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What is RAVSTASS? RAVSTASS is an Independent Multi-Sport Association of eight divisions; River, Air, Valley, Sea, Track, Aim, Snow & Stadium. We strongly believe that given our increasingly mobile lifestyle that there is a need for a sports association that is not limited to geography, individual sport, nor a parent entity. 
RAVSTASS Mission. To bring together individuals, groups, and clubs into eight divisions through the administration of one association. River, Air, Valley, Sea, Track, Aim, Snow & Stadium. 
A single membership which opens opportunities to participate in activities, share knowledge and access vast resources by building a network across otherwise unrelated disciplines.
R - Responsible to the environment, our communities and each other. 
A - Aspiring to improve ourselves, our environment, and collectively the association. 
V - Volunteer to help, lead, teach, coach and mentor others. 
E - Explore to broaden our reach, as well as what we are individually and collectively capable of. 
N - Nifty, agile and skillful, by improving our capability, effectiveness and influence. 
S - Sure, confident and purposeful, in our abilities while keeping safety supreme. 
How do I join RAVSTASS? Membership is free, join here! 
How do I contact RAVSTASS? Email us here

Our History. RAVSTASS was conceptualised on the 26 Nov 2013 with the vision of bringing together a collection of activities into a single organisation. On 10 Apr 2015 the Foundation Meeting of the Association was held. The Association was duly Incorporated on 21 May 2015.
Meaning of the RAVSTASS Crest. The Raven is a legacy from the founders heraldry tracing back to the reign of King Mathias Corvinus over 500 years ago. The return of the Raven from battles was taken to be a good omen. When it landed on the castle gates, it brought in its beak and claws enemy artefacts signalling victory. Our Ravens open beak, denotes it speaking the message; and is our first role in advocating the development of multi-sports. The genus ‘Corvus’ is latin and whence King Corvinus was named. This genus has distinct Raven species in Australia. The Australian Raven often mistaken for crows, reminds us of our next role in developing the improvement of multi-sports.  The Australian Raven is found coast to coast with eastern and western subspecies as well as the little raven and forest raven subspecies. Our Ravens open wings symbolise the breadth the Australian Raven is found to roam, as well as the growth ambitions for RAVSTASS to introduce more members to new environments and challenges. The reflex blue represents the Universities combined colour codes where the idea for RAVSTASS was refined from volunteer club administration. The Raven's right claw firmly planted is our first obligation in safety. The left claw in moment of leaving the post is synchronised with being forward looking, reminding us of the need to plan for success. The prevalence of black and white in the logo is reference to antient duality and more contemporarily with the chequer flag; inspiring us to our goals through competition. The tall lettering indicates our aims for vertical integration as being more worthy of our focus than merely a large membership. The equal height of the lettering emphasises our desire to focus evenly toward each environment. The lettering is an acronym for our eight divisions denoting the environments in which we conduct our activities: RiverAirValleySeaTrackAimSnowStadium

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Meaning of the Ravens Teams Logo. Comrade Member, Nick Clancey, designed the entirety of the RAVSTASS Clothing and apparel range between 2016 and 2020. As a member of the RAVSTASS SA Masters Games (SAMG) Basketball team which won Gold in 2018, he envisaged a new uniform design dedicated to this team for future tournaments. The new design incorporated an evolution of the RAVSTASS Crest with an animated Raven. The dominant lettering is Ravens which aligns with how our teams are more commonly known as. The miniature 'H' at bottom of the lettering is artefact of the Hardwood Sports clothing brand which RAVSTASS acquired in 2020 and through which the RAVSTASS branding matured. The Raven is facing to the future, is squarely focused on the objective ahead with sharpened claws ready for the fight. The feathers under the wing represent the eight (8) divisions of RAVSTASS. The high wings affirm the achievements of our teams in the past and the beak reaching to the future signals our aspirations ahead. 


Our Why....  

Community. Sports means more to players than competition and good health. Many people remain committed in their sport teams for the camaraderie beyond their ambition for the sport itself. For all of us, sports is our community, our friendship base and what we do. We believe that by building a Multi-Sports Association, it widens the choice for everyone, by providing a range of activities, within a single community. Also, as we are not limited by geography, our players have the ability to join various teams in different leagues, competitions and tournaments. Owning a RAVSTASS uniform opens a world of choices. 

Facilities. We have all been to a country town, with tumble weed blowing across the broken asphalt of a once loved tennis court. Migration to cities, combined with the increased range of sports available, has diluted the participation numbers for former core sports. The upkeep of facilities has therefore become harder for clubs to manage themselves. And when council and government can assist, we noted regrettable duplication of similar amenities through sports clubs being dispersed across towns. We have a more efficient and effective vision, to bring a collection of today's sports into a multi-sport facility. In a similar way that YMCA centres catered for last century's sports, we have the vision for tomorrow's Multi-Sport complexes. 

Administration. How many club meetings are deserted, but for a passionate committee, often filling several roles just to stay breathing. Running a club is hard work, made harder by knowledge there are better ways, but the numbers just don't make it possible to upgrade systems. We saw this a decade ago, and perfected the systems to administer over 100 clubs, before we embarked on forming RAVSTASS. While over the same time, there has been an improvement for communities who have constructed shared facilities, we bring shared administration under a single Multi-Sport Association. 

Learning. As we expanded across different sports, it struck us that sports coaching becomes dogmatic. Central concepts like balance, was taught remarkably differently across sports. Coaches, like athletes can also become stuck in a single sport. We believe that coaches and athletes who are exposed to a range of concepts are more effective at understanding and thereby relating the underlying principles. We believe our approach builds confidence and competence and sets the path for early mastery.