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Business Ethics and Youth Basketball
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by Referee, Danville,
on Nov 23, 2009
A few months ago the Pleasanton community experienced an extreme uproar over the Amador Valley H.S. varsity coach’s involvement with an AAU basketball team. The community discussion eventually ran its course on the Pleasanton Weekly Town Square Forum. Now the usually civil Danville community is facing a similar uproar over its local basketball programs with nearly an exact set of circumstances as that of the Pleasanton community. However, the Danville situation is a bit more involved because the managing director of a high priced youth basketball development company in town is not only the JV basketball coach at Monte Vista High School, and the 8th grade St. Isidore A team basketball coach, but as well has both the varsity and freshmen Monte Vista High School basketball coaches on his company’s coaching payroll. Understanding that high schools despite CIF regulation to the contrary commonly involve themselves with AAU or quasi-AAU basketball teams for the purposes of recruitment and training, the question for our Danville community though is how involved should a high school or local basketball development company involve themselves with each other until it is considered crossing the line and unethical? Please keep your remarks civil, polite, and constructive and please do not use personal names to identify individuals. I believe that this is an important topic for the community to face and discuss in the Danville Express/Town Square Forum. Thank you in advance for your well-developed thoughts and opinions.