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Newbies - having an introductory trial period

 
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melanie



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:16 pm    Post subject: Newbies - having an introductory trial period Reply with quote

Hi
This Topic has been recovered from cashed files holding info from the SETHGAA UWH forum before the 'big-crash' and loss of data:


Melanie: Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:35 pm Post subject: Trying out the game at a UK club
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Hello
This is a general note as changes have happen in BOA registered UK clubs recently due to the BOA evolving, and this may have as much as a £20 difference to each player!

The new official rule is:
All players within a BOA club, must now have a new individual membership card to participate in such a club session (mainly insurance cover).

How this effects someone who wishes to give the game a go:
“BOA clubs will be allowed to offer 8 consecutive sessions in the first 30 days to beginners or guests and will be covered by insurance”
So..... Anyone can attend a BOA UK club for upto 8 sessions, within 30 days, before having to join the BOA and therefore before having to fork out around £20 for their individual membership card.

The 'spirit' of the rule is (most probably):
Any newbie to the sport, will be welcomed and continued to be made to feel settled and able to learn the game according to the how the club runs itself and encompasses new players - rather than, "that's yer 30day period, now pay the BOA a lump sum of dosh if yer wanna have another go!"

Conclusion:
If new to the sport and wish to 'have a go', then contact your local club and chat to them. They will, as always have done, advise the best day/ time to go along and try it out / join in.
Note: Ask if the club is a BOA club session or a Local Council run session. The Council run sessions just charge a sessional fee for as long as you want to play for... beit weeks or decades, but there arn't many around the UK. You insurance is covered within the session price.

Hope this explains to newbies that you can still try the game out for 'a while' before any 'must pay' schemes ( except session fees affect you).
Majority, if not all clubs are still a good and approachable bunch of bods.

.

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Guest: Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 1:46 am
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If I visited a club to have a go and they met once a week, I would have 4 experiences before having to decide to commit and join the Official 'body'.

Is 4 sessions enough? It feels too short before commitment. It isnt so much the twenty quid or so, it is the fact that a membership to the governing body is forced to occur at a very early stage - before I would know if I wanted more benefits than just a go at the game of octopush.

Tony Harper
London



Melanie: Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 1:34 am
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Hi Tony

Most people that have been asked this point, do indeed answer between 6-12 weeks, which is more than actually offered, if you go to a BOA club.

This point has been forwarded to the chairman, along with a suggestion of 12 weeks (based on 1 session a week). This is thought to be more 'encompassing' to newly interested players to the sport.

There are council run sessions, which dont have a limit, before a payup time.

m


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melanie



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To bring this up to date:

An email was sent to the chair and secretary of the BOA to offer the finding that 6 to 12 weeks was the typical length of time that newbies need, before being fairly sure if they wish to continue, or not.

It was sugested that the shorter duration is too short and puts the emphasis on the BOA getting money out of newbies before they have reasonable time to be fairly sure. It was asked it be dicussed at the 2006 AGM. Outcome to date, unknown, but in fairness, the worlds and its organisational demands are occuring around this time and probably carries immediate priority.


Question Wonder what happens in other Countries?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In UK there is also:

Council run sessions..... the pool is allocated fro an hour or so to the game. These sessions are charged at sessional rates..... turn up any week for as mant weeks as wish and just pay entry fee on the evening.

Not sure how many pools do this.

JB
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Stephen



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Location: UK plymouth

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went to an open day in a Devon (UK) council run swimming pool at the weekend.

Some push gear was provided and half the pool cordoned off for an introductory offer experience.
Just a couple of players were there and no adverts.............

A couple of youngsters were waring goggles in the busy end and were watching the players messing around.
''what you up to?'' came the shout. ''that looks mad''.

It was mentioned if they fancied they could try today.... within 10 mins there were 10 younsters lined up trying on gear, then introduced to snorkling then duck diving, then pushing the puck, then a little scrabbly game.

They all were great.
They all wanted to know where the local club was.

THEORY.... when they see it, they know they are missing something. Given the chance, they try it.

All enjoyed the one off open day experience
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natalie
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In UK there is also:

Council run sessions..... the pool is allocated fro an hour or so to the game. These sessions are charged at sessional rates..... turn up any week for as mant weeks as wish and just pay entry fee on the evening.

Not sure how many pools do this.

JB


Plymouth Central Park Pool do these council run adult sessions for UWH on Tuesday evenings. Their structure is set up for general public adults to gain experience in the sport activity.
There is no BOA club 'pay us membership fees now' after a few weeks - it is just 'pay as you go'. This is great for learning and promoting the game - later when fancy entering in national competitions, then may be the time to join the BOA as they cover the main comps and the insurance need to participate in them.

Structure:
baby pool - set aside for adults that turn up that have never snorkled before - get practice in use of fins mask and snorkle (out of sight/way of rest of main pool activities)

main pool shallow end - set aside for learning/practicing basic personal skills, then basic team shape skills.

main pool rest of pool - set aside for main games for those players that have reached a level (intermediate to good)


It has a conveyor belt structure for general public adults to come in from nothing and move up the experience and skill levels - it also has a structure that can cope with experience or part experienced players turning up (they can be plugged into the appropriate part of the pool) and the occasion that some new players need more time than others (they can stay in shallow end for as long as like) before moving to main game.
It also embraces the youngsters that have come to the top of the youth training sessions (saturdays). If deemed at a skill level (and size/stature/maturity) that would make it safe to join in the adult Tues sessions, they are invited to go along - many of the adults 'spar' with these and bring their game up in leaps and bounds, both in personal skills, but also in team shape awareness - something that this Tues adult session is passionate about promoting.

Good effort from organisers - a private effort in a public service - promoting underwater hockey to the adult general public.
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