TRAVEL BASKETBALL -- CODE OF CONDUCTUpdated Wednesday August 30, 2017 by Old Bridge Basketball.
TRAVEL BASKETBALL -- CODE OF CONDUCT
Parenting and coaching are extremely difficult functions. Establishing an understanding of each other’s position, will help our athletes benefit more from the program. As parents, when your children become involved in our Travel program, you have a fundamental right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear and precise communication from the coach of your child’s team.
COMMUNICATION YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM YOUR CHILD’S COACH:
1. Philosophy of the coach
2. Expectations that the coach has for your child, and the players on the team
3. Locations and times of all practices and games
4. Team requirements and rules
5. Procedure should your child become injured during practices or games
6. Discipline that may result in your child not participating in games, or starting
COMMUNICATION COACHES EXPECT FROM PARENTS:
1. Concerns expressed directly to the head coach
2. Advance notice of any schedule conflicts
3. Specific concerns in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations
As your child becomes involved in the Travel program at Old Bridge Basketball Association, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to understand there may also be times when things do not go the way you or your child envisioned. In such times, discussion with the head coach is encouraged.
APPROPRIATE CONCERNS TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES:
1. Ways in which you can help your child improve his/her game
2. Treatment of your child, both mentally and physically
3. Specific concerns about your child’s behavior
It is difficult to accept your child is not playing as much as you may hope. However, it’s imperative for you to know that our coaches are proficient, seasoned, and will be unbiased. They make decisions based solely on what they believe is best for all athletes involved on the team. As observed in the list above, certain things can and should be discussed with your child’s coach. Other things, such as the items listed below, must be left to the discretion of the coach.
ISSUES NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES:
1. Playing time
2. Team position
3. Team strategy
4. Play calling
5. Other athletes
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. These meetings are encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s position. When these meetings are necessary, the procedure listed below should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issues of concern.
1. Athlete and coach should discuss the concern
2. If unresolved, parent should call to set up an appointment with the coach
3. Parent, athlete and coach should meet during said appointment
4. If unresolved, parent, athlete, coach and Travel Director should meet
5. If no avail, parent, athlete, coach, Travel Director and President should meet
There is a 24-hour rule with regard to communicating any concerns with coaches. If your concern arises after a game, or practice session, please wait 24-hours before following the communication procedure cited above. No concern will be heard or addressed, immediately before a game, during a game, during half-time of a game, and directly after a game. The same applies for practices. Parents should wait 24-hours, then proceed to call to set up an appointment with the coach to discuss grievances.