TRAVEL BASKETBALL APPENDICES
Appendix A: Playing Time Guidelines
The G.H.A.A. Board expects the following guidelines to be followed with respect to playing opportunities:
Each participant/player should have an opportunity to participate in every scheduled game, regardless of how or why each game was scheduled (i.e., ‘Tournament Games’ are not to be handled differently than ‘Regular Season’ games).
Playing Time expectations:
5th Grade Level and above: This level should assume a more competitive nature, and therefore, it is reasonable to expect more playing time for higher-skilled players. However, to ensure adherence to #1 above, a ‘75/25’ playing time guideline should be targeted. Ie. Participants should expect to play one-quarter of each scheduled game.
4th Grade Level: This level should be considered a ‘developmental’ experience for participants, with a more equitable opportunity for playing time in each game. Therefore, to ensure adherence to #1 above, a ‘60/40’ playing time target is expected in every scheduled game.
3rd Grade Level: This level should be considered a ‘developmental’ experience for participants, with a more equitable opportunity for playing time in each game. Therefore, to ensure adherence to #1 above, a ‘50/50’ playing time target is expected in every scheduled game.
* ‘Relevant considerations’ should also include a distribution of playing time based on player skill level(s) and overall team success. Playing time should not be granted as a result of, or due to, coaching or parental preference, or relationship.
The G.H.A.A. will expect coaches to adhere to the general guidelines outlined above. However, coaches will not be asked to keep detailed playing time records, nor is it expected or acceptable for parents or other concerned individuals to record detailed playing time logs. An assistant coach is strongly recommended to be responsible for ensuring reasonable playing time distribution, thereby allowing the head coach to focus on ‘managing the game’.
Please refer to Appendix B: Substitution Matrix for a planning template to manage/ensure appropriate playing opportunities.
Appendix B: Substitution Matrix & Examples
For planning purposes, the following represents a substitution matrix & examples that coaches can use to plan game-time decisions. It is recommended that coaches utilize this tool before each game to manage playing opportunities consistently.
Substitutions Every ½ Quarter
Example: 75/25 Substitutions Every ½ Quarter – (X Indicates ‘In Game’)
Each player should get at least (2) playing opportunities
Example: 60/40 Substitutions Every ½ Quarter – (X Indicates ‘In Game’)
Each player should get at least (3) playing opportunities, or approximately 38%
Appendix C: Facility Guidelines
The G.H.A.A. requests that parents, coaches, and players adhere to the following guidelines when utilizing school facilities for practices and games. Failure to do so may impact our future use of the facilities.
Players should remain in the gym at all times – Coaches will be responsible for ensuring that players do not ‘wander the halls.
Players should be escorted into the gym to ensure the coach is present. Parents/guardians/drivers are not to leave until such time as a coach is present (i.e., No ‘Drop Offs’).
Parents/guardians/drivers must return to the gym at the end of practice before coaches let players leave.
Practices are for players ONLY. Siblings of team members are not allowed to attend practices unless accompanied by a parent/guardian for the duration of the practice.
Note: If absolutely necessary, coaches may bring siblings to practice as long as they remain in the gym with the team during the duration of the practice.
If you notice anything that may be ‘out of synch’, either before or after your scheduled practice time, please notify the G.H.A.A. Basketball director.
The Golden Coaching Rule
Avoid the 3 L’s- Lines, Laps, Lectures
The kids came to play SPORTS. Not to hear lectures.