Three Victorian softball associations have been named in the Top 5 of the Association Homeplate Ladder by Softball Australia, recognising their efforts towards growing the game and improving the governance of their clubs through the Homeplate program.
Casey Softball Association has been awarded the prestigious status of ‘Homeplate’ after earning 100 points and a second place ranking on the ladder. Keilor Park Softball Association and Waverley Softball Association are not far behind, with both associations awarded the ‘Going for Home’ status and named as third and fifth on the ladder respectively.
The Homeplate Ladder is an initiative from Softball Australia designed to reward and recognise clubs and associations for implementing best practice governance and management, as well as membership growth and retention.
The Homeplate program provides clubs and associations with resources and measureable goals in order to promote development within their club or association. Each milestone achieved the program sees clubs and associations rewarded with points which contribute to their ranking on the Homeplate Ladder.
Softball Victoria CEO, Nick Frayne, said that it is extremely satisfying to see the three Victorian associations listed in the top 5 of the Homeplate Ladder, recognising the significant efforts they have made to improving their governance and planning.
“I have seen first hand the passion and commitment shown by volunteers at Casey, Keilor Park and Waverley and is due recognition for the time and effort they have committed to making their Associations such welcoming environments,” he said.
“Good governance is the first and most important step in growing a club or association as it ensures that any new member has a positive introduction to the sport through a well-managed organisation, and of course ensures that existing members want to stay and be involved in a fun and positive environment.”
The Homeplate Ladder recognises the top achieving clubs and associations nationally within the Homeplate program, and is released twice yearly. You can view the full Homeplate Ladder here.
If your club or association would like to get involved in Homeplate, click here for more information.