Code of Ethics & Conduct... Top 10 points from our Safeguarding & Compliance Manager, Ross McGowan.

Basketball England has adopted a Code of Ethics & Conduct for all clubs, spectators, coaches, players, volunteers and members to adhere to and follow to ensure that everyone involved in basketball is 100% committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of behaviour. 

All such individuals have a responsibility to act according to the highest standards of integrity, and to ensure that the reputation of basketball is beyond reproach so ensure that basketball can be enjoyed by all, in a safe and welcoming environment. 

Below I have broken down the key elements of the Code of Conduct that must be followed by all at each Basketball England event, National League game, local league game and all of those involved in the sport of basketball under the jurisdiction of Basketball England:

  • Everyone involved in basketball, both adults and young people have a responsibility to treat everyone with dignity, respect, sensitivity and fairness;

  • Every person involved in the game of basketball should be able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse;

  • Ensure their behaviour is not misconstrued or open to allegations of favouritism, misconduct or impropriety;

  • Never use foul, sexist or racist language or act in a violent/abusive manner;

  • Refrain from undue public criticism of other coaches or match officials;

  • Support all efforts to remove verbal, physical and racist abuse from basketball;

  • Do not over emphasise the importance of winning;

  • Do not shout abuse at officials, coaches, players or other spectators;

  • Accept the decisions of the match officials without question or complaint;

  • Learn to accept victory and defeat with humility and dignity and without excessive emotional displays.

By following these basic standards set, we can all make basketball a safe and welcoming environment for all of those who wish to be involved. One way to adopt and promote good conduct at your games and events is to download our A3 poster which can be put up around venues to ensure that all of those attending can review it before, during and after games. It also gives a point of reference in case anyone at your games & events steps out of line, you can refer them to the poster for them to review. If you wish to review the whole Code of Ethics & Conduct that identifies all of the differing roles in basketball and who they should operate, you can download the full document by clicking here.

Failure to meet the standards set out in the Code of Ethics and Conduct will mean that Basketball England will look to take disciplinary action and issue sanctions to clubs, coaches, officials and all of those who fall short. Sanctions can include: a warning; a fine; forfeiture of game(s); temporary, permanent or indefinite suspension; removal from post; ban from participating or attending any match under the jurisdiction of Basketball England.

In affiliating or licensing with Basketball England, everyone agrees to abide by this Code of Ethics and Conduct and all of Basketball England’s policies and procedures. 

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