This handbook has been prepared to help you become a better member of your basketball team and help you understand what is expected of you as a Sturgis basketball player.
Our goal this year is to increase and maintain the enthusiasm for girl’s basketball here at Sturgis Middle School. We as coaches, will teach the game of basketball so that each player will understand more clearly how the TOTAL game of basketball should be played. This includes being and acting like an “ATHLETE.”
Our goals can only be achieved if you as players are willing to make some sacrifices and to dedicate yourself to obtaining the goals.
Together- Every person involved with the program must be working toward the same goal. Care about and work toward the goals of your teammates just as much as you do your own goals. Be a team player.
Everyone- Every player on the team has a role and is important to the goals of the STURGIS GIRL'S BASKETBALL TEAM. Be the very best at what your role is.
Achieves- We want every player to get out of the program what they put into it. To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
More- At SMS, we have our goal set on HAVING FUN and GETTING BETTER. To achieve this we need each player to become the best they possible can be.
Don’t merely report to practice. Have a goal to improve some phase of your game everyday.
· Listen and cooperate with your coach.
· Be on the floor ready to practice 10 minutes before the scheduled time. This is a good time to get extra practice. If another team is on the floor, sit quietly and watch.
· Hustle every second you are on the floor!
· Accept all criticism and profit from it. This is why criticism is given.
· NEVER criticize a teammate.
· You must be in school on the day of a game or be pre-excused to be eligible to play.
· Dress accordingly. Dress as if you have some pride in yourself and the school you represent. NO BLUE JEANS ON GAME DAYS!
· Be at the school and in the gym at the time given by the coach.
· Arrive at the school at the prescribed time. Be where you are supposed to be. DO NOT “hang out” in the halls.
· Report to the locker room at the given time by the coach
· When the coach arrives for the pre-game instructions, you must be dressed, stretched, seated and quiet.
· You are not to where t-shirts underneath your game jersey’s.
· TAKE ALL JEWLERY OFF!
DURING THE GAME
· All substitutes be sure to report to the scorer and DO NOT enter the game until called in by the referee.
· When taken out of the game. Tell the sub who you are guarding. Run to the bench and take a seat beside the coach for instruction.
· During time-outs and at the end of a quarter, RUN to the bench. ALL PLAYERS STAND AND LISTEN. YOU MUST BE QUIET AND LOOK AT YOUR COACH WHEN IN THE HUDDLE.
DO NOT TALK TO OR SHOW EMOTION TO THE REFEREE AT ANYTIME. Be courteous to the referee at all times.
· Half-Time is a place to make adjustments and discuss strategy.
· Please use the bathroom and get your drink quickly. The coach will give you a few minutes to do this.
· When the coach is ready to talk, LISTEN AND BE QUIET AND SHOW SOME EYE CONTACT.
ON THE BENCH
· Everyone on the bench is important to the team and her enthusiasm and spirit can greatly aid the team.
· Pay attention during the game. If you are on the bench, please pay attention to things we are doing on offense and defense. Pay attention to the person and position you could possibly go in for.
We will not tolerate players coming off the court and “pouting” because something didn't go right or your mad because of playing time. ACCEPT YOUR ROLE!
· Shake hands with your opponent. Be respectful to the opponent regardless of outcome.
· Go directly to the locker room.
· DO NOT begin to get undressed until the coach has come in to talk to the team. Not even your shoes.
· Learn from the game and have a positive attitude...WIN OR LOSE.
While traveling, we are impressing everyone we come in contact with at all times. When we go into other schools, restaurants, etc… act and dress in manner that will bring respect on yourself, your coach, your school and your teammates.
CLASSROOM AND HALLWAY CONDUCT
Each member of the Lady Trojan Basketball squad is a very select person in the eyes of the student body and faculty. It is the responsibility of each athlete to assume this position in its proper perspective. Take pride in being an athlete. Take pride in being a student.
COMMUNICATION COACHES EXPECT FROM PARENTS
· Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
· Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
APPROPRIATE CONCERNS TO DISCUSS WITH THE COACH
· The treatment of your child, mentally and physically.
· Concerns over your child’s behavior. It is very difficult to accept your child’s not playing as much as you may hope. COACHES ARE PROFESSIONALS. They make decisions based on what they believe to be best for all.
ISSUES NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES
· Playing time.
· Team Strategy
· Play Calling
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