Travel Coaching Applications are due October 1. The coaching application will be posted by September 1.
South Loudoun Basketball will solicit applications for travel coaches annually. Volunteers who desire to coach a travel team will be required to submit their application to SoLo during the call for coaches which runs from September 1 – October 1 each season. SoLo will post the applications online on the travel web page and send out a call for coaches at the start of the coaches recruiting window.
Each application will be reviewed by the Travel Committee. The Travel Commissioners will conduct an initial interview of the coaching candidates and provide a recommendation to the Travel Committee. The travel committee will meet and review the recommendations and make the final determination on a pool of coaching candidates.
An initial pool of potential coaches will be selected and invited to the player evaluation process. Coaches will be asked to attend as many of the evaluation sessions as possible and provide input to multiple age groups.Coaches for each of the teams will not be named until after team selection occurs. Travel coaching candidates will be asked to evaluate at a different level from where they will be coaching to provide an unbiased evaluation of players.
At the conclusion of the travel tryouts, the travel committee will meet to determine the final coaching selections. Coaches will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Youth Sports Experience
- Overall Basketball Coaching Experience
- Experience Coaching Basketball at advanced levels (Travel, AAU, High School)
- Coaching Philosophy
- Availability for off-season programs
The coaching selections are confirmed for one year to include the winter travel season as well as the spring and summer off-season travel program. Coaches will not be ‘guaranteed’ to move up age groups with their teams. Coaches are not permitted to coach the same group of players for more than two (2) consecutive years without approval of the travel committee.
If additional teams form, or if there are not enough qualified and approved candidates for a particular age group, additional coaches may need to be recruited. Recruited coaches will be asked to submit an application and must be approved by the Travel Committee.
Coaches must complete the following requirements each season:
- Head Coach must be 18 years of age or older
- All coaches (Head and named assistants) must successful complete a background investigation
- All coaches must attend the mandatory PCA Coaches Training Sessions (two sessions total)
- Head coach or Assistant Coach must attend the annual Travel Coaches Clinic (with HS coaches)