FAQ’s

KINGDOM BASKETBALL PROGRAM

ORGANIZATION DAY

COACHING-HEAD OR ASSISTANT

GAMES

PRACTICE

TEAM ORGANIZATION

COST


KINGDOM BASKETBALL PROGRAM?

1. What is the mission?

Answer-We want to provide an opportunity for a child or youth to have fun and learn basketball with
friends from school, church and neighborhood in a nurturing setting; fostering a positive self-image and sportsmanship character as a person and as a player.

2. Why should parents want their child to play Kingdom Basketball?

Their children will have fun, learn basketball, and nurture character and a better self-image as a person and player. A parent benefits by:

  • having the practice and game at the same time on Saturday.
  • making every effort to assign players to a team where they know someone else in their community, school and church. Priority is given to those friends named on their application; otherwise the application name of their school or church is used as a basis for creating a team.
  • having no primary focus on winning as no won/loss records are maintained as teams are not formed by drafting players based on “try-outs” to assess their skills and creating teams of “like” skills
  • having a primary focus on a child doing their best in an environment of competition where fun and learning basketball are balanced priorities
  • having Tallowood host the team party; providing a trophy to each player and a team gift to each head coach and assistant.


TEAM ORGANIZATION DAY

1. What is it?
The first Saturday in December for parents to:

  • form teams
  • assign coaches – head and assistant
  • select a first introductory practice time in December (2 allowed)
  • select a first game date, time and location in January


2. When is it?
First Saturday of December in which leagues for the various grades are organized per a schedule published on the player application.

3. Where is it?
Tallowood Baptist Church Gym

4. Who should attend?
Any parent or coach.

  • a coach and assistant coach is assigned for each team
  • a player is correctly assigned to a team where they have designated on the application the friends that they wanted their child to play with and the coach that they wanted.


5. Can anyone wanting to be a head coach “skip” it?
No aspiring coach – head or assistant – can be named unless personally participating (or someone to officially represent them). Unless a Background Check form has previously been submitted, at Team Organization Day, a prospective head coach or assistant must submit a Background Check Form in which their assignment is pending approval; having cleared a background check process.

COACHING-HEAD OR ASSISTANT

1. When are head and assistant coaches assigned?
At Team Organization Day

2. Who is eligible?
A parent with a child playing or a Kingdom Basketball Program designated adult who has:

  • cleared a background check.
  • Signs a Head Coach Code of Ethics contract


3. What is a background check?
An authorized check of public records to ascertain that you have had no relevant record.

4. What is a Head Coach Code of Ethics contract?
A signed statement of coaching behavior which a coach – head or assistant – must adhere to
5. How does someone become a coach – head or assistant?
By writing in your name and information on your child’s application. Other families wishing you to coach must also write in your name when completing their child’s application.

Our highest priority is aligning coaches with a team whose children and families wants them and “names” them on their child’s application.

6. What must you know?
As a Tallowood Church priority, for any grade, the coach needs to be someone who wants the children to have a good time and be treated fairly.

In terms of basketball knowledge, it depends on the grade level you want to coach. The older the grade, the more the coach should know. Starting a K or 1st grade, you have to know only the very basics of the game. As each grade progresses, the coach should have more knowledge to ensure that basketball learning increases with age.

7. Does a coach or assistant coach have to authorize Tallowood to perform a background check before they can coach?
Yes and is mandatory. This process was begun in the 2003 season. This is the normal requirement at the YMCA and most sports leagues.

It is Tallowood Church policy that all adults working with anyone 18 years old or younger must clear a background check. This includes every adult in any capacity working at Tallowood with those ages to best ensure the safety of children and youth. This process is completed and on-going at Tallowood for church members who have children or youth responsibilities.

8. When will a coaching applicant be notified that that they have cleared a background check?
They will not be notified but if there is a question or concern, they will be notified privately within a week of submitting their background check authorization.

9. How can a head coach or assistant learn more basketball?
We provide a New Coaches Clinic in December

GAMES

1. How many season games are played?
There are 7 games played.

2. When are games played?
Children age on Saturdays, Middle School on Saturday daytime or night and High School on Friday or Saturday nights

3. Where are games played?
At one of the Spring Branch church partner locations or gym which remain the same during the season

4. What height goals are used?
See Team Formation and Organization Day

5. What size basketballs are used?
See Team Formation and Organization Day

6. What grade leagues have each player shoot a free throw at the end of each half (teams get equal number of shots)?
To ensure that all players get a chance to shoot each half, players shoot in all leagues, K through 5th. Note that if one team has more players than another, the team with fewer players gets an equal number of shots by selecting a player(s) who missed their shot to take the extra shot(s).

7. What defenses can leagues play – man-to-man or zone?
Man to man through 3rd grade and varies starting in the 4th grade.

8. When does regulation playing & refereeing begin?
4th grade. Prior to that age, referees consult with coaches on how ‘strict’ to be; depending on league, team capability and season experience. Coaches can ask referees to vary this by half or by game during the season. This Program wants to nurture player and personal confidence with all aspects of the game – shooting, dribbling, passing, guarding, etc.

9. What happens if a team cannot show up for a game?
The coach must promptly notify us as well as the other team coach that the game is cancelled. The game will not be rescheduled.

PRACTICE

1. When are practice times?
Before each game. For K leagues, practice is for 20 minutes followed by a 40 minute game time. For 1st grade and higher leagues, practice is 40 minutes followed by a 50 minute game time.

2. Where are practices held?
At the same game location for all games, unless there is a church conflict for a certain week.

3. Can a team practice at Tallowood during the week?
Middle School leagues are 1st priority for practice.

4. Can a team practice anywhere during the week?
No unless every parent of every team player agrees. We strongly desire and prefer that a coach does not do:

(1) every team has practice time before each game

(2) parents like the practice before each game approach as it negates the weekday travel ‘hassle’ of Houston traffic

TEAM ORGANIZATION

1. How are teams organized?
By grade based on who wants to play together; not by skill

2. Can a “team” of friends join as a ‘team’?
Yes. For each player wanting to play together, they should complete their player application by writing the names of their desired teammates on their application form. This desire is the highest priority for creating teams.

3. Can an older grade player join a team with younger grade players?
No as it would create an unfair advantage.

4. Can a younger grade player join a team with older Grade players?
Yes but it is a decision by the coach when the child’s parents do not think such will cause self-image, emotional and physical harm.

5. Can a team have more than 10 players?
Yes but such is the decision of the coach who should be sensitive to a child and their parents desire to have their child play with their friends rather than releasing the child to another team where the child knows no one and is sad as they know that all their friends are playing together except for themselves.

Rarely, do younger age children attend every game because of illness, parents out of town, etc; providing a coach with an opportunity to add more than 10 players.

Tallowood Basketball Program mandates that each player plays the equivalent of one full quarter per half (only possible with no more than 10 players). As children get older, players want to play longer so team size should be reduced with grade.

6. What team uniform is provided?
Only the jersey

COST

1. How much is the fee?
On-time Fee: $150  Late Fee: $190

2. When is the fee due?
Registration is September 15th through November 15th. Any registration after November 15th is considered late and will incur a late fee making it $190.

3. Is there a discount for multiple children playing in a family?
No unless there is a hardship. We want all children to play. Please email kingdombball@tallowood.org for approval. Your request will be handled privately.

4. What does the fee pay for?
For the player, it pays for their jersey, their trophy, their use of the gym where they play and the game officials – referees and scorekeepers.

5. What is needed to get a player scholarship?
Call Brian Fish at 832-306-6393.