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TRAVEL PARENT HANDBOOK

PLAYING UP

It is the preference of the WGBA Board to have all girls play with their grade level during their tenure in the WGBA.  Under no circumstances can a girl play down on a younger grade or the whole team would need to compete at the older age level.  If a player and her family desire to play at an older level, they must meet the following guidelines:

  • Must petition to the WGBA Board of Directors
  • Must be the unquestioned top ranked player in her class as identified by last year’s tryout evaluation and coaches post season evaluation or consensus of the WGBA coaches in her current grade
  • Must try out for the older grade and be one of the top 3 players in the older grade based on that grades tryout evaluation forms
  • If the player finishes as the 4th ranked player or lower, she will be placed on the A team of her own grade.

TRAVEL TRYOUT POLICY

Girls wishing to play travel basketball must attend all tryouts.  Tryouts are closed to parents.  Girls will not be permitted to tryout if fees have not been paid.   Tryout results will be posted on our web site a day or so after the tryouts. 

TRAVEL FEES AND REFUND POLICY

Travel Fees & Refund Policy

  • The travel basketball fee must be paid in full prior to participating in tryouts.
  • Players not making a team will be refunded all but a $50 tryout fee.
  • Players making a team and choosing not to play will lose entire registration fee. (NO REFUNDS).
  • No other refunds will be given at any other point during the season.
  • Every player parent is required to work the Wayzata Classic Tournament in 2016.  Parents wishing to opt out of working at the Wayzata Classic Tournament must pay a $75 fee before December 1, 2015.  Eighth grade parents will be responsible for arranging, managing, and working the concessions at the Wayzata Classic Tournament.  

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

To participate in a WGBA program, players must attend school in the Wayzata district and/or have a home address in the district. If a player resides in a district without a basketball program, players will be allowed to participate in our WGBA program.

PLAYER COMMITMENT

Players must commit to the requirements of the program in which they play. This includes consistent attendance at games and practices. While there are times when a player will miss an occasional practice or game, consistent attendance and commitment is expected for all players. WGBA offers a number of different programs (travel, recreational) to correspond to different levels of play and different time commitments. Prior to registration and tryouts/evaluations, players and parents should understand and commit to the requirements of playing in a particular program. There will be consequences for patterns of unsatisfactory attendance/commitment.

TRYOUT ABSENCE POLICY

In order to most effectively place players on the appropriate traveling basketball team, it is necessary that all players take part in the respective traveling basketball tryouts, receive an evaluation by the evaluators, and be considered for a traveling team based on their tryout score.

Under certain circumstances approved by the WGBA Traveling Basketball Selection Committee (for example - injury or illness when accompanied by a doctor or school nurse note), an "excused player" may be eligible and placed on a traveling basketball team even though they were unable to participate in the respective tryouts.

In such situations, the following procedures will be followed by the WGBA Traveling Basketball Selection Committee in an effort to place players appropriately within the WGBA basketball programs (traveling or house league):

  *   Excused players prior year rankings will be reviewed.

  *   WGBA basketball coaches familiar with the excused player will be consulted to obtain perspective of the players basketball abilities compared to others at the same age / gender.

  *   Others familiar with the excused player may be consulted to obtain additional perspective when deemed necessary.

LATE REGISTRATION POLICY

WGBA basketball will continue to accept late registrations until the start of the regular season according to a specific policy.

Athletes registered before the registration deadline will be placed on a team, and all attempts will be made to place the child on a team in her chosen registration area. However, this cannot be guaranteed.

Registrations received after the registration deadline will only be accepted on a space-available basis.  Teams needing players will get the next available player, independent of the athlete's preferred  registration area. 

There will be a $30.00 LATE REGISTRATION FEE assessed for ALL LEAGUES for those registering AFTER the deadline.

PARENT CODE OF ETHICS

I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my daughter, participating in girls’ basketball following this Code of Ethics:

·         I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game and practice.

·         I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of any personal desire to win.

·         I will insist that my daughter play in a safe and healthy environment.

·         I will provide support for coaches and officials working with my daughter to provide a positive, enjoyable experience for all.  I will not question my daughter’s coach during a game and will wait until an appropriate time to calmly discuss my concerns with the coach.

·         I will demand a drug and tobacco-free sports environment for my child.

·         I will remember that the game is for children and not for adults.

·         I will do my very best to make basketball fun for my daughter.

·         I will treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.  I will ask my daughter to show the same respect.

·         I will promise to help my daughter enjoy this experience within my personal constraint by assisting with coaching, being a respectful fan, providing transportation or whatever I am capable of doing.

·         I will obey and follow any and all consequences the WGBA Board imposes on me as a result of noncompliance to the above code of ethics.

COACHES CODE OF ETHICS

I hereby pledge to live up to the following WGBA Coaching Code of Ethics:

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I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of my personal desire to win.

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I will remember to treat each player as an individual, remembering the large spread of emotional and physical development for the same age group.

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I will do my very best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.

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I promise to review and practice the necessary first-aid principles needed to treat injuries to my players or find appropriate staff to do so.

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I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.

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I will lead, by example, in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.

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I will ensure that I am knowledgeable in the rules of basketball, and that I will teach these rules to my players.

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I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for each of the skills that I teach.

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I will remember that I am a youth coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.

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I will demand a drug, alcohol and tobacco-free sports environment for my team and agree to assist by refraining from their use at all games and practices.

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I will be the Head coach for only one Metro team participating in the MYAS structured tournaments and leagues.

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If there is an overnight travel event for the team, I will refrain at all times during the trip from the use of any drugs or alcohol. However, a coach may engage in the moderate consumption of alcohol provided the alcohol is consumed in compliance with all laws.

PLAYERS CODE OF ETHICS

I hereby pledge to live up to the following WGBA Players' Code of Ethics:

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I will do my best at all practices and during all games.

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I will listen to my coaches while at practices and at games.

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I will practice good sportsmanship by treating all players, coaches, parents and officials with respect.

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I will not use profanity. I understand that I will be warned for the first offense and, at the discretion of the coach, can be suspended from play for the remainder of the current practice, current game or for the following game.

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I will do my best to help my parents get me to games and practices on time.

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I understand that improvement comes from practice and sometimes I may decide to practice on my own, away from scheduled practices and games.

COMMUNICATION PROCESS

If you or your child has a concern related to playtime or coaching directly related to your child, please discuss the issue at great length with your child to get all the information possible.  Secondly, make sure you are familiar with all the policies and guidelines for WGBA. If, at this point, you still have a concern, you must follow this line of communication.  Any meetings should be set up outside of practice or competition times.

1.      Player and Parent meet with Coach(all grades)

3.      Player and Parent meet with Coach and Travel Director.

Please note that the player is involved in each step.  We do this for two reasons.  First, it ensures that the player’s perception is clearly understood by both the parent and the coach.  Second, it involves the player in real life problem resolution process, an important life skill. 

Please do not contact the Travel Director without first addressing any issues with your child and the coach. An exception to this rule is if there are general concerns related to coaching or parent behavior detrimental to the team. In this case, please notify the Travel Director early in the process.

PLAYING TIME POLICY

Wayzata Traveling Basketball has been established as a Developmental and Competitive sports organization. In order to clarify this position for both parents and coaches, the Board has established the following guidelines:

  • 4th and 5th grade teams strive for close to equal playtime over the entire season. Minimum playtime range(A and B level) is 12-14 min for each game. Advised to rotate players every 4 min for most games. If close game, coach discretion for last 4 minutes/overtime with playtime based on team needs/performance. Give each player a chance to start at least one game each tournament.
  • 6th-8th grade minimum playtime range(A and B level) is 10-12 min for each game. In lopsided games strive to give players receiving less than 14 min per game on average more playtime. Advised to rotate players every 4 min for most games. If close game, coach discretion for last 4 minutes/overtime with playtime based on team needs/performance. Give each player a chance to start games over the season.
  • 4th-8th grade C level teams strive for close to equal playtime over the entire season.
  • For all grades/levels, last 4 minutes of close games/overtime playtime can be based on needs of team/matchups/performance/focus etc.
  • WGBA reasoning for not having equal playtime is to motivate players to work on fundamentals in both off season and in season to improve and earn more playtime. Coaches consider team needs, matchups, performance and commitment/focus in determining playtime above the minimum requirement.
  • Coaches can deviate from the guidelines under certain circumstances or situations such as a player repeatedly missing practice, player behavioral problems, player injuries, foul trouble, etc.
  • During the season, basketball practices and tournaments should take precedence over all activities other than family, religious or school functions.  If a player misses practices or games for other reasons, the coach is not required to abide by the above playing time guidelines.

By adhering to the these guidelines, WGBA should provide a fun and competitive opportunity to all participants who invest time and energy into the development of their skills.

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