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The purpose of this guide is to inform you as coaches and parents of the Mobile Girls Basketball Association program, policies and guidelines. “Communication” is a vital key to an enjoyable and successful season. Your input is welcomed. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to e-mail Brian Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org.What follows is the Parent’s /Coaches guide which is given to all parents and coaches in the Association. It contains the policies and guidelines, which form the philosophical foundation for this program. Please become familiar with it and help everyone involved in this Association do their part.
Through sports, athletes are taught the value of hard work, discipline, team building, sportsmanship, and other values that help develop a young ladies character. A large part of our self-esteem is derived through positive athletic experiences. The goal of this association is to build a competitive basketball environment in which our team members achieve not only athletic success but lay the foundation for success in life as well.
In order to ensure that athletes are prepared for the commitment and personal sacrifice needed to be successful in athletics, coaches must help them develop and understand the roles that desire, dedication, and self-discipline play in reaching individual and team goals.
While striving for victory is the nature of athletic competition, it is only one criterion when determining a season’s success. Guiding a team to reach its maximum potential and an athlete to reach his/her maximum potential are the ultimate goals. Along with this comes emphasis on good sportsmanship, which includes being modest in victory and accepting in defeat.
Although we will compete hard, we will compete fairly and respectfully with our opponents. Coaches, athletes, parents, and spectators must recognize that their conduct plays an important role in establishing the reputation of our association and our positive actions can contribute directly to the success of our teams. During home contest we serve as hosts to the visiting team, it’s players and fans. They are our guests, and they should be treated accordingly. As visitors, we are expected to act as invited guests. We will treat the home team’s facilities with care and respect. Qualified officials are assigned to all contests. They are the proper authorities to make decisions regarding the rules and their interpretations. These decisions should be accepted. Officials should be treated with respect at all times on and off the court. Sportsmanship includes being appreciative of all good plays by both our team and our opponent.Cheer for our team, not against the opponent.
Summer basketball exists on a very competitive level. Each age level and team consist of players whose abilities vary considerably. While every effort to provide playing time for all team members, we will not jeopardize the collective efforts of the team in order to provide playing time to an individual. Playing time can be reduced or taken away due to disciplinary issues, lack of practice participation, or injury. The coach should communicate clearly to the player, and the player’s parents, prior to the next scheduled contest discipline issues that result in loss of playing time.
Parenting and coaching are each a different vocation. Understanding each other’s roles and following the proper channels of communication will enable parents and coaches to effectively work together to provide a meaningful experience for the athlete.
What the coach should communicate the following to parents: ·Philosophy of the coach, both generally and sport specific ·Locations and times of practices and contests ·Expectations of players and the team ·Team rules and repercussions for violations ·Injury and emergency medical procedures ·Role of parent in terms of volunteer help, fund-raisers, tournament help, etc.
What to expect from parents…
·Concerns regarding coaching philosophy and expectations should beexpressedduring a scheduled appointment ·Immediate notification of any scheduling conflicts
Appropriate topics for parents to discuss with coaches…
·Treatment of the child mentally and physically ·Ways for the child to improve ·Concerns about the child’s behavior
Inappropriate issues for parents to discuss with the coach…
·Playing time ·Team strategy ·Play calling ·Other student athletes Parents should notify the coaches of any health issues concerning your child. At the core of any good relationship is trust. It is important to understand there may be times when things do not go the way players, parents, and coaches wish. There may be times when it may be difficult for parents to understand how playing time is allotted, why people are playing certain positions, strategy, etc. It is imperative that parents and athletes trust that the coaches are trying to do the right thing for the team and the individuals involved. It is important to understand that the coaches are the ones with the team during the practice and competition and therefore will make judgment decisions based on what they feel is in the best interest of the team. Playing time, players’ positions, and strategy should be left to the decision of the coach. However, if you have a concern to discuss with the coach there is a process. It is important not to confront the coach before or after a game or practice. These can be emotional times and not best for resolving conflicts. A 24-hour waiting period is a must to address any concerns.
PRE-SEASON PARENT MEETINGS
Coaches are required to conduct a pre-season meeting to include all players, their parents, and coaches of the team. All communication items listed above should be addressed. Program philosophy as well as expectations should be shared. Parent/Athlete handbooks will be distributed and discussed at this meeting. Attendance is required of all athletes and their parents at these meetings.
Coaches are urged to be FAIR and CONSISTENT with their discipline. Participants should be informed from the beginning as to what to expect of them. Disciplining a player should not be used as an easy excuse to withhold a player from the competition. Be sure there is ample reason when “benching” a player due to “disciplinary” reasons. Keep in mind this program is designed to fair, fun and a developmental for all.
1.A coach may ONLY discipline a player for the following reasons:
(a)Missing practices without notifying the coach
(b)Being constantly late for practice or games
(c)Physical assault on the part of the player
(d)Constant use of foul language or UN-sportsmanlike conduct
Coaches and parents have a responsibility to provide the best possible experience for our youth in sports. You will be asked as a parent of a player to be aware of the Parent’s Code of Ethics pledge. In addition to the coaches and parents, the players also have certain responsibilities related to their participation. The Players Code of Ethics should be read and signed by every player. Your players will be asked to do so prior to the season beginning. A copy of the pledges follow.
Coach’s Code of Ethics
I hereby pledge to live up to my certification as a coach by following the Coach’s Code of Ethics pledge.
·I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of my personal desire to win.
·I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.
·I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
·I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed for injuries of my players.
·I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
·I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.
·I will use coaching techniques appropriate for each of the skills I teach.
·I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children, not adults.