The Basketball Association received news this week that a new entrance, ramp and toilet for people with a disability along with a storage room had been approved by council. The council will provide $23,200 towards the cost with $25,000 coming from a State Government Grant obtained by the basketball. Construction will commence in early 2014. Basketball for people with a disability is played on Tuesdays and the Canberra wheel chair basketball has indicated it would like to come to Cooma for demonstration games later in the year.
An increase in interest in basketball has prompted the committee to commence the 2014 season in February. This will be a lead up to the main season which is school terms 2 and 3.The association is looking at holding 'A' grade men's and 'A' and 'B' grade women's competitions. There is a high school boy's competition that is currently running until April when they will hold their grade finals. It is hoped that this competition will continue throughout 2014. The association is looking at forming a new school girl's competition for 12 year olds up. This competition will be aimed at teaching new players the game as well as taking our Wednesday girls to a more challenging level A successful 11yrs to 14yrs boy's competition was held in 2013 and this will continue in 2014.Mini Ball (8yrs to11yrs) and Aussie Hoop (4yrs to7yrs) will also be held for both boys and girls These are non competitive with all players receiving an award at the end of the year .A referees clinic will be held in February All teams will be required to have some players attend whilst non players looking for something to do will be welcomed with opened arms. Junior and mini ball coaching clinics to improve the player's skills and to prepare them for the representative games will also be held. More coaches are needed especially for the junior competitions .The club is also looking at obtaining sponsors for much needed new representative tops. Twelve sets are required at a cost of $300 per set (includes sponsors name) Please contact Brian Geach or Betty Longhurst if you would be willing to sponsor a set.