Effective Governance

Often an association’s or clubs success will be down to the work of the Board / Executive Committee, its employees, and its sub committees.

Establishing all of these with clearly identified roles and reporting procedures helps to clarify who does what in the association, and spreads the workload to ensure the association is not dependant on only 1 or 2 people. Therefore any governance structure should feature a clear separation of powers and responsibilities between the Board / Executive Committee, any paid staff (if your association has this resource) and its subcommittees.

While there isn’t a “one glove fits all” scenario when it comes to governance we hope that the below information, resources, templates and/or links assist your association or club in running more effectively and efficiently

  • Role of the Board
  • Role of Subcommittees
  • Running effective meetings


Sport New Zealand has introduced a new online interactive training course (taking 2-3 hours to complete) for anyone on, or wanting to be on, a club committee or board. It is FREE and is a great chance to grow skills and knowledge on the fundamentals of governance that can be applied anywhere. Check out the Sport Tutor website.


Please contact your appointed SNZ Softball officer for further assistance with policies, procedures, role descriptions or welcome packs for boards and sub committees. Additionally you can also contact them if would like soft copies of any of the templates provided in the resources found in this section