Huber Heights Youth Basketball Association: Youth Protection Program

The Huber Heights Youth Basketball Association (HHYBA) cares about the safety and welfare of all players, coaches, referees and League participants. Consequently, HHYBA has developed the Youth Protection Program designed to help ensure the safety and well-being of all League members, particularly our youth. The Program’s guidelines are aimed at eliminating any opportunities for abuse within our sports program. It is the responsibility of all League participants to ensure that these policies are followed. It must be understood that our volunteers are not trained to deal with situations of abuse, and should never attempt to do so, but they must take responsibility for promptly reporting any concerns to HHYBA.

Youth Protection Policy 

The parents, families, relatives and members of the Huber Heights Youth Basketball Association trust our program to provide a safe environment for all participants. The HHYBA Youth Protection Policy does not tolerate abuse in any form, whether it is emotional, physical, or sexual. Adults who assume volunteer roles within HHYBA have the opportunity for a rewarding experience. The opportunity to work with youth is a privileged position of trust that should be held only by those who are willing to demonstrate behavior that fulfills this trust.


The Role of Parents in Interscholastic Athletics

Communicating With Your Children

  1. Make sure your children know that win or lose, scared or heroic, you love them, appreciate their efforts and are not disappointed in them. This will allow them to do their best without fear of failure. Be the person in their life they can look to for constant positive reinforcement.
  2. Try your best to be completely honest about your child’s athletic ability, competitive attitude, sportsmanship and actual skill level.
  3. Be helpful, but don’t coach them (volunteer to do the stats, the clock or scorebook at games or write an article for the Courier). It’s tough not to, but it is a lot tougher for the child to be flooded with advice and critical instruction.
  4. Teach them to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be “out there trying”, to be working to improve their skills and attitudes. Help them develop the feeling for competing, for trying hard, for having fun.
  5. Try not to relive your athletic life through your child in a way that creates pressure, you lost as well as won. You were frightened, you backed off at times, and you were not always heroic. Don’t pressure your child because of your pride. Athletic children need their parents, so you must not withdraw. Remember, there is a thinking feeling sensitive, free spirit out there in that uniform who needs a lot of understanding, especially when their world turns bad. If they are comfortable with you win or lose, then they are on their way to maximum achievement and enjoyment.
  6. Don’t compete with the coach. If child is receiving mixed messages from two different authority figures, he or she will likely become disenchanted.
  7. Don’t compare the skill, courage or attitude of your child with other members of the team.
  8. Get to know the coach (es). Then you can be assured that his or here philosophy, attitudes, ethics and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your child under his or her leadership.
  9. Always remember that children tend to exaggerate both when praised and when criticized. Temper your reaction and investigate before overreacting.
  10. Make a point of understanding courage and the fact that it is relative. Some of us climb mountains and are afraid to fly. Some of us will fly but turn to jelly if a bee approaches. Everyone is frightened in certain areas. Explain that courage is not the absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear and discomfort.
 

Communicating With The Coach

Communication You Should Expect From Your Child’s Coach

  • Philosophy of the coach.
  • Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all players on the team.
  • Locations and times of all practices and games.
  • Team requirements (attending all practices, being on time for games & practices with the appropriate clothing, etc).
  • Procedure should your child be injured.
  • Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation.
Communication Coaches Expect From Parents
  • Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
  • Notification of any schedule conflict as well in advance as possible.
  • Specific concerns in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
Appropriate Concerns To Discuss With Coaches
  • The treatment of your child, mentally and physically.
  • Ways to help your child improve.
  • Concerns about your child’s behavior.
Issues Not Appropriate To Discuss With Coaches
  • Playing time.
  • Team strategy.
  • Play calling.
  • Other student-athletes.

Appropriate Procedure for Discussing Concerns With Coaches

  • Call to set up an appointment with the coach (contact the director to set up the meeting if unable to reach the coach).
  • Do not confront a coach before or after a game (these can be emotional times for all parties involved and do not promote resolution).

What If The Meeting With The Coach Did Not Provide A Satisfactory Resolution

  • Call to set up an appointment with your child’s director.
  • Determine the appropriate next step at this meeting.


HUBER HEIGHTS YOUTH BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Code of Conduct 

I agree to abide by the Huber Heights Youth Basketball Rules and Regulations for good sportsmanship as listed below: 

PLAYERS:

-      No jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, watches, etc.)  This includes ALL new piercings (studs, posts, wires, etc.).  NO EXCEPTIONS. 

-       No eating candy, food or chewing gum while playing or practicing. 

   Hair should be pulled back with a plain ponytail holder.  NO hair clips or hard plastic style ponytail holders, beads, or bandanas.  

-     Fingernails must be maintained at a “sports length” nail. 

-     Player uniform is a team shirt (provided by HHYBA), tennis shoes, and shorts (excluding jean shorts) or sweats.  There will be NO alterations to team shirts of any kind. 

    Players are to treat other players and opponents with respect.  Properly shake hands with opposing team after games.  Do not embarrass, demean, taunt, or intimidate other players or opponents with ridiculing motions, finger gestures, or trash talking.  Absolutely no cursing.

-     No hanging on basketball rims or dunking either during practices or games. 

-     Respect the judgment of game officials, abide by the rules of practices and games, and display no behavior that could incite fans. 

-     Cooperate with officials, coaches, and fellow players to conduct a fair game. 

-     Accept seriously the responsibility and privilege of representing the association and your sponsor; display positive public actions at all times. 

-    To live up to the high standard of sportsmanship set forth by the Huber Heights Youth Basketball Association. 

 COACHES and COACHING STAFF:

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

-    I will treat each player as an individual remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.

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

-    I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.

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

-    I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players to include properly shaking hands with opposing team members.

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

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

-    I will read and abide by any and all of the rules and regulations for coaching staff as set forth by the Huber Heights Youth Basketball Association and the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

-    If a team member quits or is no longer assigned to my team, I must call the Director of Registration to be assigned a new player in order to give all children who are on the waiting list a chance to play.  This practice will continue until the waiting list for the division is exhausted.  Teams throughout the division to which a team is assigned must maintain an even number of players on each team to the extent possible. 

-    I am required to attend ALL coach’s meetings.  As the majority of these meetings are held on Sundays, if I am not able to attend, I will assign a team representative in my place.

-    I am required to turn in all coaching equipment at the end of the season that was issued to me.  This includes all basketballs, bags, training disks, and practice vests.  I realize that not turning in equipment may jeopardize my ability to coach with HHYBA in future years. 

 PARENTS and SPECTATORS:

-    Good sportsmanship MUST be displayed while attending all HHYBA functions held at any and all Huber Heights City School facilities or properties.  Attending means arriving to and leaving any HHCS parking areas either before, during, or any scheduled game (does not have to be child’s game).

-    I will be accountable for any other children in my control that attend but are not participating in practice sessions or games, to include leaving the gymnasium area unsupervised or not allowing children to horseplay in the hallways, restrooms, stage areas, or basketball court of any HHYBA facility or Huber Heights City School property.

-    I will support all coaches, board members and others working with my child in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

-    At NO time during the course of a game, will I confront any official, coach, board member or timekeeping staff for any reason, unless there is considered to be an emergency regarding the physical well being of a participant. In this event, the conversation must be done in a formal and quiet fashion.

-    I will instruct my child to treat other participants, referees, coaches, board members, parents and spectators, with respect, regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.

-    I will, along with any guest of mine, refrain from abusive verbal or physical confrontation with another parent, coach, official, or participant.  I will refrain from vulgar, lewd, or obscene language or gestures while participating in, or watching any HHYBA event.

-    I will remember that HHYBA is for the youth and—NOT adults.

-    By entering the designated gym, the spectators agrees to the Code of Conduct pledge, and agrees to abide by the guidelines set forth above, and to conduct themselves in the appropriate manner. Failure to abide by this Code of Conduct, or violation of any of the guidelines set forth above, will automatically render the spectator unable to participate or attend any HHYBA sponsored event. Any HHYBA Board Member or Referee has the right to remove the violator immediately. 

 CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING ANY OF THE ABOVE:
The 1st violation, other than for physical abuse, will result in an immediate suspension from the current and one subsequent HHYBA functions. The 2nd violation will result in the immediate dismissal from ALL HHYBA programs for 12 consecutive months. Infractions are cumulative and life long.

 Physical abuse violations will not be tolerated and will result in the immediate and permanent dismissal from ALL HHYBA programs.   

Actions taken by the HHYBA Board of Trustees are according to theHuber Heights Youth Basketball Association’s By-Laws 



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