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The PAC Salem sponsors competitive teams for both boys and girls in the 4th through HS grade levels. The following rules will apply to all such teams, players, coaches and players’ parents. 


  1. The PAC competitive basketball teams consist of 4th Grade thru HS to play for our club season. Players may reside anywhere and be eligible to participate.  

  2. PAC team members must commit to their team for the season.  Players cannot play for another club during the season.  The only exception is playing with a school based team that is supported by the high school program. Players must make that request in a timely manner that does not affect their PAC team.  Players playing for another program will be suspended from playing with The PAC.

  3. Players in the program may not petition to be allowed to tryout for a higher grade-level team, unless there are not enough players for their current age group.  T




  1. Prior to prospective players attending the tryout sessions, the parent or guardian of each child must complete a release form through the LeagueApps registration.. 

  2. Tryouts will be run by our PAC coaches and trainers and any other participants we feel necessary to have a part of the tryout.  Board member roles of President, Vice President, Select Coordinators (boys & girls) Coaches Coordinator, and Player Advocate will also be allowed in the gym to observe and assist in the tryout process. If any of those roles have a child in the tryout, they will not be allowed to observe, unless otherwise approved by The PAC.. 

  3. Tryouts will generally cover two nights for each age group and gender. The tryouts will consist of drills and various games geared toward giving the coaches a broad view of the players’ talents and capabilities. 

  4. Following the final session our staff will select the players for the designated number of teams for that group. Teams will generally consist of 10 players. There will be a minimum of 8 for any team in the competitive program, and a maximum of 10 players. There may be additional members of the team in a “practice only” capacity.

  5. The try-out numbers of the players selected for each team will be posted on our website and email as soon as possible following the final try-out session. The status of one or more teams may be contingent on the outcome of certain events. In such cases, the posting of that teams’ players may be delayed. 

  6. Tryouts can blend into the start of our training/practices as well.  Once we feel comfortable deciding which group will play paired, we will make the announcement.  

  7. Players that do not make a tournament team will be part of our development program. 



  1. Persons desiring to coach a team must request online to be interviewed by our staff. 

  2. Coaches must adhere to all PAC program policies.

  3. Each coach will be required to agree to a background check and sign a Code of Ethics, which clearly defines the expectations of behavior on the bench and in the stands. 

  4. Coaches can be removed at any time if they fail to meet the expectations of our program.

  5. Coaches and/or an assigned team manager will be responsible for ensuring coaches’ and parents’ behavior is exemplary and offers only positive interaction with the players and referees. 

  6. Coaches will be selected after the teams have been formed. 

  7. Coaches in our HS level will be required to be USA Basketball Certified and SafeSport certified.  Coaches in our elementary and mid-high programs will be required to be Safesport certified.



  1. The fee charged for each player will cover the following expenses:

  • Uniform (Backpack, Shooting Shirt)

  • Gym Fees

  • Trainings

  • Coaches

  • Scholarships

  • 3-4 tournaments 

  • Insurance

  • Other Fees associated with the program



  1. All play will generally be consistent with the National Federation High School Rules and the rules of each tournament entered. Each coach is expected to have a basic understanding of such rules. 

  2. Players must all participate in each game. We follow a 60/40 rule of playing time, 70/30 for 8th grade-HS. Each coach has the discretion to increase or decrease minutes played for situations including, but not limited to:

    • The health of the player

    • Attendance and participation in practice

    • Tardiness to games or practice

    • Attitude and level of effort 

  3. Playing time questions or issues should first be addressed with the coach before or after a practice through a scheduled appointment.  No parent should approach a coach before, during or after a game or practice. If further clarification or intervention is needed, playing time questions or issues should be directed to the Player Advocate Director. 

  4. Player technical fouls should result in the player being removed from the rest of the game.



  1. Each coach and the parents of every player will be required to agree to and sign a Code of Ethics, which clearly defines the expectations of behavior on the bench and in the stands.

  2. Coaches and/or an assigned team manager will be responsible for ensuring coaches’ and parents’ behavior is exemplary and offers only positive interaction with the players and referees.

  3. Coaches are prohibited from voicing disrespectful remarks or using force (such as striking or shoving) to deal with the referees, opponents, or their own players. Additionally, coaches are prohibited from using threatening, demeaning, or abusive language with any referee or player. Any violation of this rule should be reported immediately to the association.



  1. The PAC Salem is charged with assuring the team composition, practices and games are conducted equitably among the competitive teams. Further, The PAC Salem is charged with assuring that coaches, players and parents are properly observing these rules. In such cases as it appears there is a problem, The PAC and board will initiate the following procedures:

  2. A Situation Report will be completed, outlining the complaint in as much detail as possible. (2) The offending party will be contacted by the Players Advocate and given an opportunity to clarify the situation.

  3. If a rule is misunderstood, it will be explained to the offending party. The Situation Report will then be completed, giving an indication that the specific problem has been resolved. 

  4. If a rule is objected to and the offending party refuses to follow the rules, then the situation will be discussed by the Board and appropriate action taken. This action may involve a warning, a suspension or, in extreme or repeated cases, removal of the individual from the Program. The Situation Report will then be completed, giving particulars. 

  5. Situation Reports are to be maintained by the Players Advocate for three years, and then destroyed. They will not be generally available, other than to the party named in the report as needed when dealing with subsequent reports and when appointing coaches.



  1. Each player participating in the program will be required to sign a Commitment Agreement, stating that membership on his/her team will be his/her first-basketball priority from the beginning of the club  season.  Exceptions are made for those playing in season sports during the Fall and Spring seasons.

  2. Coaches will be authorized to establish team rules for attendance and behavior and to judiciously reduce playing time as a disciplinary tool to enforce such rules

  3. Coaches must adhere to The PAC’s philosophy in approach

    • Man to Man defense for all elementary and mid-high grade levels

    • Motion offense and uptempo movements

    • Limited number of structured plays

    • High energy, effort and competition at all levels.



  1. All practices are closed.  Only coaches and players may attend practices. 

  2. All trainings are closed.  Only trainers, coaches and players may attend training. 

  3. Parents can occasionally request to observe training and practice with the coach and The PAC staff.

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