Team Guidelines

As a basketball player for the Shiloh cluster, you are a member of an elite group of individuals who will have the opportunity to represent our community in the Gwinnett Basketball League. All players who are members of the Shiloh GBL Basketball program should understand playing boys and girls basketball demands tremendous commitment and dedication to the game and their team. Likewise, parents make great commitment and sacrifices for their sons and daughters to play with the team. Playing for the Shiloh Generals is a privilege not a right.

All players and parents are expected to adhere to these guidelines

1. General Guidelines

  • All Shiloh GBL Basketball players, regardless of ability and/or playing time are equal members of the team.
  • Maintain positive attitudes toward each other. Any player engaging negative criticism or disruptive team behavior will be dealt with accordingly.
  • Keep your language clean both on and off the court. Cussing or swearing will not be tolerated in practices or the games.
  • Unexcused absences will not be tolerated. Excused absences are those absences due to illness, injury, or family emergencies. All other absences will be looked upon as unexcused. Some exceptions will be made for team members related to personal issues and/or health concerns.
  • If you are ill and cannot attend practice/game, call or text the coach or team manager.
  • Put team success ahead of personal goals and ambitions.

2. Practice Guidelines

  • Please do not miss practice, with the exception of: personal concerns, family emergencies and illness.  Attendance at all practices, team meetings, and games is mandatory. In very rare situations, players may be excused from games and/or practices. When this occurs, players are responsible for informing the coach in person, by email, by phone, or a text message.
  • Be dressed and on the floor for the announced starting time of practice. Anyone not on the floor at the start of practice will be considered late. If you are late, consequences to be determined by coaching staff.
  • What happens in practice stays in practice.
  • Practices are to be taken very seriously. Every practice is a chance for you to learn and develop your game.
  • If a player misses a practice for an excused reason, they will still be missing important practice time and playing time for the next game could be decreased.  If you are too sick or hurt to practice, you will (in most cases) be too sick or hurt to play in the next game.  In extreme cases, there are possible exceptions.
  • Practice at a level that will prepare the team to be successful in game situations.

3. Game Day Guidelines

Be focused on the team, not the stands.  Any player that is not following the coach’s game plan, but chooses to listen to parents, relatives, or friends in the stands, will find themselves on the bench or in the stands with their family.
Players must be willing to be unselfish and put the team ahead of the individual. Play hard all of the time. If you’re not playing hard, you are not trying.

  • Be on time. This mean you should be there at least 30 minutes before game time.
  • Never complain about officiating, never show disrespect to another school.
  • Never talk with an official or give facial or bodily dramatics when you receive what you think is a bad call.
  • When you come out of the game, do not give any facial or bodily dramatics. Stay alert, involved, and cheer.
  • Never yell angrily at your teammates.
  • Focus on the floor or bench, not on the stands.
  • Avoid getting a technical foul.
  • No finger pointing, trash talking, or disrespectful gestures to opposing teams or fans.
  • During timeouts, huddle with the team.
  • Do not notify a coach that you are ready to play (exception: injury). Playing time is earned not expected.
  • In the event of an altercation, do not leave the bench!  You will be reprimanded if you leave the bench.
  • Never quit on your team, Never quit on your team, Never quit on your team.

4. Player Guidelines

  • Players will conduct themselves in a respectful manner
  • School comes before basketball. Your grades determine your eligibility to play.
  • Respect the coaching staff, officials, opposing players, and spectators.
  • Players are to adhere to a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.
  • At all times you represent the Shiloh GBL organization. Behave accordingly.
  • Don’t give excuses for your mistakes. Learn from the mistakes and move on.
  • Listen to your coaches, during practice and games, even if they are not talking directly to you.
  • Set positive examples throughout the school year, on and off the court.
  • Make sure practice shorts have a drawstring to ensure your shorts do not fall down when you run the floor.

Players and parents must also adhere to our code of conduct.