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Master Code of Conduct


1.0 Purpose and applicability:

This Code of Conduct applies to all members of the SDBAL community, including but not limited to members, players (both in the domestic and representative capacities), coaches, volunteers, employees, board members, parents/carers of junior players, sponsors and any other individuals directly associated with the organisation.

2.0 Commitment:

1. Adherence to Ethical Standards: Commit to the highest ethical standards in all dealings. This includes honesty, integrity, and fairness in every action taken as a member of the SDBAL.

2. Promotion of Respect and Equality: Foster an environment of respect and equality for all members, regardless of their role, gender, race, religion, or background. This commitment extends to all forms of communication, interaction, and behaviour.

3. Engagement in Constructive Dialogue: Engage in open, honest, and constructive dialogue. Embrace differences of opinion, and resolve conflicts through respectful discussion and mutual understanding.

4. Dedication to Personal and Professional Development: Pursue continuous improvement both personally and professionally. Encourage and support the development of others within the community, contributing to a culture of lifelong learning and growth.

5. Stewardship of the Association’s Reputation: Act as a steward of the SDBAL’s reputation. Ensure that your actions, both within and outside of the association’s activities, reflect positively on the collective image and values of the SDBAL.

6. Commitment to Community and Social Responsibility: Recognise and act upon the responsibility to contribute positively to the broader community. Engage in initiatives that enhance social responsibility and community involvement of the SDBAL.

7. Upholding the Spirit of the Sport: Embody the spirit of basketball in every action associated with the SDBAL. This includes promoting the sport’s values, such as teamwork, perseverance, and the joy of play, both on and off the court.

8. Protecting the Safety and Well-being of All Members: Prioritise the safety, health, and well-being of every member of the SDBAL community. This in-
cludes adhering to all safety guidelines and protocols, and fostering an environment where members feel supported and secure.

9. Transparency and Accountability: Operate with transparency and hold one-self accountable for actions and decisions. Encourage a culture where constructive feedback is welcomed, and accountability is shared among all members.

10. Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility: Advocate for and practice sustainability in all SDBAL operations and activities. Recognize the importance of environmental stewardship and commit to actions that reduce the ecological footprint of the association.

3.0 Standards of Conduct and Association Representation:

3.1 Unacceptable Conduct:

All people covered by this code of conduct are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct both on and off the court. Unacceptable conduct includes,
but is not limited to, the following behaviours:

• Engaging in any form of abuse, harassment, or discrimination.
• Participating in acts of violence or aggression.
• Utilising performance-enhancing drugs or substances banned by national or
international basketball governing bodies.
• Engaging in conduct that is detrimental to the welfare, reputation, or operational efficacy of the SDBAL, its members, or its sponsors.
• Committing acts that are deemed illegal by local, state, or federal law.

3.2 Protection of Association and Sponsor Reputation:

Players must ensure that their actions do not bring the association or any of its sponsors into disrepute. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Making derogatory, slanderous, or malicious statements about the SDBAL, its teams, officials, sponsors, or its community.

• Engaging in activities or endorsements that conflict with the values or agreements of the SDBAL and its sponsors.

• Misusing association or sponsor-provided equipment, apparel, or other materials in a manner that negatively affects the association or sponsor’s im-
age or reputation.

3.3 Consequences of Violating Conduct Standards:

Violations of these conduct standards will be taken very seriously and may result in disciplinary action, which can include:

• Immediate suspension from participation in all SDBAL activities, including games and training sessions.
• Termination of membership with the SDBAL.
• Reparations or public apologies to individuals, the association, its members, or sponsors affected by the conduct.

Any other actions deemed necessary by the SDBAL governing body to address the conduct and prevent future occurrences.

It is imperative for all people to whom this code of conduct applies, to understand that their behaviour, both in the public eye and in private settings, reflects on the
Southern Districts Basketball Association and its sponsors. As ambassadors of the sport and the association, players must uphold the principles of integrity, respect,
and sportsmanship at all times.