The HBA would like the travel basketball experience to be a positive and rewarding one for all participants, including family and friends of the players. Parents are welcome to support the players with encouragement and positive reinforcement. Sideline coaching and negative comments -- toward players, coaches, officials and other fans -- will not be tolerated.
Those who misbehave and/or negatively affect the experience for others will be warned, and continued offenses could result in suspension from games and even dismissal from the program.
If you are unclear on the difference between sideline coaching and encouragement, here are some links that will help explain it.
Positive Coaching Alliance: Silence on the sidelines lets kids learn and coaches coach
Competitive Advantage: 13 steps to being a winning parent
Positive Coaching Alliance: Kids always answer that they want to hear nothing from sideline parents
Basketball for Coaches: Parents: Please stop ruining youth sports
Positive Coaching Alliance: Here's what happens when parents remove pressure from the sidelines
Positive Coaching Alliance: Dare to chill? Re-think sports parent behavior on the sidelines
As per HBA rules you agree to at registration, players are only allowed two absences from games and/or three absences from practices during the season -- for reasons other than illness, injury, scholastic conflicts, emergencies or other commitments pre-approved by the coach -- before they are subject to discipline, which could include reduced playing time or, in severe cases, dismissal from the program.
If your child will miss a practice or game, you are required to notify the coach in advance so they have time to plan accordingly. Failure to notify the coach could result in discipline, including reduced playing time at the next game.
COMMUNICATION WITH COACHES
Parents are expected to show respect toward the HBA's volunteer coaches and encourage their children to do the same. If you should have a question or an issue with something your child's coach does, you should calmly and respectfully attempt to address it with them -- and preferably not immediately after a game, when emotions can run high. If you feel the need to address it further, you can contact the HBA board. Parents also are given the opportunity at the end of the season via the HBA parent survey to comment on their team's coaching experience.
Parents and players are expected to avoid making any negative/inflammatory statements about any coaches, teammates, opponents, officials, etc. on social media. Violators are subject to suspension or even removal from the program with no refund.
All parents are required to work the HBA concessions table for two one-hour shifts at the Tap-Off Tournament and two 90-minute shifts during the league season (per child). If you would like to buy a concessions waiver ($40) and not work any shifts, you can sign up for that during online registration or via our website here. That money will be donated to local charitable organizations (such as Hopkinton Relay for Life) via student volunteers who fill these shifts.
All parents should check our concussion awareness page, which includes links to further information from the CDC on how to spot and treat concussions.