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1 Great Falls Basketball 2014-2015 Coaches Meeting Tuesday, November 11, 2014 7:00PM – 8:30PM Forestville Elementary School

2 Michelle Claude Commissioner Phil Simonides Director of Coaches Great Falls Basketball Welcome and Introductions

3 Agenda GF Hoops OverviewPhil Simonides Website ReviewGreg Potteiger Gyms & VBD TestDebbie Volpicelli Training ProgramLarry Zmuda Referee ProgramMichelle Claude Leadership by ExamplePhil Simonides (Coaching) Breakouts with GGCsAll Coaches/AssistantsAll – match up

4 New Board Members Directors Leaving  Liz Fitton  John McGavin New Directors  John Brennan  Margaret Brown  Jace Johnson  Philip Nickles

5 Great Falls Basketball 2014 – 2015 Michelle ClaudeCommissioner & Director of Referees Neal AbravanelImmediate Past Commissioner Phil SimonidesDirector of Coaches Dick WarrickDirector of Select John BrennanAsst. Director of Select – Boys League Laura BeanAsst. Director of Select – Girls League Philip NicklesDirector of Girls House Grades 3-12 Margaret BrownDirector of Boys House Grades 3-6 Jace Johnson Director of Boys House Grades 7-12 Greg PotteigerDirector of Information & Scheduling Debbie VolpicelliDirector of Facilities Malia KishoreDirector of Equipment Larry ZmudaDirector of Player and Coach Training & House Grades K-2 Jim TreacyTreasurer Bina ClarkAt-Large Director

6 Reminders! Boys 9-12 is new this year High school grade groups will remain open until after Langley tryouts, subject to coaching limits Website – must remain central source of info Draft data is confidential and is not to be forwarded electronically once given to GGCs Know your grade group local rules

7 Program Logistics A Snapshot 1,035 Players (917 House/118 Select) 1,378 Parents (conservative estimate!) 115 Teams (104 House/11 Select) 138 Referees 660 House League Games 1,989 Referee Assignments 1,035 Uniforms 8 Gyms

8 “Thank You!!” to Our Volunteers 15 Board Members 13 Grade Group Coordinators (GGC’s) 109 Coaches  9 Coaching Multiple Teams

9 Philip Nickles Director of Girls House Grades 3 - 12

10 Girls Director and GGCs Director – Philip Nickles Grade 3- Marli Kerrigan Grade 4/5- Heather O’Donovan Grade 6- Chrissy Conner Grade 7- Karen Doody Grade 8- Rebecah Shepherd Grades 9-12- Kimberly Cynkar

11 Margaret Brown Director of Boys House Grades 3 - 6

12 Director Boys (Grades 3–6) & GGCs Director – Margaret Brown Grade 3 – Heather O’Donovan Grade 4 – Angelique Bennett Grade 5 – Michelle Gasparis Grade 6 – Cori Johnson

13 Director of Boys House Grades 7 - 12 Jace Johnson

14 Director Boys (Grades 7-12) & GGCs Director – Jace Johnson Grade 7 - Kathy & Matt Matay Grade 8 - Alison Ahmed Grade 9-12 – Kristin Kahn

15 Greg Potteiger Director Information & Scheduling

16 Website Overview All League information (Schedules, Rules etc.)  Should be parents “First Stop” for information Coaches: responsible for updating / maintaining certain information:  Game Scores / Outcomes  Game Summaries / Coach’s Blog (optional)  End of year player evaluations Coaches will receive:  Usernames and passwords  “Help” sheet before season start

17 Debbie Volpicelli Director of Facilities

18 Gym Status Capacity is Tighter Than Ever (AGAIN!) Just Received Winter Gym Allocations… Update on Prior year Space Reductions:  Last year we lost 13 hours of weeknight practice time, we did not receive any of it back  Last year we lost a full gym on Sunday, not replaced Current Year Impact:  Lost Cooper, Sunday 11am-4pm due to Langley Renovations  Received Herndon MS, 2 gyms, 9am-1pm…net plus of 3 Sunday gym hours  Forestville ES Closes for Renovation Jan 31st, no replacement space received Started K-2 Clinics early so that it ends Jan 31st Practice end time extended from 9pm to 9:30pm Games that start the year at Forestville, will move to new location Feb 1st Teams who practice at Forestville thru Jan 31st will not have practices after Feb 1st  Boys and Girls Grade 9-12, Boys and Girls Grade 3  Possible availability on the weekends, scheduled on a week by week basis Rescheduling for Gym Closures  planned closings- rescheduled week by week in advance…check your emails regularly  unscheduled closings, generally due to weather, will not be rescheduled.

19 Gym Behaviors We need to behave in gyms so we don't lose them Police your group At first practice, talk to parents and kids about the gyms No food or drinks, except water No bouncing balls in hall Respect practice start and end times

20 County Gym Contacts Weekends & Weeknights Coaches: If you have an issue at a gym on a Weeknight or Weekend Call Director of Facilities, Debbie Volpicelli, at 703-389-3202 If you can not reach her, call the County at 703-609-8870

21 VBD Test – Debbie Volpicelli Volunteer Building Directors Coaches go to:  Create an account  Watch the video  Take the test on-line.  Certificates - sent via e-mail. (Certification good for 2 years) Coaches – you are the face of the organization  Protect and enhance the GF Hoops reputation  The facilities we share must be treated with care and respect.  Leave GYMS in EQUAL to or BETTER shape than when you arrived.

22 Key Dates Nov 12 (Wed) through Nov 18 (Tue) House League Player Allocation/Drafts Nov 17 (Mon)Training for House League Coaches Nov 18 (Tue)Training for House League Coaches Nov 19 (Tues)House League game schedules published to web site Nov 19 (Weds) House Practices Start Dec 6-7 House League Regular Season Begins Dec 13-14 House League Games Dec 20-21 House League Games Jan 3-4 House Games Resume (post Holiday) Jan 10 (Sat)Picture Day Feb 21-22First week of playoffs Feb 27Coach/Volunteer Appreciation Mixer @ Brix Mar 7-8Final Playoff Weekend and All Stars

23 Larry Zmuda Director of Player and Coach Training

24 Basketball Year-Round Summer Programs  Two camps in July/August  70 kids participated in these camps; some in more than one! PLAN GOING FORWARD IS TO CONTINUE THESE OFFERINGS IN THE SUMMER!! SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS

25 Player & Coach Training Agenda of Topics Player Training and Development  Fundamentals  Safety Coach Training Programs 

26 Player Training Coaches: Primary Source of Training and Development One on One Basketball, Inc.  K/1 st Grade – 10 weeks skills and drills training  2 nd Grade – 12 weeks (90 minute sessions) 8 Weeks Skills Training; 4 Weeks Full Court Games  3 rd thru 8 th Grade One on One - assists all teams for one entire practice.  Coaches to identify areas of need in advance.  One on One then provides team specific sessions.

27 Training for Coaches One on One Basketball, Inc.  Mandatory attendance at 90 minute session on either Nov 17 or Nov 18 session (see next slide for times)  Each night: One session for 2 nd – 5 th grade One session for 6 th – 10 th grade  Offering Age Group Appropriate: Skill Level Assessment Methods Drills – individual and team How to Structure Practices and Practice Plans Q & A Sessions

28 Key Dates Mark Your Calendars Coaching Clinics Group A: Grades 2-5 Group B: Grades 6-12  11/17Great Falls6:00PM–7:30PM Group A Elementary7:30PM-9:00PM Group B  11/18Great Falls6:00PM–7:30PMGroup B Elementary7:30PM-9:00PMGroup A Coaching Blitz  If you want additional help in December, send a note to and we will set you up with a trainer at your practice  In January at your practice location – Mandatory

29 Michelle Claude & Senior Training Referees The Referee Program

30 Referee Program Michelle Claude  Recruits Referees  Trains Referees  Manages Referee Performance Reviews game feedback from gym coordinators, coaches, and others Provides feedback to referees Nick Claude  Assigns Refs to Games Keeps Work Records Computes Pay Gage Beckwith, Nick Ehat, Mark Murray, Mackenzie Regen, Dante Vasiliadis, Weston Simonides  On-court ref trainers in grade 3 games.

31 Referee Program 100+ Referees Experience201220132014 1252834 2161925 3111017 411 9 5+455153 Total108119138

32 Referee Program Top 5 Issues Named by Refs Coaches trying to manipulate the substitution rules. Passive-aggressive comments from spectators (“I guess we are not calling fouls today…”) Coaches and spectators not fully understanding some of the rules (i.e., “over the back,” clock resets after each try for goal, etc.) Coaches complaining to the refs about other coaches Adults commenting on the “bad” reffing in front of their child/player Welcome feedback as long as it is constructive. If you have concerns, you can contact Michelle Claude after the game to discuss further.

33 Referee Program – Top 5 Things Refs Need to Work On Blow whistle ASAP when they see a foul (then collect thoughts and inform desk ref) Watch the zone – not the ball Louder whistle/louder voice/confidence/carriage Setting tone of game from the start Watching for illegal screens and other offensive fouls (i.e., charge/player control fouls)

34 NEW RULE – 2014-2015 NEW for 2014-2015: NFHS Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3: A player occupying a marked lane space…may not enter the lane until the ball has been released by the free throw shooter. (VHSL has also adopted this rule for the coming season) In the past, the rule was that a player could not enter the lane until the ball hit the rim. The following was voted on and approved by the Board: Grades 4-12 – allow the rule as stated in the NFHS rule book Grade 3 – continue to have the players wait until the ball hits the rim. Refs were informed of this change Monday night at the Annual All-Referee Meeting.

35 Basketball Rules - Myth vs. Truth MythTruth All Contact is a foulThe mere fact that contact occurs does not constitute a foul. Incidental contact with an opponent which is permitted and is not a foul. A foul should be called when: The player causing contact gains an advantage Player causing contact put the opponent at a disadvantage In order for a defender to draw a charge, he/she must be stationary. The defender does not have to be stationary; he/she can be moving laterally, backwards, or can be jumping vertically, provided he/she is maintaining a legal guarding position and does not move into the offensive player (must be in a vertical “plane”) Over the back is a foulOnly if contact occurs During a spot throw-in if the thrower-in steps on the line it is a violation Sidelines and endlines are out-of-bounds. Thrower-in may step on the line (but not over it) during a throw-in If a diving player secures a loose ball and slides on the floor, it is a traveling violation Not traveling if his/her momentum causes them to slide on the floor while diving for the loose ball A coach may say anything they want provided he/she is in the coaching box Regardless of whether a coach is in the coaching box, it is a technical foul to make unsporting comments. If an offensive player remains in the lane for 3 (or 5 for grade 3) seconds, it is a violation 3-second (or 5-second) clock resets after each try for goal. There can be no lane violation during a rebounding action (no one has possession during a rebounding action)

36 Phil Simonides Director of Coaches & League-Wide Behavior

37 Skill Evaluations and Team Drafts Logistics Skill Evaluations  Read the process document before tryouts  Five Skill Areas: Ball Handling Shooting Defense Passing Rebounding  Board Member – collect data and give to GGCs  Consistency Drafts (player allocations)  Goal: Balanced Teams  Information sharing  No substitutes may draft in your age group  No pre-assignment of asst coaches if they have a child in the group  Board Member attending has final say in any issues Everything you need is on the websiteEverything you need is on the website

38 Coach Tips and Best Practices You Are The Key to Our Success! Model positive behavior – both in winning & in losing Teach children the game Spread playing time – come in with rotations Manage your parents Respect referees Introduce yourself to desk refs before games Diffuse situations before they get out of hand

39 Coach Tips and Best Practices (cont.) Encourage and help our youth coaches  Use me as a resource throughout the season  Text email or call and make sure you ID yourself to me if texting All assistant coaches must be registered - only two coaches on sidelines at a time Explore internet resources for coaching/practice ideas such as: Have fun!

40 Coaches Issues From Prior Years DONT’s Flagrant Fouls Running up the score Too many “coaches” yelling during game Harsh coaching Improper substitutions Abusive behavior from coaches to refs Coaches taunting each other DOs: 5 pass rule, no press, no 3 pointers, change player positions At most two assistants Be positive AND instructive Have a playtime game plan (beforehand) Control your players/yourself – no trash talking and unsportsmanlike conduct

41 Behavior Incidents From Prior Years Issues  Spoke to several coaches after games  Behavior of assistant coaches deplorable in some instances  Parents and coaches battling on some issues  Harsh coaching styles addressed  Some coaches not asked back  Players suspended and ejected from league Themes  Parents thought refs weren't calling games closely enough and it was too physical  Parents thought their child was being called too frequently for fouling  Coaches/parents calling fouls out too often  Refs got intimidated – embarrassing to GF Hoops

42 Parent Messages – please tell them Goal: Model Positive Behavior for the kids.  This is more than basketball.  It's about teaching good sportsmanship. Zero Tolerance: for verbally abusing the refs.  They are an important part of our program.  Contact your coach or Michelle Claude...don't yell at the refs.  Yelling raises the tension in the gyms and impacts the players very negatively.  Their play tends to get more physical and emotional and it makes the situation worse. Remember: Our refs are kids.  Think - about the impact of yelling at children in a public forum

43 Coach Messages Same points as parents -- plus the following: You went to the Coaches meeting and know what we expect. You acknowledged Code of Conduct when you registered Be a positive role model  You need to focus on positively coaching the kids, not arguing calls. Most parents spoken to acknowledged that they handled the situation poorly and were apologetic.  We had mixed results with the coaches.

44 Coaches Manual Find it on the GFHoops Website Code of Conduct House Coaching Checklist Master 2014-2015 Calendar House League Rules of Play Tryouts and Player Allocation/Selection Procedure Everything you need is on the website Email Director of Coaches @ or text or call 703-851-2880 and mention who you are please!

45 Wrap Up Q and A Breakouts with GGC’s  Coaches meet Assistants – could all assistants please stand? Now coaches who want an assistant please stand…ok let’s match up!  Determine Team Names (new wrinkle, if head coach is Simonides and team is Thunder please name it “Thunder (Simonides)” for easier identification by all  Get Practice Slots  Determine draft date, time, and location if possible

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