CODE OF CONDUCT – BRAMPTON MINOR BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
The Brampton Minor Basketball Association is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of its members. Every individual in the organization should at all times, show respect and understanding for members rights, safety and welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the organization and the guidelines contained in the Code of Conduct.
Code of Conduct
The aim of this code is to promote best practice by everyone involved in the sport of Basketball and to provide a safe, healthy, enjoyable environment for young members.
Integrity in relationships:
Adults interacting with children in sport should do so with integrity and respect for the child. There is a danger that sporting contexts can be used to exploit or undermine children. All adult actions in sport should be guided by what is best for the child and in the context of quality, open working relationships. Verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse of any kind is unacceptable within sport.
All children’s sports should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play.
Which is defined as:“much more than playing within the rules. It incorporates the concepts of friendship, respect for others and always playing with the right spirit. Fair play is defined as a way of thinking, not just behaving. It incorporates issues concerned with the elimination of opportunities, excessive commercialization and corruption.
Quality atmosphere and ethos-“defined”
“The fundamental and distinctive character of a group,social context, or period of time, typically expressed in attitudes, habits, and beliefs.”
Childrens’ sports should be conducted in a safe, positive and encouraging atmosphere. A Child centered ethos will help to ensure that competition and specialization are kept in their appropriate place. Too often competitive demands are placed on children too early and results in excessive levels of pressure on them and as a consequence, high levels of dropout from sport.
All children should be treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of age, ability, sex, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion. Children with disability should be involved in sports activities in an integrated way, thus allowing them to participate to their potential alongside other children.
Leaders in childrens’ sports should strive to create a positive environment for the children in their care. They have an overall responsibility to take the steps necessary to ensure that positive and healthy experiences are provided.
Policies & Guidelines
Guidelines for Young Players
The Brampton Minor Basketball Association wishes to provide the best possible environment for all young people involved in the sport. Young players deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free of abuse of any kind. These players have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities which they must accept.
Young players are entitled to:
- Be treated with dignity and respect
- Be safe and to feel safe
- To get help against bullies
- To say No
- To be listened to
- To be believed
- To protect their own bodies
- To refuse inappropriate touches
Young players should always:
- Treat all coaches, managers, selectors, club and tournament organizers and officials with respect.
- Abide by the rules set down by team managers when travelling to away events.
- Behave in a manner that avoids bringing the game of Basketball into disrepute.
Young players should never:
- Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage on or off the court.
- Use bullying tactics to isolate another player.
- Pass on gossip about another player or adult.
- Make false allegations against other players or adults.
Guidelines for Parents
The Brampton Minor Basketball Association is committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all juvenile players. Our first priority is the welfare of young players and we are committed to providing an environment, which will allow participants to perform to their best ability, free from bullying and intimidation. The Brampton Minor Basketball Association also has a duty of care for volunteers working with juveniles on behalf of the Organisation.
- Be a role model for your child and maintain the highest standards of conduct when interacting with children, other parents, with officials and organizers.
- Encourage your child to play by the rules.
- Always behave responsibly on the sidelines and do not seek to unfairly affect the game on court or the player on court.
- Take care not to expose any junior player, intentionally or unintentionally, to embarrassment or disparagement by the use of flippant or sarcastic remarks.
- Always recognize the value and importance of the volunteers who provide sporting/recreational opportunities for your child.
- Respect referees, coaches, organizers and other players.
- Do not publicly question the judgment or honesty of referees, coaches or organizers.
- Teach your child that honest endeavor is as important as winning and do all you
- can to encourage good sportsmanship.
- Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.
- Encourage mutual respect for teammates and opponents
Parents should support all efforts to remove abusive and bullying behaviour in all its forms:
- Child to Child – includes physical aggression, verbal bullying, intimidation, or isolation.
- Adult to Child – includes the use of repeated gestures or expressions of a threatening or intimidatory nature, or any comment intended to degrade the child.
- Adult to Adult – includes verbal aggression towards other adults in order to achieve a beneficial outcome for own self or own child.
- Child to Adult – includes repeated gestures or expressions of a threatening or intimidatory nature by an individual child or a group of children.