People involved in youth basketball games are forgetting their role

There are 4 roles in youth basketball: Players, Coaches, Referees, and Parents/Spectators. …and there is a problem. We are forgetting our roles.

  • Parents yell at refs. Parents are coaching from sidelines.
  • Coaches complain and yell at the refs.
  • Players are arguing with the refs.

What’s your role? 

Being a player involves giving 100% effort to be the best you can be, having fun, and treating the game, opposition, and teammates with respect.
Becoming frustrated with ref & arguing with calls.
Enforce the roles of the game so game is safe & fair.
Train & encourage & value each player. (Note: The ability and skill level of the referee does not change their role. They’re still the referee and you’re still not.)
Spectator / Parent
Pay the costs. Watch, encourage, & enjoy. (Note: The ability & skill of coach or referee does not change their role. The parent is not the coach or ref.
Ref & Coach

Like any great team, the youth basketball experience is at its best when we all play our roles.

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It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game.
Lou Holtz