NOVA Village – AAU Basketball
Guidelines & Expectations for Coaches
Expectations of NOVA Coaches & Code of Conduct Requirements:
• Always give 100% to your team and players in all preparation, practices, and games.
• Emphasize the Focus on Fundamentals and Team Concepts – dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, defending, and rebounding.
• Be on time to NOVA Functions, practices, and games.
• Be positive and lead by example at practices and games; represent the NOVA Club with integrity at all times
• Communicate directly and respectfully with your players, families, administration, officials, and opponents.
• Motivate your team and players to gain confidence while facing adversity. Do not use fear tactics to gain results. Your players should never be afraid of you or scared to ask questions.
• Support your players as well as all other NOVA Teams and players
• Be respectful and display good sportsmanship to other coaches, officials, opponents, players, and opposing fans. o As a program, we have zero tolerance for abusive language, vulgarity, and/or consistent negative remarks to our players, game officials, or team parents, as well as opposing coaches, players, or fans. o Coaches are instructed to ask our players and fans to stop any of the above behaviors during games and report any persistent behavior of this nature to the Program Directors. o Remember that you are always representing NOVA. • Always remember basketball is fun! Find ways for your players/teams to compete and develop, while keeping fun a priority. NOVA Coaches shall remain mindful that their personal conduct has a tremendous impact on the conduct players, parents, and fans exhibit. The coach should always demonstrate good sportsmanship, patience, manners, and an attitude indicative of the NOVA Standards. Coaches are direct contributors toward the development of the young athletes. As such, they need to exercise a high level of self-discipline and responsibility. Violation of Guidelines/Expectations:
• All NOVA Coaches will be held accountable to the above guidelines and expectations.
• Any suspected violation may and should be reported to the Program Directors.
• Coaches in violation of any of the above expectations and guidelines will result in a discussion/meeting with the Program Director(s).
• The NOVA program comes first; no one person or player is bigger than the entire organization.
• If problems persist throughout the year, additional action may be taken to remove the coach from the NOVA program. We are proud that this has not been an issue previously and the goal of this document is to keep it that way.
NOVA COACHES WILL USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH LIFE LESSONS THROUGH THE GAME OF BASKETBALL, UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE COLLECTIVELY SHAPING THE LIVES OF THESE KIDS. EMBRACE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.