Atoms Basketball Club is a community-based organization not run for profit & based in Melbourne, Australia. Established 1996.


All Participants, be they players, coaches, team managers, spectators or parents in this wonderful game of basketball, get involved for many different reasons.

With the growth of the competition we believe it is important that all participants understand how the Club wants them to assist in maintaining a vibrant, growing, healthy and safe competition. As such we have a series of codes of conduct that can be used as guidelines for behaviour.

Codes of Conduct: Players | Spectators | Parents | Coaches | Bench

Players Code of Conduct

  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the referee during a break or after the game in an appropriate manner.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in basketball.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and for your team. Your team's performance will benefit so will you?
  • Be a good sport. Acknowledge all good plays whether they are by your team or the other team.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  • Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Play for the "fun of it" and not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender, race or impairment.
  • Be prepared to lose sometimes. Everyone wins and loses at some time. Be a fair winner and good loser.

Spectators Code of Conduct

  • Remember children play sport for fun. They are not playing for the entertainment of spectators. They are not miniature professionals.
  • Applaud good performances from each team. Congratulate all players regardless of the outcome.
  • Respect the referee's decision. If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to query the decision.
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during competition. Be positive.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, or players.
  • Show respect for your team's opponents, without them, there would be no game.
  • Use commonsense to ensure that over-calling violations does not lose the "spirit of the game" for children.
  • Publicly encourage rule changes, which will reinforce the principles.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behavior by not using foul language, harassing players, coaches or officials.
  • Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender, race or impairment.

Parents Code of Conduct

  • Encourage children to participate if they are interested. If they are not, don't force them.
  • Remember equal court time can not be based on one game, but over a few games. Often coaches try different strategies to work out what is best for the team, ultimately every child should get equal time over the season. This should be taken to the team manager if this is not met.
  • Focus on playing the game, reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children to always play by the rules.
  • Do not criticize children in front of others, but reserve constructive criticism for more private moments.
  • Remember children are involved in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Remember a child learns best by example. Applaud good play by all teams.
  • Accept decisions of all referees as being fair and called to the best of their ability. Do not raise issues of disagreement publicly.
  • Do not criticize opposing team members or supporters by word or gesture.
  • Set a good example by your own conduct, behavior and appearance.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender, race or impairment.
  • Any concerns must be directed to the Team Manager. Do not raise any issues directly with coach.
  • Show appreciation of volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
  • Always keep in mind the philosophy of the Club, which is based on fun and participation. Remember also, that the Club's philosophy mirrors that of the Hawthorn Basketball Association.
  • Respect the Team Manager's decisions. By following the code of conduct, any decisions will be in the best interest of the entire team. Do not overly interfere in the Team Manager's role.
  • Support your Team Manager by taking on tasks when asked to do so. ALL parents are expected to do stadium duty at some stage. Ensure every parent shares the load.

Coaches Code of Conduct

Atoms is a member of the Camberwell Dragons Basketball Association, based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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