Hodgie Bit’s – April 2019
That’s it, folks
Our Nippers season is over and the patrol season finishes on Sunday April 28th
So now’s the time with settling dust(/sea spray) to review and look forward – this edition of Hodgie’s Bit’s has focus’ on a few plans for improvement and some new ideas.
There are lots of opportunities to provide feedback and input. Please take the time to share your thoughts, directly with Hodgie if you like; 0477740711 Nippers@nccslsc.com.au
Certificates and Participation Medals
We had a great turn out for the presentation day despite some crazy wet weather – thanks to all who came.
If you couldn’t make it and would like to collect your Nipper’s Surf Ed certificate and participation medal, you have until the end of April 2019 to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange collection
Thanks very much to the 40 families who have completed the survey so far. We’d love to hear all feedback, especially areas where we can improve or where you feel let down. It takes just a minuyte to complete and cam be found HERE. Any feedback is good feedback so please let us know what you think. Thank you
Meeting – Monday April 8th at 7.30pm (at the surf club)
We aim to have monthly meetings during the season and these are open to all. If you can spare an hour or so on a Monday night (usually first Monday of the month), please come along. Feedback and shared opinions are valuable and additional people with some extra info helps the whole big group on the beach. These days, we get lots of the mundane and organisational stuff done by email, so we can use the face to face time to best value.
Monday 8th April at 7.30 at the club is the next meeting which will be focussed on:
- Looking ahead to plan next year and identifying some roles people will play
- Identifying what new initiatives we’ll shoot for and what things we can easily improve
- Prepping for a club strategy session in May. We’d love to get some consensus on how Nippers can contribute to the overall goals for the club.
There’s a few ideas below and virtually all of them require help from Mums and Dads. Nippers is different to I think all other sports where the connection between a coach and players should never be interfered with.
At Nippers our (amazing!) Age Managers are the coordinators of activities and need lots of help. If we had a parent helper for every 2 or 3 kids (and that group of say, a dozen, were well managed by age managers) we could achieve a much improved experience for all. Step forward.
If you’re new to a surf club, it takes a while to feel comfortable. There’s a lot of terminology and stuff to learn. BUT, each member is equal, whether a long term patroller, a decorated carnival champ or a dad/mum of a new Nipper.
In Nippers we have tens and tens of new families and hundreds of new nippers each year. If you can remember feeling a bit out of touch when you started, please empathise with the new families next year – and help them out.
Our goal is for more nippers and adults to become better educated and more qualified so they feel more confident at being able to contribute and benefit from being members – hopefully for many years to come.
A few ideas to get us going….
- Not every week, but perhaps we need to do a better job of conveying how events are run properly. There’s process for marshalling, starting and judging for each event. It’s not complex or tricky, so it would be great if a good chunk of parents learn this and pass along the knowledge
- We’re thinking of having a gala event for the Mighty 67s the week before Nippers starts so they have the best possible introduction. Part of that would be an introduction to the club for the parents.
- We could have more frequent sausage sizzles. Perhaps for individual age groups so both the kids and parents get to know each other better. (Needs a few volunteers to shop, set up, cool and distribute and then pack up. It’s not a big job but can’t fall to the same few all the time.)
- There’s a fair bit of feedback suggesting that kids need to get to know each other’s names and get stronger friendships with ones they don’t go to school with. How?
- Our communication is a weakness but improving. Needs some focus. Two things this will assist is to convey what opportunities exist and how to get into it. For example, extra sessions for various activities for your specific level and how do I get to a carnival to check it out.
- Introduce handicap events so all levels of skill are catered for. Team events can also assist this.
- We need to get a bit better and one way is to review how we go each week, perhaps around a few simple metrics/questions. Could be around
- waiting vs activity time
- did all kids gain some knowledge/skill? have fun?
- did we cover a broad range of activities (eg not just water)?
- In some weeks we could set up three/four activities with dedicated parent groups running them. The nippers then can rotate within their groups. This enables parents to specialise and get really good at marshalling, starting and/or judging a particular event.
- We have some restrictions around the Mighty 67s and their participation in water events. We push the envelope, but perhaps we run the formal nippers a bit shorter for the little guys (90 minutes is a stretch for their attention span). Then have a voluntary swim between the flag session after signing out from Nippers.
- If there’s a group of interested parents, we can run activities around the club. We can use resources like the gym, boards etc and also access coaching assistance. Might be a 6 week surf swim skills programme
- Early in the year, older age groups could “buddy” with the younger age groups to ease the management of large numbers of kids (especially as they get used to what’s happening). This leads to bonds and connections.
- The sign in and sign out process is absolutely vital but is a work in progress. How can we improve it?
- A feedback survey after last year identified reasons nippers didn’t return which included a few things that could very easily be avoided (if we’d known). Especially in younger ages, there’s very large groups. Stats this year show relatively low attendance which adds to the difficulty of tracking who’s there but could be worth addressing? Maybe sub groups with age groups (in the past we’ve had mermaids, sharks, dolphins etc)….