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GBA "FIRST TIME" Head Coach– Frequently Asked Questions

I submitted my Head Coaching application now what happens?

The GBA Board will review all Head Coaching applications ("Recreational" and "Travel") and make contact with the selected Head Coaches via email or phone. 
At that point you will be notified about evaluations, then follow up contact via email\phone about draft night.

I was contacted about the draft night for my team, but I have a scheduling conflict and I will not be able to attend the draft selection for my team?

Draft night is mandatory for all "Recreational" Head Coaches! However, if you are unable to attend you can send a capable representative on your behalf to select your team. If not, a GBA  Board member will select a team for you in your absence.

What documents and rules do I need to familiarize myself with as a Head Coach?

Listed on our website is a menu titled "Coaching 101" is a source for all the required Head Coaching information and documents that either a "Recreational" or "Travel" Head Coach will need to start their season.

I attended the draft and selected my team, now what should I do?

You should immediately make contact with your player's via their parents and insure that you have correct and updated contact information. 

When will I receive my practice schedule?

A GBA representative will contact you, shortly after the draft,  via email\phone to provide you with your scheduled practice dates and times.

One of my players asked to bring Gatorade instead of water into the gym? 


The PWCPA supervisor will enforce this rule, however please insure that your players\parents only bring water bottles for practice and games into the gym.

What about the Players and Parents Code of Conduct Pledge form?

Be prepared to have several copies of this form available for the Players and Parents to sign. These forms must be signed and in the coaches possession during the entire game season.

I have my practice schedule, how do I handle the administrative things?

Introduce yourself to the parent\s or guardians, this may be the first time you have met in person.  Request volunteers for a Team Mom position and request either a Scorekeeper or Timekeeper volunteer for each game during the season.

What are the duties of the volunteer Scorekeeper and Time Keeper?

Volunteer Scorekeepers and Time Keepers are needed before the start of each game.  Referees if asked will provide a brief tutorial to volunteers on  Scorekeeper and Timekeeper duties. In addition, a brief description of the latter duties is located in link below.


I have a player who is wearing earring\s, gold chain and a religious band on his\her wrist during practice?

I would inform that child\parent that GBA League Rules prohibit these items during game time and they should not wear them to practice either.  It is also for safety reasons that these types of items are prohibited to prevent possible injury to other players. 

How does playing time work?

Familiarize yourself with the GBA League Rule Book about "Player Participation Rule" and print out the GBA "Recreational" Playing Time Tracker to assist you with playing time. THIS IS A MANDATORY RULE AND WILL BE ENFORCED!!

I had a parent who informed me that their child no longer wants to play basketball?

Please review our Refund Policy under "Recreational" F.A.Q.

How long is practice?

Practice is only for 1 hour (60 minutes), I would recommend if possible have your team arrive at the gym 10 minutes before your practice time is to begin.  Please start on time and end on time to respect the practice time for the other teams. 

This is my first time coaching, could you give me some ideas on how to run practice?

The first thing you should do as a Head Coach is do a quick introduction for yourself
and the players.  Then use the list below as a fundamental guide to start your practice.


I received my team uniforms (Jersey & Short), but some of my players have the wrong sizes what do I do?

Depending on whom is designated to distribute the team uniforms, they should provide you with information on possible uniform exchanges. If not please contact your League Commissioner for further details.

Finally, I have my game schedule now what?

Make sure you are knowledgeable of the GBA League Rules!! Make sure that each player on your team has a clear understanding of your offensive and defensive schemes. Make sure you have identified your first team (5 players) and second team (5 players).  Also, It is your choice, but identify an Assistant Coach to assist you during conflicts with scheduled games.