coming days there will be a position advertised for Regional Manager of each of the four zones that will begin the process of making key decisions including colours, branding, logos and trial/selection processes for each zone.
For more information please contact Softball Victoria CEO Nick Frayne at firstname.lastname@example.org
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