CHANGES TO SOME COMPETITIONS FROM ROUND 4
There will be changes to fixtures for round 4. These changes are due to:
- Review and regrade of outlier teams (based on club requests)
- Movement of teams to even up the number of teams in competitions to minimise the number of byes.
These changes are likely to delay the release of the fixture. We ask for patience as the KBA works on making the changes. We hope that the changes enable all teams to enjoy the remaining games of the season and that our players have fun!
SUMMER SEASON – NOMINATION OF GRADE
Summer season is the more difficult in terms of grading due to the age group change and the subsequent changes that can result to team formation. This season was made significantly harder and more challenging in terms of grading due to many factors:
- Teams and players have not played for an entire season.
- Our teams were not able to resume training until after the season started.
- We had no idea how many players had kept up their fitness or skills during the break. Or how many had grown!
- Clubs had a short time frame to organise teams (we usually take a full term to set teams).
- Representative status was not recorded as part of the registration process, a KBA office decision, and this led to some club’s misguided grading requests.
CLUB FEEDBACK AND REQUESTS FOR GRADING CHANGES
When the shortened summer season was initially discussed, grading changes were to occur after round 1, where clear outliers (teams winning or losing by large margins) were identified.
Our Club and others have requested a small number of grading changes where the club’s teams were clear outliers. A priority was also to minimise byes given the short season. The KBA has agreed to make changes from this week to outliers identified by clubs and to minimise the byes. The changes are likely to delay the release of the fixture.
Please check your fixture later this week.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding with getting junior basketball going again in challenging circumstances.
IMPLICATIONS OF RE-GRADING & REDUCTION IN BYES
The regrading and evening out of teams in competitions to minimise byes will delay the fixtures being available.
- Fixture changes in PlayHQ are slow and complicated to process.
- Coaches conflicts add complexity to the fixture process.
- Delays to fixture production have flow on effects to the Referees fixture and this can contribute to referee resourcing issues.
PLAY HQ (PHQ) AND GRADE CHANGES
Whenever the number of teams change in a competition, the fixture template assigned to that competition in PlayHQ also changes. All templates are completely independent of each other so you cannot compare the before and after fixtures when the number of teams change in a competition. The fixture from the point of change will be fair however given that there are only 3 rounds left, this may not be realised.
As a result of the changes being made by the KBA for round 4, it is possible that teams may be fixtured to play a team that they have already played.