All club members and affiliates are expected to adhere to the following codes of conduct and also the Code of Ethics and Conduct of our National Governing Body, Basketball England.

PARENT/GUARDIAN CODE OF CONDUCT

  • STAY POSITIVE: At Knights we aim for all players, coaches and officials to engage in the game we love in a positive and enjoyable environment. We actively encourage (and expect!) cheering and support for our teams from all spectators, but please refrain from coaching or criticising from the sideline. Focus on your own child’s enjoyment and development, other players should not be discussed or compared. Should you wish to raise any concerns then please contact the club office after the session or game.
  • BE PUNCTUAL: Please make sure players are on time for training and fixtures. We understand (and encourage) our players participation in other interests and activities and juggling these can be very difficult. Thus, if a player will be late or missing a session, the coach should be notified via emil/ text message/Whatsapp as early as possible.
  • COMMUNICATE: Please respond promptly to communications/notifications, especially via Teamer. Not responding to a game selection notification can result in your child, or another child, missing out on vital competitive experience.
  • RESPECT THE COACHES: It is important that our coaches are able to focus on the game/session that they are delivering, so please keep interactions with the coach to a minimum during these times. Furthermore, despite our commitment to player development, playing time cannot be equal for every player.  Your coach is more than happy to be contacted during regular office hours via phone/email for any matters that require further discussion​. Should you feel your concerns have not been dealt with in a satisfactory manner by the coach then please contact the club office who will direct your concern to either our CVL Coordinator or NBL Coordinator to follow-up.
  • RESPECT THE OFFICIALS AND OPPOSITION: Set a great example to our young players by respecting the officials and the opposing team and their supporters. Put your energy into supporting the positive aspects of the game and acknowledge perceived ‘mistakes’ by the officials as necessary learning opportunities for our players in dealing with and overcoming adversity. 

SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT 

Our aim at Knights is for every player, coach, official and supporter to have a safe, exciting and fulfilling basketball experience in any session or event in which Knights Basketball is involved. In order to achieve this, we need everyone’s help in adhering to the following guidelines:

·         We encourage all supporters to cheer on their team as much as possible, but to refrain from booing, jeering or any other negative behavior towards any team, player, official or fan.

·         Accept the referee’s calls and judgments. No player of  spectator should challenge or argue with the referee or table officials. Any concerns should be communicated to the game commissioner, and will only be accepted from Coaches and Team Managers.

·         Promote the positive aspects of our sport and encourage good sportsmanship at all times.

·         No spectators are allowed on the court at any time, including time-outs and end of quarters, unless invited by a Knights staff member.

·         Use correct and proper language at all times when expressing yourself at any competition or event in which Knights Basketball is participating.

·         Please ensure only clean, indoor footwear is worn in the sports hall where competition is taking place.

·         If you are using any camera or recording device please confirm with the head coach/team manager that BOTH teams have given permission. Do not post any images on social media without prior consent from all parties.

·         Remember we are guests in our home facility as well as other facilities at which we compete – Treat all equipment with respect and report anyone who is not doing so to a Knights staff member or the local officials.

·         Refreshments are available from the ‘Knights Delights’ café, but unfortunately, no food or hot drinks are permitted in the sports hall

  • Neither Knights Basketball nor the facility owners accept responsibility for vehicles or belongings at our sessions/events.

Knights Basketball reserves the right to remove anyone from our facility who is not following these guidelines.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the behaviour or welfare of anyone involved with Knights Basketball, especially children or vulnerable adults, then please contact any of the following:

An adult coach at the session you are attending

The club office 

club welfare officer.

PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT

ON THE COURT

  1. GIVE MAXIMUM EFFORT AT ALL TIMES – An opponent may be able to beat you for skill but should never beat you for effort!
  2. ENCOURAGE YOUR TEAM MATES BUT DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO GET AWAY WITH POOR PLAY – Be positive at all times but when a player is making a bad decision or a bad play then let them know and suggest what they need to do to improve.
  3. NEVER LEAVE THE BENCH UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY THE COACH – Have your kit/drink ready behind bench. Go to the toilet before the game!
  4. ONLY DRINK WATER/SPORTS DRINKS BEFORE & DURING THE GAME – No fizzy drinks or food!
  5. CONCENTRATE ON THE GAME WHEN ON THE BENCH – This is your chance to learn about the other team and prepare yourself for when you go on.
  6. NEVER BEG THE COACH TO GO ON – The coach will put you on when he/she feels it is the right time.
  7. ALWAYS BE AWARE OF THE SCORE & THE GAME CLOCK – this will influence how we play and manage the game
  8. FOCUS ON YOUR OWN GAME AND YOUR OWN TEAM – Put your energy in to the aspects of the game that you can influence and do not worry about the aspects that you cannot influence. i.e. officials, spectators
  9. PUT ALL YOUR ENERGY IN TO PLAYING AND CHEERING FOR YOUR TEAM – Never boo, jeer, trash talk, put off or argue with the other team
  10. THE WAY WE PLAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING OR LOSING – If we are doing our best then the winning should take care of itself
  11. NEVER ARGUE WITH THE OFFICIALS
  12. ALWAYS SHAKE HANDS WITH EVERY PLAYER AND OFFICIAL AT THE END OF EACH GAME
  13. OUR TRAINING SESSIONS SHOULD BE TOUGHER THAN OUR GAMES – we need to push each other so hard in training that we find games easier!

OFF THE COURT

  1. BE WELL PREPARED FOR ALL TRAINING SESSIONS AND GAMES – be well rested, ensure you consume the correct food/drink prior to and during a session/game, bring the correct kit, know the time/place, organise transport if necessary.
  2. NOTIFY YOUR COACH OF YOUR AVAILABILITY FOR GAMES – You have the schedule! We ask that playing Knights games takes priority over training for other sports. If you have a clash with another game, it’s your decision.
  3. NOTIFY YOUR COACH IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND TRAINING – give at least 24hrs notice
  4. MANAGE YOUR PRIORITIES IN THIS ORDER
    1. FAMILY
    2. SCHOOL
    3. SPORT

AND FINALLY, REMEMBER YOU REPRESENT RICHMOND KNIGHTS EVEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT WEARING THE UNIFORM. THE WAY YOU CARRY YOURSELF AND TREAT OTHERS IN ALL OTHER ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE WILL REFLECT ON THE CLUB. BE AN AMBASSADOR WE CAN BE PROUD OF!