Basketball Expectations

Players, Parent, and Coaches,

My goal every season is to win a state championship. We will win state championships. The program we are building wins state championships. Beginning with the end in mind, everything we do in-season and off-season is to win state championships. In our sport, that is the highest level of achievement.

Winning championships, however, should not be confused with building a successful program. The habits and behaviors we develop and the lessons we learn through victory and defeat reach far beyond the court. So, on one hand, we are teachers of the game. On the other, we are models of the type of people we want our children to become.

When it comes to success, few coaches have ever attained as much as John Wooden. The legendary coach led UCLA to remarkable dominance, including ten national championships in a twelve year span. Wooden attributes much of his success on the court (as a coach), in the classroom (as an English teacher) and in his personal life (as a husband and a father) to the work ethic instilled in him by his father. Upon his graduation from the eighth-grade, Wooden’s father gave him a simple 3x5 card. Handwritten on the card was the following:

SEVEN-POINT CREED

  1. Be true to yourself.

  2. Make each day your masterpiece.

  3. Help others.

  4. Drink deeply from good books.

  5. Make friendship a fine art.

  6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.

  7. Ask for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

In addition, Wooden’s father preached the “Two Sets of Three.” They represent an attitude that will keep you in the good graces of others most of the time.

TWO SETS OF THREE

1. Never lie.                               2. Never cheat.                      3. Never steal.

1. Don’t whine.                         2. Don’t complain.                 3. Don’t make excuses.

These principles form the backbone of our program, and they represent the philosophy that guides everything that we do as players, parents, coaches, teachers, and administrators. It is our hope that this document will assist you in understanding the expectations for us all. This guide serves to foster and maintain right relationships within our program. Thank you for doing your part to ensure our success.

All the best,

Dustin Morrow

Head Basketball Coach 

Middle Park High School 

dustin.morrow@egsd.org

 (817) 914-3906


PLAYER RESPONSIBILITIES

The following represents the expectations of the Middle Park Boys Basketball program. While some of our athletes will continue their athletic careers after high school, many will not. The following intend to develop positive interpersonal habits in all players and create a personal ethic that values the good of the group over the glory of the individual. Failure to honor these agreements will result in suspension and/or dismissal from our program.

  • All players, regardless of ability and/or playing time are equal members of the team. Each and every player will treat all teammates with acceptance, respect, and friendship.

  • All players will provide maximum effort in practice and games.

  • This effort should be evidenced in the classroom. Players should never settle for grades that are just good enough to get by. Players that miss games because of academic suspension will greatly see a reduction in playing time and minutes.

  • All players will treat teammates, coaches, teachers, administration, officials and opponents with dignity and respect. Depending on the severity of the disrespect, a player may be suspended for a game, a series of games, or be dismissed from the team.

  • Attendance at all practices, team meetings, and games is mandatory. While injured players may be unable to play, they are still expected to arrive on time, listen to coaches, encourage teammates, and assist the team.

  • Players are to be on time for all practices and games. Tardiness will affect playing time in games. Chronic lateness may result in suspension of the player or dismissal from the team.

  • When players miss practices and/or games, playing time in future games will be affected.

  • In very rare situations, players may be excused from games and/or practices. When this occurs, players are responsible for informing the coach through a phone call, text, email or du face-to- face meeting at the earliest possible time. Last minute notifications will usually be unexcused.

  • Unexcused absences are absences in which the coach was not informed in the manner described above and/or the reason for the absence is not satisfactory. An unexcused absence from practice will result in the suspension of the player from the next game in which the player is eligible to play.

  • Players are expected to directly seek understanding and resolution when questions or problems arise with coaches and teammates.

  • Players will conduct their personal lives in a manner that brings honor to themselves and the team. This includes school performance, self-respect, healthy behaviors and social responsibility.

    CODE OF CONDUCT

    Play to win. Regardless of score or outcome, play with maximum effort every second.
    If defeat comes, accept it with dignity and grace. Approach setbacks as learning opportunities. Play fair. Observe the rules set forth by CHSAA.
    Respect opponents, teammates, referees, gameday officials, and spectators.
    Avoid corruption, illegal activities, and the unlawful use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.
    Avoid racist, hateful and intolerant behaviors in yourself and others.
    Seek solutions to violence. Speak out against bullying, hazing, and abuse of any kind.
    Promote the best interest of basketball at all levels of our community.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

The following points help define the expectations for parents, grandparents, and legal guardians in our program. The nature of all adult-to-player relationships should be positive, healthy, and supportive of the program’s long-term and short-term goals. If, in the heat of the moment, you feel you might not be able to model positive, healthy, and supportive behaviors, feel free to excuse yourself until you are mentally and emotionally able to do so. As members of our basketball community, parents and families are reminded that:

  • Parents, families, and guests will treat players, coaches, opponents, and officials with respect and dignity. Remember that our community is small and maintaining relationships is important.

  • All comments by parents and their guests from the sidelines will be encouraging and/or complimentary. Parents and guests will refrain from making comments about players’ mistakes or errors. Parents will refrain from making derogatory comments to or about referees at any time.

  • Parents will support coaches and encourage all athletes to do the same.

  • Parents are invited to be actively involved in fundraising, developing fan support, and promoting basketball within the community at all levels.

  • Parents are expected to be current in their understanding of CHSAA rules and regulations about contact and support. Parents are expected to be models of ethical behavior.

  • Coaching basketball is to be done only by coaches on staff. Parents agree to refrain from coaching or directing their child or other players during all games and practices.

  • Parents will discuss player and/or team concerns and problems directly with the head coach. These discussions will not take place right before or immediately following a game. Concerns should not be addressed indirectly through assistant coaches or players in the program.

  • If necessary a parent may schedule a meeting with the head coach to discuss concerns. Other coaches and/or our Athletic Director may be present at the meeting. During the meeting, playing time and comparisons to other players will not be discussed. Coaches will only talk about your child and his role on our team.

  • Remember, it is not the five best players. It’s the five players that work together the best. It’s not who starts the game. It’s who is on the court when the game is on the line.

    CODE OF CONDUCT

    Encourage maximum effort regardless of the score.
    Accept winning with modesty and humility.
    If defeat comes, accept it with dignity and grace.
    Observe the rules set forth by CHSAA, East Grand School District, and Middle Park High School. Respect opponents, teammates, referees, gameday officials, and spectators.

    Avoid corruption, illegal activities, and the unlawful use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. Avoid racist, hateful and intolerant behaviors in yourself and others.
    Seek solutions to violence. Speak out against bullying, hazing, and abuse of any kind. Promote the best interest of basketball at all levels of our community.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF COACHES

Coaches are the moral and ethical compass of our team. Players, students, and parents will follow their lead when dealing with officials, opposing teams, and their fans. Coaches should always strive to exhibit the passion and desire they wish to see in their players and fans. Controlling the growth and development of young men and fostering the love of basketball throughout the community is the primary function of coaches in our program.

  • Coaches are responsible to abide by the rules of conduct set forth by CHSAA, East Grand School District and Middle Park High School Coaches should with full faith and effort attempt to embody the spirit of this document.

  • Coaches will promote a positive atmosphere in all Middle Park High School activities.

  • Coaches will treat players, parents, officials, and opponents with respect. Coaches will develop positive, long-term relationships with families, officials, and opposing coaches and players.

  • The coaching staff’s main responsibility is to teach. We want to get each player to play to their full potential. Coaches will put players in a position to be successful, both individually and for the team. Coaches will develop habits and skills that help the student-athlete on the court, in the classroom, and in his personal life.

  • Coaches will push and challenge each player in the program to be the best he can be. Coaches will strive to see the potential of a player, not just his present level of skill. If a player has not improved as a student-athlete at the end of the season or by the end of his career, we have failed.

  • Coaches are aware that players grow and change over time, some faster than others. Every season the stat books are cleared out, the rosters are changed, and we begin anew. Every player in our program has an opportunity to earn a varsity spot or a starting role.

  • Coaches will balance a player’s individual growth, social development, and the acquisition of basketball knowledge and skills, while working collectively toward the long-term and short-term goals of our program.

    CODE OF CONDUCT

  • See every day as a step toward a State Championship. Use every moment to build a championship program that is respected on and off the court.

  • Demand maximum effort from yourself, your fellow coaches, and your team. Win with modesty and humility, giving credit to your team.

  • Evaluate setbacks, looking for opportunities to teach and reteach habits, skills, and attitudes.

  • Observe the rules set forth by CHSAA, East Grand School District, and Middle Park High School.

  • Be the standard for our program.

    Model for others the respect for you wish to see from them.
    Avoid corruption, illegal activities, and the unlawful use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. Avoid racist, hateful and intolerant behaviors in yourself and others.
    Seek solutions to violence. Speak out against bullying, hazing, and abuse of any kind.

  • Promote the love of basketball at all levels in our community. I accept and agree to abide by the rules outlined in this document:

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System Administrator,
Aug 19, 2016, 7:12 AM