Basketball is an excellent recreational activity for enjoyment and health. It’s also a lot of fun to watch! However, sometimes the behaviour of a participant (Player, Parent, Spectator, Coach, Administrator or Official) ruins the fun, or even the safety, of others.

Under a Respect for our game initiative, Basketball Victoria (BV) has outlined what is and isn’t acceptable when interacting with referees.

Behavioural Technical Foul Interpretation

Respect Our Game Rules

Keilor Basketball Association (KBA) has a Participant Behaviour Policy which provides a clear and comprehensive statement of expectations of all involved in basketball.

THIS IS ESSENTIAL READING FOR ALL THAT ATTEND BASKETBALL GAMES

Basketball Victoria have developed Codes of Conduct so that we can all be clear of the behavioural expectations that apply to us. These Codes are designed to assist everyone to safely receive the maximum benefit from their involvement in basketball.

Remember that breaches of code not only undermine the enjoyment & safety of the sport -they can also lead to sanctions being applied to individuals, teams or even the Club. In such circumstances – ignorance of a Code is not accepted as an excuse.

If controlling your behaviour is an issue, remain outside the venue – go and get a coffee, catch up on emails, go for a walk – let our children enjoy basketball.

 The attached document explains each of these in more detail.

  1. Remember that basketball is for enjoyment
  2. Be reasonable in your demands
  3. Teach understanding and respect for the rules
  4. Give all players a reasonable amount of court time
  5. Develop team respect for the ability of opponents including their coaches
  6. Instill in your players respect for officials and an acceptance of their judgement
  7. Guide your players in their interaction with the media, parents and spectators
  8. Group players according to age, height, skills and physical maturity, whenever possible
  9. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players
  10. Be prepared to lose sometimes
  11. Act responsibly when players are ill or injured
  12. As well as imparting knowledge and skills, promote desirable personal and social behaviours
  13. Keep your knowledge current
  14. Ensure that any physical contact with a player is appropriate
  15. Avoid personal relationships with players
  16. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person
Download Coaches Code of Conduct

The attached document explains each of these in more detail.

  1. Involve others in planning, leadership, evaluation and decision making related to basketball
  2. Give all people equal opportunities to participate
  3. Create pathways for people to participate and develop through the sport not just as players but as coaches, referees and administrators
  4. Ensure that rules, equipment, length of games and training schedules are modified to suit the age, ability and maturity level of players
  5. Provide quality supervision, instruction and a safe environment
  6. Remember that basketball is for fun
  7. Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development, and help improve the standards of coaching and officiating
  8. Assist all participants in basketball to know and understand the rules
  9. Give a copy of the codes of conduct to spectators, officials, parents, coaches, teachers, players and the media and encourage them to follow it
  10. Set an example. Our behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive
  11. Make it clear that abusing people in any way is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action
  12. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person
  13. Group players according to age, height, skills and physical maturity, whenever possible
Download Committee Members Code of Conduct

The attached document explains each of these in more detail.

  1. Interpret rules and regulations fairly and to match the skill level and the needs of the participants
  2. Compliment both teams on their efforts
  3. Be consistent, objective and courteous in calling all infractions
  4. Promote fair play and appropriate sporting behaviour
  5. Publicly encourage rule changes
  6. Ensure that both on and off the court your behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sportsmanship
  7. Keep your knowledge current
  8. Help the education process in the game
  9. Always present yourself in a way which encourages others to respect you and your role
  10. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided
Download Officials Code of Conduct

The attached document explains each of these in more detail.

  1. Encourage your children to participate for their own interest and enjoyment, not yours
  2. Encourage children to always play by the rules
  3. Teach children that an honest effort is always as important as a victory
  4. Focus on developing skills and playing the game. Reduce the emphasis on winning
  5. A child learns best by example. Applaud good play by all teams
  6. Accept decisions of all referees as being fair and called to the best of their ability
  7. Set a good example by your own conduct, behaviour and appearance
  8. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  9. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person
  10. Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators
  11. Keep children in your care under control
  12. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided
Download Parents Code of Conduct

The attached document explains each of these in more detail.

  1. Understand and play by the rules
  2. Respect referees and other officials
  3. Control your temper
  4. Work equally hard for yourself and for your team
  5. Be a good sport
  6. Treat all players as you would like to be treated
  7. Play for the “enjoyment of it” and not just to please parents and coaches
  8. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person
  9. Be prepared to lose sometimes
  10. Listen to the advice of your coach and try to apply it at practice and in games
  11. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided
Download Players Code of Conduct

The attached document explains each of these in more detail.

  1. Remember that basketball is for enjoyment
  2. Accept decisions of all referees as being fair and called to the best of their ability
  3. Always be positive in your support for players
  4.  Condemn the use of violence in any form
  5. Respect your team’s opponents, officials and spectators
  6. Encourage players to obey the rules and to accept decisions of officials
  7. Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language or harassing players, coaches or officials
  8. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person
  9. Keep children in your care under control
  10. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided
Download Spectators Code of Conduct