VIRGINIA BEACH BLAZERS: Rules

Team Dress Code
Team Functions:
Coaches, Managers, Trainers and players that are traveling or taken part in team functions are required to wear the following dress code.

PANTS: black jeans or cords may be worn .

TOPS: red, collar, short sleeve, knit shirts maybe worn. (NO other lettering is allowed.)

SHOES: any color sneakers and shoes or winter boots appropriately laced.

Game Day:
Players that are traveling or taken part in team games are required to wear the following dress code.

UNIFORMS: Players must have both home and road uniforms present a game site. They must be clean and ready for game use. ( UNIFORMS ARE TO BE WORN IN GAME SITUATION ONLY)

SOCKS: Black knee high socks will worn at all road games. White knee high socks will be worn at all home games.


During Practice Sessions
1. Don't be late. Treat practice seriously, just like a game. Arrive in time to get properly dressed and warmed up.

2. If you have free time or unstructured time, use it to your best advantage. While other kids are wasting their opportunities in open scrimmage, practice weak areas of your individual game.

3. Work as hard as you can every minute. You can rest after practice. If you practice with enough intensity, the games will seem easy in comparison. If you are the kind of player that can only rise to his best in a game, you'll find that you don't get any better or any stronger.

4. Do the drills with an emphasis on proper form. Don't rush to the point of reinforcing poor technical habits. Even on easy drills, try to do them perfectly.

5. Don't get caught up in horseplay or clowning around. The season will be over before you know it and the moments that you spent foolishly will be gone forever.

6. Don't do stunts or jokes that could cause injury. Many players have lost their season due to pointless injuries.

7. Its OK to ask the coach questions. Don't nod your head "yes" trying to look smart if you are just going to look stupid in the next few minutes.

8. Understand the vocabulary. If the coach uses an unfamiliar term like "elbow" or "hand check", ask for a definition.

9. When the whistle blows, hustle to the coach immediately.

10. Help keep the team morale and energy up by being positive and encouraging your teammates to work hard. Practice is a lot of fun when everybody is into it.


Preparing for Competition
It is unwise to walk into the gym for a tryout, practice or game without adequate time to prepare. The environment is just too competitive. If you think you can walk directly on the court and perform at your best, you are wrong.

1. Get plenty of sleep. Most players cheat themselves by not getting enough rest. They never get close to their potential because they tire too easily. Basketball, on top of the rest of your life, is demanding. Sleep!

2. Eat decent food. If you have a long bus trip in the morning, take a snack. Eat a hearty lunch. You will need the energy by the time you get on the floor to play.

3. In the morning (or the night before) get all of your gear together that you are going to need to play basketball. Have a checklist of all the things you need: shoes, socks, shorts, undergear, jersey, dry clothes to wear afterward, snacks, and so on. Keep these things in a separate bag so you can quickly locate all your items and carry them easily.

4. Store your sport bag in a safe place for the day. It is heartbreaking to lose your shoes or jersey when you need them most. There are thieves everywhere who will happily take your things if they are not protected.

5. Make sure your transportation needs are arranged. Even if you are not old enough to drive, you are old enough to make sure someone is picking you up or dropping you off. Being late for practice because you couldn't find a ride is not an excuse. Call your teammates or coach if your ride is uncertain.

6. Arrive at the gym early enough to get dressed properly. Getting dressed should be a thoughtful time where you can think about the hours to come and not feel rushed and distracted. Do not sit around with your shoes untied and your jersey tucked away until its time to play. You can't be taken seriously as a player if you approach the floor when you are not even fully dressed.

7. Dress for performance. Are you coming to play or be seen? If its to be seen, you won't be seen very long. Performance means not wearing jewelry of any kind. Wear two pair of socks and make sure they are smoothed over your foot - no wrinkles. Your socks should cover your ankles, be the same height and the same color. Buy the best shoes you can afford. Shoes are your most critical piece of gear. Try several pair until you find the most comfortable pair. Don't buy based on style - it won't show in the box score. Your shorts should fit at your waist as they are designed and tied snugly. Sagging shorts look ridiculous and they slow you down. If you wear an undershirt beneath the jersey, it should be plain in and match the uniform color. Avoid NBA logos and names. Keep it simple and performance oriented. No hats, combs, kerchiefs or anything but hair should be on your head. Elaborate hairstyles may represent your personal freedom to express yourself, but what does your appearance express about your team

8. When you enter the gym, be calm. Walk with a sense of purpose. Look at kids who run around and make a lot of noise and realize how less mature they are. How can they compete with a serious athlete?

9. If you have a pre-game meeting, be attentive. Ask questions. Devote your game to the team plan and concentrate on how you can help the team succeed.

10. Once you get on the floor, don't start throwing up wild shots. Develop a personal warm-up routine that is calculated and comfortable. Coaches will readily recognize your sensibility.

11. Run your warm-up patterns with diligence and care. Practice them so you look good. Don't kid around or talk to your friends. Your opponent will be watching you. Their first opinions will be based on how you warm up. If they take the floor believing they are the better team and can beat you, your work will be twice as hard.


Playing the Game
Player conduct during the game is a key element of winning and losing. It's more than sportsmanship. It is also about concentration and accepting personal responsibility for what happens on the floor. In addition, there are several procedures players must learn to follow. Failure to respect the administrative parts of the game usually results in technical fouls.

1. Always report to the scorekeeper before entering the game. It looks real stupid to jump off the bench and run onto the floor, only to get called back and scolded. When you report, stay down on one knee so the scorekeeper can still see the action on the floor. Let your number be clearly seen. Mention your number and the number of the player you are replacing. Then, be patient and quiet.

2. When the whistle blows, stop. Don't take an extra shot. Look at the referee and understand the call. Don't react to what you think the call might be because you could easily embarrass yourself. Just look and listen.

3. If the referee calls a violation, hand him the ball and get into position. Because the call is already made, it is pointless to argue or comment. Just play on.

4. Keep your temper. If you become angry. It is a sign that you are distracted from the game.

5. If you have a foul called against you, just raise your hand and be expressionless. It is not your job to approve or disapprove. There is no need to make a facial commentary. Even if the call bothers you, if you have the habit of acknowledging the call, you maintain respect and you can more easily get back into the flow of the game. If you show your temper, you may adversely affect your own play, get benched, get a technical foul, or all three together.

6. Any time the whistle blows, hustle back to your bench. Players who saunter back to the bench waste valuable time-out seconds. If you are too tired to hurry back, you need a substitution.

7. During the time outs, shut up and listen. The time is precious. Let the coach outline the plan. When the plan is presented, you can ask a question, but don't argue about the plan. If something happened on the floor, leave it on the floor and don't waste the time out whining about something no longer important.

8. We have a timeout ritual, were the active players sit on the bench while others circle around. Do it with the same precision as one of your drills.

9. When you come off the floor, tell your replacement who you are guarding. Help him out. Don't make a face. Make your teammate feel like you are glad he is getting a chance to play. Come off the floor quickly and sit down.

10. Never talk trash to your opponent. It's a tactic for weak people. Strong people express themselves through their play. Weak people try to influence you in non-playing ways because they do not believe they can legitimately compete with you. Trash talking is an ugly attempt at intimidation. Players that persist in the habit should not be allowed to play.

11. If your opponent talks trash to you, no matter what is said, ignore it. As was just explained, it's a sign that you are the superior player. Why demean yourself to the inferior level of the trash talker? There is no need to dispute what was said because the person who said it does not deserve a reply. The best way to maintain superiority is to concentrate on the game and win it with respect.


On the Bench
1. Pay attention to the game. You should care enough about the contest and your teammates to watch with interest. If the coach notices a bench player's lack of enthusiasm, it's a good bet the complacent player will remain on the bench.

2. Don't just sit there, try to help the active players. Advise them of what the opponent is doing, remind players where they are supposed to be and, above all, cheer them on.

3. Do not communicate with the crowd. Focus on the game.

4. Be ready to go into the game at all times. Shoes should be tied, jerseys tucked in and all jewelry removed.

5. When you come out of the game, don't walk around, bury your head or otherwise make a spectacle of yourself. Take a towel or a quick drink of water and relax. By all means, do not remove any part of your uniform, including your shoes. That's a sure sign that you won't be playing anymore, this game or the next.

6. During time outs, get out of your chair and listen closely to the coach's instructions. You may need to enter the game at any moment.

7. If you have water available to you, be mature enough to not make a mess. If you spill your water, grab a towel and wipe it up. Be responsible for yourself and not require others to pick up after you and take care of your sloppiness

8. At half time and at the end of the game, help out by bringing the basketballs and any other materials into the locker room.


After the Game
1. Never blame the outcome of the game on anyone. If you went out and did your best, then you just got beat by a team that played better. There is no shame in that.

2. If you played great, give the credit to your teammates. They all helped.

3. If you didn't play as well as you wanted to, accept full responsibility. Do not displace your performance on a referee or another player. Excuses are a sign of weakness.

4. When you talk about your teammates, always speak in complimentary terms.

5. When you speak about your opponent, be graceful. The worse you criticize someone, the smaller you look.

6. Once the final buzzer sounds, shake hands with the opponent and say "nice game".

7. It's a nice touch to say thanks to the people who make the game work, the timekeeper, the scorekeeper and the refs. Don't make a big deal out of it, but a simple thanks will be greatly appreciated.

8. After the game and handshaking, get off the floor. Chances are another team is waiting to play.

9. Double check your gear and make sure you have your shoes, jersey and other items you need.

10. When you have a chance, relive the game with your teammates. Its fun to talk over all the situations and the crazy things that happened. In this process, teams learn how they want to deal with such events.

11. Go home, drink lots of water and get to bed at a reasonable time. After a workout, your body needs rest to get stronger.