This page is for new and experienced coaches alike.
There will be coaching tips etc and/or links displayed on this
Most of the links are to American basketball sites that provide information to help you develop practice
drills and set plays.
Our philosophy is for 'Equal court time for ALL players'.
an extension of this please do not start and finish with the same players ALL the time.
Give everyone a go!
If you would like to share some tips, drills or plays with your fellow coaches then simply email me the details and I will
post your contribution in this area. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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The following information is provided to assist in making your job as a coach a little easier by providing answers to some
of the questions you may have along with general information that you may require during the season.
(Special thanks to
Mark Plumridge for this information)
COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
The following guidelines must be adhered
to during the course of your coaching assignment with Rowville Basketball Club
1. Players are to be educated and
encouraged to accept that an honest effort is as important as winning and also character building.
2. All players learn
best by example. Good play is to be applauded by all players and spectators and players are to be congratulated regardless
of the result.
3. Players are to be encouraged to abide by the spirit as well as the rules of the game.
4. The focus
must be on the playing of the game. Do not over emphasise the importance of winning at all costs.
5. We must develop team
respect for the ability of our opponents, regardless of their actions, for without them there would be no game.
must develop respect for the judgement of our officials and opposing coaches.
7. Teach your players that rules of the
game are mutual agreement, which no one should evade or break.
8. Never ridicule players for making an error during a
game or for losing a game.
9. Remember the players play the game for enjoyment and that winning is only part of the motivation.
They do not play for the entertainment of others.
10. Be aware of your role as coach as an educator. As well as imparting
knowledge and skills, promote desirable personal and social behaviours.
11. Be reasonable in your demands on young players
time, energy and enthusiasm.
12. Avoid over playing the talented players. All players need and deserve fair time through
the regular season and in the event of the team making the finals the same rule applies.
13. Follow the advice of a physician
when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence play.
14. Always demonstrate appropriate behaviour by not
using abusive, degrading or threatening language to players, coaches or officials.
15. Any disagreements with an official
must be raised through the appropriate channels rather than in public. Remember officials are no more prone to error than
the players or coaches.
INJURIES TO PLAYERS
· BLEEDING PLAYERS Any player who is bleeding during the
game will be asked to leave the court by the referee until such time as the bleeding has stopped. The player must wash all
the blood from themselves and their uniform. Any opens wounds must be covered before they will be allowed to take the court
· INJURED PLAYERS If a player is injured during the game or incurs an injury that may incur medical expenses after
the game, then at the end of the game record the players name and nature of injury on the back of the scoresheet and obtain
the signature of the referee.
· CLAIM FORMS - A claim form can be obtained from the appropriate association that must
be lodged within 14 days from the date of the injury so that a sports injury insurance claim can be made. In the event of
a player being injured during a training session you must notify the coaching director immediately so that a claim form can
be processed with the coaching director as a witness.
If a coach considers that an
official has acted in a manner that involves unacceptable behaviour or is not in the best interest of basketball and believes
it necessary to take the matter further, they have the option of filling out an Incident sheet.
INCIDENT SHEET An
Incident sheet is available from the referees supervisor at each venue. Only the coach is authorised to complete this form.
Once the supervisor signs the form, a copy of the Incident sheet and a letter of explanation must be handed to the Coaching
Director for them to be officially lodged by the basketball Club.
REPORTING A REFEREE If an incident is severe enough
you may report the referee by stating your intention to the referee and completing the same Incident sheet obtained from the
supervisor. The same process must be followed when lodging the sheet for action.
a player to be eligible to participate in the finals they must have played in more than half the games allocated to the team
during the season. They must have scored or fouled during a game for the game to be counted to the total. If a player does
not score or foul they must record the Club name, players full name, uniform number and signature on the back of the scoresheet
as proof of having participated in the game. Coaches will be notified of qualified players and game time by the Thursday prior
to the first finals game by the Age Co-ordinator. Medical certificates are required for injuries sustained during the season
to cover games missed otherwise players may not qualify for finals. These must be handed to the Age Co-ordinator. Byes do
not count as a game when counting games for finals qualification.
3 POINT SHOOTING
- To encourage proper development 3 point shooting is discouraged at all times for players in Under 8, 10 and 12 age groups,
as such a shot is not required at this level. Coaches of these age groups may introduce this shot to players during training
as part of their development.
MAN-TO-MAN RULE - The rules of the KABA are that Man-to-Man is compulsory in the first
half of game. The referee will issue a warning if they feel this rule is not being followed. If no action is taken by the
coach to correct this observation a Technical Foul will be given on the bench. The coach can revert to a Zone defence in the
second half if it is warranted. This rule is enforced by the KABA for the entire game for Under 8 and 10 to encourage the
WARM-UPS & STRETCHES - The club requires all coaches to implement into their training programme,
5 to 10 minutes of stretching and warm-up prior to the commencement of their training session or a game. Contact the coaching
director if you require assistance.
ALTERNATIVE TOPS When two (2) Rowville teams within the same grade play each
other, one team must wear a set of alternative coloured tops. This can be arranged mutually between the two (2) coaches involved
to decide which team will wear the alternate tops. The coach of the team nominated to wear the tops must contact the Property
Officer at least one (1) week prior to the game to arrange the collection of the tops. The tops must be washed after the completion
of the game and returned to the property officer by the Wednesday following the game.
WALKOVER - A walk over will
be called when one (1) team fails to have four (4) players on court ready to play within 10 minutes of the game clock being
started. If you happen to be involved in a game via a walk over (either a win or a loss), you should have all your players
sign the back of the scoresheet to have the game counted towards finals eligibility. If your team is involved in a walk over,
a refund of the team sheet fee can be obtained along with the entry fee providing the players leave together as a team. Please
contact your age coordinator immediately if you have to forfeit a game due to lack of numbers.
ALL EFFORTS SHOULD BE MADE
TO AVOID A WALKOVER AS THE ASSOCIATION IMPOSES A FINE ON THE CLUB.
At least twice a
season coaches will receive a coaches notice. The first notice prior to the start of the season will contain a listing of
players, training time, training dates, committee members names and telephone numbers and any other relevant information.
The second notice, issued in the middle of the season will be the Player Assessment sheets and Change of address
notification form. The assessment sheet is to be completed with detailed comments on each player and returned to the coaching
director. These sheets will assist the Age coordinators in the selection of the teams for the following season. During the
season coaches may also receive notices on specific matters such as tournaments, rule changes, changes to training dates etc.
Please read these carefully, as they will contain important information. Please report any problems directly to the coaching
After the completion of each season a Family day is held for ALL club members.
Apart from a sausage sizzle all the teams that made the finals will be presented with trophies as well as each teams Best
Team Player. Please remind all your players of this day and emphasise that this day is open to ALL players and not just for
players who made the finals.
Should you have any queries about general matters associated
with your role as Coach or about specific issues that arise as a result of your duties, please contact the Coaching Director
TRAINING TIMES AND DATES
Training times have been organised after discussions with
each coach and their nominated preference. The criterion has been to organise teams of same age and gender to train at the
same time. This is designed to give coaches the advantage of using a full court and more than one coach in control of each
training session. This will assist in the development of both individual and team skills at a faster rate than if only using
half a court.
Any coach who is unable to make a training session and is unable to find a temporary replacement should
contact the Coaching Director who will then make alternative arrangements, possibly for their team to be trained by another
coach who trains at the same time.
NO training is to be conducted at the Eastern or Western campus during the holding
of the VCE exams. The coaching director will attempt to find alternative venues for the teams affected during this period.
The coaching director will provide adequate notice of the change to the affected coaches.
All training sessions must
be conducted on an inside court and must be officially sanctioned by the coaching director.
All players must only
be a member of the team and registered with the appropriate basketball association.
Any coach who wishes to organise
alternative or additional training sessions must notify the coaching director first as all training sessions must be officially
recognised to ensure insurance coverage in case of injury.
If coaches find that
they have difficulties with player/s, parents or club officials, no matter what the concern, they should contact the Coaching
Director who will assist in resolving the issue. The coaching director will liase with the Age Co-Ordinator and the President
if necessary to be referred to the committee for resolution.
TEAM SELECTION PROCESS
The Team selection
process is based on a thorough evaluation of the players skill level to ensure they are graded correctly and placed in the
The process also entails a significant input from coaches via the assessment sheets circulated
midway through the previous season. It is important that these forms are completed in full describing each player's strengths,
weaknesses and ability.
All Team Coordinators will observe the teams competing throughout the season and record their
observation of each players development.
All of this data is reviewed and used to assist the Team Coordinators in
the placement of players in teams for the following season.
SHORTAGE OF PLAYERS
Any coaches who find
themselves with a shortage of players for any game (5 players or less) should notify their respective Team Controller as soon
as possible who will arrange for replacement/s (fill-Ins)
To be eligible to fill-in the player/s must be currently
playing in the same age bracket or lower and in a lower grade than the team they will be a substitute for. A player from a
different association ie KABA or DABA can play in the opposite association as a fill in without repercussions providing the
player signs the back of the scoresheet at the completion of the game.
arrange for a parent to fill this role for their team. The main duty for this person is to complete the scoresheet prior to
the game commencing with each players FULL name and their uniform number and in numerical order. The team sheet will be stamped
as paid as the club collects fees in advance and pays the Basketball Associations in advance.
Other duties for the
team manager include the collection and distribution of fixtures and club newsletters. Having a team manager doing these duties
allow the coach to concentrate solely on the coaching and training of the team.
FIRST AID KITS - These are the responsibility
of the team manager and must be taken to ALL games. The maintenance of these kits will be done through the clubs property
NEWSLETTER DISTRIBUTION - The club will issue a bi-monthly newsletter that is vital to the running of such
a large club as ours. It is vital that all members and players receive and read their copy. To ensure all players receive
a copy each players name should be placed on the top of each newsletter to assist the Team manager in the distribution of
SCORER - Both participating clubs must supply a competent scorer. To ensure this burden is spread
evenly a roster is to be drawn up at the start of the season and rotating the job between the participating families throughout
the course of the season.
VOTING - The club will issue voting sheets that are to be completed after each game by
two people attending the game nominated by the team manager. The aim is to identify the best team player throughout the season.