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NWBA Code of Conduct

NWBA Code of Conduct

An electronic signature is obtained during all individual registration sessions (Junior Athlete, Adult Athlete & Non-Athlete) for the NWBA Code of Conduct.

In order to maintain a level of decorum throughout the NWBA, the Board of Directors has voted to institute the following Code of Conduct:

POLICY:

  1. The Code of Conduct is effective for all NWBA teams, coaches, assistant coaches, players, team representatives, team reviewers, team leaders/managers, team athletic trainers and medical personnel, officials, classifiers, commissioners, Executive Committee members, Committee members, Board Directors, NWBA staff member, volunteers, parents/guardians, spectators, and any other affiliates, at all times during all practices, games, tournaments, and other NWBA events;
  2. The Code of Conduct shall begin at the time the first person enters any facility for games or practices (home or away) until departure of the last person;
  3. Code violators may be warned.
  4. The NWBA Ethics Committee shall review alleged violations of the Code of Conduct to determine if a violation has occurred.
  5. The NWBA Board of Directors may impose a sanction determined by Board of Directors, in accordance with the NWBA Bylaws and Policies and Procedures, for any Ethics Committee determination of a violation of the Code of Conduct.

CODE:

Every team, coach, assistant coach, player, team representative, team reviewer, team leader/manager, team athletic trainer or medical personnel, official, classifier, commissioner, Executive Committee member, Committee member, Board Director, NWBA staff member, volunteer, parent/guardian, spectator, and any other affiliate shall:

  1. Act in a sportsmanlike manner consistent with the spirit of fair play and responsible conduct, physically, emotionally, and verbally;
  2. Respect the rights of all individuals to fair treatment and equal opportunity, free from discrimination or harassment of any type, including without limitation discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or otherwise.
  3. Know, understand, and comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, and Codes of Conduct;
  4. Be a member in good standing of the NWBA;
  5. Will refrain from conduct detracting from any player’s ability to play wheelchair basketball;
  6. Respect the property of others, whether personal or public;
  7. Respect all members of the NWBA, including coaches, officials, NWBA representatives and elected officials, spectators, and all other affiliates;
  8. Act in a manner that will bring respect and honor to all members of the NWBA and the Association;
  9. Conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike, professional, and respectful manner on and off the court, for all NWBA functions or functions related to NWBA business.

Furthermore, every team, coach, assistant coach, player, team representative, team reviewer, team leader/manager, team athletic trainer or medical personnel, official, classifier, commissioner, Executive Committee member, Committee member, Board Director, NWBA staff member, volunteer, parent/guardian, spectator, and any other affiliate shall not:

  1. Abuse either verbally or physically any player, coach, assistance coach, team reviewer, team leader/manager, official, classifier, commissioner, Executive Committee member, Board Director, NWBA staff member, volunteer, parent/guardian, spectator, or other affiliate of the NWBA;
  2. Discriminate against any individual for any reason.
  3. Throw any object on or off the field of play in the manner as to create a safety hazard to anyone.
  4. Taunt anyone by means of baiting or ridiculing a threat of physical violence to anyone.

ENFORCEMENT:

  1. Coaches, team representatives, and team leaders/managers shall have the primary responsibility for their own conduct and the conduct of their assistant coaches, players, team reviewer(s), team athletic trainers and medical personnel, parents/guardians, spectators, and any other affiliates, and should abide and impose the appropriate provision of the Code of Conduct when necessary.
  2. Officials shall have the primary responsibility for their own conduct and can enforce ejection of any coach, assistant coach, player, team representative, team reviewer, parent/guardian, spectator or other affiliate that breaks code.
  3. Division and Conference Commissioners shall have the responsibility for their own conduct and of enforcing the Code of Conduct for the respective Conference and Division for which they are appointed.
  4. The NWBA Executive Director and Board of Directors shall have the responsibility for their own conduct and for the conduct of every team, coach, assistant coach, player, team representative, team reviewer, team leader/manager, team athletic trainer or medical personnel, official, classifier, commissioner, Executive Committee member, Committee member, Board Director, NWBA staff member, volunteer, parent/guardian, spectator, and any other affiliate, and may enforce the Code of Conduct for anyone that violates the Code of Conduct.

PUNISHMENT:

Any team, coach, assistant coach, player, team representative, team reviewer, team leader/manager, team athletic trainer or other medical personnel, official, classifier, Commissioner, Executive Committee member, and Committee member found in violation of this Code of Conduct by the Ethics Committee shall be subject to sanctions imposed in accordance with the NWBA Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, as determined by the NWBA Board of Directors.