Coaches Guidelines and Requirements


As a coach or assistant coach with the BMBA it is important that you conduct yourself in a manner that reflects positively on yourself and the organization.
Interactions with your players should be encouraging and supportive. Fair play and fun are the primary objectives of the BMBA.
Interactions with parents, opposing coaches and players, officials etc. should be respectful at all times.
Training Requirements
Coaches will be required to complete their NCCP “Learn to Train” or “Train to Train” certification.
BMBA will cover the costs of this course and certification for any of our active coaches who need to complete this training. Sessions are offered by BNS Information. These courses can be found at the Basketball Nova Scotia website. Teams are not able to register to participate in Provincials unless they have at least one member of the coaching staff who has achieved this certification.
All BMBA Coaches are required to provide the BMBA with a Criminal Background Check including a Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Abuse Registry Check (CBR).  These will be obtained by the local HRP or RCMP office. BMBA will help assist all coaches and volunteers to secure these. if coaches do  These reports should be provided by December 31.
Parents and other Volunteers
Coaches are strongly recommended to seek a parent volunteer to act as team manager. This individual can act as a communication manager and manage team funds in case of teams that collect funds for tournament travel etc.  BMBA also adheres to the 
Coaches should also seek to find a parent to volunteer as a Facility Manager for the Bedford Classic as early in the season as possible. This individual will act as the volunteer coordinator for the Classic tournament held in February/March of each year.
Coaches shall insure that there are always two adults in the gym at all times for practices. This can include the coach, assistant coach, and/or a team parent.
BMBA understands that coaching basketball may require some physical contact while demonstrating drills and running those drills. However, coaches must be careful to insure that there is no inappropriate any physical contact with players. Additionally, verbal communication with players must also be appropriate for a coach/player relationship.
BMBA maintains the right to remove any Coach/Assistant Coach from their position in the case of conduct deemed inappropriate by the Board of the BMBA.
Conduct During Travel to Away Tournaments
Coaches shall stay in their own hotel/motel room and no players other than their own child shall stay in the coach’s hotel/motel room.
Coaches shall always insure that another adult is in any hotel/motel room where the players are gathered. That is to say that any gathering of players in a hotel room that includes a coach should always include another coach or parent (i.e. team meetings etc.).
During the course of away tournaments players may have time between games where they may enjoy recreational activities as a group. Coaches should insure that parents are available during these times to assist in monitoring the players and take responsibility for their children. Coaches should not feel as though they have to act as babysitters/monitors during these down times.
Teams that participate in tournaments are representing the BMBA and shall conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively on themselves and the organization.

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