The Seattle Pride Basketball Program was founded by Jason Vann in 2009 as the West Seattle Pride Basketball Academy. After the 2nd season and having more kids outside of West Seattle than within it the program name then changed to Seattle Pride Basketball. The Seattle Pride program is about more than just learning and improvement of basketball skills. Academics are stressed as a pre-requisite for participation. Program participants are required to maintain a “C” grade point average at all times. Players’ grades will be monitored by coaches, team parents and program administrators. The reason we started this program was to give players a place to play year round where they could hone their skills. We wanted to place the development of the player at the forefront and NOT just throw a basketball out and let the kids play. Our goal is to teach all players and kids and improve their skills as well as their basketball IQ’s. An hour of every practice is spent on fundamentals and individual skill training such as shooting, ball handling, speed, strength, and agility. It is our goal to make sure anyone who comes into our program leaves better off than the day they walked in.
The Seattle Pride program will field teams in the 5th – Juniors in High School grade levels including both boy’s & girl’s. Teams are selected by the coaches through a try-out process. The number of teams and the number of players on each team will be dictated by the talent of the athletes at the try-outs. Seattle Pride will only field 1 team in any particular grade level.
The Seattle Pride coaches will commit a huge time sacrifice in coaching your child for approximately 6-9 months or longer. Therefore, all the program asks of them is that they coach your kids on the floor! Coaches are not expected to lead fund-raising duties. They are not responsible for providing transportation for players to and from games or practice (though this happens regularly, at each coach’s discretion).
Complaints, questions and concerns should be directed to your program director (Jason Vann), not the coach. All parent concerns must be communicated to the program director. Coaches will communicate directly with the players and the Seattle Pride administration.
We ask that everyone stick to this policy; coaches deal with players, parents deal with program director and Team Managers deal with the administration and/or coaches.
Team Manager Duties
The Team Manager or Co-Team Managers are selected within the parent group. Team Managers are also responsible for calling and conducting parent meetings and assisting and/or leading fund-raising efforts.
Parent Duties & Expectations
The Team Manager is not the only parent with an important role. We ask that all parents volunteer to assist with team needs, including: fund-raising, phone calling and communication, snack schedule and car-pooling etc. These commitments by parents are not limited to those persons whose kids need the benefit of fund-raised funds. All parents are expected to commit some time and energy to helping the team accomplish its fund-raising goals. Please remember; the more everyone works together and communicates, the smoother your team will run and the more your child will benefit from the program.
Also, we ask that all parents let the coaches do their jobs. Sometimes a coach will make a decision that he see’s fit for 1 of many different reasons. All coaches have expectations of what they want to see offensively, defensively, as well as attitude wise. We want all players to buy into the team 1st mentality and the Pride philosophy of “The Fist”. Its hard to argue coaches decisions when not at every practice, game, etc. Playing time is non negotiable. We also expect all parents to conduct themselves with the utmost respect towards coaches, other parents, and officials, and provide good examples of sportsmanship for our kid’s and represent the Seattle Pride program while within it.
Seattle Pride is a select basketball program and it has no mandatory rules about playing time. Therefore, it is at the discretion of the coach as to how much time your child gets on the floor. While it is not the program philosophy to “win at all cost”, we do expect our teams to be very competitive and winning games is important. If your child has questions regarding his or her playing time, they can address them directly with the coach, who should be able to give them a straight-forward and honest answer. The monthly dues covers the training and practices but does NOT guarantee playing time. Playing time is purely a coach’s decision.
Out-of-State Travel & Additional Tournaments
Teams are encouraged to participate in as many additional tournaments and leagues as seen fit by coaches and Parents. However, a per player fee may be proposed to finance these additional events outside of Washington or Oregon Tournaments. Additional events should be organized by a respective team parent and/or coach, and communicated to the Seattle Pride program director.
Portland & Yakima Trips
The above trips will be financed by way of the monthly player fee’s as well as fundraising. These trips usually cost anywhere from $45 to $65 per player (dependent upon where and how long we stay). Detailed information will come within the program blog.