BasketballSUSSEX

Disciplinary Policy & Procedure (2019/20)

Underlying Principles

Basketball is a fast sport played at professional, semi-professional and amateur level by athletic players. In such a sport situations will naturally arise that will require debate and disciplinary decisions, and BasketballSUSSEX disciplinary process is there to support and protect all participants without sanitizing the sport. Each case must be judged on its merits and decisions reached by applying judgement and discretion.

Disciplinary Guidelines

BasketballSUSSEX have adopted the Disciplinary Guidance issued by Basketball England with some changes to reflect our Rules and Regulations, plus additions to the process.

Basketball England regulation 49.7 states that a system of cumulative "penalty points" will apply, and a one game suspension automatically comes into force whenever a person's total penalty points reaches (or exceeds) each of the following totals: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 etc. BasketballSUSSEX will apply this principle.

The tables below are to be used as guidelines only in respect of the type of disciplinary action that will be taken against all participants for improper conduct as detailed. They are not in any way definitive and the Disciplinary Sub-Committee (DSC) will make their judgement as appropriate after taking into account all the evidence made available to them.

The After Disqualification Points column refers to actions of a participant after they have been disqualified, eg. a player is disqualified for violent conduct, which will give them at least a one game ban and 7 points awarded. They then direct a stream of abuse at a participant or kick an advertising board, they will then get additional points on top of the points normally received for the ‘act’ of disqualification.

The Not Disqualified Points column refers to incidents occurring post game, after the score sheet has been signed by the Referee.

These Disciplinary Guidelines also apply to Officials, Team Managers, Parents/Carers, Spectators, and Team Followers of their respective clubs. 

Appeals

Any Club or individual may appeal against a decision of the Disciplinary Sub-Committee by submitting in writing an appeal with BasketballSUSSEX. The Appeals procedure will be as described in BasketballSUSSEX Rules 16 and 17.9


Disciplinary Procedure

A. Outstanding Suspensions

Any suspension or part thereof which remains outstanding at the end of a season resulting from these disciplinary procedures must be served at the commencement of the next season, within the terms of these disciplinary procedures. Before a participant is eligible to serve a suspension in a following season they must be licensed and registered to compete with their respective team. No suspension can be served unless the participant’s registration is fully complete. Once registered a suspension letter will be issued by Basketball Sussex to highlight the fixtures/dates during that current season for which the carried over suspension should be served.

B. Re-arranged Matches

The Disciplinary Committee shall have discretionary power to rule that a match shall not count towards the completion of a suspension if it is satisfied that the game has been arranged by the club with a view to enabling a player to complete his suspension and thus qualify him to play in a specific match.

C. Dismissals

Where a player, coach, or club official is disqualified by the referees, he/she must leave the venue and take no further part in the game (including not in a spectating capacity or via electronic devices such as mobile phones etc.)

BasketballSUSSEX shall not tolerate violent conduct of any kind. Where a person registered with BasketballSUSSEX is found to have committed an assault on another player, coach, official, referee and/or spectator, the person concerned shall be suspended in accordance with disciplinary sanctions herein. 

Where required, BasketballSUSSEX shall also supply names of officials and/or witnesses to relevant authorities should legal proceeding be instigated.

D. Grading & Description of Offences

There are five possible grades for each offence. Grade 1 is the lowest level of offence and Grade 5 the most serious.

The most common offences are listed in the sentencing guidelines below with a description to assist all those concerned in referring to incidents in a standardised manner. 

It is accepted that there will be incidents not covered by the guideline descriptions and each sub section of the laws includes other Offences which can also be graded from 1 to 5.

PLAYERS Incident Disqualification Points After Disqualification Points Not Disqualified Points Fine
5 Violent Conduct 3 (Continuous violent behaviour/physical violence)
Unlimited
Unlimited Unlimited Up to £1,000
4 Violent Conduct 2 (Pre-meditated physical violence). Verbal Abuse 3 (Continuous & aggressive abuse) 8-21 added Unlimited 15+ Up to £100
3 Violent Conduct 1 (Physical retaliation). General Improper conduct. 5-10 added 9-15 Up to £50
2 Verbal Abuse 2 (Excessive Obscene/Foul Language) 3-8 added 4-12 Up to £20
1 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Verbal Abuse 1 (Obscene/Foul Language). 0-3 added 5-10 Up to £20
COACHES Incident Disqualification Points After Disqualification Points Not Disqualified Points Fine
5 Violent Conduct 3 (Continuous violent behaviour/physical violence) Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Up to £1,000
4 Violent Conduct 2 (Pre-meditated physical violence). Verbal Abuse 3 (Continuous & aggressive abuse) Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Up to £100
3 Violent Conduct 1 (Physical retaliation). General Improper conduct. 5-10 15+ Up to £50
2 Verbal Abuse 2 (Excessive Obscene/Foul Language) 3-8 4-15 Up to £20
1 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Verbal Abuse 1 (Obscene/Foul Language). 0-8 4-15 Up to £20

In addition, fines may be imposed when deemed necessary for incidents whether the participant was disqualified or not.

In addition to the Incidents listed in the above tables, the Disciplinary Committee will also review any Technical or Unsportsmanlike Fouls that have been awarded.

For Players up to 4 points may be awarded for each Technical or Unsportsmanlike Foul.

For Coaches up to 5 points may be awarded for each Technical Foul.

These points will also be cumulative so players/coaches will be suspended and fined when reaching each of the following totals: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 etc.

These points will also be added to any points awarded for Disqualifications as detailed in the tables above.

MATCH OFFICIALS Incident
Action Taken
2 - Gross Misconduct
- Violent/aggressive behaviour (physical/verbal)
- Theft or Fraudulent behaviour
- Racial abuse/comments
- Substance abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Drunken and disorderly conduct.
Fixed period ban (maximum lifetime) from all BasketballSUSSEX competitions and events & fine up to £1,000

Incident reported to Basketball England where further sanctions may be applied
 1 - Misconduct
- Verbal Abuse
- Obscene/Foul language
- Threatening words or actions
- Use of aggressive language and/or body language
- Breach of Match Officials Code of Conduct
- Failure to submit a disciplinary report within the regulated time
- Failure to submit a disciplinary report on the official report form
- Failure to fulfil an agreed nomination without a valid reason
- Failure to ensure that disqualified players/coaches are ejected from the match in accordance with FIBA rules; subject to safeguarding considerations of junior players, coaches, & team followers
- Failure to check the scoresheet which subsequently is found to have mistakes that affect the result of the game
- (the Referee) knowingly allow players, coaches or team followers to participate in a match when they do not have valid licence
- Arriving less than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tip off time without a valid reason.
4th Offence - Fixed period ban from all BasketballSUSSEX competitions & events & fine up to £100

3rd Offence - Final Warning. No officiating appointments for 4 weeks & fine up to £50

2nd Offence - Written Warning. No officiating appointments for 2 weeks & fine up to £20

1st Offence - Verbal Warning. No officiating appointments for 1 week

Page last updated: 21/09/19

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