Participants in MIGB Club Programs are expected to support the Club Vision, Mission and Values and should be aware of the following non-negotiable guidelines before choosing to join.
Program participants are required to exhibit a high level of sportsmanship at all Club related events at all times. They should promote mutual respect, display positive behaviors, engage in open and constructive communication, and support program coaches, officials, volunteers and administrators. Additionally…
- Understand that playing is a privilege and not a right.
- Display positive behaviors at all times as a representative for the Club, their school and their community.>/span>
- Demonstrate respect for opponents before, during and after games (applaud for both teams during introductions; shake hands before and after; assist contestants who are down in getting to their feet; etc.)
- Respect the judgment of contest officials, abide by the rules of the game and avoid behavior that might incite the fans.
- Cooperate with officials, coaches and fellow participants to conduct a fair contest.
- Accept favorable and unfavorable decisions, as well as victory and defeat with equal grace.
- Set a good example, exemplifying the highest moral and ethical behavior.
- Treat opposing coaches, participants, fans and media with respect.
- Teach players the responsibilities of good sportsmanship.
- Demand good sportsmanship and team-oriented behaviors from all players.
- Model the positive behaviors demanded of the players.
- Encourage players to be the best they can be in basketball and in life.
- Demonstrate respect for all players, coaches, officials and other participants.
- Accept decisions made by contest officials, even when they favor the opposing team.
- Recognize outstanding performance from all participants.
- Avoid derogatory or inflammatory remarks about opponents or officials.
- Be exemplary role models by positively supporting all participants.
- Cheer EXTRA loud for Islander teams!
Players Play. Coaches Coach. Fans Cheer. It is hard for enthusiastic parents / guardians and supporters not to issue well-meaning instructions from the stands. However, when those instructions are not consistent with the coaches’ direction, it creates stress and confusion for the player. Parents / Guardians should also support the coaches in addressing the sacrifices and challenges involved in being part of a team . Players are encouraged to learn responsibility by calling the coach themselves when they are unable to make practices or games. Similarly, when a player has a conflict with their coach, a fellow player, etc. they should personally initiate the resolution process and adhere to the grievance procedure outlined below:
The following steps should be taken to resolve any conflict:
- The player should share her concerns with her coach and seek a mutually acceptable solution. If the situation cannot be resolved by the coach and the player then…
- The player’s parent-guardian should call the coach to schedule a meeting between the player, parent and coach to seek a mutually acceptable solution.. If the situation cannot be resolved between these parties then…
- The Board President should be advised
The Club participates in the Puget Sound Traveling League (PSTL), which promotes a competitive approach to the game. The League is an AAU affiliated not-for-profit program and the Washington State High School Basketball rules of play apply. PSTL geographical boundaries span Renton to North Bend to Edmonds and games and tournaments are scheduled throughout this area. The PSTL season runs October through March inclusive of tournament play.
Being involved in a competitive program means players will have to earn game time. Each select team will have a 12 person roster (maximum) and game time will be awarded at the coaches’ discretion. Factors that guide the coaches in determining game time for players include but are not limited to:
- Attendance at practices.
- Intensity and focus.
- Knowledge and skill level.
- Positive behavior and team orientation.
MIGB Booster Club organizers and coaches understand that Select Basketball may not be the only extracurricular activity for some players. Coaches are expected to be tolerant of those who choose to play multiple sports or who are engaged in other activities, as long as conflicts are reasonable and not disruptive to the team. Attending practice consistently will enhance a player’s potential to contribute to their team, so this will inevitably influence the coaches’ decisions about playing time.
Missing practices can inhibit a player’s knowledge of strategies, plays, etc. and affect their ability to contribute to team performance. When missing practice is unavoidable, the player herself should contact the coach and explain the reason. This enhances the player-coach relationship and emphasizes team commitment.
MIGB coaches are encouraged to promote healthy balance and support players in prioritizing personal, family and scholastic obligations before basketball. That said, players who are emotionally and physically best prepared to advance their team will play the most.