The club has a mix of adult and junior coaches. We actively encourage our players to undertake a coaching role as they move into the older age groups. This gives them a new perspective on basketball and assists the club in the often difficult task of finding enough coaches to meet the growing demand. It also serves as a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and responsibilities. We also encourage parents, with or without basketball experience, to assist in this area. As a matter of policy, coaches are generally expected to have a Level 1 Coaching Certificate. To this end the club subsidises the fees for coaching courses run by Basketball Victoria. Anybody willing to offer his or her services in this area should contact the Coaching Coordinator for further information. Junior coaches will generally spend two seasons working as an assistant to a senior coach before taking sole responsibility for a team. It is the Club's policy that persons wishing to assist must be in at least Year 7/Term 2 (i.e. commencement of the Winter Season) and be placed with a team by the Coaching Coordinator.

The club has recently adopted a formal coaching strategy that addresses phases in the development of young basketball players:

Teaching basics to beginners and developing the team skills of more experienced players. 

Extending individual skills and developing team performance. 

Teams where friends can continue in the sport, but without the focus on development. Generally, coaches will endeavour to ensure that all players in junior teams have equal court time, although this will vary if a team makes the finals, or in close matches that may affect the team's chances of making the finals. If this occurs, the coach should try to make up court time for the weaker players in games that are less critical. Court time equals experience!

Each team requires a parent to take on the role of team manager. This role is essential to the smooth running of the team and the club, and we strongly encourage all parents to help in this way at some stage of their child's time with the club.

The team manager should work in a co-operative role with the team coach to ensure all aspects of team operation run smoothly. This is particularly necessary when a junior coach is involved. In general, the manager is responsible for off court organisation of the team, while the coach is responsible for on court activities. 

Managers are responsible for communication between the club and families and usually attend the match each week. If a parent or player has any concerns regarding the team or the coaching, they should be directed to the Team Manager who will discuss the issue with the relevant committee member. Specific information regarding Team Manager duties is found on the Cougars' web site under Manager's Help - Team Manager duties <LINK THIS>. The Club encourages all parents who are not otherwise involved in the running of the Club, to undertake the role of Team Manager for at least a season.

It is understood that a player accepts certain conditions and obligations when they are placed in a team. They include:
  • An expectation that they will attend all training sessions and be available for all games. If it is not possible to attend a particular session or game, it is courteous to advise the coach and Team Manager in good time. This is particularly important in the case of games because if a team does not advise the HBA in sufficient time that it cannot field the minimum 4 players, it will be required to forfeit the game. The forfeiting team will be liable to a fine from the HBA equivalent to both teams' game fees plus a score of 0 - 30 is registered against the team. Adequate notice may enable a substitute player to be found. N.B. substitute players must meet the H.B.A. requirements as noted in the Rules of the Competition on the back of the Fixture. 
  • If a player is unable or unwilling to continue playing in the team in which they are placed, the Team Manager and Player Coordinator are to be advised. 
  • Players must wear the approved uniform in games. Wearing of non-approved uniform will result in points being awarded to the opposing team by the referee. Wearing no number or two players on the same team 
  • Players will accept the directions of their coach at both training and during games. Refer to the Disciplinary Process
  • Players will accept the decision of officials and will not question or criticise any decision. Any dissent will result in the immediate withdrawal of the player from the court.