Behaviour Guidelines consistent with our Fair Play philosophy have been developed for every participant in the game. Any parent participating in, or watching, a Basketball Ontario sanctioned event is expected to adhere to the following Guidelines for Behaviour:
Remember that children and youth participate in sport for their enjoyment, not your own.
Encourage children and youth to participate, do not force them.
Focus on their efforts and performance rather than winning and losing.
Encourage children and youth to always play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without hostility or violence.
Never ridicule or yell at a child or youth for making a mistake or losing a competition.
Remember that children and youth learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skillful plays by all participants.
Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
Respect officials’ decisions and teach children and youth to do likewise.
Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them there would be no competition.
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of his or her race, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, family status or physical appearance.
The cornerstone of Ontario Basketball's Fair Play Policy is a statement of Fair Play. It is distributed to all Ontario Basketball sanctioned programs and services through the use of large posters and postcards in facilities, the distribution of pamphlets to athletes and coaches and the implementation of the Fair Play Policy & Procedures.
Consistent with the Fair Play policy contained within the Athletes' Behavioural Guidelines, Coaches' Behavioural Guidelines and the Spectator Behavioural Guidelines, Ontario Basketball has established the Fair Play Policy & Procedures. In November, 1999, to assist in attaining the goals of this Policy, the Board of Directors appointed a Director of Fair Play & Investigations who shall investigate complaints made pursuant to this Policy in a fair and impartial manner.
Please click here for Ontario Basketball's Fair Play Policy and Procedures.