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Coaches Code of Conduct

To maintain a USA Basketball Coach License or otherwise risk forfeiture, I agree to the USA Basketball Coaches Code of Conduct, which states as follows.

I will:

  • Conduct myself in a dignified manner relating to emotions, language, attitude and actions
  • Act at all times to protect the principles of fun, safety and development of all athletes
  • Demonstrate respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of referees, officials and opposing coaches
  • Display control and professionalism at all times under any circumstance
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, including opponents, other coaches, officials, administrators, parents, athletes, and spectators
  • Refrain from physical contact with athletes except where necessary for the development of the athletes’ skill(s) or athletic ability
  • Be aware and understand the role and influence of a coach as an educator, imparting knowledge of skill as well as proper personal, academic, and social behavior
  • Be reasonable in my demands on athletes' time, energy and enthusiasm
  • Provide an opportunity for all athletes to play the sport
  • Agree to uphold the Progressive Coaching principles found within the USA Basketball Player Development Model
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the level of the athletes
  • Seek to learn the latest coaching practices that take into account the principles of growth and development of athletes
  • Agree to abide by all applicable USA Basketball rules and regulations, including USA Basketball’s SafeSport policy

Youth Podcasts

USA Basketball's Jay Demings (Youth and Sport Development Director) and Don Showalter (10-time gold medal winning junior national team coach) discuss the four stages of progressive player development.

USA Basketball's Jay Demings (Youth and Sport Development Director) and Don Showalter (10-time gold medal winning junior national team coach) discuss coaching actions for player growth.

USA Basketball's Jay Demings (Youth and Sport Development Director) and Don Showalter (10-time gold medal winning junior national team coach) discuss creating better players and better people through basketball in is episode.

USA Basketball's Jay Demings (Youth and Sport Development Director) and Don Showalter (10-time gold medal winning junior national team coach) break down the Philosophy for Player Development in this podcast.

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