Coaches’ Corner

Here are some useful resources for our club coaches and managers.

Contents:

Clubforce / Team List & Communications

Training Sessions

Games

Galway League / Splitting Teams

Additional Tournaments

Player Transfers Between Clubs

Garda Vetting

Child Protections / Safeguarding

Coaching Qualifications

Useful Galway Area Basketball Board Contacts

Resources / Documents

Game Rules by Age Group for GABB Leagues


Team Lists & Communication

Click here for a helpful Clubforce how to guide for coaches and managers)

  1. All Coaches and Managers should have Clubforce App installed on which they will be able to see their teams. Only players listed on Clubforce are registered and insured to play with team.
  2. Messages to team members (via parents) must be done via Clubforce, not WhatsApp.
  3. The day before a training session, you should send out a Training Invite (which can be scheduled).
  4. Clubforce has functionality to send messages to teams. This must be used if sending out reminders, notice of a change or cancellation of training sessions. The guide here describes some of these features.
  5. Players parents should also have app installed to get notifications, if ‘Notification Status’ for a player is ‘OFF’ please notify the players parent to install the App (they will still get messages via email).

Training Sessions

Coaches should:

  • keep attendance. This can be done via Clubforce or a hard copy attendance sheet.
  • keep, record and fill in the accident report form (available here) if there are any accidents.
  • have a first aid kit and copies of the accident report form at each session (the coach is responsible for asking parents for to provide updated emergency contact information.
  • recommend a parent rota is set up for a parent to stay during each training session.

If a training session is being cancelled or will go unused because of a game for example, you must notify our Hall Booking Officer (Conor ‘conor.feeney@cchellenic.com‘ ) in advance and send a notice to players via Clubforce.


Games

There are different rules for each age group in Galway League. This can affect when and how many players are allowed to play and rules around playing a press or zone etc. These can be found on the Galway Area Basketball Board Comortais page at http://bi.comortais.com/homepageitem.aspx?o=1016&c=o%7E1016&item=1786#.Y2-p73bP2U

Tips / Guidelines for Coaches and Managers

  • Make sure you are on the mailing list for the upcoming fixtures that week, whih are emailed out every Sunday. You can check fixtures further in advance as they are confirmed at http://bi.comortais.com/competitions.aspx?oid=1016
  • Contact the opposing coach to check on clash of colours / any other issues.
  • Ensure all players have a current BIPIN (Basketball Ireland PIN) and are registered with your team for the current season with the GABB. The BIPIN are listed should be listed in your clubforce app but should you not be able to see them, contact Noelle via moycullenjuvenile@gmail.com and she should be able to get it for you if registered. This should be checked well in advance of the game.
  • Have to hand a team sheet to give to the Table Officials before the game (your most recently updated GABB Team Player Registration sheet) .

The home team/club are responsible at each game for:

A. ensuring:

  1. the scoreboard is working
  2. that a change of kit is available should there be a clash of colours

B. providing:

  1. two Table Officials (one of them must be at least 16 years).
  2. official Basketball Ireland age-appropriate score pads
  3. arrows, foul markers and team foul markers for Table Officials to use.
  4. the appropriate Molten match ball for the age group.
  5. a bench for each team to sit on (only registered players, coaches, manager)

C. within 5 hours of the game completing,:

  1. submitting a pdf scan of the white copy of the scorepad to gabbregistrar@gmail.com. The winning team takes the pink copy of the scorepad sheet while the losing team takes the yellow copy.
  2. updating the result via the Comórtais link that was emailed to you on the Sunday email. Note, for all games U14 and below the maximum winning margin that can be reported is 20 points so if your game’s margin is greater than that, reduce the winning team’s score to reflect a 20 point win.

If you are having any difficulty uploading the game results please contact galwayareabbpro@gmail.com asap.


Participation in Galway League / Splitting Teams

The club enters teams in every age group in the Galway League.

Teams must play in their own age group only and cannot enter two different age groups.

If a group has less than 20 players, they can only enter one team

If a group has 20 – 23 players, they can enter one or two teams at the coach’s discretion.

If a group has 24 players or more they must enter two teams in the league for their age group.

When splitting teams, this must be done on an even split of ability up to the age of U14 (inclusive). From U15 onwards, the split must be done of ability so as to create a first and second team.


Additional Tournaments

The Maigh Cuilinn Club will fund participation in one tournament (outside of the Galway Area Basketball Board League and Cup) for each team every season.

Team selection for these tournaments is at the coach’s sole discretion.

If playing outside Galway, the Galway Area Basketball Board must be notify GABB via the Maigh Cuilinn Juvenile Section Secretary (moycullenjuvenile@gmail.com).

If hosting a tournament arrange hall bookings with our Hall Booking Officer (Conor ‘conor.feeney@cchellenic.com‘)


Player Transfers Between Clubs

If a Player wishes to move club their parents must fill out a transfer form and request a transfer from the club they registered with who will notify GABB if they approve.

Please contact moycullenjuvenile@gmail.com or galwaybasketballboard@gmail.com if you need these forms.


Garda Vetting

All coaches and managers need to be Garda Vetted through Basketball Ireland.

The Basketball Garda Vetting process can be accessed via this link (click here).

Once you have your Garda Vetting Certificate, please send it to our Child Welfare Officer Amy Duggan (amyduggan152@gmail.com)


Child Protection / Safeguarding

Coaches and managers must complete the Children First E-Learning Programme (this programme can be accessed via this link by clicking here). The course takes1.5 hours and there is no cost.

Once you have the course completed, please send your certificate to our Child Welfare Officer Amy Duggan (amyduggan152@gmail.com).


Coaching Qualifications

The club is here to help get all of our coaches qualified with a Basketball Ireland Coaching Course and to then help them along the journey if they wish to get further qualifications.

If you want more information about obtaining a Basketball Coaching Qualification, please contact the Club Development Officer Paul O’Brien (paul.obrien1212@gmail.com).


Useful Galway Area Basketball Board Contacts

  • GABB Registrar @ gabbregistrar@gmail.com
  • GABB PRO @ galwayareabbpro@gmail.com
  • GABB Fixtures Secretary @ gabbfixtures@gmail.com
  • GABB Secretary @ galwaybasketballboard@gmail.com
  • GABB Child Protection Officer @ gabbchairperson@gmail.com

Resources / Documents

GABB Documents

Some useful links for basketball in general

Clubs policies

Official Guidance / Rules


GABB Rules by Age Group

Note – this is for guidance only and may not be entirely up to date and correct. To ensure you have the correct set of up to date rules, contact GABB directly to confirm.


U12
All players must play a minimum of one full continuous quarter and can only play in a maximum of two quarters. Five players play in the 1st quarter, a different five play in the second.
No 3 pointers recorded.
All games shall be 4×6 minute quarters. O/T shall be 3 minutes.
All games must show a maximum of twenty-point difference only on the scoreboard with the correct score being kept on the scoresheet.
If a team don’t have 10 players, they can now enter a team with less players (minimum 8)
e.g.
Assuming you have 8 players, the players must be numbered 1 to 8 and play the four quarters
as follows
 Quarter 1: Players 1,2,3,4,5 will play.
 Quarter 2: Players 6,7,8,1,2 will play.
 Quarter 3: Players 3,4,5,6,7 will play.
 Quarter 4: Players 8,1,2,3,4 will play.

No result from cluster blitz matches is to be entered on comortais.

U13
All players must play a minimum of one full continuous quarter and in a maximum of three quarters. Five players play in the 1st quarter, a different five play in the second. Any additional players must play one full continuous quarter in the second half.
All games shall be 4×7 minute quarters. O/T shall be 3 minutes.
All games must show a maximum of twenty-point difference only on the scoreboard with the correct score being kept on the scoresheet.
If a team don’t have 10 players, they can now enter a team with less
players (minimum 8)
No result from cluster blitz matches is to be entered on comortais.

U14
All players must play a minimum of one full continuous quarter and in a maximum of three quarters. Five players play in the 1st quarter, a different five play in the second. Any additional players must play one full continuous quarter in the second half.
minimum of 10 players
the scoreboard should not show a score difference of greater than 20
12 players can play in any game. If teams have more than 12 players, agreement should be sought between coaches to play more than 12.
Defence Press:
U14’s can press for the start of the game. Teams cannot press if they are winning by 15 points or more.

U15 – U18
FIBA Rules

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