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 TULLAMORE BASKETBALL   CODES OF CONDUCT

 

 

 

Basketball is intended to be a recreational activity for enjoyment and health.

 

These code of conduct has been developed by  Tullamore Basketball to give

 

participants some guide to the expectations it has on those participants. It is

 

intended to assist everyone to obtain the maximum benefit and enjoyment

 

from their involvement in basketball. As a result, the quality of participation

 

will be improved so people are more likely to start and continue their

 

involvement in basketball. Enjoy!!

 

ADMINISTRATORS CODE OF CONDUCT

 

1. Involve others in planning, leadership, evaluation and decision

 

making related to basketball.

 

You have been appointed or elected to lead the administration of

 

basketball. However, many other people have good ideas which can

 

benefit the sport. Listen to their ideas. If change or review is

 

contemplated, consult as widely as is practical. The more people who

 

contribute, the better the decision making process.

 

2. Give all people equal opportunities to participate.

 

While the ability and time available to contribute varies from person to

 

person, always make sure that everyone involved in the sport is made to

 

feel welcome to participate. Basketball could not function without the

 

very large number of volunteers involved. If all people are encouraged

 

to participate, it makes the job easier for everyone else. Involve them in

 

planning and decision making.

 

3 Remember that basketballers play for fun and enjoyment and that

 

winning is only part of their motivation. Always make sure that

 

participants are made to feel welcome whenever they attend for training

 

or a match.

 

Never ridicule players for making mistakes or losing a competition. See

 

errors or losses as an opportunity to learn in a constructive way.

 

Comment in a way that is positive and designed to create interest,

 

involvement and development.

 

4  Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill

 

development, and help improve the standards of coaching and

 

officiating.

 

Everyone involved in basketball is entitled to expect that the standard of

 

officials and coaches is high. You should ensure that you have in place a

 

program for ensuring that your officials and coaches are properly trained

 

and maintain their skills and knowledge of the game. You should

 

promote a culture among them of appropriate behaviour so that they can

 

act as good role models with the participants with whom they come into

 

contact.

 

5. Make it clear that abusing people in any way is unacceptable and

 

will result in disciplinary action.

 

If you are making a report for abuse or any other reportable offence, you

 

must act with fairness towards all those involved.

 

6. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person.

 

Regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, religion or other

 

factor irrelevant to the game, all persons connected with basketball are

 

entitled to equal treatment and respect. Avoid any remarks that could be

 

construed as offensive or discriminatory. Sometimes even a joke may

 

give offence. Even if a person refers to themselves with a particular

 

label, it should not be taken as an invitation for you to do so. Using

 

discretion is imperative and it is better to err on the side of caution.

 

13. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.

 

Facilities and equipment cost money and will only function properly if

 

kept in good order. Ensure that you do not abuse anything provided for

 

use. Discourage players from engaging in dangerous practices such as

 

hanging off hoops or “slam dunking”. Quite properly, these practices are

 

banned in most venues. Not only can equipment be damaged but also

 

serious injury can occur.

 

COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT

 

1. Remember that basketball is for enjoyment.

 

Remember that basketballers play for fun and enjoyment and that

 

winning is only part of their motivation. Always make sure that

 

participants are made to feel welcome whenever they attend for training

 

or a match.

 

Ensure that activities are carefully planned, well structured and varied to

 

provide opportunities for individual and team development. Be willing to

 

depart from the plan to take advantage of an unexpectedly high interest

 

in a particular activity.

 

Never ridicule players for making mistakes or losing a competition. See

 

errors or losses as an opportunity to learn in a constructive way.

 

Comment in a way that is positive and designed to create interest,

 

involvement and development.

 

2. Be reasonable in your demands

 

In scheduling training and playing times and days, be reasonable in your

 

demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm, taking into account

 

their age, level of play and other commitments such as school and

 

employment.

 

Young children are likely to have more time but short attention spans.

 

They may have plenty of energy but are likely to need more guidance on

 

how best to look after their bodies. The differences in physical and

 

mental maturity can be quite marked in younger children of the same age

 

group. All these factors need to be considered in coaching young

 

children.

 

Older children have greater demands from their studies and many of

 

them need to work to assist their schooling. They also have many social

 

demands. Try to assist them in achieving a good balance between the

 

various demands on them.

 

Adults should in most cases be capable of making their own decisions on

 

priority between basketball and other demands such as work, family and

 

social engagements. Respect those decisions.

 

3. Teach understanding and respect for the rules.

 

Teach your players that understanding and playing by the rules is their

 

own responsibility and that the rules exist for the safety, proper order

 

and enjoyment of all people involved in basketball. The lessons to be

 

learned in this respect in basketball are lessons that can and should be

 

carried over into all aspects of their lives. Do not encourage players to

 

ignore or deliberately break any rules.

 

4. Give all players a reasonable amount of court time.

 

All players need and deserve reasonable court time. Avoid over-playing

 

the talented players. It is unfair to both them and those who are not so

 

talented. Players cannot improve without the opportunity of a reasonable

 

amount of match practice. Talented players can burn out. Having no or

 

little time in court can cause players to suffer from morale problems and

 

they can lose interest in the sport altogether.

 

5. Develop team respect for the ability of opponents including their

 

coaches.

 

Part of participation in sport is respect for all participants in the game.

 

Encourage your players to accept that their opponents are entitled to

 

proper courtesy. This means introducing themselves to their opponents

 

on court, congratulating them whether they win or lose and accepting

 

loss gracefully. Teach them that the opposition coach is there trying to

 

do the best for their team and is also entitled to respect.

 

6. Instil in your players respect for officials and an acceptance of their

 

judgement.

 

Players should be taught to understand that officials have a very difficult

 

task to perform and that without them games could not be played. They

 

are there to enforce the rules of play but they cannot always be right.

 

Teach your players to accept bad calls graciously. Abuse of referees is

 

unacceptable behaviour that should not be tolerated. Players who

 

consistently dispute decisions or do not accept bad decisions should be

 

singled out for counselling and guidance.

 

9. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are

 

appropriate to the age and ability of the players.

 

In our increasingly litigious and accountable society, all those involved in

 

sport have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure the

 

safety and well being of participants. Coaches are in a unique position to

 

control many of the factors which can have an effect on this welfare.

 

Coaches should be aware of the dangers factors such as heat and

 

dehydration, wet floors and other potentially hazardous environmental

 

situations can cause. A coach has a responsibility to avoid putting

 

players into dangerous conditions.

 

10. Be prepared to lose sometimes.

 

Everyone wins and loses at some time. Be a fair winner and a good loser.

 

Disappointment at losing is natural, but it should not be obvious to the

 

point of being unpleasant for others. Just as unpleasant can be the

 

boastful winner. Recognise that even in defeat, the loser has achieved

 

something, just by playing. Not everything in life can be a winning

 

situation. Losing can be an important learning experience for your wider

 

life goals. Guide your players to accept a loss in this spirit.

 

11. Act responsibly when players are ill or injured.

 

Show concern and take responsibility for players who are sick or injured

 

whilst under your care. Follow the advice of a physician when

 

determining when an injured or ill player is ready to recommence play. If

 

a player is injured on court, make sure that there is no danger of further

 

aggravation of the injury by prompt removal of the player if this is

 

appropriate. Record attendance at training.

 

Keep a brief record of injury(s) and action taken.

 

If behavioural problems arise and a young player has to be disciplined, keep a brief

 

record of problem/action/outcomes

 

If a coach has behavioural problems with a player and cannot resolve it He/She must report it in writing to the disciplinary committee who will then decide on a course of action based on the Clubs rules and codes of conduct.

 

 

 

14. Ensure that any physical contact with a player is appropriate.

 

Physical contact between a coach and a player except that which would be

 

considered usual social contact such as the shaking of a hand or a “high

 

five” should be rare. Gestures which can be well meaning, or even

 

considered by some to be acceptable, may be unacceptable to others.

 

Sometimes physical contact can be misinterpreted as sexual harassment

 

or even molestation. Particular care needs to be taken in coaching

 

children. Ensure that if there is physical contact with a player that it is

 

appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill

 

development.

 

15. Avoid personal relationships with players.

 

Personal relationships with players can often be misinterpreted as

 

something sinister. Friendship with players is essential to building trust

 

between a coach and players. However, the power imbalance in a

 

coaching situation can make it unwise for a relationship to develop

 

beyond friendship. Particular care must be taken when coaching children.

 

16. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person.

 

Regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, religion or other

 

factor irrelevant to the game, all persons connected with basketball are

 

entitled to equal treatment and respect. Avoid any remarks that could be

 

construed as offensive or discriminatory. Sometimes even a joke may

 

give offence. Even if a person refers to themselves with a particular label,

 

it should not be taken as an invitation for you to do so. Using discretion is

 

imperative and it is better to err on the side of caution.

 

17. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.

 

Facilities and equipment cost money and will only function properly if

 

kept in good order. Ensure that you and your players do not abuse

 

anything provided for use. Discourage players from hanging off hoops or

 

“slam dunking”. Quite properly, these practices are banned in most

 

venues.

 

PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT

 

1. Understand and play by the rules.

 

Understanding and playing by the rules is your responsibility. The rules

 

exist for the safety, proper order and enjoyment of all people involved in

 

basketball. The lessons to be learned in this respect in basketball are

 

lessons that can and should be carried over into all aspects of your lives.

 

Do not ignore or deliberately break any rules. Even if you think that a

 

deliberate foul may give your team an advantage, you should not commit

 

the deliberate foul in the interests of fair play. If you do consistently

 

commit deliberate fouls or break the rules you must accept that there will

 

be consequences for you and your team. Do not let yourself or your team

 

down.

 

2. Respect referees and other officials.

 

Referees and officials have a difficult task to perform and you could not

 

play the game without them. They are there to enforce the rules of play

 

but they cannot always be right. Accept bad calls graciously. Abuse of

 

referees is unacceptable behaviour. Players who consistently dispute

 

decisions or do not accept bad decisions are bad sports. If you disagree

 

with a decision, have your coach, captain or manager approach the

 

referee during a break or after the game, in an appropriate manner.

 

3. Control your temper.

 

Verbal abuse of officials is a serious offence against the rules of

 

basketball. Verbally abusing other players or deliberately distracting or

 

provoking an opponent are also not acceptable or permitted in basketball.

 

Loss of temper is not only unpleasant for other participants in the game,

 

it can also distract you and have an adverse effect on your concentration

 

and effectiveness on the court.

 

4. Work equally hard for yourself and for your team.

 

You owe it to yourself and others involved in your team to train and play

 

to the best of your abilities. Your team’s performance will benefit - so will

 

you. If you are half-hearted about your involvement in the sport you will

 

become dissatisfied and lose out on the much of the enjoyment and

 

satisfaction you can derive from giving it your best.

 

5. Be a good sport.

 

Acknowledge all good plays whether they be by your team or the other

 

team. Good manners and respect can be infectious. Everyone likes to be

 

praised when they do something well. If you acknowledge the

 

achievements of your opponents it is likely they will follow suit. Part of

 

participation in sport is respect for all participants in the game. Your

 

opponents are entitled to proper courtesy. Always introduce yourself to

 

your opponents on court, congratulate them whether you win or lose and

 

accept a loss gracefully. Remember that the opposition coach is there

 

trying to do the best for their team and is also entitled to respect.

 

6. Treat all players as you would like to be treated.

 

Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.

 

Just because one of your team cannot perform as well as you do does not

 

mean that they are not trying. Everyone makes mistakes. Do not abuse or

 

ridicule another player when a mistake is made. Constructive guidance

 

and encouragement when a player does well will assist a player to

 

improve their game.

 

7. Play for the “enjoyment of it” and not just to please parents and

 

coaches.

 

Playing sport, including basketball, should be fun. This doesn’t mean

 

that you shouldn’t take it seriously, just that at the same time you should

 

enjoy it. If you enjoy an activity you will perform much better and derive

 

far more benefit from it than if it is an unpleasant experience. You may

 

experience pressure from your coach and parents and others to perform

 

outside of your capability or desires. Whilst this can be a positive and

 

their way of showing you support in your activities, you should resist it

 

where it no longer is enjoyable.

 

8. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person.

 

Regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, religion or other

 

factor irrelevant to the game, all persons connected with basketball are

 

entitled to equal treatment and respect. Avoid any remarks that could be

 

construed as offensive or discriminatory. Sometimes even a joke may

 

give offence. Even if a person refers to themselves with a particular label,

 

it should not be taken as an invitation for you to do so. Using discretion is

 

imperative and it is better to err on the side of caution.

 

9. Be prepared to lose sometimes.

 

Everyone wins and loses at some time. Be a fair winner and a good loser.

 

Disappointment at losing is natural, but it should not be obvious to the

 

point of being unpleasant for others. Just as unpleasant can be the

 

boastful winner. Recognise that even in defeat, the loser has achieved

 

something, just by playing. Not everything in life can be a winning

 

situation. Losing can be an important learning experience for your wider

 

life goals.

 

10. Listen to the advice of your coach and try to apply it at practice and

 

in games.

 

Your coach has been appointed to coach your team because they have

 

certain abilities and experience. They have also undergone training to

 

ensure that you get the best coach that you can commensurate with your

 

skill levels. Apart from skills training, your coach can provide you with

 

helpful advice on all aspects of playing basketball. Make the most of the

 

opportunity provided to you to work with your coach to have a happy and

 

successful experience in basketball.

 

11. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.

 

Facilities and equipment cost money and will only function properly if

 

kept in good order. Ensure that you do not abuse anything provided for

 

use. Do not engage in dangerous practices such as hanging off hoops or

 

“slam dunking”. Quite properly, these practices are banned in most

 

venues. Not only can equipment be damaged but serious injury can

 

occur.