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WYBA Code of Conduct & MW Team 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 are in fact asked to agree to the Code of Conduct statement as part of the MW registration process.
 

(A) MetroWest Player Dedication

Participating on a MetroWest (MW) stratified travel team is an achievement, AND it's a privilege. While the WYBA does not expect MW players to exclusively commit to basketball, success on a stratified team requires a significant commitment from both players and coaches. In addition, team continuity and chemistry are keys to an enjoyable season for all MW teams. All players suffer when a few do not consistently attend games or practices. 

The privilege to participate on a MW team requires the commitment on the players’ part to prioritize MW over other sports and extracurricular activities during the season. 

However, conflicts will arise. In order to address common situations players and coaches face and to provide a consistent and fair experience for all involved, WYBA has outlined game and practice attendance expectations for MW players below. A coach retains the flexibility to manage these issues as he/she sees fit as long as a coach does not set rules more restrictive than the ones outlined below. 

Game Attendance 

Guideline: WYBA expects all MW players to take their game commitments seriously. While WYBA recognizes and respects that legitimate conflicts arise, players on all teams should be able to attend all regularly scheduled games. Should game participation approach 80% (i.e. 2 or more missed games; MW is approximately a 12-game season), and the conflicts are due to players prioritizing optional activities, then the coach and/or WYBA may take actions. Note: This includes games scheduled for the week of Christmas, MLK weekend and both weekends of February vacation.

Recourse: Should a player miss a game due to a conflict other than illness, injury, family emergency, or religious observances, a coach can restrict playing time during the game following the infraction so that those who did attend can have more time on the court. This does not allow a coach to bench a player for an entire game, but playing greater than 20% but less than 50% of the game is justified. 

Should a player miss 2 or more games in a season, even if for the reasons listed above, then WYBA may move the player down a division (or cut him/her from playing if already in the lowest division) for the following season -- thus making room for a different player whose dedication & skill warrants placement on the team. 

Of course, the type of conflict is an important consideration: Illness, injury or family emergency are not absolute automatic movement when evaluating if the standard is met. Religious observances should be viewed as more acceptable relative to optional activities that a parent or child prioritizes over a basketball game (e.g., family vacation, club sport). Missing 2 or more games for legitimate religious matters should not automatically trigger removal from the team the subsequent season. 

  • Implementation Process: A coach can restrict playing time at his/her discretion without WYBA MetroWest Commissioner involvement. Should a coach conclude that lack of dedication over a season warrant moving a player down at the end of the season, the coach should first discuss the frequency and cause(s) of a player's game conflicts with the MW Commissioner. After the Commissioner discusses these matters with the parent or guardian of the child, the Commissioner and coach can enforce the removal from the current team for the upcoming season. 

Practice Attendance 

Guideline:Practice is an important part of the program for both individual skill development and improved team play. Practices where fewer than all players attend is a challenging situation for a coach and detrimental to the development of those players consistently attending practice. As such, WYBA expects all MetroWest players to attend >85% of all regularly scheduled practices. Practices are Monday and Wednesday nights between 6-9 p.m. for 5th– 7thgrade teams and Saturday afternoons between 4-7 p.m. for 8thgrade teams.

Recourse: Should any player miss a practice the week before a game due to a conflict other than illness, injury, family emergency, or religious observances, a coach can, at his or her discretion, restrict playing time for the upcoming game (e.g., 20% of a game vs the target minimum of 50%) so that those that attended practices can have more time on the court. Should a player miss 4 or more practices, then WYBA may move the player down a division (or cut him/her from playing if already in the lowest division) for the following season -- thus making room for a different player whose dedication & skill warrants placement on the team. 

  • Implementation Process: A coach can restrict playing time at his/her discretion without WYBA MetroWest Commissioner involvement. Should a coach conclude that lack of dedication over a season warrant moving a player down at the end of the season, the coach should first discuss the frequency and cause(s) of a player's practice conflicts with the MW Commissioner. After the Commissioner discusses these matters with the parent or guardian of the child, the Commissioner and coach can enforce the removal from the current team for the upcoming season.

 

(B) Conduct & Sportsmanship

Conduct

All individuals responsible for a team (coordinators, coaches, scorekeepers, players) and all spectators shall support this Policy. Failure to do so will undermine the referee's authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators. 

All communication between individuals involved in a WYBA event must be respectful and in-control.  Further, any communication with referees should be limited to the following types: Coaches or players may ask questions before the game; call for substitutions, point out emergencies, ask for clarification (e.g. where will the ball be in-bounded; can I run the baseline; etc.) or respond to the referee if addressed during the game; or to express positive remarks/handshake after the game.

Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. No yelling at the referee, ever, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game. 

·  Recourse  

Should any individualreceive a written complaint regarding a violation of this rule from the referee team, the WYBA will notify the Coach or Player of a 1 game suspension to be served the next game. If there is a 2ndoffense, the Coach or Player will be removed from the team for the remainder of the season.

Violators may be ejected from an event and are subject to disciplinary action by the WYBA Sportsmanship Committee. 

Sportsmanship

In addition to the absolute conduct requirements above, the following sportsmanship guidelines are expected and further the positive spirit of the WYBA programs.

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

Players

  • WYBA players will respect all players, coaches, referees, parents and spectators. 
  • Play hard. Play fair. Play by the rules of the game.
  • Demonstrate sportsmanship. Recognize and applaud good play by your teammates and opponents.  Win without boasting, lose without excuses.
  • Be committed to the team. Attend all practices and games on time and be ready to play.  Support your teammates.  Compete with effort at all times.
  • Respect coaches by listening and appreciating their instruction. Ask questions. Seek to improve. 
  • Respect referees by politely accepting their decisions. Never talk back or show up an official.

Parents and/or spectators

  • Recognize and applaud good play on both teams.
  • Encourage your child's commitment to this policy and his/her team.
  • Honor the game by never criticizing players, coaches or referees, either explicitly or implicitly (e.g. groaning, physical motions, coaching from the stands).
  • Encourage other spectators to honor these expectations.
  • Players play, Coaches coach, Refs ref, and Parents cheer.

Look at the big picture. WYBA basketball is a GAME. Understand that the various programs offered by WYBA have differing objectives (e.g. a Hoops game and its range of participants are different than a MetroWest League game). Keep the games in perspective. Encourage conduct that supports good sportsmanship and the positive spirit of the program. 

If you cannot participate or watch the game without losing control...stay home. 

·  Recourse  

Violation of the Sportsmanship guidelines or the spirit of the Conduct & Sportsmanship Policy are subject to disciplinary action by the WYBA Sportsmanship Committee. 

 

(C) Additional MetroWest LEAGUE Conduct Responsibilities

The general WYBA Conduct & Sportsmanship Policy applies to all participants (administrators, coaches, players, parents, spectators, etc.) in a WYBA program. This document lists additional responsibilities for all participants in the MetroWest League basketball program.  

 

ALL PARENTS, COACHES AND PLAYERS ARE ASKED TO REVIEW THIS POLICY IN DEPTH (PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME TOWNS HAVE POLICIES THAT ARE MORE STRICT THAN THE METROWEST POLICY. THIS POLICY DOES NOT REDUCE OR ELIMINATE LOCAL TOWN POLICIES IN ANY WAY.) HOWEVER, THE METORWEST POLICY IS THE MINIMUM AND MUST BE INFORCED. 

 

Part of the Metrowest Code of Conduct is the understanding that a coordinator/coach/player/parent/spectator or anyone else involved in a game is not allowed to approach the official at the conclusion of the game for anything other than positive remarks/handshake. This includes asking officials to clarify a call/rule that was made that you disagreed with and want more clarity. We have a process in place if you feel the official did something wrong, please respect and follow the process. If one of the people above approaches the official it is a no-questions-asked 1 game suspension for the first offense and the remainder of the season for a 2nd offense. 

This is a NO TOLERENCE policy that will be strictly enforced. 

 

Individual Responsibilities

Game Officials: 

Officiate the game with the highest amount of effort and integrity. 

Responsibility: 

Fill out necessary paperwork for code of conduct or rejections. 

Ensure a game does not start any earlier than 5 minutes before scheduled time, unless weather is an issue. Coaches cannot overrule this. 

Do your best to ensure a safe and competitive environment. 

Follow and enforce all rules set forth by Metrowest Basketball, MIAA and National Federation rules. Show up on time. Remember it’s not your game; it’s the player’s game.
Provide feedback on the participating coaches and spectators.

 

Town Coordinators: 

Handle all day to day operations of your individual town. 

Responsibility: 

Oversee coaches, players and parents of your town to ensure the league mission and goals are being upheld. 

Encourage coaches to use the feedback forum for game officials and spectators. 

Update computer system with team information, including teams, division request, coaches, and gym time for home games. 

Ensure roster deadline has been met.
Operate a budget to ensure officials, Metrowest Basketball, insurance and other fees are paid. Review and enforce code of conduct with coaches, players and parents. 

Review and place teams accordingly to ensure a competitive season. Playing a team up or down to ensure wins or play against tougher talent does not benefit the league. Review placements with coaches prior to meeting. 

 

Coaches:

Responsibility: 

  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring that all members of the team and their fans practice good sportsmanship before, during and after the game. 
  • Support the referees and refrain from making derogatory comments towards them. 
  • Refrain from actions or words that undercut the self-esteem of players from their own team and opposite teams. 
  • Do not allow your players to make derogatory comments towards other players/officials. 
  • Coaches are NOT allowed to cancel or change a game. Town administrator must do it. If a coach does this without town administrator’s guidance he/she will be suspended for one game. 
  • NO trash talking.
  • Support post-game nice game exchange between players and coaches. 
  • Good sportsmanship includes avoidance of unnecessary rough and dirty play. Players, coaches and referees should all strive in this regard. Dirty play will not be tolerated. 
  • Record all games results online, and provides feedback on the game officials and spectators at the end of the game.
  • Update all rosters prior to the start of the season. Understand the consequence if this is not done. Notify your team of any schedule change. 

Players: 

  • Treat your teammates and your opponent as you would like to be treated.
  • Be a good sport at all times and remember you represents your parents, your team, and your team. Play by the rules.
  • Control your behavior at all times. Use of bad language is unacceptable. 
  • Do not do anything that would endanger your opponents, your teammates, your coaches, yourself, or officials. 
  • Compete and prepare to win, never cheat to win. 

 

Parents/Spectators: 

  • Always keep in mind that the players are grade school children trying to learn a game, the team concept, improve their skills, and learn life lessons. They are NOT playing for the entertainment of the spectators. 
  • Applaud good performances from both teams. Congratulate all players regardless of the outcome. Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during competition. Be positive.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches or players.
  • Be part of the solution NOT the problem when it comes to criticism and possible violence. 
  • Show respect for your teams’ opponents. Encourage players to obey the rules and decision of officials. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behavior by not using foul language, harassing players, coaches, or officials. 
  • Calmer head always prevail. 

Procedure for Dealing with Unacceptable Behavior

The game referees will monitor the conduct of coaches, players and fans with the following procedures in place. 

Coach Misconduct: 

If a referee determines that a coach is in violation of proper behavior, both referees will stop play and inform the coach that he/she is not in line with proper conduct. The referees will continue to utilize technical fouls for inappropriate behavior, and all rules pertaining to coach suspension for two technical fouls will be in effect, officials will enforce Federation Rules when a coach or assistant coach receives a technical foul. 

If, in the judgment of the officials, a coach’s conduct is extremely out of line, they will file a report to the head of referees who in turn will contact the league commissioner to review the situation. The town coordinator will be consulted, and a determination will be made whether further action needs to be taken. 

Coaches should not contact league officials, game officials, opposing coaches or players. Please contact your town administrator. 

Spectator Misconduct: 

If, in the judgment of the referees, spectator behavior is out of line with respect to the code of conduct, the referees will call a stoppage of play, and confer with the game coaches. The coach will in turn be responsible to contact the spectators for the purpose of correcting the inappropriate. 

If the inappropriate conduct is not corrected, the offending spectator may be asked to leave the gym. Failure on the part of the spectator(s) to comply may result in the referee calling a premature end to the game. 

If the inappropriate behavior is not readily resolved, the game referees will file a report to the head of referees who, in turn, will contact the league commissioner. The town coordinator (s) will be contacted, and a determination will be made whether further action is necessary. 

Spectators should not contact league officials, game officials or opponent coaches and players. Please contact your town coordinator. 

Player Misconduct: 

If a referee determines that a player is exhibiting inappropriate behavior, the referees will stop play and confer with the coach to correct the inappropriate behavior. The use of technical fouls will continue as in the past, including mandatory suspension of a player for game ejection. 

If, in the judgment of the officials, a player’s conduct is extremely out of line, they will file a report to the head of referees who in turn will contact the league commissioner to review the situation. The town coordinator will be consulted, and a determination will be made whether further action needs to be taken. 

Subsequent Action Penalties: 

If it is determined by the league officials, head of referees, and the town coordinator that misconduct is of such a severe nature that a meeting is required to determine if further penalties or sanctions should be imposed on the offending parties, the league commissioner will call a meeting of involved parties to review the incident. Failure of involved parties to attend the meeting may result in suspension of play by the team(s) involved until the issue is resolved. 

Social Media Policy: 

Coaches, Players, Parents, Officials and Coordinators are prohibited from posting anything on social media – direct or implied– that could be implied as negative, critical, or derogatory in reference to any specific Metrowest affiliated individual/teams other than his or her own self or children. Positive comments are of course fine. 

Posting critical comments on officiating on a social media platform is prohibited by anyone affiliated with a Metrowest team. Much like professional sports, college sports, or MIAA (Massachusetts HS sports), commenting on officiating via any media platform (print, electronic, social or otherwise) is not allowed. And suspensions are given for any such activity. 

Any offensive of this guideline will result in a game suspension for the first offense and removal from the league for a 2nd offense. This includes spectators, parents, coaches, coordinators, and players. 

 

(D) MetroWest Playing Time

Each year we have 'challenges' regarding individual playing time. The program philosophy is to provide a competitive team-based experience while enabling significant playing time during games. We monitor adherence to our policies and we will intervene, only after the Player/Coach, and subsequently the Player/Parent/Coach, cannot resolve a conflict.

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 prior absences based upon the MW Player Dedication policy.  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 B and C teams for all grades, 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).
  • To enable increased competitiveness, in the case of 7th and 8th grade A teams, the minimum 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:

  • Refer to the documented MW Player Dedication policy.
  • 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.