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Board of Directors Adopts Multi-Year Membership Dues Structure Following Weekend Meeting and Annual Assembly

By NWBA , 06/16/18, 1:30PM CDT


COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA Board of Directors adopted a new multi-year membership dues structure through the 2023-24 NWBA season. After a complete analysis of the NWBA’s financial state, the NWBA Board of Directors approved this dues structure that sustains the overall health of the NWBA. The new fees will go into place for the upcoming season.

The 2018-19 NWBA Registration period will open on July 17. The dues structure provides NWBA Teams an opportunity to plan its registration fees process locally for the foreseeable future. The Board’s focus was to contain increases for athletes where possible, in particular the Junior Division.

The NWBA fees for non-athletes is increased from the prior year, and the fee primarily covers the expense for background checks. It has not been a secret that the NWBA as an organization has been operating at a loss for several years. Reducing costs while increasing and diversifying revenue sources has been a priority of the new leadership for several years and has reduced the current operating deficit. That reduction, however, has not been sufficient.

“The deficit in not entirely on the backs of the membership, the Board is committed to continuing to cutting costs and seeing new avenues of sponsorship and individual donors,” said Sarah Castle, NWBA President. “The increase in revenue will provide the organization more opportunities in long-term planning and will provide more programmatic and grassroots support to the organization including players, coaches and officials’ training.”

The percentage of the budget reliant on membership fees is still well below the industry standard that other National Governing Bodies have.

Below is a table on the long-term NWBA Membership Dues Structure. Specific details on the 2018-19 NWBA Membership Registration process will be announced the week of June 25.

  2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024
Adults $30 $40 $45 $50 $50 $50
Juniors $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
Non-Athletes $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50
Teams $600 $600 $600 $700 $700 $700
Sanctions $0 $50 $60 $70 $75 $75

The NWBA Board of Directors also approved a new Strategic Plan identifying key priorities for the organization through 2024. These priorities are:

1. Player Development

2. Community Engagement

3. Brand Promotion/Revenue Generation

4. Organizational Effectiveness.

The NWBA Strategic Plan for 2019-2024 was developed by the NWBA Strategic Planning Working Group that was represented by a wide cross section of the NWBA members (e.g. across Divisions, Athletes, Coaches and Administrators). The Working Group will continue to work together throughout the summer to develop a tactical plan for implementation.

Additional actions during the NWBA Board of Directors were:

National Tournament

In assessing the financial state of the organization, the Board of Directors is looking at the future feasibility of continuing the national tournament under the current structure. In mid to late-July, the Board, the division leadership, and the National Tournament Working Group will host an open meeting to share options for the future of the tournament and we encourage membership to listen into the conversation.

In the meantime, we urge the membership to reach out to your division leadership and the National Tournament Working Group on your thoughts on the future of the national tournament.

Safe Sport

In response to recent Congressional investigations into crimes against children within the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, the NWBA will be implementing training protocol on Safe Sport to protect all our members and athletes. The NWBA will also be deploying Safe Sport educational efforts for parents.

“Once again, we would like to thank all of the Members who played a role in various working groups, or who shared their opinion and concerns,” said Anthony Bartkowski, NWBA Executive Director. “Without feedback from our membership, we would not be able to prioritize our focus areas or make progress against them. Please continue to follow social media and our newsletters for updates on upcoming meetings, during which we will share timing and details for future meetings.”