Creating an Association
These pages are designed to help you develop your own Association. You will find information here about Committees, Meetings, Constitutions etc, and resources and links to many documents and sites you can use to get started.
In this section you will find a Flowchart, and information on Planning and your Initial Public Meeting.
To create an Association you may need to do the following;
- Work out the initial interest and the reason you are creating the Association
- Collect and review community information (councils, parks etc)
- Get key community input (other parents, players etc)
- Is the organization viable? - if not, don't continue, if it is, continue
- Hold a public meeting
- Raise a motion to establish the Association - if it is passed continue, if not don't
- Establish an interim committee
- Hold an inaugural meeting
- Establish the organization
Although people may feel the establishment of a new Association is required, or have a strong personal interest in developing the sport of netball, this is not enough to accurately gauge the extent of potential demand for the Association or its likelihood of survival.
Planning is the first essential element in ensuring a Netball Association enjoys continuing success. Therefore the process needs to be approached as if you were seeking to create a small business in the area.
A detailed planning process helps the Association to see where it is going and how it is going to get there. The way in which the Association members and committee go through the planning process and the issues that arise in that process are more important than simply being able to hold up a few typewritten pages. However, planning usually takes place in an environment of limited knowledge, in which facts and values are debatable. It is important to have factual data against which other types of information (e.g. assumptions, opinions, input from the community) can be evaluated. The information will also be invaluable when developing the Association’s plan and seeking funding assistance.
Some questions that need to be answered during the planning process are:
- What are the netball activity patterns and interests of the local community?
- What facilities currently exist?
- What is the demographic profile of the community (e.g. age, sex, occupation, income)?
- Is the demographic profile expected to change over time?
- What is the current population and expected growth rate?
- What future plans does the local council have for the area?
The next step is to complete that checklist:
- Does netball already exist in that area?
- Is it active?
- Does it cater for its members?
- Are there already netball courts in the area? If so is there sufficient demand to sustain another netball Association?
- What is the potential for funding/sponsorship in the area?
- Will the new netball Association be able to share existing facilities/equipment or will they need to purchase their own? At what cost?
- Is storage available at the facility? If so, will this need to be shared?
- Where will funds come from?
- Will there be enough volunteers to help with establishing the new Association?
If it appears that there is sufficient demand as well as the necessary resources within the community, then the establishment process can proceed to the next stage. This involves holding a public meeting, forming an interim committee and conducting the inaugural general meeting.
Initial Public Meeting
A public meeting maybe beneficial when starting up a Association because it provides the catalyst for initiating marketing of a new organization and it also gives the public the possibility to ask questions pertaining to the new Association. Therefore the meeting should be offered to all of those who are interested in being part of the new netball Association, whether as players or as officials, such as committee members, fundraisers and coaches. The meeting needs to be widely advertised in a number of different ways using a variety of sources (local paper, radio, TV, Internet, community centers, schools etc). Some people (e.g. sport association and local government representatives, politicians, high profile guest speakers) may be personally invited to attend.
The first meeting needs to be well structured to ensure that the outcome is achieved (determining whether a new netball Association is sustainable). The following is a suggested meeting process:
- Welcome and explain briefly the reason for the meeting
- Record names, email addresses, home addresses and telephone numbers of those present and any special interest or skills of the people attending and those who may have been unable to attend
- Summarize the key findings and issues arising from the research and initial community contact phase
- Guest speakers
- General discussion and opportunity for questions (make sure that a temporary secretary takes notes)
- Re-evaluate whether to form the netball Association
- Vote on whether to form the netball Association
- Elect an interim committee (chairperson, secretary, treasurer) to coordinate further development of the Association structure
- Determine a timeline for the establishment process (e.g. Bylaws, general meeting).
Constitution and Bylaws
A club Constitution is one of the most important documents that any club should have. It is advisable to have a constitution in place before commencing club activities.
The constitution is setting out the purposes for which it has come together and all of the rules under which it proposes to operate. It must reflect the way in which the organization works.
The constitution should define the rights and duties of individual members and those of the members of the committee, who are elected to run the organization on a day-to-day basis. It should be as simple and as flexible as possible to allow for developments or amendments without the need for constant alterations.
A constitution should include and specify the following Articles:
- Article I Name of Club
- Article II Purpose of Club
- Article III Membership
- Qualification for membership (definition)
- Manner in which a membership can be cancelled
- Article IV Officers
- Types of Officers
- Election procedures and dates
- Duties and responsibilities of officers
- Article V Committees
- Powers of the committee
- Number of members of the committee
- Article VI Meetings
- Frequency and purpose of meetings
- Article VII Dues
-Fees per term/year
- Article VIII Amendments
Bylaws are used to define the working rules of the Club, they can include the following sections;
- Fees & Dues
- Election of officers
- Rules of order
Please click here for a sample constitution. This can be used as a shell to create your associations document.