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Great Falls Basketball 2010-2011 Coaches Meeting Monday, 7:30PM – 9:00PM October 25, 2010 Forestville Elementary School Fred Weber Commissioner Great Falls Basketball Welcome and Introductions Agenda GF Hoops Overview Fred Weber Website Demo Greg Potteiger

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great falls basketball 2010 2011 coaches meeting

Great Falls Basketball2010-2011 Coaches Meeting

Monday, 7:30PM – 9:00PM

October 25, 2010

Forestville Elementary School

fred weber commissioner
Fred WeberCommissioner

Great Falls Basketball

Welcome and Introductions


GF Hoops Overview Fred Weber

Website Demo Greg Potteiger

Training Program Christie Shumadine

Referee Program Neal Abravanel

Leadership by Example Phil Simonides

Gyms & VBD Test Fred Weber

Breakouts with GGC’s All

new board members
New Board Members

Directors Leaving

Ed Hott

Billy White

Jennie Bishoff

Brenda Bosch

Suzy Serger

* Re-elected


Dick Warrick – new posn

Michelle Claude

Greg Potteiger

Larry Zmuda

Debbie Volpicelli

Salmi Rezvani

Fran Scofield – new posn

Neal Abravanel*

Phil Simonides*

great falls basketball 2010 2011
Great Falls Basketball 2010 – 2011

Fred Weber Commissioner

Dick Warrick Director of Select

Malia Kishore Director of Girls House Grades 2-10

Debbie Volpicelli Director of Boys House Grades 7-12

Larry Zmuda Director of Boys House Grade 2-6

Neal Abravanel* Director of Referees

Michelle Claude Director of Referees

Greg Potteiger Director of Information & Scheduling

Fran Scofield Director of Facilities

Dave Hamilton Director of Equipment

Christie Shumadine Director of Player and Coach Training, Treasurer

Salmi Rezvani Director of BOD Operations

Phil Simonides* Director of Coaches

subcommittees task forces
Subcommittees - Task Forces
  • Player & Coach Training and Development (Christie)
  • Website (Greg)
  • Select Program (Dick)
  • House Program (Malia)
  • Referee Program (Neal)
outputs some changes
Outputs: Some Changes
  • Select Program
  • New Website
  • Program Expansion (K – 12)
  • Year Round Basketball Opportunities
  • Equipment Changes/Upgrades
    • Players Jerseys (Team Names)
    • Basketballs
    • Coaches Shirts
program logistics a snapshot
Program LogisticsA Snapshot
  • 1163 Players (1055 House/108 Select)
  • 1643 Parents
  • 122 Teams (111 House/11 Select)
  • 114 Referees
  • 800 House Games
  • 2255 Referee Assignments
  • 1285 Uniforms
  • 7 Gyms
thank you to our volunteers
“Thank You!!” to Our Volunteers
  • 13 Board Members
  • 18 Grade Group Coordinators (GGC’s)
  • 122 Coaches
    • 14 Coaching Multiple Teams

Greg Potteiger


Information & Scheduling

website overview
Website Overview
  • All League information (Schedules, Rules etc.)
    • Should be parents “First Stop” for information.
  • Coaches: responsible for updating / maintaining certain information:
    • Game Scores / Outcomes
    • Game Summaries / Coach’s Blog (optional)
    • End of year player evaluations
  • Demo
  • Coach’s will receive:
    • usernames and passwords
    • “Help” sheet before season start

Malia Kishore

Director of Girls House

Grades 2 - 10

girls director and ggc s
Girls Director and GGC’s

Director – Malia Kishore

Grade 2- Lisa Medici

Grade 3- Lisa Rymsza

Grade 4- Dana Boyd

Grade 5- Barbara Young

Grade 6- Heather Jacobs

Grade 7- Terri Nussbaum

Grade 8- Shari Britt

Grade 9/10- Salmi Rezvani*


Larry Zmuda

Director of Boys House

Grades 2 - 6

director boys grades 2 6 ggc s
Director Boys (Grades 2–6) & GGC’s

Director – Larry Zmuda

Grade 2 - Cori Johnson

Grade 3 - Arun Muralidhar

Grade 4 - Julie Dunlap

Grade 5 - Sara Viener/Barbara Kelley

Grade 6 - Nancy Collins/Rebekah Bardwell


Debbie Volpicelli

Director of Boys House

Grades 7 - 12

director boys grades 8 12 ggc s
Director Boys (Grades 8-12) & GGC’s

Director – Debbie Volpicelli

7th Grade - Beccie Collier

8th Grade - Debbie Volpicelli*

9th Grade - TBD

10th Grade - Nancy Murray*

11/12 Grade - TBD


Fran Scofield

Director of Facilities

gym status capacity is tight again
Gym StatusCapacity is Tight (AGAIN!)
  • Just received winter gym allocations.
  • We don’t have:
    • Lake Anne ES - due to renovation.
    • YMCA Teen Center – still working on it.
  • Just enough to fit everyone.
key dates
Key Dates

Nov 3 (Wed) House League Player Allocation "Tryout" Sessions

Nov 4 (Thur) House League Player Allocation "Tryout" Sessions

Nov 5 (Fri) House League Player Allocation "Tryout" Sessions

Nov 6 (Sat) House League Player Allocation "Tryout" Sessions

Nov 7 (Sun) House League Player Allocation "Tryout" Sessions

Nov 9 (Tues) Training for House League Coaches

Nov 18 (Thur) Training for House League Coaches

Nov 21 (Sun) House League game schedules published to web site

Nov 15 (Mon)through

Nov 22 (Mon) House League Player Allocation/Drafts

  • We need to behave in gyms so we don't lose them
  • Police your group
  • At first practice, talk to parents and kids about the gyms
  • No food or drinks
  • No bouncing balls in hall
county gym contacts weekends weeknights
County Gym ContactsWeekends & Weeknights


Call 703-324-5515

Leave message: After Hours On-Call Monitor

Who will respond promptly.

christie shumadine

Christie Shumadine




Player and Coach Training

basketball year round
Basketball Year-Round
  • Summer Programs
    • Weekly skills, drills & scrimmages by age group
    • Sunday shooting clinics
    • Two camps in August
    • 215 kids participated in these camps; some in more than one!
  • Fall Programs
    • Weekday shooting clinics and skills clinics



player coach training agenda of topics
Player & Coach Training Agenda of Topics
  • Player Training and Development
    • Fundamentals
    • Safety
  • Coach Training Programs
player training
Player Training
  • Coaches:Primary Source of Training and Development
  • One on One Basketball, Inc.
    • 1st Grade – 10 weeks skills and drills training
    • 2nd Grade – 11 weeks (90 minute sessions)
      • 7 Weeks Skills Training; 4 Weeks Full Court Games
    • 3rd thru 10th Grade
      • One on One - assists all teams for one entire practice.
        • Coaches to identify areas of need in advance.
        • One on One then provides team specific sessions.
training for coaches
Training for Coaches
  • One on One Basketball, Inc
    • Mandatory attendance at 90 minute session on either Nov 9 or Nov 18 session
    • Each night:
      • One session for 2nd – 5th grade
      • One session for 6th – 10th grade
    • Offering Age Group Appropriate:
      • Skill Level Assessment Methods
      • Drills – individual and team
      • How to Structure Practices and Practice Plans
      • Q & A Sessions
key dates mark your calendars
Key Dates Mark Your Calendars
  • Coaching Clinics

Group A: Grades 2-5Group B:Grades 6-10

    • 11/9 Loc TBA 6:00PM–7:30PM Group A 7:30PM-9:00PM Group B
    • 11/18 Loc TBA 6:00PM–7:30PM Group B 7:30PM-9:00PM Group A
  • Coaching Blitz
    • If you want additional help in December, send a note to and we’ll set you up with a trainer at your practice session
    • In January at your practice location – Mandatory
coaches manual find it on the gfhoops website
Coaches ManualFind it on the GFHoops Website
  • Code of Conduct
  • House Coaching Checklist
  • Master 2010-2011 Calendar
  • House League Rules of Play
  • Tryouts and Player Allocation/Selection Procedure
  • Everything you need is on the website
skill evaluations and team draft logistics
Skill Evaluations

Read the process document before tryouts

Five Skill Areas:

Ball Handling





Recording secretary – to collect data



Goal: Balanced Teams

Information Sharing

No substitutes in your age group

No pre-assignment of asst coaches if they have a child in the group

Skill Evaluations and Team DraftLogistics
equipment changes upgrades
Equipment Changes/Upgrades
  • Players Jerseys
    • No more NBA/WNBA Jerseys
  • Basketballs
    • Improved quality
  • Coaches Shirts
    • Improved Quality
    • Will NOT be provided each year
      • Fill out order form on your seat
        • Turn in to your GGC Tonight.
      • You may order more than 1 (1st one is on GFHoops)
referee program 2 directors
Neal Abravanel and

Michelle Claude

Recruits Referees

Trains Referees

Manages Referee Performance

Reviews game feedback from gym coordinators, coaches, and others

Provides feedback to referees

“Rule of the Week” email

Mike Cafferky

Assigns Refs to Games

Keeps Work Records

Computes Pay

Sean Keating and Kathryn Hemlock

On-court ref trainers in grade 3 games.

Referee Program2 Directors
referee program
Referee Program
  • We lost quite a few experienced refs this past year through graduation. Adult vs kid refs.
  • Training for refs commenced at the beginning of October and continues through Thanksgiving.
  • Top Coaches Complaints: Lack of calls made for contact fouls, rules knowledge, “swallowing” the whistle.
  • Top Ref Complaints: Coaches “helping” the ref make calls, uncontrolled parents, rules knowledge
  • Feedback: Always welcome but make it “teachable”
  • If you have concerns, you can contact Neal after the game to discuss further.
referee program rule reminders
Referee ProgramRule Reminders
  • Two or more players CANNOT defend the ball or player unless they are driving to the basket in boys grade 5 and below. Refs are being instructed to call this.
  • No such thing as “over the back” or “reach in”. There MUST be contact in order to have a foul called.
  • Understand the GFHoops local rules and create a substitution flow chart for your game, particularly if you have an 8 player team
phil simonides

Phil Simonides

Director of Coaches

coaches you are the key to our success
CoachesYou Are The Key to Our Success!
  • Model Positive Behavior – both winning & losing
  • Teach Children the Game
  • Spread The Playing Time
  • Manage Your Parents*
  • Respect Referees
  • Youth Coaches
  • Have Fun!
coaches issues from prior years
Coaches Issues From Prior Years


  • Flagrant Fouls.
  • Running up the score
  • Too many “coaches” yelling during game
  • Harsh coaching
  • Improper substitutions
  • Abusive behavior from coaches to refs
  • Coaches taunting each other


  • 5 pass rule, no press, no 3 pointers, change player positions
  • At most two assistants
  • Be positive AND instructive
  • Have a playtime game plan
  • Control your players/yourself – no trash talking and unsportsmanlike conduct
behavior incidents last year

Spoke to several coaches after games

Behavior of assistant coaches deplorable in some instances

Parents and coaches battling on some issues

Harsh coaching styles addressed


Parents thought refs weren’t calling games closely enough and it was too physical

Parents thought their child was being called too frequently for fouling

Coaches/parents calling fouls out too often

Refs got intimidated – embarrassing to GF Hoops

Behavior Incidents Last Year
parent messages
Parent Messages
  • Goal: Model Positive Behavior for the kids.
    • This is more than basketball.
    • It's about teaching good sportsmanship.
  • Zero Tolerance: for verbally abusing the refs.
    • They are an important part of our program.
    • Contact your coach or Neal Abravanel...don't yell at the refs.
    • Yelling raises the tension in the gyms and impacts the players very negatively.
    • Their play tends to get more physical and emotional and it makes the situation worse.
  • Remember: Our refs are kids.
    • Think - about the impact of yelling at children in a public forum
coach messages
Coach Messages
  • Same points as parents -- plus the following:
  • You went to the Coaches meeting and know what we expect. You acknowledged Code of Conduct when you registered.
  • Zero Tolerance -- This cannot happen from a coach.
  • You are the role model.
    • You need to focus on positively coaching the kids, not arguing calls.
  • Most parents spoken to acknowledged that they handled the situation poorly and were apologetic.
    • We had mixed results with the coaches.
vbd test fran scofield volunteer building directors
VBD Test – Fran ScofieldVolunteer Building Directors
  • Coaches go to:
    • Create an account
    • Watch the video
    • Take the test on-line.
    • Certificates - sent via e-mail. (Certification good for 2 years)
  • Coaches – you are the face of the organization
    • Protect and enhance the GF Hoops reputation
    • The facilities we share must be treated with care and respect.
    • Leave GYMS in EQUAL to or BETTER shape than when you arrived.
wrap up
Wrap Up
  • Q and A
  • Breakouts with GGC’s
    • Determine Team Names
    • Get Practice Slots