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Policy Towards Officials

Zero Tolerance Policy Towards Officials (Effective November 30, 2009)

The most important aspect of the KMBA is fair play, not competition. Our league wants to promote sportsmanship through courtesy between players, coaches, referees, parents and fans. Wins and losses and league titles are secondary outcomes. It is important that league participants not lose sight of this in the heat of the games.

We have an existing code of conduct for coaches, parents, players and officials which are readily available on the KMBA website. The code of conduct instructs all parties to show mutual respect, fair treatment and to display high personal standards. However, some people seem to forget these expectations once the games begin and referees begin officiating. As a league in 2009, we had cause for concern. First, incidents have occurred in the past involving verbal abuse by coaches and fans against referees. Secondly, we have a desperate need for more officials, yet we were losing young referees because coaches and parents bullied them during games. Third, these actions do not uphold a favourable image of the sport for parents, players, officials and fellow coaches.

As a result of this, the league implemented a zero tolerance policy approved by the KMBA board in 2009, regulating the conduct of coaches, players and parents toward game officials. Players, coaches or spectators are not allowed to challenge an officials decision, nor are they allowed to make abusive comments. This includes comments and complaints from the stands. The health of our game depends on the nurture and development of game officials. The realistic barometer of the health of any Basketball Association is their capacity to provide well organized and officiated competitions for the communities they service. It is the aim of the KMBA to help increase this capacity in the Kelowna region.

Zero Tolerance Policy Towards Officials

1.Prior to each game officials will meet with both coaches and remind them of the leagues Zero Tolerance Policy on challenging the decisions of game officials or making abusive comments. Coaches are reminded that they may ask for clarification on rules at half time, but under no circumstances are they to yell, call out, or question officials during the game. Comments such as call something, get in the game! or sarcastic comments such as its about time! or thank you! are unacceptable. Coaches are to be courteous when making requests for clarification. Sarcasm or angry tones are not acceptable. Coaches are to advise their players of the Zero Tolerance Policy. Coaches are also required to remind spectators supporting them of the teams responsibility to adhering to the rules of the league and not to challenge or criticize officials, for any reason.

2.When a player or coach challenges an officials decision, a technical foul (Coach Technical) will be called. The referee with the support of the Referee Coordinator has the discretion to call a technical foul against a player or coach. If a second technical foul (Coach Technical) is called against a player or coach, the coach will be ejected from the game. The player or coach must then immediately leave the gym and will be subject to further disciplinary action as the KMBA executive shall determine.

3.If a spectator challenges or harasses an official, a technical foul will be called against the coach of the team that they support. The referee, with the support of the Referee Coordinator, has discretion to immediately eject the spectator. If the spectator delays or refuses to leave, the referee will advise the coach that his/her team will forfeit if they cannot get the spectator to leave. Coaches are asked to remind parents and spectators that any further outbursts will result in their team forfeiting the game.

4. Should the same teams spectator challenge or harass the official a second time, then the game will be called and that team will forfeit the game. Under no circumstances are coaches, players or spectators to come up and further question the official. The decision to cancel and forfeit is final.

5. Officials shall write up an incident report of any coach/player ejection and/or any forfeited game, including any recommendations for further action.

The league executive will review this report and may decide on any additional action that might be required.


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