EAGAN GIRLS BASKETBALL PROGRAM POLICIES
Team issued practice jersey and shorts must be worn to all practice sessions unless otherwise instructed by coaching staff. This season all teams in our program will be issued brand new NIKE practice gear. Please take good care of these items! Care instructions will be discussed with athletes. Athletes will need to pay replacement costs for any damaged or lost items.
Basketball season runs from November- March, Monday- Friday (JV/Varsity Monday-Saturday). This is a big time commitment and we know conflicts will come up for families. When a player has family commitments, we want, and expect, the player to make family their first priority. That being said, please consider the impact a player’s absence will have on our basketball family when planning family trips/commitments. When a player in our program is absent, it almost always impacts the team in a negative way. Whether it means a less productive practice or a loss in a game, please keep in mind there are always several other players and coaches counting on you. We recognize that family emergencies do come up and no player will be faulted for absences related to such a situation. We need all members of the program to recognize and respect that there are others counting on you when you commit to being part of a team. Your presence at practice and games is of great importance to your teammates and the program.
Our players will take their position as responsible young adults very seriously. Wildcat basketball players will be expected to conduct themselves as role models on and off the court. Off the court, we expect that our athletes will do their best academically, be leaders, and make good choices. The commitment to NEVER use drugs, alcohol, or tobacco needs to be made by every individual on the team. Social media needs to be used wisely as anything put out there cannot be deleted and can negatively affect your future. In short, do not do anything to embarrass yourself, your family, this program, or Eagan High School.
Emphasis On Winning and Playing Time
At every level in the program below the varsity level, the primary emphasis will be on player development. However, as players climb the competitive ladder there will be an increased emphasis on winning. Upon reaching the varsity level, winning will be a primary goal. While we recognize winning is not the most important aspect of athletics, it certainly enhances the experience for all involved, so we will pursue winning in a vigorous manner.
As coaches we are charged with the task of building the best team/program that we can. Sometimes developing the most competitive team/program may not allow for each individual player to play the role they want. Every player has the right to an explanation if they are not comfortable with their role on the team. It is important that players and parents trust/support us in this process.
As coaches we encourage players to discuss any concerns or questions with us. We believe fully in clear communication. When a player is unclear of their role or of where they stand it can lead to a great deal of turmoil and stress. All conversations relating to a player’s role or playing time must be had in an appropriate setting at an appropriate time.
Teams where everyone understands and accepts their roles usually turn out to be special teams. Unfortunately, these teams are rare. We will evaluate every player individually and make decisions based on what will make the team competitive and most successful.
Players who miss school or are too ill to participate in practices or games should stay home and rest. The player or their parent should contact their coach and let them know about the absence as soon as possible.
Eagan has a fantastic trainer who will handle all injuries. If a player needs to go to a doctor, make sure that they get a “return to play” note signed by the doctor and then give it to our trainer. Please keep our trainer and our coaches informed of any injuries. Injured players are still expected to attend practices and games.
There will be two buses transporting players to all away games. (Exception being the St. Olaf holiday tournament where there will only be one bus.) There will be an “early” bus that 9A and B squad team members will ride and a “late” bus that Varsity/JV team members will ride. All buses will pick up and drop off at the gym entrance on the east side of the building. Players are expected to arrive on time and to ride the team bus to all away games. Exceptions may be made to this rule using early communication and common sense practices. There is a return bus to Eagan High School after each away varsity contest. ALL Varsity/JV team members are expected to ride this bus back to EHS. Once again, exceptions may be made using early communication and common sense practices. 9A and B squad team members are also welcome to ride this bus if they have not been picked up by a parent/guardian by this time. 9A and B squad members are expected to communicate with their coaches if they are being picked up or if they will be riding the bus back to EHS.
To letter in Girls Basketball the following criteria must be met:
- Be a member of the Varsity/JV team in good standing
- Must complete the entire season including sectional play
- Must participate in team events, fundraisers, and the adopt a team program