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Great Falls Basketball
2014-2015 Coaches Meeting
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Forestville Elementary School
Michelle Claude
Commissioner
Phil Simonides
Director of Coaches
Great Falls Basketball
Welcome and Introductions
Agenda
GF Hoops Overview
Website Review
Gyms & VBD Test
Training Program
Referee Program
Leadership by Example
(Coaching)
Breakouts with GGCs
Coaches/Assistants
Phil Simonides
Greg Potteiger
Debbie Volpicelli
Larry Zmuda
Michelle Claude
Phil Simonides
All
All – match up
New Board Members
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Directors Leaving
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Liz Fitton
John McGavin
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New Directors
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John Brennan
Margaret Brown
Jace Johnson
Philip Nickles
Great Falls Basketball 2014 – 2015
Michelle Claude
Neal Abravanel
Phil Simonides
Dick Warrick
John Brennan
Laura Bean
Philip Nickles
Margaret Brown
Jace Johnson
Greg Potteiger
Debbie Volpicelli
Malia Kishore
Larry Zmuda
Jim Treacy
Bina Clark
Commissioner & Director of Referees
Immediate Past Commissioner
Director of Coaches
Director of Select
Asst. Director of Select – Boys League
Asst. Director of Select – Girls League
Director of Girls House Grades 3-12
Director of Boys House Grades 3-6
Director of Boys House Grades 7-12
Director of Information & Scheduling
Director of Facilities
Director of Equipment
Director of Player and Coach Training &
House Grades K-2
Treasurer
At-Large Director
Reminders!
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Boys 9-12 is new this year
High school grade groups will remain open
until after Langley tryouts, subject to
coaching limits
Website – must remain central source of info
Draft data is confidential and is not to be
forwarded electronically once given to GGCs
Know your grade group local rules
Program Logistics
A Snapshot
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1,035 Players (917 House/118 Select)
1,378 Parents (conservative estimate!)
115 Teams (104 House/11 Select)
138 Referees
660 House League Games
1,989 Referee Assignments
1,035 Uniforms
8 Gyms
“Thank You!!” to Our Volunteers
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15 Board Members
13 Grade Group Coordinators (GGC’s)
109 Coaches
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9 Coaching Multiple Teams
Philip Nickles
Director of Girls House
Grades 3 - 12
Girls Director and GGCs
Director – Philip Nickles
Grade 3- Marli Kerrigan
Grade 4/5- Heather O’Donovan
Grade 6- Chrissy Conner
Grade 7- Karen Doody
Grade 8- Rebecah Shepherd
Grades 9-12- Kimberly Cynkar
Margaret Brown
Director of Boys House
Grades 3 - 6
Director Boys (Grades 3–6) & GGCs
Director – Margaret Brown
Grade 3 – Heather O’Donovan
Grade 4 – Angelique Bennett
Grade 5 – Michelle Gasparis
Grade 6 – Cori Johnson
Jace Johnson
Director of Boys House
Grades 7 - 12
Director Boys (Grades 7-12) & GGCs
Director – Jace Johnson
Grade 7 - Kathy & Matt Matay
Grade 8 - Alison Ahmed
Grade 9-12 – Kristin Kahn
Greg Potteiger
Director
Information & Scheduling
Website Overview
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All League information (Schedules, Rules etc.)
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Coaches: responsible for updating / maintaining
certain information:
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Should be parents “First Stop” for information
Game Scores / Outcomes
Game Summaries / Coach’s Blog (optional)
End of year player evaluations
Coaches will receive:
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Usernames and passwords
“Help” sheet before season start
Debbie Volpicelli
Director of Facilities
Gym Status
Capacity is Tighter Than Ever (AGAIN!)
Just Received Winter Gym Allocations…
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Update on Prior year Space Reductions:
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Last year we lost 13 hours of weeknight practice time, we did not receive any of it back
Last year we lost a full gym on Sunday, not replaced
Current Year Impact:
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Lost Cooper, Sunday 11am-4pm due to Langley Renovations
Received Herndon MS, 2 gyms, 9am-1pm…net plus of 3 Sunday gym hours
Forestville ES Closes for Renovation Jan 31st, no replacement space received
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Started K-2 Clinics early so that it ends Jan 31st
Practice end time extended from 9pm to 9:30pm
Games that start the year at Forestville, will move to new location Feb 1st
Teams who practice at Forestville thru Jan 31st will not have practices after Feb 1st
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Boys and Girls Grade 9-12, Boys and Girls Grade 3
Possible availability on the weekends, scheduled on a week by week basis
Rescheduling for Gym Closures
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planned closings- rescheduled week by week in advance…check your emails regularly
unscheduled closings, generally due to weather, will not be rescheduled.
Gym Behaviors
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We need to behave in gyms so we don't lose
them
Police your group
At first practice, talk to parents and kids about
the gyms
No food or drinks, except water
No bouncing balls in hall
Respect practice start and end times
County Gym Contacts
Weekends & Weeknights
Coaches:
If you have an issue at a gym on a Weeknight
or Weekend
 Call Director of Facilities, Debbie Volpicelli, at
703-389-3202
 If you can not reach her, call the County at
703-609-8870
VBD Test – Debbie Volpicelli
Volunteer Building Directors
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Coaches go to:
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/athletics/vbd.htm
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Create an account
Watch the video
Take the test on-line.
Certificates - sent via e-mail. (Certification good for 2 years)
Coaches – you are the face of the organization
 Protect and enhance the GF Hoops reputation
 The facilities we share must be treated with care and respect.
 Leave GYMS in EQUAL to or BETTER shape than when you
arrived.
Key Dates
Nov 12 (Wed) through Nov 18 (Tue)
House League Player Allocation/Drafts
Nov 17 (Mon) Training for House League Coaches
Nov 18 (Tue) Training for House League Coaches
Nov 19 (Tues) House League game schedules published to web site
Nov 19 (Weds) House Practices Start
Dec 6-7
House League Regular Season Begins
Dec 13-14
House League Games
Dec 20-21
House League Games
Jan 3-4
House Games Resume (post Holiday)
Jan 10 (Sat)
Picture Day
Feb 21-22
First week of playoffs
Feb 27
Coach/Volunteer Appreciation Mixer @ Brix
Mar 7-8
Final Playoff Weekend and All Stars
Larry Zmuda
Director
of
Player and Coach Training
Basketball Year-Round
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Summer Programs
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Two camps in July/August
70 kids participated in these camps; some in more than one!
PLAN GOING FORWARD IS TO CONTINUE THESE
OFFERINGS IN THE SUMMER!!
SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS
Player & Coach Training
Agenda of Topics
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Player Training and Development
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Fundamentals
Safety
Coach Training Programs
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oneononebasketball.com
Player Training
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Coaches: Primary Source of Training and Development
One on One Basketball, Inc.
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K/1st Grade – 10 weeks skills and drills training
2nd Grade – 12 weeks (90 minute sessions)
 8 Weeks Skills Training; 4 Weeks Full Court Games
3rd thru 8th Grade
 One on One - assists all teams for one entire practice.
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Coaches to identify areas of need in advance.
One on One then provides team specific sessions.
Training for Coaches
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One on One Basketball, Inc.
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Mandatory attendance at 90 minute session on
either Nov 17 or Nov 18 session (see next slide
for times)
Each night:
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One session for 2nd – 5th grade
One session for 6th – 10th grade
Offering Age Group Appropriate:
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Skill Level Assessment Methods
Drills – individual and team
How to Structure Practices and Practice Plans
Q & A Sessions
Key Dates
Mark Your Calendars
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Coaching Clinics
Group A: Grades 2-5 Group B: Grades 6-12
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11/17
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11/18
Great Falls
Elementary
Great Falls
Elementary
6:00PM–7:30PM
7:30PM-9:00PM
6:00PM–7:30PM
7:30PM-9:00PM
Group A
Group B
Group B
Group A
Coaching Blitz
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If you want additional help in December, send a note
to [email protected] and we will set you up with a
trainer at your practice session
In January at your practice location – Mandatory
Michelle Claude
&
Senior Training Referees
The Referee Program
Referee Program
Michelle Claude
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Recruits Referees
Trains Referees
Manages Referee
Performance
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Reviews game feedback
from gym coordinators,
coaches, and others
Provides feedback to
referees
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Nick Claude
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Assigns Refs to Games
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Keeps Work Records
Computes Pay
Gage Beckwith, Nick
Ehat, Mark Murray,
Mackenzie Regen,
Dante Vasiliadis,
Weston Simonides
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On-court ref trainers in
grade 3 games.
Referee Program
100+ Referees
Experience
2012
2013
2014
1
25
28
34
2
16
19
25
3
11
10
17
4
11
11
9
5+
45
51
53
Total
108
119
138
Referee Program
Top 5 Issues Named by Refs
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Coaches trying to manipulate the substitution rules.
Passive-aggressive comments from spectators (“I
guess we are not calling fouls today…”)
Coaches and spectators not fully understanding
some of the rules (i.e., “over the back,” clock resets
after each try for goal, etc.)
Coaches complaining to the refs about other
coaches
Adults commenting on the “bad” reffing in front of
their child/player
Welcome feedback as long as it is constructive. If you have concerns,
you can contact Michelle Claude after the game to discuss further.
[email protected]
Referee Program –
Top 5 Things Refs Need to Work On
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Blow whistle ASAP when they see a foul (then
collect thoughts and inform desk ref)
Watch the zone – not the ball
Louder whistle/louder voice/confidence/carriage
Setting tone of game from the start
Watching for illegal screens and other offensive
fouls (i.e., charge/player control fouls)
NEW RULE – 2014-2015
NEW for 2014-2015:
NFHS Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3:
A player occupying a marked lane space…may not enter the lane until the ball
has been released by the free throw shooter.
(VHSL has also adopted this rule for the coming season)
In the past, the rule was that a player could not enter the lane until the ball hit the
rim.
The following was voted on and approved by the Board:
Grades 4-12 – allow the rule as stated in the NFHS rule book
Grade 3 – continue to have the players wait until the ball hits the rim.
Refs were informed of this change Monday night at the Annual All-Referee Meeting.
Basketball Rules - Myth vs. Truth
Myth
Truth
All Contact is a foul
The mere fact that contact occurs does not constitute a
foul. Incidental contact with an opponent which is
permitted and is not a foul. A foul should be called when:
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The player causing contact gains an advantage
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Player causing contact put the opponent at a
disadvantage
In order for a defender to draw a charge, he/she must be
stationary.
The defender does not have to be stationary; he/she can
be moving laterally, backwards, or can be jumping
vertically, provided he/she is maintaining a legal guarding
position and does not move into the offensive player (must
be in a vertical “plane”)
Over the back is a foul
Only if contact occurs
During a spot throw-in if the thrower-in steps on the line it
is a violation
Sidelines and endlines are out-of-bounds. Thrower-in
may step on the line (but not over it) during a throw-in
If a diving player secures a loose ball and slides on the
floor, it is a traveling violation
Not traveling if his/her momentum causes them to slide on
the floor while diving for the loose ball
A coach may say anything they want provided he/she is in
the coaching box
Regardless of whether a coach is in the coaching box, it is
a technical foul to make unsporting comments.
If an offensive player remains in the lane for 3 (or 5 for
grade 3) seconds, it is a violation
3-second (or 5-second) clock resets after each try for
goal. There can be no lane violation during a rebounding
action (no one has possession during a rebounding
action)
Phil Simonides
Director of Coaches
&
League-Wide Behavior
Skill Evaluations and Team Drafts
Logistics
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Skill Evaluations
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Read the process
document before tryouts
Five Skill Areas:
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Ball Handling
Shooting
Defense
Passing
Rebounding
Board Member – collect
data and give to GGCs
Consistency
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Drafts (player
allocations)
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Goal: Balanced Teams
Information sharing
No substitutes may draft
in your age group
No pre-assignment of
asst coaches if they have
a child in the group
Board Member attending
has final say in any
issues
Coach Tips and Best Practices
You Are The Key to Our Success!
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Model positive behavior – both in winning &
in losing
Teach children the game
Spread playing time – come in with rotations
Manage your parents
Respect referees
Introduce yourself to desk refs before games
Diffuse situations before they get out of hand
Coach Tips and Best Practices (cont.)
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Encourage and help our youth coaches
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Use me as a resource throughout the season
Text email or call and make sure you ID yourself
to me if texting
All assistant coaches must be registered only two coaches on sidelines at a time
Explore internet resources for
coaching/practice ideas such as:
breakthroughbasketball.com
Have fun!
Coaches Issues From Prior Years
DONT’s
 Flagrant Fouls
 Running up the score
 Too many “coaches”
yelling during game
 Harsh coaching
 Improper substitutions
 Abusive behavior from
coaches to refs
 Coaches taunting each
other
DOs:
 5 pass rule, no press, no
3 pointers, change player
positions
 At most two assistants
 Be positive AND
instructive
 Have a playtime game
plan (beforehand)
 Control your
players/yourself – no
trash talking and
unsportsmanlike conduct
Behavior Incidents From Prior Years
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Issues
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Spoke to several
coaches after games
Behavior of assistant
coaches deplorable in
some instances
Parents and coaches
battling on some issues
Harsh coaching styles
addressed
Some coaches not asked
back
Players suspended and
ejected from league
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Themes
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Parents thought refs
weren't calling games
closely enough and it
was too physical
Parents thought their
child was being called
too frequently for fouling
Coaches/parents calling
fouls out too often
Refs got intimidated –
embarrassing to GF
Hoops
Parent Messages – please tell them
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Goal: Model Positive Behavior for the kids.
 This is more than basketball.
 It's about teaching good sportsmanship.
Zero Tolerance: for verbally abusing the refs.
 They are an important part of our program.
 Contact your coach or Michelle Claude...don't yell at the refs.
 Yelling raises the tension in the gyms and impacts the players
very negatively.
 Their play tends to get more physical and emotional and it
makes the situation worse.
Remember: Our refs are kids.
 Think - about the impact of yelling at children in a public forum
Coach Messages
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Same points as parents -- plus the following:
You went to the Coaches meeting and know what we
expect. You acknowledged Code of Conduct when
you registered
Be a positive role model
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You need to focus on positively coaching the kids, not
arguing calls.
Most parents spoken to acknowledged that they
handled the situation poorly and were apologetic.
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We had mixed results with the coaches.
Coaches Manual
Find it on the GFHoops Website
 Code of Conduct
 House Coaching Checklist
 Master 2014-2015 Calendar
 House League Rules of Play
 Tryouts and Player Allocation/Selection
Procedure
 Everything you need is on the website
 Email Director of Coaches @ [email protected]
or text or call 703-851-2880 and mention who
you are please!
Wrap Up
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Q and A
Breakouts with GGC’s
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Coaches meet Assistants – could all assistants
please stand? Now coaches who want an
assistant please stand…ok let’s match up!
Determine Team Names (new wrinkle, if head
coach is Simonides and team is Thunder please
name it “Thunder (Simonides)” for easier
identification by all
Get Practice Slots
Determine draft date, time, and location if possible
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