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Coach Guidelines from KYBL


Kaneland Youth Basketball (KYBL) coaches are expected to not only know basketball, but also to be excellent teachers, good sportspersons and excellent role models. Coaches are expected to be good organizers so that every practice is packed with conditioning and skill building drills and that there is never a moment when players are standing around doing nothing, as gym time is too precious a commodity not to be fully utilized. Minimal amounts of time should be spent going over statistics at practices as we prefer skill building drills and conditioning. We do not support using scrimmages without coaching correction as a means of teaching the game,  as valuable lessons and skills must be taught to the players during each practice through interaction with coaches during drills, conditioning and skill competitions. Scrimmages play an important role in preparing for games, but not to the exclusion of skills and practice of fundamentals that are necessary to the development of good basketball players.

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Coaches have an administrative role in KYBL and are required to be aware of league rules, to create rosters, to motivate parents to get players to locations on time, to conduct practices effectively, to manage equipment and turn it in on time, and a number of other duties. 

Coaches are encouraged to recruit parents to keep statistics for all players during games. These stats should include shot patterns of each team, turnovers, free throws made and missed, and any additional activities the coach is interested in. The parent responsible for keeping stats should provide them in a usable format to the coach prior to the halftime meeting with the players. The coach might also recruit a parent to record games on video for future review, if time permits. Statistics should be used during games to spot trends, outside of practice via email to set goals, educate and motivate players, but stats should not be gone over in practice as practice/gym time is too valuable.

Parents are required to discuss issues they may have with you in a discreet and mature manner. If a parent remains dissatisfied, the parent is directed, under the Parent Agreement  to address his concerns to the KYBL Commissioner. Use good judgment when dealing with a dissatisfied parent. Remember that your volunteer efforts are for the kids. If you have a problem that you deem sufficiently unmanageable you are encouraged to bring it the attention of the KYBL Commissioner.  

KYBL wants to give parents a voice about a specific coach either during or after the season in the form of an on-line evaluation form. The form asks the opinion of parents about their experience with a specific coach. KYBL has solicited the information and intends to take the comments seriously.

So too, KYBL has given coaches a voice about parents who present a problem, either during or after the season. See Incident Report. We encourage you to complete the required information if you see fit. 

Parents have been advised that coaches are not drivers, or child sitters, so parents must be conscientious to deliver their children on time and to pick them up from practice and games on time. It is strictly prohibited for a coach to take an unaccompanied KYBL child in his/her car. Coaches should not be alone with players at any time and must be sure that parents or others are present.

Coaches are expected to be teachers, not friends, to their players. Players should respect their coaches, but they by no means are expected to like all of their coaches. Coaches are authority figures and personality conflicts and other differences of opinion that every person will encounter in their life will occur in sports, and players need to learn to deal with that. If KYBL teaches its players this life lesson, then it is performing part of its stated goals for developing players and solid citizens.


In addition to basketball skills, our coaches are expected to have interpersonal skills so that they may effectively deal with players, parents, school personnel, and officials during the year.

Coaches are expected to know basketball, but no personality requirements are stated in our guidelines. That means that players may have a low key, "reserved" coach who wants to be friendly with his players and may accept less than the best from players as long as they are "trying" one season, and a tough "outspoken" coach that raises his voice and demands perfection the next season. While this is not planned and no one coaching style is supported over another, KYBL supports each player having a variety of coaching styles introduced to them during their KYBL career. This prepares them for any eventuality in high school so that they can easily adapt in the future.pp

A coach, because of today's standards should never touch any player inappropriately, to include hugging. Congratulations should be rendered through a "high five" or other appropriate congratulatory method.

Coaches may certainly get upset at players for not performing as they have been taught in practice, but this anger should never manifest itself so that players are overly embarrassed or shamed during games or in public. Players may certainly be corrected and admonished during practices so that they understand what they need to do but they should never be publicly vilified.

Coaches must be respectful of the players, referees, parents, school custodians, other coaches and children in the stands and on their teams and opposing teams. Poor sportsmanship or similar inappropriate behavior are not tolerated and may result in suspensions or dismissal of coaches.


Every coach has a different style. Some choose to coach during the game and some choose to coach mostly during practice and let the players play during games. Some coaches actively correct their players while they are on the floor and while they are in the huddle, and some focus on team strategy.

KYBL supports an active coaching style where players are corrected on the floor, on the bench and at practice. It is particularly important to have an assistant coach on the bench during games. When a player leaves a game he should be told by the assistant what he did right and wrong during the time he is in a game, while the head coach concentrates on game action and strategy. Every step a player takes is a learning experience and good coaching will help that player all along the way. KYBL does not support a coach who will see a player performing a skill incorrectly and not correct them, or a coach who overlooks a mistake. For example, KYBL expects coaches to encourage players, whether male or female, to learn the proper layup technique by shooting the shot underhanded, whenever possible, using the momentum of the drive for ball impetus, placing the ball high on the backboard rather than pushing it at the backboard. KYBL also wants coaches to teach the correct jump stop as well as proper layup steps on both sides and not to allow players to perform any fundamental skills incorrectly. Of course, KYBL recognizes that in the heat of a game, perfect skills may not always be performed, but it is a goal of our program to teach them properly every practice. KYBL wishes to develop skill levels as close to perfect as can be obtained at the various age levels. 

KYBL does not support singling out kids on the floor and berating them in front of the crowd. KYBL also does not support "calling out" or challenging an entire team in a loud voice that may be heard by parents and other spectators. That is poor coaching, reflects a lack of understanding of motivational skills and should not be tolerated. However, KYBL does support some active yelling from the bench to position players, warn them about possible opposition activities, positively "fire up" and motivate the team and a variety of other things that might arise in a game. Just because a coach raises his voice does not mean he is berating players and a lot of constructive things are taught by a coach from the bench during a game.