Basketball is a highly competitive, fast-action game that places demands on the individual player. For this reason, coaches will implement conditioning regimens that are based on scientific principles, and designed to enhance player endurance, quickness and playing skills. While contact and rough play are prohibited by rule, a certain amount of inadvertent physical contact is predictable. To enhance stability and strength, certain weight room workouts may also be prescribed along with a regular practice activity. In addition, the following considerations and cautions will enhance player enjoyment and safety.

PREPARATION FOR ACTIVITY:

1. Wear all pads, braces and supportive undergarments to all practices and competitions.

2. Clothing and shoes should fit properly, be comfortable, and allow for maximal physical efforts. Clothing should be kept clean and sanitary.

3. Clothing should not prevent heat dissipation, or restrict movement.

4. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.

5. Feet should be covered with clean dry socks. If blister are a chronic problem or begin to appear, coaches should be consulted for appropriate responses or preventive actions.

6. Players who require corrected vision must wear shatterproof glasses or lenses. Glasses must be mounted in break resistant frames, and be held in place by an elastic strap.

7. Players requiring preventative taping, padding, or bracing should arrive early enough to receive treatment and be able to participate in specialty work.

8. Remove all jewelry, metal hair clips and hats.

9. Nor horseplay, rough-housing, hazing or initiations.

10. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or diseases, must present a physician�s approval prior to participation in any practice session.

11. High top basketball shoes are recommended and they should be � properly laced up.

12. The use of ankle braces is recommended.

13. Mouth guards are recommended.

IN THE LOCKER ROOM:

1. Be alert to slippery floors.

2. Be alert to changes in floor texture and elevated thresholds between lockers and shower rooms.

3. Keep floors free of litter. Place all personal belongings in assigned lockers.

4. Close and lock locker doors when away form your assigned locker.

5. Keep soap and shampoo in the shower area.

6. Refrain from rapid movements, rough-house or horseplay in locker/shower areas.

7. Identify incidents of foot or skin infection to coach(es) immediately.

8. No hazing or initiations.

TRAVEL TO CONTEST/PRACTICE SITE:

1. Be alert to ramps and stairs leading to practice/contest area.

2. Be alert to variations in surfaces of locker room, ramps, stairways, or playing surfaces.

3. Be alert to the following:

a. Ball Carts.

b. Basketballs in flight, rolling, rebounding or bouncing.

c. Wind sprints or fast break drills.

d. Proximity of bleachers, walls and stages to playing surface.

4. Stretch thoroughly and jog easy laps to warm up.

5. Be alert for possible hazards when conditioning in areas other than the gym (stage, weight room, etc.)

6. Be aware of and avoid contact with bleachers, curtains, and any other miscellaneous peripheral equipment.

7. No horseplay, rough-housing, hazing or initiations.

HAZARDS SPECIFIC TO BASKETBALL:

1. Frequent drink breaks will be built into the practice plan and players should make use of each one.

2. Foot Problems – Refer to coach(es)

a. Blisters.

b. Calluses.

c. Ingrown toenails.

d. Fungus infections or plantar warts.

3. Other Skin-Problems Refer to coach(es)

a. Boils.

b. Rashes.

c. Floor burns, cuts.

4. Ankle and other orthopedic problems.

a. Sprains new Ice, compression, elevation, rest

b. Sprains old bracing, taping, easy workouts, rehabilitative exercise. Weight training regimens will have separate standards and progressions designed to enhance safety and physical conditioning.

5. Respiratory diseases can be a major problem. A vitamin supplement, fluids , regular rest, proper nutrition and dress contribute to the maintenance of health. Notify coach if you use inhalants.

6. Check your weight. Sudden or large losses over a month should be brought to the coaches’ attention, especially if you are feeling tired or ill, or if you demonstrate cold symptoms and swollen throat/neck glands.

7. DO NOT hang on the rims or nets or basket supports.

8. DO NOT engage in rough, thoughtless play.

9. DO NOT run under a player who is in the air to shoot or receive a pass.

10. DO NOT swing elbows excessively when clearing a rebound.

11. Taller players may need to be alert to their proximity to the lower surface of the backboard.

12. DO NOT take an intentional foul that might cause an injury to an opponent.

13. When taking a charge or screening an opponent, assume a weight-balanced, protected position.

14. If a backboard shatters, notify the coach and keep people away from the broken glass. BROKEN BACKBOARDS ARE THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THOSE WHO BREAK THEM!

15. Notify the coach or trainer of any injury, no matter how slight it may seem.

16. NO NOT share water bottles, towels, or anything else that might transmit body fluids or pathogens.

EMERGENCIES: Because of the nature of basketball, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach�s attention. Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, an occasional situation may require more intense management and may also necessitate involvement of squad members as follows:

1. Be alert to any injury that the coach may not see. H/she will manage the person in trouble. DO NOT move the victim!! Assist by:

a. Stopping all practices, scrimmages.

b. Calling the coach to manage the situation, and then helping with the injured person.

c. Telephoning for additional assistance when necessary.

d. Obtain first aid supplies or equipment

e. Keeping onlookers away

f. Sitting or kneel in close proximity.

g. Direct rescue squad members to the site.

2. Fire or Fire Alarm:

a. Evacuate and remain 150 feet from the building

b. Be prepared to implement emergency procedures.

3. Bomb Threat:

a. Evacuate the building and remain � 200 yards from building.

4. Lock Down

a. Follow all lock down procedures.

5. Earth Quake

a. Follow all earth quake drill procedures.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

We certify that we have read, understand, and agree to adhere to the cautions, considerations, and responsibilities required for participation on the Elkton High School/Grade School Basketball Team.

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Athlete Signature Date Parent/Guardian Signature Date