Sign Up Today for our Fall/Winter League!
Who Can I Coach?
The RCBA is always looking for new coaches who are interested in giving youth an opportunity to participate in sport in a fun and developmental atmosphere. We offer boys and girls programs from kindergarten through to grade 12 so we can definitely find a spot where you will be comfortable coaching at. As well, if you are interested in coaching a specific player (ie: son/daughter) we always accommodate that request.
If we have more head coaches signed up that we have spots for, we do have a checklist in place to help us select who the Head Coaches will be in that program. That being said, we always want to provide the opportunity for coach development, so we would work with any coaches not selected to be a head coach in a program to ensure that they end up either as an assistant coach in the same program, or as a head coach in a different division.
If you know that you want to coach, but are unsure of what age group you would like to coach in, please contact the office and we would be happy to work through the selection with you!
Do I Need Previous Experience?
While it is always beneficial to have had experience in the past coaching or working with youth, it is not a mandatory requirement as we provide all coaches the opportunity to participate in multiple coach development clinics including the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). We will also provide mentor coaches to new members who will work with you depending on your need.
Do I Need to Take Care of All the Logistics?
The RCBA league office takes care of the majority of logistics for you including: drafting all teams, scheduling your seasons practices and games, providing all the equipment you will need for the season (including a coaches binder with practice plans), and all major communications.
So What Do I Need To Get Started?
Know Your Availability - When you register to coach, you will be asked what is your 1st and 2nd night you would prefer to practice. When we draft the teams, it will be in large part based on ensuring that all the players have the same night open to practice that you do, so we can book you a regular practice night without any issues. If your preference for a practice night changes before that teams are drafted, please just contact the office with the updated information.
Know Their Availability - If you are coaching with someone else, or are coaching a specific player, please make sure that your preferred night to practice matches with their availability.
Criminal Record Check - Before the start of your first practice you will need to have a criminal record check submitted to the league office.
Completion of Respect in Sport Certificate (link found here) - Before the start of your first practice, you will need to submit the completion certificate for the RiS course (if you have done it with another sport/organization we just need the certificate number)
Understand the Coaches Code of Conduct!
When you are ready, you can go online to register or call the office and complete the registration over the phone. The next registration period begins August 1st!
Coaches Code of Conduct
1. Treat your players, their parents, and officials in the way that you want to be treated. No yelling, no sarcasm and no embarrassing anyone in front of others. To gain respect, you must first give respect.
2. Teach your players that rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
3. Avoid focusing on the talented players. Make the team experience good for all players by letting everyone contribute. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved.
4. Help your players master basketball basics. Wins and losses come and go, but you only get one chance to develop player's fundamental skills. Don't waste the opportunity.
5. Be patient. Your players are going to make mistakes (miss shots, crucial turnovers, needless fouls, etc) Your players need the freedom to make mistakes; it is your job to help them learn from those mistakes.
6. Have a positive rapport with officials and opposing coaches. Never bully or intimidate them. Ask questions if you need to, seek clarification if warranted. Always set the right tone for your team by never arguing a call or disparaging an official or coach.
7. Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on rules, sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.
8. Be responsible in your demands on the young players' time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests.
9. Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
10. Talk to your players' parents. Explain your philosophy. Encourage parents to talk to you if they have a particular concern about their child.