- Your character matters - your positive words and actions are just as important as your play
- Players need a growth mindset - improvement is a process so work to be 1% better every day
- You control your ATTITUDE and EFFORT. Don't blame others or complain. Focus on what you control
- Every player matters so do your best to help the TEAM succeed
Play Hard - give your best effort no matter the circumstances, whether winning or losing, playing well or not.
Play Smart - Know what's expected on offense, defense, in-bounds plays, etc. Being reliable builds trust.
Play True - your words and actions reflect your character. This is true on the court, at home, at school, everywhere. Body language matters, being polite is important, and listening shows a desire to grow.
Be Unselfish - "Little things" like boxing out, setting screens, taking a charge, making the extra pass or playing great help defense are not really little. These things help you and others succeed. Help others up, be friendly, clean up after yourself. Serve others because it's not about you!
Your goal should be to enjoy your child's sport experience. Have fun watching them compete, grow in skills and character, make new friends, and learn life lessons. Research is clear that you should not dissect their play on the ride home after the game. Always tell the, "I love watching you play."
The most important lesson you can instill in your child is that his/her value has nothing to do with their play. Each person is important and worthy because God has made us that way. It isn't about what we do or how much we accomplish.
- Cheer on kids from both teams and show positive energy for all players on our team.
- Trust the coaches to have your child's best interest at heart.
- Talk to a coach after practice or games about playing time or strategy. Wait 24 hours and schedule any conversations about your child.
- Talk to a referee during or after a game except to thank them. Do not yell things from the bleachers. If there are safety concerns, trust the coach to speak with the ref.
- Yell specific basketball information to your child during the game. Trust the coach to teach, correct, and encourage. Players benefit from one voice coaching them.
- Talk negatively with your child about teammates or coaches. This can have a big effect on your child's perspective, and causes major issues within a team.
Playing time - every player will play in each half but every player will not have the same amount of playing time.
Game Expectations and General Encouragement
- Share the ball on offense - make the extra pass
- Sprint hard in transition, both offense and defense
- Help teammates up off the floor
- Stay in front of the ball on defense - keep the ball out of the lane
- Rebound on both ends
- Set solid screens
- Encourage your teammates at all times
- Say "please" and "thank you"
- Don't complain to the referees
- Don't make excuses, don't blame others
- Be coachable - everyone makes mistakes, it's how we react and learn from mistakes that helps us grow
- Get to know your teammates and coaches - make other people important by having a "You First" mentality