Table of Contents:
Rise as One Mission Statement
Expectation of Parents
Fees and Penalties
Staff and Coaches
Rise as One Mission Statement:
Rise as One is committed to developing the holistic student-‐person-‐player through a structured environment promoting AAU basketball. Our goal is to teach young athletes respect for themselves, others, and their community by instilling the values of honesty, responsibility, and teamwork.
We strive to create a safe, exciting, and disciplined setting in which our athletes can reach new heights in the game of basketball while becoming good citizens and role models for their schools, peers, and community
AAU Basketball is not a recreational league; it is intense, competitive play. For example, by joining Rise as One team for the spring season, an athlete is making a 3-4 month commitment to become a better basketball player by improving their skill set in practice and devoting themselves to their team.
Teams may practice up to three times per week, and play a competitive weekend tournament schedule. By accepting a roster spot, athletes are pledging to commit themselves for the duration of the season.
While each team and age group will have their own schedule, athletes are committing to playing and practicing with Rise as One. Players are not permitted to participate with another AAU program while playing for Rise as One. Players who violate this rule will be dismissed from the team and a new player will fill the roster position.
Within the Rise as One organization, there are three levels (Grey, Black, Red) of teams, based on competitive ability. For the spring season, we anticipate having a total of 15 teams, with most grades having multiple teams.
Rise as One (RED)
Our Rise as One (RED) brand features our most competitive teams and expected to challenge statewide each season. Rise as One plays a very strong schedule which comprise of both Regional and National Tournaments.
Practices and Training
Rise as One is different than most AAU organizations, as there is a broader focus on skill training not just team practices. With Rise as One, in addition to practices our athletes have the opportunity to attend weekly skills training sessions led by some of the best trainers and coaches in New Jersey. Additionally, our athletes will spend time each week improving on speed, vertical and strength. These dynamic sessions help our athletes become stronger and more explosive on court.
These training sessions, which are included in each team member’s tuition represent a $500 value, and provides Rise as One athlete with a knowledge and skill base that is unparalleled. Also, since Rise as One has its own home facility in The House of Sports, our athletes have use of advanced training equipment and a safe, consistent location to which they may depend upon.
Most practice sessions are 90 to 120 minutes long, and can be during the week or on weekends depending on the teams’ tournament schedule. On weekday evenings, there are two time sessions offered:
Session 1 -- 6:00PM -- 7:30PM
Session 2 -- 7:30 PM -- 9:00PM
Weekend Sessions would be allocated based on availability and day:Saturdays – Teams will be scheduled morning and afternoon Sundays – Teams will be scheduled in the afternoon to early evening.
Each team will practice sometime three days per week at The House of Sports.
All practices are considered mandatory. If there is a conflict, athletes are expected to notify their coaches a minimum of 24 hours prior to practice. Each individual coach will express how he or she prefers to be contacted, whether via telephone, email or text.
Each practice session is very important to the development of our athletes and teams. Rise as One expects athletes to make every effort to attend each practice as absence could affect the team performance at tournaments. Our coaches spend valuable time preparing their practice plans, and need to know if and when an athlete will not be present. We appreciate your attention to this matter.
Rise as One understands our athletes are students, however part of being a student athlete is learning to allocate time properly. Rise as One athletes are expected to schedule their time so they can complete studying and homework, as well as participate in practices. It is customary for teachers to provide ample advance notification of any scheduled tests and school projects. As such, we expect all our athletes to manage their time efficiently to ensure they are able to meet all expectations.
Each athlete is responsible for arriving to practice, Rise as One does not provide transportation..
Our coaches and staff will utilize every minute during a practice session, thus players are required to be ready to begin practice at the designated start time. Please arrive early to allow yourself adequate time to prepare for practice. “If you are on time, then you are late, and if you are early, you are on time.”
The House of Sports has a water fountain and beverage machine for purchase, but athletes are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to practice.
During the season, each team will participate in weekend tournaments. Each coach and administrator of The House of Sports will determine the team’s tournament schedule, and this schedule is not announced prior to the season. This philosophy is in place as each tournament provides a different level of competition, and it is up to the coach’s discretion which tournament is best for each team. Some tournaments are strict about which level of teams can participate, others are not. Your coach will be able to talk to the tournament directors and determine the appropriate competition level so as to plan the tournament schedule. Rise as One has no control over outside tournaments, their game schedules, or opponents.
Most tournaments are either a one day, two day, or three day event. Most one-day events take place on Saturday, two day events cover both Saturday and Sunday, and some large tournaments stretch out across Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday.
Each tournament makes their own schedule, has their own tournament rules, and determines which age groups comprise their tournament. It is not unheard of for a team to be signed up for a tournament, and then to learn just a day or two prior to the tournament that the age group did not fill up and the event cancelled. For example, it is difficult for a tournament to predict how many 6th Grade teams will participate. If a Rise as One coach calls the tournament director and commits to play, the tournament director will add them to the field. However, if only one other 6th grade team decides to participate, the tournament director has no choice but to inform our Rise as One team that the age group did not fill. Though it can be frustrating, there is no way around this problem and will happen to nearly every team at least once during the season.
Most tournaments begin a tournament with pool play, consisting of “round-‐robin” games. Following the round-‐robin games, the teams then receive seeds and start bracket play for the top finishers. This may vary across tournaments, but this is the most common format.
Since seeds will need to be established, teams will begin a tournament only knowing the actual game times of one or two of their games. Following the completion of those games, the coach will know when the team will play again. Depending on the tournament format, teams may only have one game per day, or could have up to three a day. Additionally, it is not uncommon for there to be several hours between game times, especially during large tournaments.
All tournament directors want the tournament to run on time, however games can be unpredictable, and with various tournament formats and management styles it is often very difficult to predict when a tournament will end. Furthermore, the exact tournament schedule is often not available until just before the tournament begins (sometimes even the day before the first games). This is due to team withdrawals, changes, late entries, as well as unforeseen issues; all of which impact the number of games, schedule, and match-‐ups. Athletes and parents should begin a tournament understanding that the schedule may change during the event.
Each tournament has a team entry fee, set by the tournament host club or director. All tournaments require the entry fee to be paid a week prior to the start of the tournament. In addition to the tournament entry fee, which is paid by Rise as One, each tournament will have a spectator admission fee. Every spectator will be required to pay for entry, and the amounts range from $5--25, depending on the day and even the age of the spectator. Some tournaments offer a weekend pass option while other tournaments require spectators to pay by the day. Parents should expect to be required to wear a bracelet or other identifying item for the duration of the tournament if they purchase a weekend pass. Most tournaments only accept cash, so parents should plan accordingly. Rise as One has no control over the prices a tournament sets, though they are normally available to the coach prior to the tournament.
As mentioned earlier, there may be multiple games on one day spread across several hours. Not all tournaments have concessions, thus parents should make sure their athlete has snacks or meals available to them. Rise as One Coaches will not be responsible for purchasing food for athletes.
Tournaments, like practices are required for all team members. Since most tournament dates are set several weeks in advance, athletes are expected to inform coaches at the earliest possible time if they must miss a tournament or game.
Playing time will vary according to team, and is not guaranteed. Playing time is considered to be earned through performance both at practice and in previous games. The most important factor in determining playing time is most often attitude. Players decide independently in a daily basis how they will to react to a situation, and if a player is negatively affecting the team through attitude or play, the coach will substitute them for a player who can positively affect the team, regardless of how long they may have been in the game.
Rise as One has only one rule dedicated to playing time – Each team member will enter into at least one game during the course of a tournament. All other playing time is determined by the coach, and is non-‐negotiable. Every team wants to win, and in a competitive AAU tournament, the coach will play the players required to help the team perform best.
No parent or player should discuss playing time with a coach during or after a game. The coach has the right to play whichever players or combination of players they believe helps develop the team most appropriately. If a player has a question about playing time, the player (not the parent) should ask the coach outside of practice. Our coaches will provide honest feedback on what players need to improve upon to see more game minutes. Once that protocol has occurred, it is appropriate for a parent to request a meeting with the coach (not Rise as One) to discuss candidly their child’s opportunity to gain additional playing time.
Rise as One’s Expectation of Parents
Rise as One expects a commitment out of our parents to be good role models to all of our athletes. Parents who set poor examples and display undesirable traits or language send the wrong messages to our athletes. Parents should refrain from criticizing coaches, officials, teammates, or other parents.
Rise as One parents should leave the coaching to our coaches! Often during the excitement of a game or practice parents can unintentionally give a player advice or instructions that are contrary to those of the coach, which leaves the player confused. Parents should instead focus on offering encouragement by cheering and supporting the team.
Our coaches are giving their time and energy to teach the sport of basketball, and Rise as One cannot tolerate the condemnation of coaches. The easiest way to disrupt a team’s progress is to undermine the authority of the coach. Parents should enter the season understanding that you will not agree or like every coaching decision or tactic, but this does not warrant or deserve criticism. All Coaches have the best interests of your child at the core of their heart.
Officials are a part of every game, and like every other person they can and do make mistakes. Parents are expected to focus on the team and the game, not berating officials. Rise as One believes strongly in leading by example, and if any parent is ejected from a tournament or game, their athlete is automatically suspended for the rest of the tournament. Officials have no preference to any team winning any game; allow them to do their job as best as they can.
Rise as One and our coaches strive for excellence on and off the court, and believe that open communication between coach and player solves nearly all issues and concerns. However, if a parent has an issue they wish to discuss with the coach, there is a conflict resolution procedure that must be followed.
Parents are NOT permitted to confront the coaches during tournaments to discuss playing time, tactics, individual, or team performance. Should a parent confront a coach during a tournament, Rise as One coaches have been instructed to walk away and refuse to discuss any controversial matter. This is a policy of our Club and should not be reflective of the coach. The ONLY time a parent or player should discuss any problems with a coach is at an arranged meeting.
It is important for our athletes to learn the appropriate steps for problem conflict resolution. Thus, if an athlete has a concern about/with their coach, they should follow these steps:
1. The Player should discuss any and all concerns with the coach openly and arrive at a mutual solution. This should be done outside of practice, and never at games or tournaments. Our coaches want each and every player to succeed, and will work with the athlete to find a solution. The player should be open and honest, but most importantly willing to listen to the coach’s explanation and rationalization. Players should remember that oftentimes if they don’t voice a concern for a perceived problem, the coach might not know it exists!
2. If after time the concern has not been resolved, the player and parents may make an appointment to speak with the coach about the ongoing issue. This must be done outside of practice, and never at a game or tournament.
3. If after time a solution still has not been reached, a parent may contact the club to set up a meeting with the player, parents, coach, and a club leader. All decisions by the club leader will be final, and no refunds or other concessions will be awarded if a parent disagrees with the club leader.
4. It is important for these steps to be followed, as a club leader will not meet or discuss any issues with a parent if the player, and then the player and parent have not formally met with the coach.
Fees and Penalties
Rise as One fees cover court rental fees, coaches fees, administrative costs, trainers fee, and equipment costs. The more court time the team utilizes, the more the higher the fees are for that team.
Full payment is preferred but payment plans are available in 3 or 4 payments depending upon the time a player joins Rise as One. The due dates of payments are as follows:
1st Payment at Signing Night
(These dates may change)
Rise as One tuition must be received by the due dates or the athlete will not be permitted to practice or participate in any tournaments. In the opinion of the club director, if an athlete is overly delinquent in tuition, he or she will be removed from our rosters.
All checks must have the athlete’s name in the memo line, and be made out to THE HOUSE OF SPORTS.
Registration payments are non-‐refundable. Our payment due dates are situated around our rental contract dates. Thus, as we receive tuition we must make payments for facility rentals. Any payment or tuition concerns or discrepancies should be made in writing to the club director.
Staff and Coaches
Rise as One prides itself on the quality of our staff and coaches. Our head coaches and specialized trainers have been thoroughly reviewed and approved by our club director, and have previous coaching/playing experience at the scholastic, collegiate, or professional level. Many of our coaches have been with us for several years, and repeat with us in all AAU seasons.
Coaches for individual teams will be listed on our website.
Rise as One is committed to providing a safe, enjoyable, diverse, and enriching basketball experience for our athletes. Thus, Rise as One will not tolerate nor participate in discrimination based upon religion, race, color, national origin, or sexual orientation. All Rise as One staff, athletes, and parents are prohibited from discrimination, using language or terms deemed to be discriminatory, or other actions regarded to be hurtful resulting from discriminatory feelings.
Any coaches, athletes, or parents found to be in violation of the discrimination policy will be up for review from the club director, and may be suspended or banned from any or all RISE AS ONE activities with no refund or compensation.
If you see any behavior from a coach or staff member you deem to be inappropriate, report it immediately to the RISE AS ONE administrator. All complaints will be investigated in a timely manner, and RISE AS ONE will work diligently to resolve any related issues
PARENT PERMISSION FORM, LIABILITY WAIVER AND RELEASE, AND AUTHORIZATION FOR MEDICAL - DENTAL TREATMENT
I understand that participation in Rise as One Basketball involves risk and dangers of serious and permanent bodily injury and death. I hereby release, hold harmless, discharge, and agree not to Rise as One Basketball, The Basketball Factory Inc., Kevin Houston, Kevin Houston Basketball Camps, Rise As One, and all their affiliates and DBA, all directors, officers, employees, coaches, officials, volunteers, agents, sponsors, advertisers, owners/leasers of premises for and from all liability from my participation in and with these and any other related travel, lodging, social, and recreational activities. I also understand Kevin Houston, Rise As One Basketball, The Basketball Factory or Rise as One retains the right to use for publicity and advertising, photographs and videos taken of the participants.
I have given my daughter/son permission to participate in Rise as One events, and I certify that she/he is in good health, has been cleared by a physician and can take part in all physical activities not limited to but including training, practices, and games. I am aware of all laws, rules, and safety procedures regarding head concussions. If an injury occurs, I authorize the staff members to take any action and use the emergency service available at the nearest hospital if necessary. I understand my personal insurance will be used in this case. In case of emergency, I authorize the personnel to take action. I have read, understand, and agree with all the parents, players, and team packets and will follow all rules and code of conduct.
Rise as One Basketball due to inclement weather, gym closer, or any other reason that a refund or credit will not be issued. All fees are final and nonrefundable.
I also understand Rise as One Basketball, Kevin Houston, The Basketball Factory, and Rise As One and their DBA retains the right to use for publicity and advertising, photographs and videos taken of the participants
HANDBOOK ACCEPTANCE FORM
I acknowledge that I have received, read and discussed with my son/daughter the information in the Player/Parent handbook. I understand all of the policies as outlined in the handbook and agree to abide by the rules of the organization. A player may not begin his/her season with a Rise as One Basketball Team until all required forms are signed and submitted to the Team Manager. The forms include: Handbook Acceptance, Waiver and Medical Release, Insurance Information, Code of Conduct, and Financial responsibility.