Coaching has always been a priority at Hornets. Without experienced, skilled and dedicated coaches, the club would not be as successful as it is and the players would not be achieving at such high levels.

Hornets encourage (and sponsor) all their coaches to complete the Level 1 National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.

To ensure that all players participate in a safe and professional environment, all coaches are subject to the Working With Children Certification as required by Basketball Victoria.

The coaching staff at Heathmont Hornets ranges from experienced and senior adults all the way through to skilful and dedicated younger players.

Coaching can be very rewarding and also helps you to develop good communication and management skills. If you would like to give it a go for one season please contact contact the Coaching Coordinator.

New Coaches Guide

Welcome and thank you for offering to coach a Heathmont Hornets team this season.

This guide is meant to explain to you the key aspects of your coaching role. If you have any queries please contact the Coaching Coordinator who will be more than willing to help.

To assist you in your coaching duties, we are able to provide each coach with a basketball and sports bag on loan for the season. These sets are numbered and must be returned if you are not able to continue in the following season.

Also, to thank you for your commitment we are pleased to equip you with a Heathmont Hornets polo shirt and a loan bag and ball. Contact the Team Manager Coordinator to arrange collection. It is important that you recruit a parent to act as team manager for your team. You are not expected to perform both roles. It is an expectation of Heathmont Hornets that every team has a team manager to support the coach with the organization and administration on game day and at training.

Thank you again for volunteering and good luck for the season. If you have any queries, please contact the relevant person.

Basketball is for Enjoyment

Always remember that basket-ballers play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation. Everyone wins and loses at some time. Encourage your players to accept that their opponents are entitled to equal treatment and respect and proper courtesy. This means introducing themselves to their opponents on court, congratulating them whether they win or lose and accepting loss gracefully.

Always make sure that your players are made to feel welcome whenever they attend for training or a match. In scheduling training and playing times and days, be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm, taking into account their age, level of play and other commitments such as school and employment.

Court Time

It is the policy of Heathmont Hornets that all players be given fair and reasonable court time every week. Avoid over-playing the talented players. It is unfair to both them and those who are not so talented. Players cannot improve without the opportunity of a reasonable amount of match practice. Talented players can burn out. Having no or little time in court can cause players to suffer from morale problems and they can lose interest in the sport altogether.

This means that as a minimum all players must be on court for at least 10 minutes each half.

Conduct towards Referees

Officials have a very difficult task to perform and that without them games could not be played. They are there to enforce the rules of play but they cannot always be right. At all times you must ensure that both you and your players’ behaviour is respectful to all officials. Teach your players to accept bad calls graciously. Abuse of referees is unacceptable behaviour that will not be tolerated.

Coaching and Parents

You are the appointed Heathmont Hornets coach and it is expected that all players (and parents) follow your coaching directions. It is often difficult for parents not to call out and give helpful hints to their child in a match situation but as the appointed coach you have the right and responsibility to run your team as you see fit (obviously within reason). Players must listen to your instructions during the game, at timeouts and at half time.

Zone Defence

To assist players in developing their basketball skills and to ensure competitive matches, a zone defence cannot be played in the first half for U/12 and younger age groups. The only exception is when a team has no substitutions for the game.


Players are covered by Sports Insurance for training and games. Players injured during a game are to write details of injury on back of score sheet. Claim forms for teams registered with RBA are available from Maroondah Stadium. Claims/injury reports are to be lodged with the insurance company within 30 days.

Game rules for Normal rounds

'Sin Bin' Policy

The GEBC Saturday competition operates a 'sin bin' policy.

Any player receiving a TECHNICAL FOUL or UNSPORTSMAN LIKE FOUL will result in the player being sent to the bench ‘sin binned’. This will cause the player to be out of the game for the next 5 minutes. The player may sit on the team bench during this time. The time the infringement occurred will be recorded against the player on the score sheet by the referee.

The player may return at the next available substitution opportunity after the 5 minutes has elapsed.

Referees are encouraged to warn players in a courteous manner of any behaviour or language which may lead to Technical or Unsportsmanlike fouls.

Some Important Game Day Facts

Training Venues

All coaches, players and parents are notified by mail of the training times and venues. Training is held between 4.30 pm and 9 pm Monday through to Thursday at our various training venues.

Coaches' Code of Conduct

Basketball is intended to be a recreational activity for enjoyment and health. This code of conduct has been developed by Basketball Victoria to give participants some guide to the expectations it has on those participants. It is intended to assist everyone to obtain the maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in basketball. Read the full Coaches' Code of Conduct.

Other Documents for Coaches