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Parent Handbook 2019-2020
NEUQUA VALLEY WILDCATS
BOY’S BASKETBALL 2019-20
TODD SUTTON HEAD COACH
TYLER SUTTON ASSISTANT HEAD COACH
DREW SUTTON HEAD SOPHOMORE COACH
CHAD CARTNER ASSISTANT SOPHOMORE COACH
TYLER SUTTON VARSITY ASSISTANT COACH
CHRIS CEBRZYNSKI FRESHMAN HEAD COACH
BILLY ELLINGHAUS FRESHMAN ASSISTANT COACH
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A NEUQUA VALLEY BASKETBALL PLAYER
A Neuqua Valley basketball player can come in any size, shape or color. There is no common denominator except a love for the game and a desire to get the most out of his abilities. He is not only proud of his strengths, but understands his weaknesses. He is first of all concerned with the good of his team and knows that individual recognition will come through team excellence.
A Neuqua Valley basketball player has the enthusiasm of an evangelist; the discipline of a monk; the heart of a warrior; and never loses the honesty and character of a small boy.
He appreciates the support of thousands of fans, but he is much more aware of the example he is setting for some small boy watching from the sideline. He is happy when he scores a basket, but never forgets that a teammate threw him the ball. While he never lets up at either end of the floor, the other team is not his real opponent; it is the full extent of his own potential that he is always playing against. He lets the referees, with occasional assistance from his coach, do the officiating.
A Neuqua Valley basketball player is made and not born. He is constantly striving to reach his potential knowing that he will bypass other players who cannot withstand the strain of this quest for excellence. He realizes that the challenges and competition of today’s game will better prepare him for tomorrow’s world. He knows that the true measure of his performance is not recorded in win and losses, but in how much of himself he has give to the game.
A Neuqua Valley basketball player realizes when the odds are stacked against him. He can only be defeated by a clock that happens to run out of time. He is what a small boy wants to become and what an old man can remember with great pride that he once was.
LEVELS OF PLAY
Neuqua basketball is part of the Neuqua Valley High School interscholastic athletic program. It is not an intramural program. No player at any level is guaranteed any playing time.
At the freshman level all players will play in a game if there is both an A game and a B game. (no guarantee on the amount of time that will be played) If there is only an A game; only the most talented players will play. This level is considered a prepatory level within the program. The coaches will focus on the development of fundamentals and teach the Neuqua system to the players.
At the sophomore level the most talented sophomores and the talented freshman capable of competing at this level will play in games. The focus of this level is the development and preparation of players for the varsity level. No one is guaranteed any playing time. This level is very competitive. We want to find out which players are capable of playing varsity basketball. There will be a B team for players to further develop their skills if they are a little behind at this point. The coach is to continue to refine fundamentals, increase the intensity level of the players, challenge the players mentally and physically, teach a more complex version of the varsity system, and have a higher expectation of his players.
At the varsity level the most talented players in the program will play in the games. No one is guaranteed any playing time. We play basically eight players in a varsity game. The focus at this level is to attempt to win games. The JV team is a developmental team to work on the weaknesses of the players so that they can get into the varsity games. JV players play on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings.
ROLES IN THE NEUQUA VALLEY BOY’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM
There are four basic roles in the Neuqua Valley boy’s basketball program. It is important that these roles do not get confused, as that will limit the programs’ opportunity for success. These roles are:
1. Players: the individuals who wear uniforms and play the game.
2. Coaches: the people who implement the philosophy and direct the team.
3. Referees: the individuals who wear striped shirts and administer the game.
4. Parents: the players' biggest fans who come to games and support the team.
In order for our teams to have the greatest opportunity for success these roles must never become confused. Players will not be allowed to referee, parents will not be allowed to coach, and coaches will not just come to games and cheer. One cannot and will not be allowed to perform the others role.Your sons’ coach will be more than willing to talk to you about what areas your son needs to improve upon in order to become a better player, and even set up an improvement program for your son to work on to become a better player.
Under no circumstance will a coach ever discuss with a parent how much playing time an individual is receiving, or who is receiving playing time. All meetings will have the coaches, parent and player in attendance.
ROLE ON THE TEAM DEFINED
The coach at each level will explain to the players their role on the team. These roles may change due to injury, attitude, or an improvement in athletic ability and skill level. Some players will accept their defined role, some players will work to improve their defined role, other players will complain about their defined role. We believe this is the fairest way to let the player know exactly how the coaching staff feels about the specific player’s ability, attitude, and grasp of the system. The players will be told they are a:
A. Potential starter
B. A player who will receive some playing time. (none guaranteed)
C. A developmental player. (a player who if he continues to improve may beat out a player
ahead of him for playing time, but in reality needs to continue to improve and may be a year away from making a significant contribution. He most likely will play on Tuesdays at JV games.
D. A valued reserve. A player who will make the team but won’t play in games in any significant capacity, but is part of the team because of their positive attitude and desire to help the team in any capacity.
E. A players who will be cut. A players who will not make the team due to lacking skills.
No Neuqua Valley player may play for another team during our season. If a player plays on any other team, Neuqua Valley will forfeit all games the player participated in. The player will also be ruled ineligible for season by the IHSA. Examples include YMCA leagues, intramurals, church leagues, Wheatland Athletic Association, traveling teams, AAU teams.
PARENT ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY
Your son’s academic success is the number one priority in our program. As a coaching staff we will assist you in monitoring you sons’ academic progress. Obviously one coach can not effectively monitor all the players closely. We as a coaching staff will assist you by:
1. Monitoring the eligibility list weekly.
2. Speak directly to teachers concerning your sons’ progress.
Ultimately it is your job as a parent to closely monitor your son’s progress. We will assist in any way possible including suspending your son from a game for lack of sufficient progress. Most players struggle from poor time management, not lack of academic ability.
Studies have proven that students who participate in extra curricular activities have a higher GPA that those who do not participate, and that athletes specifically have a higher GPA when they are in season versus out of season.
Coaches may sit a player out of practice for the week to allow the student time to study and get help from teachers. The students’ progress will determine this.
OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION ARE IMPORTANT IN OUR PROGRAM. A FEW GENERAL GUIDELINES NEED TO BE FOLLOWED:
IF YOUR SON HAS A CONCERN HAVE HIM DISCUSS THE MATTER WITH THE COACH. (REMEMBER IT IS YOUR SON’S TEAM, NOT YOURS)
IF YOU HAVE A CONCERN, E-MAIL THE COACH.
3. THE COACH WILL MEET WITH YOUR SON TO DISCUSS YOUR CONCERN.
THE COACH WILL NOT DISCUSS PLAYING TIME.
COMPARISON OF ONE PLAYERS ABILITY TO ANOTHER WILL NOT
6. THE COACH IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM.
7. THE COACH WILL DISCUSS:
A. WHAT YOUR SON NEEDS TO DO TO IMPROVE THEIR:
1. ATHLETIC ABILITY
2. SKILL LEVEL
4. WORK ETHIC
8. AFTER A DISCUSSION OCCURS WITH THE PARENT AND THE PLAYER OCCURS, AND THERE IS NO MUTUAL AGREEMENT, IT DOES NOT MEAN WE DID NOT COMMUNICATE, IT MEANS WE DISAGREE.
9. ALL PRACTICES ARE CLOSED TO LIMIT DISTRACTIONS.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PLAYING COLLEGE BASKETBALL YOU NEED TO VISIT THE FOLOWING SITE FOR REQUIREMENTS. NCAACLEARINGHOUSE.Net
All practices are mandatory. Unexcused absences may result in removal from the team.