Expectations of our players and parents

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.


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.

2. Ensure that players arrive at training sessions and games at least five 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 (Under 8s, Under 10s & Under 12s) should be accompanied to games. If a junior player is to be dropped off the parent should arrange for another parent (not the coach) to be responsible for their child.

4. We strongly recommend that each player bring a full water bottle to every training session and game. This will allow adequate re-hydration that is necessary during exercise. It will also avoid the necessity to use shared drinking fountains or taps thereby reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

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 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 team. The Broadmeadows Basketball Association (B.B.A.) requires 72 hours notice for a “notified walkover” fine otherwise an “unnotified walkover” fine is incurred. Formula for fines is Unnotified = 2 x scoresheet charge, Notified = (2 x scoresheet charge) – $15.

7. Player registration fees must be paid on or before registration day to your team manager. If player starts mid-season fees must be paid prior to their first game. If fees are not paid by the required time, the player will be put on the waiting list until a position becomes available. The club Registrar will determine which team the player is placed in.

8. Promptly pay weekly match payments to your team manager. Please note that some team managers collect these at training, some collect at games on Saturday. Refer to “Team Manager Duty Statement – Point 8.” for details on weekly match payments. Parents are also reminded that there is an entry fee into game venues on Saturdays. This is currently $2.00 (for each player and any spectator over 8 years of age). 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 or ticket) from the first venue.

9. It is the club’s policy that at least one responsible adult be present at each training session in addition to the coach. Where parents do not generally attend training sessions, the team manager may roster parents to attend training sessions. You must attend as required or find an appropriate substitute.

10. Parents should be willing to take their turn on the scorebench at games. A sheet of scoring instructions is available and verbal instructions can be given. Again, some team managers will roster parents for scoring.

11. Parents of new players (that haven’t played in the B.B.A. before) must ensure that their child is registered properly.

  • Obtain a blue (for boys) or pink (for girls) registration card from team manager
  • Fill in all details and have parent and player sign card
  • Present card & original birth certificate to be verified by a B.B.A. doorkeeper at any game
  • Return verified card to team manager
  • Player must sign team sheet at the start of each season.
  • New players must sign “New Registration” section on the back of the score sheet at their first game

12. 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. If you do not feel able to do this we welcome your positive comments or constructive criticism.

13. 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 a committee member.

14. Support your team !

Extracted from  the Greenvale Basketball Club Operating Policies and Procedures.