Coach role and responsibilites

Coach's Code of Conduct

As a coach of Waverley Raiders Basketball Club, I will always...

  1. Be honest.
  2. Treat all players equally.
  3. Ensure the wellbeing, safety and protection of individual players.
  4. Shake hands with the opposition coach and players after games.
  5. Teach qualities and values that exemplify an outstanding team player.
  6. Challenge players to excel, maximize their opportunities, and perform to their potential.
  7. Encourage all players to do their best, and have fun doing it.
  8. Treat referees with the upmost respect and require my players to do the same.
  9. Play fairly, abiding by the spirit of the rules and teach my players to do the same.
  10. Refrain from verbal or non-verbal conduct that is unwelcome, offensive or demeaning.
  11. Show respect for players, coaches, referees, parents and spectators.
  12. Strive to make sportsmanship my #1 priority.

Coach’s Duty Statement

  1. Coaches are responsible for conducting one weekly training session of one hour in duration.  If unavailable the coach should arrange a suitable replacement.
  2. Coaches are responsible for coaching the players during their game on Saturday. If unavailable the coach should arrange a suitable replacement.
  3. Coaches should have the necessary knowledge to teach and develop individual basketball fundamentals and team skills appropriate to the age and grade of the team.
  4. Developing sportsmanship, team qualities and self confidence is an important part of youth sport. Coaches should endeavour to develop these attributes and positively encourage all players.
  5. Coaches will not be permitted to form their own teams.  This will be determined in conjunction with the age co-ordinator, the composition of the teams.
  6. Assist team manager as needed.
  7. Coaches are not to allow non-members of the club to participate in any on-court activity during any time booked by the club for training purposes.

Coaching Guidelines

When coaching junior basketball, keep the following in mind:

  1. Failure is not the same thing as losing, nor is success equivalent to winning. Stress to young players that success is related to commitment and effort, not to winning the game. Your young players need to know that if they strive to do their best they are never "losers."
  2. Don't take your players efforts for granted. Reinforce good results and probably more importantly, good efforts. Reinforce immediately. Praise the good things and you will be surprised how much more often they happen.
  3. Encourage your players when they make mistakes. Always give instructions in an encouraging manner.  Point out the good things that will happen if the player follows your instruction; don't point out the mistake they just made. Never punish (by tone of voice or action) a mistake. Never give corrective instruction in a harsh, demeaning or sarcastic manner.
  4. Get the players involved in setting up team rules, and involve them in determining the sorts of penalties involved if they are broken. Some rules might be; Respect all of your teammates, treat them like you want to be treated. Give maximum effort at all times. Be prepared and focused during games and practice sessions.
  5. When misbehaviours occur, don't punish with physical measures (e.g.running laps). Rather, exclude the player from practice for a short period. Extended or repeated misbehaviours should always be brought to the attention of the player's parent or guardian.
  6. If they are prepared to commit maximum effort, junior players should always be given adequate & fair court time during games to facilitate their development.
  7. Coaches are encouraged to develop their knowledge of the game through the use of videos, books, coaching clinics and coaching accreditation.