Hoopstars Basketball adheres to the Basketball Queensland Code of Conduct for players, coaches, parents and spectators. Links to these documents are provided on this page. In a broad sense we ask that everybody understands their role at the game to ensure the kids enjoy their basketball.
- We have coaches to coach the game.
- We have referees to referee the game.
- We have players to play the game.
- And we have spectators to spectate the game.
Know which role is the one that fits you and watch the game, provide support for your child and the other players on the court. “Providing support” does not mean screaming out to the players, throwing your hands in the air when a player makes a mistake, or displaying terrible body language. It can be a roller coaster of thoughts and feelings watching your kids competing against other kids, but spectators must be able to control their emotions.
Sit back, enjoy the game, smile, and support the players with a clap or cheer after they make a good play.
By all means, if coaching is something that you want to pursue Hoopstars is constantly looking for coaches of all levels. We encourage you to sign up, we will help you on your coaching journey.
But if you’re attending a game as a spectator, do not coach your child or any other players from the sidelines. The reason this is detrimental to your child and the rest of the team is because they’ll be receiving conflicting messages from you and the coach.
Conflicting messages = confusion = stress = poor performance.
It’s much better for the entire team if you sit back and allow the coach to do their job.
There’s nothing that will kill the respect and trust a child has for their coach quicker than a parent undermining the coach’s decisions. By having negative conversations with your son or daughter, you’re increasing the chances that the player will stop listening to the coach. You can be sure that these words will be passed out to the other players, too.
If the child is upset, parents believe they’re helping their child by blaming the coach and taking the burden off the player. While this might help them in the short-term, it definitely won’t help the team or the individual player long-term. All of this is not to say that the coach is always right… But if you have concerns or disagree with something the coach is doing, you should be discussing that with the coach.
Not your child.