Coaches Code of Conduct


Barossa Basketball endorses the following code of behaviour for coaches in the Association and requires all coaches participating to abide by this code.

The code is intended to assist everyone to obtain the maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in basketball:

Remember that children participate for pleasure and that winning is only part of the fun.

Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.

Be reasonable in your demands on young players' time, energy and enthusiasm.

Teach your players to follow the rules and show good sportsmanship. Lead by example.

Whenever possible, group players to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance of success.

Avoid overplaying the talented players. The just-average need and deserve equal time.

Ensure that violent or aggressive play, or abuse and harassment of players is not undertaken or permitted by players, coaches or spectators.

Ensure that players and spectators respect the decisions of the officials and that abuse and harassment of officials is not to be tolerated.

Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches. 

Show respect for the decisions of officials yourself and do not show obvious dissent. Be courteous to officials and if you have any questions of them approach them at an appropriate time and in an appropriate manner.

Note that ‘Green Shirt” learner referees may not be approached and questioned by a player, coach or spectator at any time or in any circumstances. A ‘Green shirt’ referee will be under the tutelage of a ‘Grey Shirt’ referee, and any questions or comments should be directed to the ‘Grey Shirt’ referee in an appropriate manner and at an appropriate time. ‘Blue Shirt’ referees will usually be under the direction of a ‘Grey Shirt’ referee and if so any approach to the referees should be directed through the senior ‘Grey Shirt’ referee or the Referee in Charge on the day or night.

Promote good sportsmanship between your team and opponents.

Know the Rules and also the Association Playing By-laws. Without this knowledge you cannot effectively coach your team.

Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.

Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.

Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of children.

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.


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