Be reasonable in your demands on young players' time, energy and enthusiasm.
Teach your players that rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
Whenever possible, group players according to age, height, skills and maturity.
Avoid over-playing the talented players. The "just-average" players need, and deserve, equal time.
Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation. Never ridicule children for making mistakes, or losing a game.
Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
The scheduling and length of practice times and competition should take into consideration the maturity level of players.
Develop team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.
Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence play.
Be aware of the role of the coach as an educator. As well as imparting knowledge and skills, promote desirable personal and social behaviors.
Seek to keep abreast of changes in the sport; ensure that the information used is up to date, appropriate to the needs of players and takes account of the principles of growth and development of children.
The Team Bench Code of Conduct
The bench is there for players not on the court playing, and the Coach.
The team bench, under the rules, is part of the game.
Anyone sitting on the team bench is classified as part of the team and as such, is subject to the rules.
The Coach is responsible for everyone who sits on the bench.
Comments or actions by anyone who sits on the bench, if in the judgment of the referee are derogatory to players, the other coach or the referees, could be penalized by a "bench technical foul." The penalty is 2 shots to the other team and possession after the second shot (no foul line up) from mid court. A heavy penalty!
Anyone who decides to sit on the team bench should understand his or her obligations.