Joseph Kessler Memorial Basketball Association

Code of Conduct

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JKMBA Basketball Code of Conduct

JKMBA Basketball Code of Conduct

Version 4.22.07

1. General

1.1 This Code of Conduct (COC) has been established to assure that the principles of sportsmanship, fair play, skill development, and mutual respect among players, coaches, officials, and spectators are adhered to in the Joseph Kessler Memorial Basketball Association Basketball (JKMBA) program.

1.2 Even though the league is competitive and winning is a goal for which all teams should strive, the emphasis is still on having fun and making this an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

1.3 This COC shall be made available for viewing on the JKMBA web site. It shall be reviewed annually by the Directors to assure that it continues to meet the high ethical standards of JKMBA.

2. Registration

2.1 JKMBA reserves the right to request proof of school grade, at any time during or after registration.

2.2         Anyone caught purposely providing false information on a registration form, including, but not limited to school grade, will have their child immediately removed from the league, even if games have already begun. Any prior games that resulted in a win for the team will be ruled a forfeit

3. Coaches

3.1 Head coaches are responsible for the actions of their players, assistant coaches, and parents of players, and shall review this COC with them at the beginning of the season. If anyone violates the COC, the head coach shall either take immediate action, or bring the situation to the attention of the Director.

3.2 Head and assistant coaches are primarily responsible to maintain order of their entire team. Only two coaches' are allowed on the bench, if there is more and are abusive toward the officials, the official will require the head coach to move additional coaches to the stands

3.3 Head and assistant coaches are responsible to ensure each player is a legal rostered player for their team. You can start a game with four legal players from your roster (opposing team should play all 5 players) but any use of another JKMBA player would result in a forfeit. Any use of non JKMBA registered players is strictly prohibited

3.4 All coaches shall know the rules and abide by them. Players shall be instructed to compete according to the rules at all times, and to be humble and generous in victory, and proud and courteous in defeat.

3.5 Head coaches shall have a copy of this COC and their age specific rules with them at all games. Coaches’ should review these rules with the referee and other support personnel (score keepers, time keepers, etc.) prior to the game if they are not already familiar with them.

3.6 Arguing with a referee is absolutely prohibited. If the referee misinterprets a rule and makes an incorrect call (or makes a no call), a coach can bring the correct grade specific rule to the referees attention once the ball is dead. However, the call (or no call) that was made by the referee stands if the ball is still in play.

3.7 All coaches shall maintain control of his/her emotions and avoid actions, language, and/or gestures that may be interpreted as hostile and/or humiliating.

3.8 At no time once a game has ended can a coach approach an official in a hostile manner

3.9 Head coaches shall take appropriate steps to minimize scoring in runaway games while continuing to encourage all players to always try their best. In situations such as this, if the lead is 20 or more points, the team that is leading must start their defense from inside the three point line. No full court pressure is allowed.

3.10 Forfeiting a game should be an absolute last option but in any case you must speak with the league director. Games are not rescheduled so it is best to show up short handed so we can pull other players and get the game in unless you gave 24 hour notice so we can get a team in your place.

4. Players

4.1 Players shall always abide by the guidelines of FAIR play which is defined as follows:
~     Follow all the rules
~     Always try your best
~     Involve everyone
~     Respect your opponent

4.2 Players shall listen to, cooperate with, and be respectful of their coaches, referees, spectators and JKMBA staff. The head coach has the authority to make any and all decisions regarding his/her team but if they are a volunteer coach, must meet League playing time requirements. The league has ultimate authority on Independent teams.

4.3 Players shall not argue with a referee, or question any calls. If a player is not in agreement with a call made by a referee, they shall discuss it with their coach.

4.4 At no time once a game has ended can a player approach an official in a hostile manner

4.5 Players shall maintain control of their emotions, avoiding the use of abusive or profane language, taunting or humiliating remarks, and/or gestures and excessive physicality upon another player.

4.6 Players shall be humble and generous in victory, and proud and courteous in defeat.

4.7 Players must wear their current season JKMBA uniform or receive an administrative Technical prior to the start of the game.

5. Referees

5.1 Prior to the start of the game, the referee shall meet with both head coaches to review the COC and any rules that are specific to that age group if he/she is not already familiar with them.

5.2. If a situation arises during a game where the referee is unsure of a specific age group rule, the referee shall stop the game, stop the clock, and confer with both head coaches.

5.3 If the behavior of a coach, player, or spectator becomes marginal, the referee shall stop the game and clock immediately, and discuss the situation with both head coaches and any others who are involved in the situation. Referees shall always attempt to first bring a situation under control before calling a technical foul. Consideration shall also always be given to issuing a warning prior to calling a technical foul.

5.4 Referees have the authority to sit a coach down without penalizing the team with a technical.

5.5 Referees shall be open to discuss any issues or concerns that a head coach may have.

5.6 Referees shall show the same respect and courtesy to the players, coaches, and fans that is expected in return.

6. Parents and Spectators

6.1 Parents and spectators can only be in the stands during a game. No parent or spectator is permitted to sit on the bench.

6.2 Fans in the stands should not have any direct interaction with the coaches, players, or referees.

6.3 Everyone should be respectful of the game officials, and refrain from questioning their decision or from addressing them in a loud, disrespectful, or abusive manner.

6.4 At no time once a game has ended can a parent/spectator approach an official in a hostile manner

6.5 Parents and spectators should cheer for their team in a positive manner, refraining at all times from making negative or abusive remarks about the opposing team.

6.6 No one should be on the court at any time other than the players, coaches, and referee.

6.7 Siblings must stay in the stands with their parents and must be supervised at all times.

6.8 No basketballs, other than those provided by the coaches, or any other types of sporting equipment (footballs, etc.) are to be brought into the gym. At schools, NO balls bouncing in the hallways

7. Consequences

7.1 The JKMBA Staff & game officials have the authority to make decisions during the game that may not be stated in the COC.

7.2 Directors will make all post game decisions.

7.3 Referees have the authority to call technical fouls on players and coaches. Coaches may be required to sit on the bench the rest of the game. Players may be required to sit out for a period of time.

7.4 If a player or coach receives a second technical foul during the game, they are ejected from the gym and must leave immediately. Additional consequences may be imposed by the director.

7.5 The two opposing head coaches are responsible for maintaining order in the gym. If a parent or spectator engages in any unsportsmanlike conduct, the two head coaches have the authority to instruct the violators to leave the gym.

7.6 If a parent or spectator engages in a second unsportsmanlike activity during the season, they shall be banned from any future games (including other JKMBA grade groups) for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs.

7.7 Any coach, parent, or player that engages in any unsportsmanlike conduct is subject to suspension or expulsion from the league, even if the referee did not call a technical foul. Any incidents should be reported to the league Commissioner.

9. Dispute Resolution

9.1 If a dispute arises, a letter by email must be sent to the Director detailing the issues. This letter must be email the the address JKMBA@SJHoops.Com

9.2 The director has the ultimate authority on all decisions. No disputes will be addressed if they are not received in writing.

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