Code of Contact Policy

Basketball in Victoria is the most highly participated team sport in Victoria and engages participants through all skill levels, ages and both genders. As a major sport in Australia, coupled with the successes that it has enjoyed overseas with its senior and junior national teams, basketball the business is booming.

Basketball is intended to be a recreational activity for enjoyment and health. These Codes of Conduct have been developed by All-Dai to give our client/s 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.

Coaches

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 .

Ensure that sessions are carefully planned, well structured and varied to provide opportunities for individual development. Be willing to depart from the plan to take advantage of an unexpectedly high interest in a particular activity.

Never ridicule client/s for making mistakes. 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.

Be reasonable in your demands –  scheduling training times and days, be reasonable in your demands on client/s 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.

Teach understanding and respect for the rules – Teach client/s 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 client/s to ignore or deliberately break any rules.

Give all Client/s a reasonable amount of court time – All client/s need and deserve reasonable court time. Avoid over-training the talented players. It is unfair to both them and those who are not so talented. Client/s cannot improve without the opportunity of a reasonable amount of training. Talented client/s can burn out. Having no or little time on court can cause client/s to suffer from morale problems and they can lose interest in the sport altogether.

Develop client/s respect for the ability of opponents including their coaches – Part of participation in sport is respect for all participants. Encourage client/s 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.

Instil in your players respect for officials and an acceptance of their judgement – Client/s 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.

Guide client/s in their interaction with parents and spectators- It is sometimes very difficult for client/s to concentrate on training when there is the distraction of the presence of relatives as spectators. Coaches have a difficult role to play in teaching client/s respect for their parents and other spectators but also teaching them to maintain concentration.

Group players according to age, height, skills and physical maturity, whenever possible – Coaches will always try and group players of reasonably equal ability. In coaching it is important to remember the different maturity rates for children of the same age or older. A player in their early teenage years may be the tallest in their team and yet because they have matured early, be one of the shorter players in only a brief time. Coaches must be ever vigilant to ensure that changes in height and other physical characteristics are noticed and acted upon.

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 wellbeing 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.

Act responsibly when client/s are ill or injured – Show concern and take responsibility for client/s who are sick or injured whilst under your care. Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured or ill client/s is ready to recommence training. If a client/s is injured on court, make sure that there is no danger of further aggravation of the injury by prompt removal of the client/s if this is appropriate. Qualify yourself to administer first aid so that you can recognise the seriousness of an injury or illness and act accordingly.

As well as imparting knowledge and skills, promote desirable personal and social behaviours- Be aware of the role of the coach as an educator. Particularly with young people, the way they perform in their lives is influenced by many factors. An important influence is the person they see as a role model. Coaches often take on the part of role model for many young people. It is therefore important to ensure that the influence from coaches is seen in a positive light rather adversely. What you say and how you act can be most important in modelling the behaviour of client/s.

Keep your knowledge current – Seek to keep abreast of changes in sport. Ensure that the information used is up to date, appropriate to the needs of client/s and takes into account the principles of growth and development of children. Players cannot learn from you if your skills and knowledge are inadequate.

Ensure that any physical contact with a client/s is appropriate – Physical contact between a coach and a client/s 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 client/s skill development.

Avoid personal relationships with players – Personal relationships with players can often be misinterpreted as something sinister. Friendship with client/s is essential to building trust between a coach and client/s. 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.

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.

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 coache/s and client/s do not abuse anything provided for use. Discourage client/s from 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.

Client/s

Understand and play by the rules – Understanding and training by the rules is the client/s responsibility. The rules exist for the safety, proper order and enjoyment of all people involved in training sessions. 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.

Respect staff members – Staff Members have a difficult task to perform and you could not train without them. They are there to enforce the rules of training but they cannot always be right. Abuse of staff is unacceptable behaviour. Client/s who consistently dispute decisions or do not accept bad decisions are bad sports. If you disagree with a decision, have your coach approach management, in an appropriate manner.

Control your temper – Verbal abuse of staff is a serious offence against the rules of basketball training. Verbally abusing other client/s or deliberately distracting or provoking an client/s are also not acceptable or permitted in training. Loss of temper is not only unpleasant for other participants within a training session, it can also distract you and have an adverse effect on your concentration and effectiveness on the court.

Work equally hard for yourself – You owe it to yourself and others involved in your training sessions to be the best of your abilities. Your overall 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.

Be a good sport – Acknowledge all good plays, good manners and respect can be infectious. Everyone likes to be praised when they do something well. Part of participation in sport is respect for all participants in training session. Always introduce yourself to others in the training session.

Treat others as you would like to be treated – Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another client/s. Everyone makes mistakes. Do not abuse or ridicule another client/s when a mistake is made. Constructive guidance and encouragement when a client/s does well will assist them to improve their game.

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.

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.

Listen to the advice of your coach and try to apply it at practice and in games – Your coach has certain abilities and experience to embrace you. 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.

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.

Parent/s

Encourage children to participate for their own interest and enjoyment, not yours – Support your children in their participation in basketball but do not force them to play if they don’t want to. Sport is played by children for enjoyment and fitness. It is good for their bodies but should also be good for their minds. If they feel too much pressure from you it may make them rebellious or even depressed. It is very tempting for parents who are involved in a sport, or who have children with abilities they wish they had themselves to try and force the children to participate or to participate at a level to which they do not aspire. Resist the temptation.

Encourage children to always play by the rules – Just as responsible parents teach their children to obey the law of the land, so should those same parents encourage their children to play sport by the rules. If your children show no respect for the rules of training, they can also come to believe that breaking the law is acceptable too. If you see your children constantly breaching rules you should be prepared to speak to them at an appropriate time.

Focus on developing skills – If children see that effort is rewarded by an increase in skills, they will derive considerable pleasure and see the importance of striving to improve over the necessity to win every game. Primary responsibility for skills training rests with the children and their coaches but you can assist with their enthusiasm by attending games, encouraging them to practise away from formal training and games and even joining in with this practice.

A child learns best by example. Applaud good training – Good manners and respect can be infectious. This can assist to create a positive and supportive climate for all children involved in a training session.

Do not criticise your or others’ children in front of others – Reserve constructive criticism of your own children for more private moments. Children can be very sensitive and feel strong humiliation if they are criticised in front of their peers. When you do feel the necessity to speak to your child about something that displeases you, make the effort to explain what the problem is and why you are concerned about it. If you can see some way of avoiding the problem in the future, also explain this to the children. Give your children an opportunity to offer you an explanation. You are not communicating with your children effectively if all the communication is one way.

Set a good example by your own conduct, behaviour and appearance- Children often learn by example. You are the prime role models for them. Make your parenting rewarding and beyond criticism by leading by example. Do not criticise other members by word or gesture.

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. Your children will most likely follow your lead in matters of discrimination and vilification.

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 your children 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 serious injury can occur.

Evaluation

This policy will be reviewed every 3 years

Review Cycle

This policy was last updated on January 2020 and is scheduled for review in January 2022.

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