Duties of Gym Supervisors
Updated Tuesday October 1, 2019 by Jennifer Banks.
As you recall from our coaches meeting, Gym Supervisors are required by the referee association. However, we believe this can make NBYAA an even better place for kids to play sports. (Hey, as sports fans, we are always trying to improve what we do, right?)
So, what does a gym supervisor do, in general?
- Serves as a neutral representative between the coaches and referees.
- Represents the NBYAA to everyone in the gym, especially in regard to complying with the school's rules for using the gyms.
So, what does a gym supervisor do, specifically at every game?
- Arrive at least 10 min before game time
- Wear the "gym supervisor" lanyard. (This can be found in the NBYAA binder that should be with the scoreboard equipment at each gym.)
- Sits at the scoring table or somewhere "neutral", has a good view of the game and is easily accessible to the coaches and the referees.
- There should be a quick pre-game conversation between the refs and coaches to review the rules for the age group that is playing. A copy of these rules are in the binder. The Gym Supervisor should be part of this conversation so that he/she knows what was covered.
- After the game, give the lanyard to the next GS or put it back in the binder.
What MIGHT a gym supervisor have to do at a game? (Hopefully none of these will come up!)
- If necessary, reminds audience members (in a friendly way) that the school rule is no food or drink inside their gyms. This is a condition for being allowed to use the gyms. We don't love this rule, and we didn't make it, but we have to follow it. They will need to take their food/drink outside. Also, kids are not allowed to play on the stages and not allowed to be unattended in the school hallways. We don't have to be mean about this, but we do need to enforce it.
- If a ref has a problem with a coach's behavior, the ref will tell the gym supervisor. The gym supervisor will need to relay the message to the coach. (If a reminder is needed, the code of conduct can be found in the binder.)
- If a coach has a problem with the ref(s), the coach can tell the gym supervisor. The gym supervisor will need to relay the concern to the refs (when the clock is stopped.) For example, not calling fouls, incorrect enforcement of when players can press, etc. These concerns should not go directly from the coach to the refs....the gym supervisor is the "Neutral Middleman."
- If a ref has a problem with an audience member, the ref will tell the gym supervisor. The gym supervisor will need to relay the message to the audience member, as respectfully as possible. Again, a reminder of the code of conduct might be handy. Hopefully this won't come up.
So hopefully all you need to do is sit there and enjoy the game! But thank you for helping us comply with this new requirement.
If you have any questions, please contact the basketball commissioners: