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NEWS OCTOBER, 2017 CHAIRPERSON ADDRESS Congratulations to you all for making a playing or training spot with Nunawading Spectres for this coming 2018 season. You should be very proud as it is indeed a privilege to play for such a high quality and respected representative program. For those new to Nunawading Spectres, we create and email a regular newsletter to try and keep everyone informed about what’s going on. Upcoming events including upcoming uniform days, a meeting for team managers, fee payment days, our inaugural Pre Season Camp and our annual end of year BBQ are all highlighted in this edition of our newsletter so please enjoy the read. You should have all received a copy of our PLAYER and PARENT HANDBOOK which was issued at the first Tryout sessions and is also available on our website. This document is extremely important as it includes all of our rules and guidelines for the coming season. Please ensure you and your child read this document. I'm looking forward to a very exciting and successful 2018 so I hope to see you and chat to most of you as the year goes on!!! Michelle Gow—Chairperson

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Friday 27th Oct Practise Matches vs Bulleen *Uniform orders—Nunawading 5-8.30pm Sunday 29th Oct Practise Matches vs Hawthorn *Uniform orders—Nunawading 8am—12 noon Mon 30th—Thurs 2nd Nov Midweek Training Friday 3rd Nov Practise Matches vs Kilsyth Saturday 4th Nov PRE SEASON CAMP * Team Managers Meeting 10am *Uniform orders—Nunawading 9am—1pm Sunday 5th Nov Team Training Sessions Mon 6th - Thurs 9th Nov Midweek training (no training Tuesday 7th Nov—Melb Cup Public Holiday) Friday 10th Nov Practise Matches vs Dandenong Sunday 12th Nov Team Training Sessions *Registration Fee Payment Day #1 9am-12noon Mon 13th - Thurs 16th Nov Midweek training Fri 17th Nov Possible Pre Grading Sun 19th Nov Team Training Sessions *FINAL Registration Fee Payment Day 9am-12 noon Mouth-Guards Victoria 7.30am—12.30pm Mon 20th - Thurs 23rd Nov Midweek training Fri 24th Nov Grading Phase 1 - Round 1 Sun 26th Nov Team Training Sessions Mon 27th Nov—Thurs 30th Nov Midweek training Fri 1st Dec Grading Phase 1—Round 2 Sun 3rd Dec Team Training Sessions Mon 4th—Thurs7th Dec Midweek Training Fri 8th Dec Grading Phase 1—Round 3 Sun 10th Dec Final 2017 Training Session Junior Spectres Christmas BBQ—further details soon Fri 15th Dec Possible Crossover game Sun 21st Jan 2018 Pre Aust Day Tournament Training Resumes

Eltham/Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament Jan 25-28th 2018 All players must attend as noted in the Players Handbook.

ANNUAL BBQ The Junior Spectres Committee will be cooking for you at the last Sunday training session in December. Our Annual Xmas BBQ will be held on Sunday 10th December—from 9am at Nunawading Basketball Centre. The FREE BBQ will run all morning so please come along before, during or after your training. We will be cooking for all coaches, players, siblings and parents. (yes Christmas news already)!

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Page 2 OCTOBER , 2017 UNIFORMS Uniform order Days for players will be held at Nunawading Basketball Centre in the conference room on: Friday 27th October 5pm-8.30pm Sunday 29th October 8am-12pm Saturday 4th November 9am-1:00pm These are the only three days in which to place your order. Goods must be fully paid for at the time of ordering. Any uniforms ordered after the above days will not be guaranteed ready for the commencement of the season. If you have any sort of uniform questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Uniform Coordinator on The uniform shop will be open most Sunday’s during training times but to avoid disapointment you can order items during the week and we can have them ready (when in stock) for collection when you are at the stadium on Sunday mornings.



If any of your registered details change at any time during the season, including email, home address, home and mobile numbers, domestic club, can you please let our Administrator, Melissa Chesterfield know asap to ensure you are kept up to date with any relevant news and to ensure you can be contacted. Please email any new details to

There will be a Team Manager’s meeting held on SATURDAY 4th NOVEMBER at 10AM. ALL TEAM MANAGERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS MEETING TO RECEIVE CRUCIAL INFORMATION AND COMPLETE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. **Please bring your valid Working With Childrens Card with you or a copy of your receipt if you have just recently applied for one. **This is a requirement of MUVJBL



As noted in the 2017/18 Player and Parent Information Book, all Girls and Boys who play for Nunawading Spectres are required to be registered and playing for a domestic club within the MEBA Competition (Mid week or Sat competition) in both the Summer and Winter seasons.

It is important that all families realize that Representative Basketball is a privilege. It costs significant money to provide a high quality program and it is policy of the Spectres that ALL players pay their fees. Fees for the 2017-18 season are listed below.

*New players have until the start of the Winter 2018 season to find a domestic club to play for.

Please be advised that Junior Spectres Registration fees for 2017-18 will be $590 per child (less $50 acceptance fee already paid)

Domestic Validations will be completed early November so if your domestic club you are playing for has changed since the electronic registration, please let us know asap. Any player not registered and playing with a Domestic Club will not be permitted to represent Nunawading Spectres.


The days to pay are: Sunday 12th November 9am—12 noon Sunday 19th November 9am—12 noon PLEASE NOTE: If the registration payment has not been made by Monday 20th November, your child will not be eligible to play until payment is made.

Page 3 OCTOBER, 2017 DOC REPORT Congratulations on your selection for the upcoming 2017/18 VJBL season! Tryouts are a tough process for all involved, but I am proud of the way everyone conducted themselves, over the course of a very stressful 2 weeks. A HUGE thank you to all our coaches and committee for all their hard work and the extra time required during this period. With tryouts done and dusted we are now able to focus on team unity and achieving our full potential. We have scheduled numerous practise games, so that coaches can begin developing their strategies, based on the talents they have available within their team. Don’t be too worried about results from practise games, as coaches will be introducing new systems and testing what individuals and the team are capable of at this early stage. It is important for players to be able to adapt quickly to the new styles and skills that they will be introduced too, as this will be a constant throughout their basketball journey. It is also important to understand the fundamental skills ie, dribbling, shooting, passing and individual defence, are the most important and should be worked on outside of Spectres training times, for those that want to improve the most. This season we will be having our preseason camp, to fast track team goal setting and bonding. It will also provide our athletes with some tools in regards to best nutrition, injury prevention and sports psychology. We will also be trialling a mentor program with some very experienced coaches, who will be in mentoring roles providing additional support for our coaches. These mentors include Jarrod Scoffern, Brenton Porter and Norm Ackland. After 5 years Norm has decided to step back into this role due to family commitments. We are very thankful for all the hard work Norm has put into the Spectres program. His knowledge and experience has had a huge impact on our amazing results. Thank you Norm! This season we will have 2 Assistant Director of coaching, who will work across both the boys and girl’s programs. Darren Smith will continue his amazing work and we welcome Rohan Sword into this role. We are very excited about the upcoming season, and looking forward to seeing the results that hard work produces!

Go Spectres!

Tamie Harvey Director of Coaching




Michelle Gow

Vice Chairperson

Alex Gaythorpe

Program Administrator Melissa Chesterfield

Director of Coaching

Tamie Harvey

available upon request

Treasurer and Venues

Mark Hallett

Program Co-ordinator

Sharna Smith

Media Co-ordinator

Darren Maurice


Lorraine Baxter

Assistant Uniforms

Rita Meguerditchian

Assistant Uniforms

Elsie Bodna


John Panetta

If you need any help with any issues during the season, please contact the appropriate person listed above. ** Alex Gaythorpe our Vice Chairperson is also our Pastoral Care representative so please do not hesitate to contact Alex if the need arises.

FOAM ROLLERS & HARD ROLLERS As noted in the Player and Parent handbook, all players in Under 14’s and above are required to have a foam/ hard roller with them at every training session and game. Foam/hard Rollers can be purchased by contacting our Uniform Coordinator Lorraine Baxter on Soft Rollers are available for $35 Hard Rollers can be ordered $45. Players will have a Rolling session at our Pre Season Camp to learn about the benefits of rolling.

For all players who would like to order a mouth-guard with Mouth-Guards Victoria, they will be set up on Sunday 19th November at Nunawading Basketball centre from 7.30am— 12.30pm. Mouthguards will then be available for collection a week or two later from Nunawading Basketball Centre. TBC

* We strongly recommend your child wears a mouthguard at both training and games..

PARENT PROTOCOL Please remember Coaches are there to Coach. As noted in the 2017-18 Player and Parent handbook, if you have any issues during the season and are wanting to discuss this with someone, and your Team Manager cannot help you, please refer this to our Program Coordinator Sharna Smith. Note: Unsportsmanlike behaviour will not be accepted from players, parents or spectators and Nunawading Junior Spectres will uphold the Basketball Victoria Codes of conduct at all times.

INJURIES/ILLNESS A reminder to all Team Managers, Coaches and Parents. If you have an injured player/s, please make sure you have the parent/guardian email a medical certificate to Melissa on as soon as they have sought medical treatment so this can be forwarded to MUVJBL. Medical certificates may be accepted as evidence of injury/illness and can be used for exemption to game qualification criteria only if the medical certificate is submitted


Page 5 OCTOBER, 2017 CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE SENIOR PROGRAM.. On behalf of the Nunawading Spectres Senior Teams, a warm welcome to all new and returning Junior Spectres Families. Congratulations to all players on your selections, a reflection on your hard work and dedication to date. Representing the Nunawading Spectres is an enormous honor and privilege, you only have to look at the number of Opals and Boomers on display in our Hall of Fame to recognise you are now part of something quite special. Our senior teams for the 2018 season are in the final stages of being pieced together, our players many of who were in your shoes not too long ago - are looking forward to working with you and your teams at various points across the 2017/2018 basketball calendar. But for now, congratulations once again on your selection and the hard work starts now.


ONLINE SHOP If you would like to contact us directly please call 03 9802 6711 Monday to Friday during office hours or email us on

Our Chef and Barista are on hand on Sunday mornings to help with those Coffee/Tea and Bacon and Egg Roll Cravings‌ Head down to the canteen, sit back and relax in the Hall of Fame Lounge while the kids are busy with their training..





BOOTCAMP…. Spectres Parents Bootcamp! COST: $10.00 per person (10% goes back to JSP) TIMES: 8.30 & 9.30am (depending on numbers) Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Why not make the most of your Sunday morning, get fit, have fun and get healthy all at the same time. Come along to a Bootcamp session at either 8.30 or 9.30am, behind the back of the stadium to start your journey to a fitter, stronger and healthy you!!!


JSP Newsletter OCT17