Codes of Conduct

Basketball is intended to be a recreational activity for enjoyment and health. This code of conduct has been developed by Victorian Primary Schools Basketball League to give participants of all kinds some guide as to the expectations it has of 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!!!

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

This code of conduct has been developed by Victorian Primary Schools Basketball League to give participants of all kinds some guide as to the expectations it has of 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!!!

Play by the rules.

Never argue with an official.

Respect the Referee’s decision at all times, you can discuss with your coach during a break or after the game in an appropriate manner.

Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in basketball.

Work equally hard for yourself and for your team. Your team’s performance will benefit so will you.

Be a good sport. Acknowledge all good plays whether they are by your team or the other team.

Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.

Co-operate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.

Play for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents and coaches.

Never use of ‘bad’ language based on gender, race or impairment and a player not missing a target.

Be prepared to lose sometimes. Everyone wins and loses at some time. Be a fair winner and good loser.

Realise that there are consequences for breaches of these Codes of Conduct, some of which are severe and may result in you being removed from the Stadium.

Conduct myself in a dignified manner relating to emotions, language, attitude, actions and punctuality at all times so as not to damage the reputation of VPS Basketball League.

Develop team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgement of referees, officials and opposing coaches.

Display control and professionalism and respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person you have contact with during all VPSBL games including; opponents, other coaches, officials, administrators, parents, players, and spectators.

Be aware and understand the role / influence of the coach as an educator. Therefore, impart knowledge in promoting skill, educational and social behaviour.

Never ridicule children for making mistakes or losing a game.

Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.

Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is a small part of their motivation.

Teach your players that the rules of the game even though the Referees may not call every violation. At some point in later Age Groups they will start to call more violations.

Whenever possible, group players according to age, height, skills and physical maturity.

Avoid over-playing the talented players. VPSBL recommends at early development stage, equal minutes on court for all players is the best way to drive development and sense of fair play.

The scheduling and length of practice times and competition should take into consideration the age and grade of your players.

Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.

Seek to keep abreast of the latest coaching practices and principles, ensure that the information used is up to date and appropriate to the needs of the athletes while taking into account the principles of growth, strength, and development of children

Place the safety and welfare of players above all else.

Show genuine concern and caution towards sick and injured players.

Give all players a “fair go” regardless of the gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

At the lower Grades Prep – Grade 3 always call Fouls and coach the players on how to play better defence for next time.

Travelling and non-contact violations, are to be called more leniently to ensure better flow and player development. The violation should not assist the team with the ball to score in an unfair advantage.

Remain impartial, consistent, objective and courteous in making decisions, and accept responsibility for your actions and decisions.

Avoidance of any situation which may lead to or be construed as a conflict of interest.

Positively role model good behaviour and personal appearance.

Ensure your comments are truthful, positive and constructive Keeping up-to-date with the latest, “rules of the game”, trends and principles of basketball.

Refrain from any form of personal abuse towards anyone you may come into contact with whilst in the role of an official for VPS Basketball League.

Do not arrive at the venue intoxicated or drink alcohol during junior matches.

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of people involved in the game, regardless of their gender, ability, religion, cultural background or impairment.

Do not participate in any forms of violent, threatening or abusive behaviour.

Realise that there are consequences for breaches of these Codes of Conduct, some of which will result in termination of your VPS Basketball League Refereeing duties.