Information for parents


For Parents/Carers

These rules were devised by the young people themselves in response to over-exuberance from some of their parents.

• Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
• Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
• Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
• Never force your child to take part in sport
• Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all
• Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
• Publicly accept officials’ judgements
• Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
• Use correct and proper language at all times
• Encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.


NASSA is very mindful of its responsibilities when it comes to safeguarding the young people in its care. We firmly believe that every person has the right to be safe in sport and we have policies which set out how everyone should behaviour. We have adopted all of Basketball England’s policies which include Safeguarding, Equality and Code of Ethics and Conduct.

Everyone in a position of any authority within NASSA has cleared DBS checks. In addition and in pursuit of excellence and the highest standards, by September 2017, Natasha Hart will ensure that all NASSA coaches have passed their Level 3 courses in Safeguarding Children. All of our coaches are also qualified in First Aid.

In addition to the qualifications they each hold, all of the NASSA staff and coaches can boast many years’ experience in coaching local young people both on and off the court. We want the best for all of the young people in our care and we demand the best from all of our staff and coaches.

For further information on NASSA’s policy on Safeguarding of if you have any queries or issues, please contact Natasha Hart via email at or by phone on 07947 401616.


NASSA’s activities are based on the principle that engagement through sport and building mutual respect and trust can provide cultural gateways to alternative lifestyles.

We use sport to widen horizons, raise aspirations and provide opportunities to achieve realisable goals for individuals and groups of young people regardless of sex, race, colour, religion and disability.

All participants and staff members vigorously operate the NASSA equal opportunities policy. They ensure that all sessions are open to everyone and guarantee that no participants experience any sort of discrimination or abuse. Any person found to be guilty of any inequity, will be banned from further activities. 

It’s great that your child wants to get active, have fun and develop a whole load of life skills by playing sport – but as a parent we know it can be a bit daunting.
Questions such as: ‘Where do they start? What level do they need to be? How will I know they are safe? Where are the friendly junior clubs? How much is this going to cost me?’ are all running through your head.
Well in this section, hopefully we will be able to answer all of those and highlight all the main things you should be considering when your child starts playing basketball with NASSA.

Where do they start?
NASSA is open to all ages and all abilities, so come along to a session and see how everyone in the NASSA family has fun. We’ll give your child the opportunity to discover how great a sport basketball is.

What level do they need to be?
Whether your child wants to be the next LeBron James or just wants to have fun playing basketball, we welcome everyone with open arms and open minds.

How will I know they are safe?
Safeguarding is and always has been one of NASSA’s key priorities. The charity was set up in 2006 to give local young people the chance to play sport in a safe haven. Our coaches, staff and parent volunteers are all CRB-checked.

Where are the friendly junior clubs?
We can’t speak for anyone else, but every one of our players considers themselves a member of the NASSA family. We encourage our older players to mentor our younger ones.

How much is this going to cost me?
Membership, training session fees and game fees can be found here >>  Membership and Training Costs page