Player Code of Conduct
1. Enjoy yourself!
2. Be a good sport at all times.
3. Work hard all the time, show maximum effort at games and training sessions.
4. Treat your team-mates as you yourself like to be treated.
5. Play by the rules.
6. Control your behaviour at all times, on and off the court. Violence of any sort or bad language is unacceptable.
7. Co-operate with game officials.
8. Be attentive and listen to your coach, try to improve your skills all the time.
9. Players who are not scheduled to train at a particular time must ask the training coach for permission to use any part of the court. If asked to vacate the court by the training coach or team manager, players must do so immediately.
10. Do not do anything that may endanger younger players (e.g. taking 3-point shots while younger players are underneath the ring).
Spectator Code of Conduct
1. Remember children play sport for fun. They are not playing for the entertainment of spectators. They are not miniature professionals.
2. Applaud good performances from both teams. Congratulate all players regardless of the outcome.
3. Respect the referee's decision. If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedures in order to query the decision.
4. Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during competition. Be positive.
5. Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches or players.
6. Show respect for your team's opponents, without them, there would be no game.
7. Encourage players to obey the rules and decisions of officials.
8. Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language, harassing players, coaches or officials.
9. Avoid use of language based on gender, race or impairment.
Parent Code of Conduct
1. Encourage children to participate if they are interested. If they are not, don't force them.
2. Focus on playing the game, reduce the emphasis on winning.
3. Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
4. Encourage children to always play by the rules.
5. Do not criticise children in front of others, but reserve constructive criticism for more private moments.
6. Remember children are involved in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
7. Remember a child learns best by example. Applaud good play by both teams.
8. Accept decisions of all referees as being fair and called to the best of their ability. Do not raise issues of disagreement publicly.
9. Do not criticise opposing team members or supporters by word or gesture.
10. Set a good example by your own conduct, behaviour and appearance.
11. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
12. Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender, race or impairment.
1. Obviously, these codes of conduct apply to office bearers, committee members, grade secretaries and team managers. For this reason no individual codes of conduct for these positions have been included. In addition, as club representatives, the above are expected to ensure that parents and spectators of their respective teams are aware of and abide by these codes of conduct. To this end, team managers are to provide a copy of this document to all new families that join the club.
Parent Duty Statement
1. Ensure that players attend training sessions and games. Advise the coach or team manager as soon as you know you will be unable to attend.
2. Ensure that players arrive at training sessions and games at least ten minutes prior to the starting time.
3. If the parent is not attending a training session or game, ensure that players are picked up promptly at the finishing time. All junior players (U8, U10 & U12) must be supervised at games by a parent or guardian. For ALL Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12 teams, there MUST be at least ONE parent or responsible adult at training at ALL times to help the coach should there be a problem or injury with a player.
4. All players MUST bring a full water bottle to every training session and game. This will allow adequate re-hydration that is necessary during exercise.
5. Where a child has an existing medical condition it is important that the coach be notified. It is important however for parents to realise that the coach has no responsibility for managing or monitoring any medical condition. In such a case we request that parents attend training sessions and games with their child.
6. Notify coach or team manager if player will not be attending training session or game. Please give as much notice as possible. This is most important for games as the team will be fined if insufficient players turn out for the game (at least 4 must be present to start the game). It is the club's policy that this fine will be paid by the club. The Melbourne East Basketball Association (MEBA) requires 24 hours notice for a "notified walkover" otherwise an "un-notified walkover" fine is incurred.
7. Parents are also reminded that there is an entry fee into ALL game venues. This is currently $2.50 (for each player and any spectator 12 years of age and over). Note that only one venue entry fee needs to be paid on one day. If planning to visit more than one venue ensure you get a pass-out (stamp) from the first venue.
8. Parents are expected to take their turn on the scorebench at games. If you are new to basketball please sit with a more experienced scorer who will assist you with scoring. Team managers will roster parents for scoring throughout the season.
9. Parents of new players (that haven't played in the MEBA before) must ensure that their child is registered properly. All registrations and payment are completed online.
10. We encourage parents to take an active role in the club by taking a turn to be a team manager or nominating for a position on the committee. All teams require a team manager to email game details and pay weekly team sheet fees which the club gives you at the beginning of the season.
11. Any parent who has a problem, concern or grievance should privately approach the team manager or coach. If a satisfactory outcome cannot be reached they should then contact their Age Co-ordinator.
12. Support your team!!
Age Group Coordinator Duty Statement
1. Liaise between team managers / coaches in their grade level and the club committee.
2. Maintain the waiting list for players wishing to play in their age group. This should include player’s full name, address, phone number, birth date and if possible their skill level (e.g. never played etc.).
3. Maintain a current listing of all teams in their age group.
4. Co-ordinate with the selection committee, team lists prior to the end of season to decide on new seasons teams and proposed grading.
6. Co-ordinate the completion of the team registration sheets for teams in their grade level at the start of each season.
7. Distribute club information to team managers (e.g. newsletters, fixtures, fixture changes) as required.
9. Ensure that team managers in their age group are fulfilling their duties.
10. Attend club meetings as required.
President Duty Statement
1. Oversee club management and administration.
2. Ensure all requirements of Articles of Incorporation are adhered to.
3. Chair club meetings.
Vice President Duty Statement
1. Perform presidential duties in the absence of the president.
2. Attend club meetings.
Club Secretary Duty Statement
1. Organisation / notification of club meetings.
2. Take / prepare minutes of all club meetings and promptly distribute these to committee members at least 1 week before the next meeting.
3. Handle club correspondence.
Treasurer Duty Statement
1. Manage club accounts.
2. Signatory for bank account.
3. Keep financial records.
4. Pay bills.
5. Manage petty cash account.
6. Maintain list of financial / un-financial players, follow up un-financial players.
7. Calculate budgets & set the fee structure (with committee approval).
8. Assist with the registration of teams each season with the WBA/MEBA.
9. Maintain club membership register.
Uniform/Equipment Coordinator Duty Statement
1. Organise the distribution, and purchase of uniforms (singlets/shorts, warm up tops, jackets etc) and equipment.
Newsletter Coordinator Duty Statement
1. Organise, edit and distribute the club newsletter. Liaise with the President and the Committee to obtain important dates, functions, human-interest stories etc for publication in the newsletter.
Committee Member Duty Statement
1. Attend club meetings.
2. Duties as required by committee.
3. The following duties will also be distributed amongst committee members and other volunteers:
- Point of contact for MEBA, liaison with MEBA.
- Distribution of MEBA generated information (fixtures, player qualification information, notices etc.)
- Point of contact for public / community - passing new player names to appropriate age group co-coordinator.
- Attendance at MEBA meetings.
- Management of team training schedules.
- Organisation of and participation in club activities (e.g. bi-annual trophy presentation day, fund raising, sponsorship).
- Purchase, distribution and auditing of club equipment (such as basketballs, skipping ropes etc.)
- Preparation and distribution of club newsletter/registration forms etc, in conjunction with the Newsletter co-coordinator.
- Coaches point of contact/liaise with executive committee.
- Develop and keep updated a club waiting list for players wishing to play.
- General maintenance and management of any other club requirements and functions.
Grading & Team Formation Policies
1. At all times the primary concern is the happiness, well being and development of our junior players.
2. Correct placement of players into teams and correct placement of teams into grades will help ensure happy and successful teams.
3. Teams with players of the same age group will ensure that teams are not constantly broken up as players change age groups.
4. Forming teams with players of similar skill / ability levels will make the job of teaching and developing players much easier.
5. A group of no more than 3 (three) ‘team selectors’ may be required to assist the Age-Coordinator in grading and forming teams, as the club grows and expands its membership. The team selectors will be a group of coaches within similar age groups chosen by the Age-Coordinator to assist in recommending team formations and grading. *This particular policy may require further revisions in the future depending on membership numbers.
1. Unless a problem exists, teams should not be disturbed
2. Coaches, team managers, coordinators and parents should discuss grading issues and possible player movements before junior players are notified or involved.
3. Primary consideration should be that players are of similar playing ability. Often it is possible to run a team with a wide range of skill levels. This will depend upon the age level and grading (e.g. A, B, C) of the team concerned. Ask yourself the following questions when considering the players in your team:
- Is the grading of the team putting any weaker or smaller players in danger of injury?
- Are there dominant players who restrict the “ball contact” of the majority of the team?
- Are there weaker players who do not receive their fair share of “ball contact” due to the higher skill levels of the rest of the team?
- Are some players ready to learn new skills that other players in the team are not capable of?
- Is the coach spending significant amounts of time teaching basic skills to some players, to the detriment of the rest of the team who already have these skills?
4. Secondary consideration should be to ensure that players are of the same age group (i.e. top-age or bottom-age). This will allow teams to stay together rather than being broken up every year. This does not preclude players from playing up in a higher age level if their level of ability allows this.
5. Consideration can also be given to player friendships, parents requests etc. but these should not be considered if they conflict with the primary and secondary considerations above.
Team Formation Policy
1. Age Group coordinators must always be involved when adding players to teams.
2. Age Group coordinators must always be informed when players leave the team.
3. Players on the waiting list must be placed first in order of entering the waiting list where they are of a suitable age / skill level.
4. No coach will be forced to take more than eight players (but they can if they wish to).
5. Where a team has less than eight players, and a player on the waiting list is of a suitable age / skill level, that player should be placed into the team.