Posted by OC Hoops on October 24, 2019 at 10:26:29:
In Reply to: Re: We are developing a problem in HS basketball posted by coach on October 24, 2019 at 09:38:04:
: : : : More and more tournaments are having teams drop before a regular season tournament. More and more teams are flaking out on fall and summer tournaments at the last minute. More and more teams are not honoring their commitments. This isn't travel basketball ladies and gentlemen, keep that type of culture out of high school its unprofessional and frustrating.
: : : Agree completely!
: What do you do when a team with a signed contract calls and says we are not coming. sue them
: main excuse is we have a new coach and he does not want to play,
: or we received a better offer
** if your admin can't work out with their admin that it is unacceptable at late notice to cancel a contract then I would use the following guidelines:
- don't extend an invite to that coach again.
- when scheduling be aware that a participating school on go on offense to make sure they are committed.
- have a very frank conversation with the withdrawing coach and explain the hardship and voice your displeasure with withdrawing. Hopefully it wont' happen to someone else down the road.
**It is sad that such a lack of honor, core values, and standards is permeating much of our society. New ways aren't always better.
: : Agree as well - one point. In a regular season high school tournament the tournament director should not consider their tournament filled until they have a signed contract. With the signed contract the participating team is obligated to honor the contract. If teams are bailing out on signed contract the Athletic Director/Admin need to get involved and enforce the contract. Those bailing out on a "handshake" agreement to participate, at the last minute, are not the type of leaders we need in the game at the high school level. With the change in the way games are counted prior to last season we are in an adjustment period in how non-league schedules are put together. Coaches need to plan early - of course, if you are waiting for the free agent season to end to know the make up of your roster - I guess it makes sense to dial in the schedule late. SMH
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