Team Expectations and General Information
My view of a successful season does not include wins and losses. How much do you know about yourself/team if you do not face adversity and ekkk lose a game. From failure is how I know and the player knows their own character. Are they going to step up and overcome and play as a team the next time around or are they going to welt and start blaming each other.
The York Middle School 8th Grade Boys Basketball team is only open to 8th graders. The team plays a 11-12 game interscholastic schedule against schools in Southern Maine and this year we play against a couple of New Hampshire teams. Our season runs for roughly three months, from the beginning of November to the end of January.
ANY PLAYER TRYING OUT MUST HAVE AN UPDATED (WITHIN THE LAST YEAR) PHYSICAL ON RECORD WITH THE SCHOOL NURSE!
General Team Expectations:
It is expected that every member of the team will make a full commitment to the team. By participating in York Middle School Boys Basketball, this must be the student-athlete’s main commitment as an after school activity. The members of the team must be at every practice and every game. With certain exceptions allowed. They must arrive at practice and games on time and be prepared to play. It is my intention to give every member of the team valuable and important playing time during the games. Absences from practices and games will result in a reduced amount of playing time.
It is also expected that each player will come to practices ready to listen and learn. This team is for the players, yet it needs guidance and leadership. It is expected that each member of the team gives me 100% of their undivided attention. It is critical that every player understands what I am teaching.
Another expectation is that each athlete will come to practices and games ready to give their best effort. Players will continually be evaluated throughout the season and therefore need to be showing at all times their best skills.
The boys will maintain a good academic standing. I am a strong believer that academics come first.
All team members are expected to abide by school and bus rules. As a representative of York Middle School, my expectations for proper behavior are higher than for the non-athlete. Misbehavior in school and on the bus to and from games will result in reduced playing time.
When we are watching the other teams play I have the boys sit with each other and not run around. It can be very distracting having a bunch of 8th graders moving around, so out of respect I have them together.
From these basic expectations, I will determine playing time.
Practice Times and Location:
Practices will be at the Middle School. Practice times vary so be sure to check your schedules often.
Game Times and Locations:
Our home games will be held at the Middle School. We always play second so our start time will be around 4:30/4:45pm. The second game starts immediately after the completion of the first game (again usually around 4:30/4:45pm.) The bus leaves right after school for away games. Boys who wish to leave with an adult after games must have a signed note from their parents. Boys are encouraged to bring snacks/water/homework on trips to away games! Also, players are not allowed to arrive to games with parents. They have to ride up on the bus with the team. Certain exceptions may apply but make sure to tell me or Mr. Luttrell.
All players will be given an away and a home uniform shirt and shorts. For players wearing undershirts the color must match the uniform color. Players do not need to bring a basketball, they will be supplied. Players are expected to bring their own water.
Cancellation of Practice or Games:
If a practice or game is cancelled, an announcement will be made and students are encouraged to call parents. I will also write e-mails updating everyone as certain situations come up.