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NSW Primary Schools Sports Association – Handbook

5.17.7 – Policy for the introduction of new sports

Amended 2019

5.17.7 Introduction of new sports 

(a) Variations to Championship 

The introduction of any new championship comes only as a result of agreement between the relevant Chief Officer of Education concerned. When New South Wales desires to commence a new championship it is necessary to prepare a draft letter to the New South Wales School Sport Unit for the Secretary's signature, together with a submission giving reasons for the championship and the request for approval. 

Guidelines for sporting competitions seeking to become NSWPSSA approved sporting competitions 

 (b) Preliminary Information 

Sports seeking endorsement entry to become NSWPSSA competitions must be “Approved Sports of the Department of Education” as indicated in the “Sport and Physical Activity in Schools, Safe Conduct Guidelines". 

 (c) Implementation Guidelines 

A sport sub-committee to be established that will be prepared to nominate an interim co-ordinator who will prepare a submission for presentation as a “notice of motion” to the NSWPSSA council. This co-ordinator will be a permanent or temporary teacher employed by the NSW Department of Education, Catholic or Independent school systems. 

 The Sport Submission to include;

- Short and long term goals 

- Budgetary planning and full resource implications (eg. relief days) 

- Proposed calendar 

- Proposed handbook inclusions 

- Format of competition - State Championship (team) 

 Sub-committee composition: 

Seven (7) members, all permanent or temporary teachers from seven different sports associations. 
Each sub-committee member to be endorsed by their sports association. 
Each sub-committee member will be responsible for liaison with their particular sports association 

 The co-ordinator to liaise with the respective "state sporting organisation" and other interested bodies to ensure an integrated submission, as necessary, is prepared. 

 Before endorsement can be granted to a sport, a definite commitment in principle to compete in this program, and provide the necessary resource to enable this to happen, must be given by eight (8) sports associations.  

 For entry as a new sport in the NSWPSSA program, any such sport must first have been successfully conducted as a knockout, gala days and special initiatives competition for a period of two (2) years.  

 (d) Timelines 

For sports seeking to access the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association Program, the submission for entry must be forwarded as a “notice of motion” for consideration no later than the term 2 council meeting, the year prior to the intended participation. 

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