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Mid-Cities Basketball Association

Criminal Background Policy

In an effort to protect children who participate in organized basketball with Mid-Cities Basketball Association (MCBBA), criminal background checks are mandatory for all recognized basketball coaches and assistant coaches.


MCBBA recognizes a head coach as being one who is responsible for scheduling and organizing practices, attends all practices and games providing guidance and teaching skills to the participants and who is the primary contact with the MCBBA Board regarding team or player issues. An assistant coach is recognized as being one who attends more than two practices or games during a season for the purpose of providing guidance and teaching skills to the participants. Assistant coaches are responsible for organizing and scheduling practices in the head coach’s absence. Only those persons officially recognized as head coaches or assistant coaches by MCBBA are allowed to be on the sidelines during games and practices. No more than two coaches are allowed on the bench during games. Coaching candidates must agree to Release Form for Criminal History Background Checks. This agreement gives MCBBA the right to check criminal history records. Any applicant who has lived in a state other than Texas within the last 7 years is subject to a nationwide search. Reasons for being declined the opportunity to coach are attached to this policy. Per Association Bylaws, the coach screening committee is composed of the President and both Vice Presidents. The committee reviews background check information to determine coaching eligibility. All information is strictly confidential. The decision of this committee is final and may not be appealed. All criminal history record information will be promptly destroyed at the end of MCBBA’s current basketball season. If a coach for MCBBA is arrested for committing an offense listed below, they immediately forfeit their coaching eligibility until disposition by the courts. A conviction on an offense as listed will result in termination of coaching eligibility as stated in this policy. Coaches are required to notify MCBBA if arrested or convicted of a listed offense during their coaching term. All coaching candidates will be checked one time annually before the current season’s first practice.

The following is a list of offenses that would prohibit a coaching candidate to coach a MCBBA youth athletic team:

* If a first offense and not currently under probation: eligible. Two or more violations have occurred or currently on probation: ineligible.

** Eligibility dependent on the severity and length of time passed since the offense occurred.

The following is the Code of Ethics which every coach subscribes to:


I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.

I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.

I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.

I promise to review and practice basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.

I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.

I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.

I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.

I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players.

I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for all of the skills that I teach.

I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.

By my example, I will encourage my team parents to demonstrate positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game or practice. I have read the above Code of Ethics and fully agree to abide by and support it as a volunteer coach for the Mid-Cities Basketball Association. I understand and agree that the Executive Board of the Mid-Cities Basketball Association may relieve me of my duties as a volunteer coach for violation of the Code of Ethics, or for any other determination that my participation as a volunteer coach is not in the best interest of the MCBBA and its members and players.