Coaches/Team Managers Information
1. TEAM COACH
The team coach’s role is to get the players to learn the positive lessons of sport, learn the fundamentals of basketball, put forward their best efforts and enjoy themselves.
By attaining these objectives or even some of these, your players, their parents and you will be well satisfied with a season that has accomplished these goals. In addition, you will be rewarded to see your team members maturing as a basketball player and as people.
2. ASSISTANT COACH
Helping the teach coach perform the above duties. This person may assist in a number of circumstances:-
- Where the team coach is unavailable for training during the season on a continuous basis (say for work commitments) the assistant may take the training sessions on that agreed night.
- A person (adult or junior) who might be interested in helping the team coach, but perhaps not experienced, willing to spend a season “learning”.
- If there was no offer of a team coach, two offers for assistance coach could lead to those two persons “job sharing” the coach’s role (might be a little less overwhelming).
3. TEAM MANAGER
It is the essential that each team has a team manager. This job can be shared between two people if necessary.
This person will help the coach in a number of ways, but mainly to allow the coach to take control of the player’s on game day with little distraction. The team manager will help by filling in the team sheet each game day.
4. POLICY ON TEAM SELECTION
Players are graded according to these criteria;
- Age- playing in own age group
- Team balance
- Committee Discretion
Any clarification of the above should be referred to the committee.
Teams are submitted where the committee feels that they should be graded, however it is recognised that this may not always work out, as Diamond Valley Basketball Association have the last say with regards to our gradings.
It is important to remember that the committee needs to pick teams four to six weeks prior to the end of the previous season in order to submit team lists to DVBA deadlines.
Any concerns regarding team selections should be addressed to the appropriate co-ordinator (Boys & Girls Team). Current coordinator details will be available on the website and registration forms.
Due to DVBA court scheduling, girls team members need to be aware that if team grading changes after the start of the season, game night may change. This is out of the club’s control. Please be aware of this when registering.
Generally the girls teams will be as follows:-
Under 8 Saturday
Under 10 Saturday
Under 12 Tuesday nights
Under 14 Wednesday nights
Under 16 Thursday nights
Under 18 Tuesday nights
The boys teams always play on a Saturday.
5. PLAYERS COURT TIME
The club policy is that during a normal game each player should have approximately the same time on the court as his or her fellow team members. During finals games, coaches are requested to see that each player spends a reasonable time on the court.
It is the responsibility of the team manager, to draw up a scoring roster for each family. It is the duty of each family to score, or learn to score, or provide an alternative scorer. If the rostered scorer cannot attend a game when it is their turn to score, they are to arrange with another parent so that there is no confusion on game day.
7. TEAM FILL IN PLAYERS
If you require additional players for your team on a given week or someone approaches you to play in your team, please do not arrange this yourself. You must contact your co-ordinator as soon as the problem arises and the co-ordinator will appoint a suitable replacement or help with your enquiry.
A player can play up one age group and up or down one grade ie. A player playing Under 14C can either play 16B or C, but not A.
When two St. Thomas’ teams are playing each other it is responsibility of the team manager of the team mentioned second on the fixture to collect the singlets from the Property Co-Ordinator and return to same as soon as possible after the match.
00 can only be used in first two games.
N.B. Our colours are registered so therefore any colour clash requires the opposition to change their singlets or forfeit the game.
9. TRAINING HALL
Coaches must ensure that facilities are not abused and that the hall is kept clean and tidy.
We are hoping to appoint a Stadium Supervisor shortly who will be responsible for opening and closing the venue, general clean up after each session etc.
If a coach cancels a training session, we ask that he/she notify the Stadium Supervisor and/or our Training Co-ordinator (Kate Coen – 0407677769).
10. GRADING MATCHES
The first five games are for grading purposes and players may be interchanged between teams if approved by the coordinator. The association may also regrade individual teams based on match results during that period.
- Co-ordinators are the main contact point for Coaches and Team Managers to the Club.
- Coaches are encouraged to communicate with co-ordinators on a regular basis on any matters of concern.
- Co-ordinators are also the main contact between St. Thomas Basketball Club and DVBA. If you have a concern with team grading etc, please contact your team co-ordinator. Coaches and Team Managers are NOT to contact DVBA directly themselves.
Proper registration procedures must be followed and approved by the President, Vice President or Secretary.
Players who transfer before the commencement of a season can commence playing at the start of that season while players who transfer during season must stand down for one week after clearence has been accepted.
- Training balls are available through the club, however they are limited.
- These are available through the property co-ordinator.
- They are to be returned to the property co-ordinator at the end of each season even if you are to continue coaching the following season. (This will assist in keeping track of the basketballs.)
14. PLAYER APPRAISAL FORMS
Player Appraisal Forms should be used to review the progress of players. MEDICAL KITS Kits are available through the property co-ordinator. They are to be returned to the property co-ordinator at the end of each season even if you are to continue coaching the following season. (This will assist in keeping track of the medical kits.)
15. CODES OF CONDUCT
The Team Manager is to distribute these to Players and Spectators at the commencement of the season.
Are available upon request through the property co-ordinator. They are to be returned to the property co-ordinator at the end of each season even if you are to continue coaching the following season. (This will assist in keeping track of the whiteboards.)
17. COACH’S AWARDS/PARTICIPATION AWARDS
Participation awards are given to both the Under 8 and Under 10 teams. Coach’s Awards are selected by the coach each season and are given to one player only in both the Under 12 and Under 14 teams. This is a Coach’s awards and maybe given to any player who the coach believes most deserving – it maybe the child who has listened, or who as turned up to each training session, or who has improved the most etc. Coach’s Awards are not given to Under 16 or Under 18 teams.
18. TRAINING VIDEOS
Training Videos are available through the property co-ordinator.
They are to be returned to the property co-ordinator at the end of each season even if you are to continue coaching the following season. (This will assist in keeping track of the training videos.)
19. WORKING WITH CHILDREN CARDS
The DVBA’s policy is that all coaches MUST have a Working With Children Card. The Catholic Church has taken this one step further and requests that all Team Managers also MUST have a Working With Children Card. The St. Thomas Basketball Club needs to keep a record of WWC numbers and expiry dates.
If you do not have a WCC, then please complete an application form as a matter or urgency and send it off. Any costs incurred during this process with be reimbursed by the St. Thomas Basketball Club. Please keep a receipt for reimbursement and present to the co-ordinator.
The club’s address and phone number for the application form is:
St. Thomas Greensborough North Basketball Club
251 Diamond Creek Road
GREENSBOROUGH NORTH 3088
Telephone: 9434 7373
Once you have your WCC please forward the number and expiry date to your co-ordinator.