Thanks to all of you who took the time to read the Strategic Planning update section of the Gotham website, and who participated in our member feedback sessions. We’ve reviewed all of the feedback we received with the Board of Directors and will be taking some next steps we wanted you all to know about.
Member feedback was mostly positive about the proposed changes to the bylaws. There were some suggestions that we considered and we finalized the proposed document based on member feedback. The next step for the bylaws is going to be a member referendum during the Fall end of season elections. Ballots will go out on December 13. If you are in Division Play, when you get your ballot for Team All Star and Spring 2016 Captains for your division, the question about the Bylaws will be at the end of the ballot. If you are in Power only this season, you will get a ballot just for the bylaws.
In preparation for the vote, and to make sure you can make an educated choice, we will be making one final push to make sure that everyone knows about, and understands, the proposed changes. We’ve also added a FAQ section on the website that revisits some of the questions we received during the member engagement process.
As a totally separate issue, we also requested member feedback about a proposal to change Gotham’s membership structure. Unlike the Bylaws proposal, we had several members express some concerns and received a lot of feedback about this proposal. The number one question we got was whether the new structure, like the bylaws, will be put to the membership. While this proposal is ultimately up to the Board, we do want to get the membership’s view before moving forward on it. Given the diversity of opinions during the membership engagement process about this proposal, we will do a non-binding survey of the membership along with the Bylaws vote on December 13. Based on this feedback, we will revise and present a new proposal to the membership in the spring.
What can you do before you vote on December 13?
If you haven’t already, review the resources we have to educate yourself about the proposed bylaws and the proposed Membership structure. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Seth at [email protected]. Also, help us spread the word by talking about these proposed changes. Please start looking into these issues long before the December 13 vote, so we can answer any questions you have and help you make an educated choice about the bylaws and give meaningful feedback about the proposed membership structure.
Thanks again for your consideration and attention, and helping us move Gotham forward.
Director of Strategic Planning
Gotham members volunteering to coach teams in lower divisions is one of the things that helps make Gotham Volleyball great. Most teams that play on Saturdays, and some weekday teams, have a volunteer coach working with the team. Our volunteer coaches not only add a layer of skill development and a crucial pair of eyes that a captain needs, but also an important element of moral support. Coaches push a player to try harder and, when the player tries and fails, offer encouragement and support. Coaches are volunteers in Gotham, and the level of involvement with the team depends a lot on the preferences of the team captain. Once a coach is paired with a captain, the details of the role could be helping to create a line-up, devising and implementing pre-game drills and warm-ups, in-game coaching (calling time-outs and giving feedback to players), and possibly post-game encouragement. A coach should help players identify the skills needing focus and development. A coach should also be able to monitor team dynamics (before, during and, possibly even, after play) and take action to remedy situations that occur during a match. In many respects, the captain is the leader of the team; however, a good coach makes it possible for a captain to succeed.
If you have any interest in coaching (even if you can’t coach this season), we are offering a free coaching clinic to our members interested in learning more about being a coach. The clinic will be held on Monday August 31 at 7 PM (location TBA).
If you are interested in signing up for the clinic or if you are interested in volunteering as a coach this Fall, please fill out the form using the link above. For those interested in coaching, we will make every effort to pair you with a team at the level of your interest. If you have any questions, e-mail [email protected].