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Wellesley MetroWest Code of Conduct & Policies


This page outlines the Code of Conduct and a couple of policies that Wellesley Basketball expects MetroWest players, their parents, and coaches to follow.  Players and parents were in fact asked to agree to the Code of Conduct statement as part of the MW registration process.

  • Code of Conduct

WYBA is committed to developing a setting that fosters fun, good sportsmanship, and personal and physical growth for its young athletes. Parents/spectators shall treat players, referees and coaches with respect. Regardless of intent, parents/spectators are role models for children. Denigrating players, referees and coaches sets a poor example for your child, undermines the team, and fosters poor behavior in others.


Expected behavior for parents/spectators includes:

  1. Recognizing and applauding good play on both sides
  2. Encouraging your child's commitment to his/her team 
  3. Honoring the game by never criticizing players, coaches or referees either explicitly or implicitly (e.g. groaning, physical motions, coaching from the stands)
  4. Encouraging other spectators to honor these expectations

Player Code of Conduct:

The Wellesley Youth Basketball Association promotes good conduct by all participants. WYBA players will respect all players, coaches, referees, parents and spectators. Players will:

  1. Play hard but fair. Play by the rules of the game.
  2. Demonstrate sportsmanship. Recognize and applaud good play by your teammates and opponents. Win with dignity and lose with grace.
  3. Be committed to the team. Attend and pay attention at practices and games. Support your teammates. Work hard.
  4. Respect referees by politely accepting their decisions. Never talk back or show up an official.
  5. Respect coaches by valuing and appreciating their instruction and hard work. Ask questions. Seek to improve.
  6. Encourage your teammates to honor the Player Code of Conduct.

  7. Parents/guardians are expected to help their child understand and honor these commitments as a player on a Wellesley MetroWest basketball team.  
    • Tryout Policy
    1. Tryout dates are tryout dates.  We select teams at the end of the second tryout, so there is no opportunity for a "later tryout."

    2. If a player is injured or sick and can't participate in some/all of the tryouts, the evaluators will go on the information they were able to garner from the time they saw, but a more limited sample will tend to work against the player.  If the injured player has played previously in any of our programs and as a result we have sufficient knowledge of their skills, they will be eligible for a team and we will take our prior knowledge into account when evaluating players and creating teams.  This is at the discretion of the program.

    3. Our primary winter program is CYO and that includes one practice and one game per week.  Everyone is included, regardless of whether they can participate in the weekend evaluations we use to create the balanced teams.  So even if Metrowest does not work out this year, your child will be able to participate in an excellent, competitive program.
    • Playing Time Policy

    MetroWest basketball is a competitive league.  The coaches expect that all players will work hard in practice, learn and develop new skills and be team players.  Every player who dresses for a game can expect to play in that game, with coaches giving consideration for injuries and illness.  It should be noted, however, that playing time cannot always be evenly distributed in every game:

    -  In the case of 5th & 6th grade A teams and all B and C teams, the coaches will do their best to evenly distribute
       playing time between all the players who made it to practices during the week leading up to a regular season game. 
       Playing time in playoffs may be adjusted if necessary to a target minimum 1/3 per game; target maximum 2/3 per
       game (assuming a field of at least 8 players).

    -  In the case of 7th and 8th grade A teams,  the floor for playing time is expected to be about 1/3 of the game, and
       the target maximum is 2/3 per game (assuming a field of at least 8 players) for regular season as well as playoffs.

    Additional notes:

       *  Playing time may be adjusted due to absences from regularly scheduled practices 

       *  Playing time may be adjusted for significant “within game situations” such as mismatches or pressure defenses,
          etc., that would not help a player’s development.  “Make-up” time throughout the season is expected.

       *  Players may see their playing time increase during the course of the season by playing well in practice and by  
          demonstrating improved skills during the games.