Code Of Conduct
The primary goal of the Australian Chinese Basketball Association (ACBA) is to promote the game of basketball amongst the Asian community of Sydney. We are focused on participation by our members first and aim to provide a safe and friendly atmosphere in our tournaments.
In order to ensure that tournament games are played in a spirit which reflects our goal, ACBA utilises the following policies:
- Use of suitably qualified and experienced referees and bench officials are appointed for different competition levels
- Providing referees with breaks to ensure fatigue does not impact on calls during a game
- Monitoring of the performance of referees and bench officials and provision of feedback to ensure continual improvement
- Enforcement of penalties for inappropriate behaviour in tournaments through the disciplinary process
ACBA does not condone poor behaviour in our tournaments by members. Some examples of inappropriate behaviour include:
- Showing dissent against referees and bench officials such as complaints about calls with verbal or physical gestures which suggest incompetence of those officials
- Use of direct, hostile and negative comments to other players including not trying in a game when there is a large margin in the scores or laughing in their face
- Unnecessary physical play which results in an escalation of tempers of players in the game
Where a player is charged with an offence, action will be taken by ACBA against offenders in order to punish offenders and protect the other players of ACBA who simply wish to enjoy the game of basketball each week.
In 2011, several players were suspended from ACBA for a periods ranging from one week up to life due to the severity of their actions. Whilst ACBA encourages competitive games, ACBA will not tolerate players and teams who do not play our tournaments within the spirit that ACBA deems appropriate.
The ACBA Schedule of Penalties has recently been reviewed and updated in consultation with senior players and ACBA referees. As there are several changes in the penalties and charges, you are advised to make yourself familiar with these.