General Program Info

Program Mission

The young men in the program will excel in the classroom, on the court, and in the community.  Passion, confidence, intelligence, unselfishness and fundamentals are the corner stones of the program.  The players and coaches will work together to create a culture that is positive and nurturing to all its members.  Consistent preparation and continuous improvement in both mind and body will be the main goal for every person, every day.

Program Goals

  1. Athletes will represent the basketball program, school and themselves with class, pride and sportsmanship at all times
  2. All players in the program achieve a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  3.  We will build a strong sense of team where players play for each other and the school community above themselves.
  4.  Treat every practice and game as preparation to win a Conference Title and a State Championship.

Season Information

Practice: The basketball season is approximately 4 months long.  Some weekend practices/games may be necessary.  Typically freshmen will practice 3:00-4:30 and JV/Var will practice at either 4:30-6:30 or 6:30-8:30 in shared time slots with the girls program. Every effort will be made by the coaching staff to start and end practice on time.  Please have rides arranged at the scheduled times.  Coaches must wait until the last player leaves school.  Please work out car pools.

Commitment: Athletes are expected to be at all scheduled team events.  Family is first, academics are second and the basketball team is third.

Transportation to Away Games: Students are expected to ride the team bus to the game if provided.  Currently buses are only provided for games outside of Washtenaw County and players must find their own ride to any game in Washtenaw County. If a parent wants to take their child home after an away game from the site of competition where a bus was used, it is allowed.  Any other player that goes with that parent must have a written waiver signed by their parent allowing it. 

School Breaks:  Please know that Varsity basketball events are scheduled during school breaks over Thanksgiving and winter breaks.  These are opportune times for scrimmages and high level competition tournaments. JV and freshmen have a much lower requirement that will most likely not include any regular season scheduled games. 

State Tournament: We will play in the Class A State Tournament in March.  

Eligibility/Academics           

1. Before trying out for the team, all players must register online. All instructions are on the athletic website and can be found here:   REGISTER TO PLAY SKYLINE SPORTS

                    If you do not not completely register, you will not be able to tryout. 

2. All freshmen are entry eligible at tryouts. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors must have passed 4 classes in the first trimester to be eligible. 

3. At the end of the first trimester, grades are checked. To continue on the team, the player must have a .67 GPA and passing 4 classes. To be eligible to play in games, the player must have a 2.0 GPA and passing 4 classes. If a student is passing 4 classes and is between a .67 and 2.0 GPA then the student may be ineligible. Each player gets one probation period and will be ineligible for games if he does not improve his grades above a 2.0 GPA. 

4. Study halls will be necessary for players struggling below a 2.5 GPA. 

5. Maintain Amateur Status: Athletes can not accept cash or any item valued over $25 for anything sport related.

6. Early dismissals are possible. There is potential for 9th/JV players to miss a class due to an away competition.  We need to work together with the teachers to ensure that these players stay in very good standing in these classes and get the assignments before leaving and turn in assignments that are due before we leave.  As always, academics is first so we will try to limit missed classes as much as possible.

Team Size and Tryout Criteria

The evaluation for team selection at each level will be done by the entire staff with lots of notes and discussion. Many factors will influence the final team rosters such as; shooting/scoring, defense, ball handling, court awareness, passing, speed, passion, confidence, coachability, team chemistry and GPA. When selecting the team, determining the most cohesive and successful mix of players is the goal, not necessarily to take all of the most talented players.   

Playing Time & Team Makeup

The coaching staff will try to get all players into the game.  There is no guarantee that this will happen.  The coaching staff will not discuss playing time with parents.  We will discuss this at length with the players.  This is a highly competitive program and is not a recreation basketball program. More emphasis will be put on getting everyone into most games at the freshmen and junior varsity levels. For varsity competition, the goal for every game is to win the game and getting everyone in is secondary.

Player movement between levels is possible during the season and will depend on upon merit and/or need. 

Award Criteria

All players in good standing at the end of the season will receive either a freshmen, JV or Varsity award. Players must maintain player status and be with the team until the end of the year to receive their award. To receive a varsity award, a player must be in uniform for 4 varsity regular season games and/or have a very significant impact on state tournament games after having been moved up at the end of the season with 'significant impact' being determined by the coaching staff.

 Off Season Expectations

Introduction

We support athletes playing multiple sports. We do not expect the players in the basketball program to focus entirely on basketball all year long. In fact, we will encourage them to play multiple sports. If a basketball player participates in a fall or spring sport, then they will be expected to focus on that sport during the respective season. If players are not playing a sport, then we expect them to come to scheduled workouts that focus on strength, quickness and fundamentals. In the summer, we will cooperate with coaches from the other sports so that the athletes can split time to work in all desired programs.

Fall/Spring Expectations:

We will have scheduled 4-man workouts under the MHSAA high school off-season policy, to focus on fundamentals for potential returning players. No more than 2 per week, per athlete that last about 45 min to an 1 hour.

All Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who are not playing another sport will be highly encouraged to lift weights, attend conditioning and speed/quickness sessions 3-4 days a week. We have basketball specific strength and conditioning programs. 

Summer Expectations for returning program players:

The emphasis for the summer program for returning players will focus on improving fundamentals, getting team chemistry with the varsity level kids as new kids enter the varsity level, having our new senior class learn to take leadership of the program and playing high level competition. We feel the players greatest opportunity to develop their fundamentals is during the summer months because during the season so much of the focus is to be on offensive and defensive execution.  Therefore, our summer program will include high level competitions and have a major focus on player fundamental development.  The summer program will be about  4-7 weeks and depends on facility and league availability. 

Fundraising

We ask each player to raise $200. Specifics about what that includes will be handed out at the pre-season parent meeting. We will give opportunities to raise this amount. This is in addition to the 'Pay to Play' fee. If a family wishes to write a check for this $200 amount, then that is fine. We have a full budget sheet for you to view as well as our fundraising plan. Families will have to do their part to help make our program operate at the level that we desire. If you have any ideas to help the team raise money, please feel compelled to lead up an effort to help. We also accept donations to help our families in financial need that have difficulty with the team costs.

 Parent Involvement and Communication

As parents you love your children and want to see them succeed, just like the coaching staff does. Therefore, parental involvement in the boy’s basketball program is welcomed.

Positive involvement:

  1. Parents will be encouraged to communicate with their son on his physical well being, his mental well being, and his academic status.  If parents have concerns of any kind in these areas, we fully encourage you to communicate with the coaching staff so that we can work together to help overcome any issues.  Parents must provide emotional support for their son in difficult times, as well as in times of success.
  2. Parents are encouraged to get involved with one or more of our various committees.  Please sign up to lead or help out on a committee. Click on the Volunteer section on this website for possibilities.
  3. Parents are encouraged to tell the coaching staff about scheduling conflicts as soon as possible prior to the intended date.
  4. Please come to as many games as possible. Bring others and cheer in a positive way!

 Negative involvement:

The most negative interactions between the coach and parent occur when either the parent is upset about playing time and/or with how the coach has interacted with the player.

The most difficult decisions a coach has to make concerning the players are team selection and deciding who plays at specific times in the games.  All parents want to see their son play in all the games as does the coaching staff.  However, in very competitive contests, generally 7-10 players get the playing time.  Some players may not get into the game at all.  There will be plenty of discussion between the coach and player on playing time.  Parents will have to talk with their son about his discussions with the coach on playing time.

When a concern arises about a coach to player interaction, the parent should react thoughtfully to seek as much information as possible before drawing conclusions.  If parents have a concern, here is the process to address concerns.

  1. Talk to their son to see if the concern can be resolved.  If unresolved then …
  2. Set up a meeting with the head coach of the players team to try and resolve the concern.  The meeting will not be on a game day.  If unresolved then …
  3. Set up a meeting with the varsity coach to try and resolve the concern. The meeting will not be on a game day. If unresolved then ...
  4.  Set up a meeting with the Athletic Director to try and resolve the concern.  The             meeting will not be on a game day.

Conclusion

The player to coach relationship is the glue that holds the program together.  Any negative discussions and comments about the coaching staff by the parent, to the player(s), will result in weakening the strength of the team and the program. Parents have every right to expect our coaching staff to be role models for their son and we will do our very best to always be consistent, fair, and compassionate when dealing with problems that occur during the year. We fully encourage parents to communicate with our coaching staff about concerns they have during the season so that we can all work together to give the players the most well rounded experience that they can have.


 AAPS Athletic Code of Conduct

All players and parents are required to read, agree and sign the AAPS Athletic Code of Conduct. It is attached below. The signing sheet is the only sheet required to print off and turn in to the coaching staff. 

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Mike Lovelace,
Nov 21, 2014, 9:01 AM
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