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Coaching Expectations

2024-2025 Application to Coach

The Kingston Impact are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 competitive season for head and assistant coaches of our competitive/travel teams.

Before applying please read the expectations below.

The initial decisions will be made by the end of July and coaches will be notified around that time.

We hope to have teams from U10 - U19 in both genders, so new coaches are always welcome!


Coaching any sport can be an extremely rewarding experience but it also can be one of the most challenging. It is important that all Kingston Impact coaches understand the expectations placed on them when they agree to coach one of our teams.

These expectations are not to discourage people from getting involved in coaching but more to educate what is expected of all coaches within our organization. 

The expectations listed below are all guided by the underlying principle that coaches are to ensure to the best of their ability that all players on their team have a positive experience.

All Coaches

Not all coaching positions have the same expectations. For example there is a different between what is expected of a head coach vs. an assistant or coaching a high performance team vs. a development team but there are a standard set of expectations for all coaches within the Club. These are as follows:

  • Ensure a positive and safe environment for all athletes.
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity and sportsmanship at all times.
  • A coach is a leader, role model and a representative of the Kingston Impact. The actions of a coach in how they behave, how they communicate and how they treat others must be done with the highest levels of respect and dignity towards all. It is important for all coaches to understand that a coach can be one of the most influential role models in a player’s life. So it is vital that all coaches project a positive role model for all players.
  • Learn, understand and abide by the rules/regulations of the Kingston Impact Basketball Club and its governing body, the Ontario Basketball Association. It is not sufficient to say “I didn’t know” or use speculation on the way it should be done. If you do not know, then look it up or ask.
  • Foster positive relationships with players, parents, other club coaches, officials, league convener and opponents.
  • It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure that they have the appropriate certification to coach at their particular age group.
  • Work with other coaches/members of the Kingston Impact to implement the vision of the club.
  • Follow all our Safe Sport policies.

Head Coach

In addition to the above, all head coaches are also expected to:

  • Lead the team in terms of setting goals, priorities and the overall schedule
  • Work with and include parents in developing and implementing the overall schedule and logistics for the season.
  • Tournament scheduling
  • Develop a comprehensive season development plan.
  • Where do you want the team and individual players by the end of the season in terms of skill development, system adoption/implementation?
  • What is the plan on how to get there?
  • If assistant coaches are available, work with them to identify their roles and responsibilities.
  • Review the season plan with them and be willing to accept feedback
  • Be accountable for all playing time. It is ok to delegate responsibility to an assistant but if issues arise related to playing time, it is the head coach that is ultimately responsible for ensuring playing time follows the Club guidelines.

Assistant Coach

In addition to the expectations of all Club coaches, assistant coaches also have additional expectations:

  • Work with and support the head coach to the best of your abilities
  • Fulfill your role and responsibilities as determined with the Head Coach
  • Be prepared to step in for the head coach when required
  • Provide ideas and feedback to the head coach with the understanding that the head coach has the final say related to all basketball decisions for the team.
  • Help players and parents understand the Head Coach’s vision and work with both sides to come to a common understanding if issues arise.