MISSION STATEMENT, VALUES AND PHILOSOPHY
 
Why Vipers?

We are more than just a basketball club.  Our philosophy is focused on the entire person, not just their athletic capabilities.  We develop life skills as well as honing basketball talent.  Basketball provides an excellent medium to nurture life skills that will stay with the athlete long after their playing days are over.  We help athletes achieve the highest level they are capable of achieving, on and off the court.    


On the Court

We focus on the individual skill development of each athlete.  Our youth curriculum is in line with the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model which is designed to promote life-long participation as well as help develop post-secondary level athletes. One of our strengths is the design of a comprehensive curriculum for development allowing athletes to progress through our programs, from Mini Basketball in grades 1-2 through to Viper Elite Spring Team athletes and beyond.
In addition to technical instruction, our Viper Elite Spring Team athletes take their training to the next level through incorporating in athletic development, nutrition, mental skills and pre- and post-game training.

Off the Court

Off the court, we instill discipline, dedication, teamwork and leadership skills in to our athletes.  These are life skills that are transferable to the outside world and will help our athletes to succeed in whatever path they choose in life.


Sense of Family

Our Vipers coaches believe that technical instruction is only one part of their role.  They often act as mentors and role models for their athletes; providing guidance, tutoring, assistance with a job search, or just someone to talk to.  This relationship does not end at the coach level as older athletes are also active in nurturing, mentoring or coaching younger athletes to provide another support network to an athlete. 


Developing More Than Just Athletes

Developing basketball athletes is only one part of the equation.  For a basketball community like Halifax/Dartmouth to be successful, it is necessary to develop coaches, referees, score keepers, team managers and administrators as well.  We strive to develop all facets of the game in order to keep as many children playing as possible.  


No Financial Barriers

Halifax/Dartmouth Park Vipers Basketball Club believes all children should be able to participate regardless of their financial situation.  That is why we have a policy that we will never leave a child behind due to financial constraints.  If your child or a child you know wants to play basketball but finances are a barrier to participation, please contact us at info@halifaxvipersbasketball.ca and we will find a way to make it work.

Vipers Fair Play Principals

AS A PLAYER I WILL:

1. Play by the rules and in the spirit of the game.
2. Control my temper - fighting and "mouthing off" can spoil the activity for everybody.
3. Respect my opponets
4. Do my best to be a true team player.
5. Remember that winnng isn't eveything - that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best as as important.
6. Acknowledge all good plays/performances - those of my team and of my opponets.
7. Participate because I want to, not just because my parents or coaches want me to.

Remember that coaches and officials are there to help me and I will show them respect.

AS A PARENT I WILL:

1.Remember that my child plays sports for his or her enjoyment, not for mine.
2. Encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
3. Teach my child that doing one's best is as important as winning, so that my child will never defeated by the outcome of a game/event
4. Make my child feel like a winner everytime by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
5. never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
6. Remeber that children learn best by example.I will applaud good player's performanaces by both my child's team and their opponents.
7. Not force my child to participate in sports.
8. Never question the official's judgement.
9. Support all efforts to verbal and physical abuse from children's sporting activities.
10. Respect and show appreciation for the trained volunteer coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for my child, understanding that I have a responsibility to be part of my child's development.
11. Supervise all of my children that attend the game and will not use profane laguage or harass players, coaches, referees, league administrators or volunteers.

AS A COACH I WILL:

    Ensure that all athletes get fair playing time, instruction, and support.
    Be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that young athletes have other interests and obligations.
    Teach my athletes to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and opponents.
    Not ridicule or yell at my athletes for making mistakes or for performing poorly. I will remember that children play to have fun and must be   encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
    Make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the athletes' ages and abilities.
    Remember that children need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
    Obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.
    Work in partnership with parents and players.
    I will treat other coaches, players and referees with respect and yelling at participants will not be condoned.