Sunday, 2 August 2020

Leadonites Basketball Codes of Conduct

There follows the Leadonites Basketball CODES of CONDUCT for: -

- ADULT PLAYERS
- COACHES, TEAM MANAGERS and CLUB OFFICIALS
- SPECTATORS and PARENTS/GUARDIANS/DARES
- YOUTH (Under 18) PLAYERS



Leadonites Basketball

CODE of CONDUCT for ADULT PLAYERS

On and off the court of play, I will:

• Always play the game fairly and in the right spirit.

• Be aware of the impact of bad language; keep spectators and members of the public - including children - in mind.

• Avoid criticising match officials and accept that they make honest decisions and confronting them will not change it.

• Never verbally abuse a match official, coach, player or spectator based their appearance, race, religion, gender or sexuality. Doing so could lead to dismissal from the court, suspension and possible police action.

• Never physically assault a match official, coach, player or spectator. Doing so could lead to dismissal from the court, suspension and possible police action.

• Always win, draw or lose with dignity, and be prepared to shake hands with match officials,

opposition players and team coaches at full-time.

 

I understand:

If I do not follow the Code, I may expect to:

• Be cautioned, given technical or unsportsmanlike fouls or expelled from the court by the match officials, depending on the nature of the offence.

• Be asked to apologise to whoever I have offended or abused.

• Be disciplined by my club, including being substituted, dropped, given a formal warning or

suspended from training and/or matches depending on the nature of the offence.

• Be disciplined by the competition organiser or Basketball England, including being fined or suspended for a number of matches depending on the nature of the offence.

• Be handed a permanent exclusion by Basketball England if the offence is deemed serious enough.

 

Play your part and support the Leadonites Basketball Code of Respect:

 

On and off the playing court, I will:

Stick to the rules and celebrate the spirit of the game.

• Always show respect to everyone involved in the game.

• Never engage in public criticism of the match officials and abide by their final decisions.

• Win or lose with dignity. Shake hands at the end of every game.

• Be aware of the potential impact of bad language on others.

• Never engage in abusive language, bullying or intimidating behaviour.

 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, I may:

Be asked to apologise to whoever I’ve upset.

• Receive a formal warning.

• Be required to attend a club endorsed education course.

• Be dropped, substituted or suspended from training.

• Not be selected for the team.

• Be asked to leave the club and/or issued a fine.

 

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Leadonites Basketball

CODE of CONDUCT for COACHES, TEAM MANAGERS and CLUB OFFICIALS

Play your part and support Basketball England’s Code of Respect:

 

On and off the court of play, I will:

• Always show respect to everyone involved in the game.

• Stick to the rules and celebrate the spirit of the game.

• Encourage fair play and high standards of behaviour.

• Always respect the Referees and Table Officials and encourage players to do the same.

• Never enter the court of play without the referee’s permission.

            Note: Team Head Coaches may enter the court of play to assist the referees in preventing or stopping a fight.

• Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive behaviour.

• Be aware of the potential impact of bad language on others.

• Be gracious in victory and defeat.

• Respect the facilities home and away.

 

When working with players, I will:

• Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything.

• Never tolerate any form of bullying.

• Ensure all activities are suited for the players’ ability and age.

• Work with others (e.g. officials, doctors, welfare officers, physiotherapists) for each player’s best interests.

 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, I may be:

• Required to meet with the club or league Welfare officer or the Basketball England Designated Safeguarding officer.

• Suspended by the club from attending practices and/or matches.

• Suspended or fined by the competition organiser and/or Basketball England.

• Required to leave, lose my position and/or have my license withdrawn.

 

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Leadonites Basketball

CODE of CONDUCT for spectators and

      PARENTS/GUARDIANS/CARERS

Play your part and support Leadonites Basketball's Code of Respect:

• Have fun; it’s what we’re all here for!

• Celebrate effort and good play from both sides.

• Always respect the Referees, Table Officials and coaches and encourage players to do the same.

• Stay off the playing court and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided).

• When players make mistakes, offer them encouragement to try again next time.

• Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

 

Always try to support the coach of your child's Leadonites Basketball team:

• Never attempt to coach your child, or anyone else's, from the spectator side of the court. Your advise/instruction may be contrary to the instructions that the child's coach has issued and may cause mental anguish and internal turmoil to the child you are attempting to coach. Either way, it is unlikely to improve their performance, let alone their enjoyment of playing.

• When talking to your child never demean or criticise their coach; either within the coach's hearing or beyond their hearing.

• The ride home: Other than a few words of praise do not discuss the match on the journey home. Tell your child that you enjoy watching them play, and leave it at that.

• If you are unhappy or dissatisfied with a coach of your child's team then address your concerns to the Club Head Coach.

• If you want to coach then please volunteer your services to the Club Head Coach.

 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, I may be:

• Issued with a verbal warning or asked to leave.

• Required to meet with a club representative (i.e. chairman) or the club Head Coach or the club committee or the Club Welfare Officer.

• Obliged to undertake a club endorsed education course.

• Requested not to attend future games, be suspended or have my membership removed.

• Required to leave the club along with any dependents and/or issued a fine.

 

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Leadonites Basketball

CODE of CONDUCT for YOuth (Under 18) Players

Play your part and support Basketball England’s Code of Respect:

When playing basketball, I will:

• Always play my best for the benefit of the team.

• Play fairly and be friendly.

• Respect and encourage my team mates.

• Play by the rules and respect the referees and table officials.

• Shake hands with the other team - win or lose.

• Listen carefully to what my coach tells me.

• Understand that a coach has to do what is best for the team.

• Talk to someone I trust or the club Head Coach or the club Welfare Officer if I am unhappy about anything at my club.

• Encourage my team mates.

• Respect the facilities home and away.

 

When attending basketball practice sessions, I will:

• Turn up to practice in a timely manner.

• If I am unable to attend practice or if I will be late I will give adequate notice to my coach.

• Respect the facilities and training equipment

• Wait patiently for my training session to begin and not disrupt any activities taking place on the court beforehand.

• Listen carefully to what my coach tells me.

• Understand that a coach has to do what is best for safe, efficient and progressive running of the team practice session and attempt to comply with all reasonable instructions issued by my coach.

• Encourage and help my team mates, when ever and where ever practicable, during the training session.

• Help clean up the court and safely and securely clear equipment away at the end of the training session.

• Leave the court and sports hall building in a respectful manner and without disrupting any following training sessions or other users of the facilities.

• Talk to someone I trust or the club Head Coach or the club Welfare Officer if I am unhappy about anything at my club.

 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, I may:

• Be asked to apologise to whoever I have upset.

• Receive a formal warning.

• Be dropped, substituted or suspended from training and/or matches.

 

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Leadonites Basketball Anti-bullying policy

Leadonites Basketball  Anti-bullying policy

 

   Leadonites Basketball adopts England Basketball’s Anti-bullying Policy and is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all involved in basketball are free from bullying. This policy will be reviewed regularly and all club members are invited to offer feedback on its development.

 

Principles –

·      Everybody has the responsibility to work together to stop bullying – the child, the parent/guardian, the club, the coach, the welfare officer, the adult volunteer and members of the local community.

·      Respect everyone’s need for, and rights to, participation in an environment where safety, security, praise, recognition and opportunity for taking responsibility are available.

·      Recognise that everyone is important and show appreciation of others by acknowledging individual qualities, contributions and progress.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THIS POLICY -

• All club members, coaches, officials and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is

• All club members, officials and coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported

• All players and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises

• As a club we take bullying seriously. Players and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported

• Bullying will not be tolerated.

 

Bullying -  

·      Bullying will not be accepted or condoned. All forms of bullying will be addressed.

·      Bullying can include:

-     Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, slapping, pinching etc.

-     Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing and emotional torment through ridicule, humiliation and the continual ignoring of individuals

-     Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

-     Sexual comments and/or suggestions

-     Unwanted physical contact.

·      Bullying of a physical, sexual or racial nature may need referring to the statutory services. Advice will be taken from England Basketball or an expert agency.

·      Some children may be more vulnerable to bullying due to personal characteristics such as a disability or their sexuality.

·      It should be noted that bullying does not only occur through face to face contact but also through other forms of communication e.g. via the internet, e-mail and text messaging.

·      Where a child’s bullying behaviour does not improve or is of a particularly violent or aggressive nature and Leadonites Basketball is unable to address the issue through behaviour management strategies or disciplinary measures within a reasonable time, the club may instigate child protection procedures.

 

Support to the Child -

·      The contact details for the Club Welfare Officer and helplines will be provided to children.

·      Children should be told what is being recorded, in what context and why.

·      Anyone who reports an incident of bullying will be listened to carefully and be supported, whether the child being bullied or the child who is bullying.

·      Any reported incident of bullying will be investigated objectively and will involve listening carefully to all those involved.

·      Children being bullied will be supported and assistance given to uphold their right to play and live in a safe environment which allows their healthy development.

·      Those who bully will be supported and encouraged to stop bullying.

·      Sanctions involving long periods of isolation, or which diminish and make individuals look or feel foolish in front of others, should be avoided.

 

Support to the parents/guardians -

·      Any incident of bullying will be discussed with the child’s parent(s)/guardians.

·      Parental/guardian advice on action will be sought and agreements made as to what action should be taken.

·      Information and advice on coping with bullying will be given.

·      Support should be offered to the parents/guardians, including information on other agencies or support lines.

 

Reporting Procedure -

·      The first point of contact is the team Head Coach.

·      If the individual does not feel it appropriate to deal with the team Head Coach then the next point of contact is the Club Head Coach.

·      If the individual does not feel it appropriate to deal with either the team Head Coach or the club Head Coach then the next point of contact is the Club Chairperson.

·      If the individual does not feel it appropriate to deal with either of the team Head Coach or the club Head Coach or Club Chairperson then the next point of contact is the Club Welfare Officer.

 


SIGNS AND INDICATORS

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

• says he or she is being bullied

• is unwilling to go to club sessions

• becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking

in confidence

• feels ill before training sessions

• comes home with clothes torn or training

equipment damaged

• has possessions go “missing”

• asks for money or starts stealing money

(to pay the bully)

• has unexplained cuts or bruises

• is frightened to say what’s wrong

• gives improbable excuses for any of the above.

 

IN MORE EXTREME CASES

• starts stammering

• cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares

• becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable

• is bullying other children or siblings

• stops eating

• attempts or threatens suicide or runs away.

These signs and behaviours may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.

 

CLUB PROCEDURES

1. Report bullying incidents - see "Reporting Procedure" on previous page.

2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to the Basketball England Welfare Officer for advice.

3. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly

4. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour.

 If the matter cannot be dealt with quickly and satisfactorily then the following action should be taken...

5. Parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem.

6. If this fails, or is not appropriate, then a small panel (made up from Chairman, Club Welfare Officer, Secretary, committee members) should meet with the parent and child alleging bullying to get details of the allegation. Minutes should be taken for clarity, which should be agreed by all as a true account.

7. The same three persons should meet with the alleged bully and parent(s) and put the incident raised to them to answer and give their view of the allegation. Minutes should again be taken and agreed.

8. If bullying has in their view taken place the individual should be warned and put on notice of further action i.e. temporary or permanent suspension if the bullying continues. Consideration should be given as to whether a reconciliation meeting between parties is appropriate at this time. Reconciliation by getting the parties together. It may be that a genuine apology solves the problem.

9. If necessary and appropriate, i.e. in more serious situations, then cases may be referred to the Police and/or Children’s Services.

10. In some cases the parent of the bully or bullied player can be asked to attend training sessions,

if they are able to do so, and if appropriate. The club committee should monitor the situation for

a given period to ensure the bullying is not being repeated.

11. All coaches involved with both individuals should be made aware of the concerns and outcome of

the process i.e. the warning.


In the case of adults reported to be bullying anyone within the club who is under 18

1. The club's "Reporting Procedure" should be the first action taken and advise on action to be taken where appropriate will be issued. This may include reporting the issue to either Basketball England's Welfare Officer or, in the most serious of cases, to the Police and/or Children’s Social Care.

 

PREVENTION

1. The club has both a written constitution and various Codes of Conduct, which include what is acceptable and proper behaviour for all members of which the anti-bullying policy is one part.

2. All club members and parents will sign the club membership form and in doing so are accepting the relevant Code of Conduct and the Club Constitution upon joining the club.

3. The Club Welfare Officer will raise awareness about bullying and why it matters, and if issues of bullying arise in the club, will consider meeting with members to discuss the issue openly and constructively.

  Useful External Contacts -

·      NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000

·      ChildLine www.childline.org.uk  0800 500

·      Kidscape www.kidscape.org.uk

·      Anti-Bullying Alliance www.antibullyingalliance.org