PARENTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
Above all, the motivating factor for most children who enter an organized youth sports program is their desire to have fun. The degree to which your child benefits from his or her basketball experience is as much your responsibility as it is theirs. In order for your child to get the most out of a basketball program, it is important for you to show support and offer encouragement. With a supportive attitude everyone will come away from their basketball experience with a positive feeling.
Support Your Child
Children derive many benefits from playing youth basketball such as good sportsmanship and self-discipline. They learn how to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning humbly and handle defeat gracefully. In the process, they also learn important lessons about physical fitness and personal goals. Remember that your children are PLAYING the game of basketball. It is important to encourage them to establish their own goals and play the game for themselves. While they should be challenged to perform their personal best at the highest possible level, be careful not to impose your own standards or objectives.
As a parent, you should see that your child is on time and prepared for practices and games. It disrupts the coach and other teammates for a player to be late or missing their uniform. If extenuating circumstances exist or a player has a physical limitation or injury, you should immediately inform the coach about the problem.
Games and Practices
A team’s performance improves by practicing together. Players – even good ones – cannot improve without practice. Practice stresses the importance of teamwork, establishing goals, discipline and learning emotional control, all of which are important lessons children can use both on and off the court. All players should attend practices regularly because missing practices is not fair to the other players who have put forth the time and effort to practice with the team. Parents should enjoy the game and applaud good plays. By continually yelling or screaming from the sidelines they can take the fun out of the game.
Parents serve as role models for their children, who often look to adults for advice, direction and approval. Never lose sight of the fact that you are a role model, and as such, strive to be a positive role model. One of the most important things you can do is show good sportsmanship at all times to coaches, referees, opponents and teammates. Cheer them on as a team and individually as well. Negative remarks from you reflect poorly, not only on the team and the club, but on your child personally.
Let The Coach Coach
Your child's coach will be responsible for instructing your child during games and at practices. Coaches are volunteers who receive training and dedicate countless hours on and off the field to make your child's basketball experience rewarding. Unless you would like to volunteer your time as an official team coach, it is important that you leave the instruction and decisionmaking to the coaches. Some parents not only spoil the fun for their kids on the court, but also in the car or at home, believing this is the perfect place for instruction. Parents should not contradict the coach’s instructions. It is unfair to put children in a position of having to decide who to listen to -- their parents or their coach. If a parent has a question or feels it is necessary to discuss an issue with the coach, it should be done privately and at a mutually convenient time outside of practice and game times. Parents should try to keep things in perspective -- there's more to life than basketball.
A healthy, risk-free environment emphasizing the importance of fair play, sportsmanship, discipline and most importantly, fun, will be invaluable for your child as he or she continues to develop a positive self image. The best way to help children achieve goals and reduce their natural fear of failure is through positive reinforcement. After all, no one likes to make mistakes, but if your child does make a mistake -- and they will -- keep in mind that mistakes are an important part of the overall learning process. Strive to be supportive and point out the things they do well. There are always good efforts in every game, no matter what the score. Make your child feel like a winner.
PRBL prides itself on being one of the State's outstanding programs dedicated to the children of our community. Please remember that this program is for our children to learn the game of basketball from their coaches and trainers. Parents are expected to conduct themselves as positive role models for good sportsmanship, discipline and fair play. Interference or inappropriate conduct by any players, coaches, parents or spectators reflects poorly upon this organization and thus will not be tolerated.
Inappropriate behavior by any player, parent or spectator will result in the following disciplinary action:
1st Offense - Permanent ejection from the league
By allowing your child to participate in the youth basketball program,
you hereby agree to abide by the Code of Conduct as stated above.