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Albany Basketball Association Inc. (ABA) has a zero-tolerance approach regarding unsportsmanlike behavior from players, coaches and spectators for all its competitions and tournaments. All patrons attending our basketball competition are not only representing their team and club, but also the basketball community. Any unsportsmanlike conduct will be dealt with swiftly.
Coaches & Players
The following will be assessed as unsportsmanlike conduct:
In all grades from under 14s level and below, coaches are only permitted to ask referees questions in time outs or between quarters/halves. Warnings will not be given at these levels for breaches of the above, technical fouls will be issued immediately by the referees.
ABA Committee Members will be present to monitor coaches and players behaviours at all grades from under 14s level and intervene with junior referees where needed if a coach or player is acting in an unsportsmanlike manner.
Officials will stop the game when parents/spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behaviour, interfere with other spectators or participants of the game. The officials will identify violators to ABA Committee Member/s for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the spectators viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time willnot be replaced. The inappropriate and disruptive behaviour shall include and is not limited to:
Any violators will be escorted from the facility and not allowed to return until the next day. Players or coaching staff under that age of 18 will be escorted from the playing area into the
reception area if a parent or guardian not present.
Officials must apply these guidelines in a realistic manner and must be careful not to get overly technical in their enforcement. This policy is designed to eliminate direct confrontations with Officials while still allowing players and coaches an avenue to communicate in a calm, respectful and reasonable manner.
Officials are required to conduct themselves in a professional, sportsmanlike and non vindictive manner at all times. The actions of an Official must be above reproach. Actions such as "baiting" or inciting players or coaches are strictly prohibited.
ABA urges allplayers, coaches and spectators to participate competitively and in high spirit, but to remember that the competitive nature of basketball is not an excuse to throw away the respect that the game and its participants deserve.