The commitment to District Basketball is large for both players and their families. A playing spot with the Norwood Flames is highly valued. There is an expectation that apart from injuries, illness, or important family or school events, players are expected to attend each training and game, every week.
Unlike Domestic basketball, where players will receive roughly even court time, District basketball in any division or team has no guarantee of even playing time. Players rather earn their playing time based on attitude, ability, attendance at training, and potential to contribute to the overall team’s success.
Norwood Flames has many teams in the same age group. If a player is not consistently achieving reasonable court time minutes, we encourage coaches, in conjunction with the player and their parents, to move down a division to gain more court time minutes. It is important to note, that most players’ development occurs during team training sessions rather than during games.
As a club, Norwood Flames is committed to working with all of our coaches to understand what their requirements are towards a player’s court time and their duty to ensure each player is treated fairly and provided with sufficient feedback. In the higher divisions, there is a larger focus on team success, in particular in important carnivals and finals matches. In lower divisions, there is a larger player development focus. Ultimately, however, court time as a whole is at the discretion of the coach for each individual team.
The Norwood Flames also has in place a process for each player to receive further feedback, if an issue is not able to be sorted via the players’ direct coach. A matter can be referred to the Squad Coach and then on to the Division 1 coach if required.