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Code of Conduct

1. TEAM SECRETARIES

  1. The duties and responsibilities of Home Clubs and Team Secretaries are fully set out in the Playing Rules and all Team Secretaries should become familiar with these before the start of the season. However, continuing administrative failures which affect the smooth running of The League will then be penalised within the scope of the MBL Fines System, a summary of which is shown on the next page.

 

2. PLAYERS AND COACHES

  1. It is recognised that players and coaches from other regional leagues or who have only recently become active in the UK may have experienced standards and practices different from those expected in the MBL. In order to minimise misunderstandings, confrontations and difficult player/referee or coach/referee situations, the following advice has been prepared for distribution to players and coaches from the start of the season.
  2. Disciplinary action in the MBL is infrequent in comparison with the amount of basketball played. However,
    1. Player disqualification is regarded as a serious matter and strong penalties can be imposed, ranging from match bans to full suspension. A disqualified player is expected to return to the club dressing room or leave the match venue in accordance with FIBA Rules. MBL referees have been instructed to take a firm line on players who:
      1. Strike an opponent or use other violent conduct;
      2. Threaten or strike a match official;
      3. Verbally abuse opponents or officials;
      4. Persistently use abusive language or gestures which can be heard or seen by other spectators or others involved in the match;
      5. Persistently incur technical fouls;
      6. Persistently show dissent.
    2. Coach disqualification is also regarded as a serious matter and strong penalties can be imposed, ranging from match bans to full suspension and financial penalties against his/her Club (which the coach is regarded as fully representing on court). A disqualified coach is expected to return to the club dressing room or leave the match venue in accordance with FIBA (the world-governing body) Rules. MBL referees have been instructed to take a firm line on coaches who:
      1. Threaten or strike a match official;
      2. Fail to control substitutes or others on the team bench;
      3. Persistently abuse a match official;
      4. Persistently use abusive language or gestures which can be heard or seen by other spectators or others involved in the match;
      5. Persistently show dissent.
    3. Match officials are also instructed to report other incidents which, in their opinion, are sufficiently serious to merit disciplinary consideration, whether these occur before, during or after a match.

3. DISCIPLINARY SUB-COMMITTEE

  1. All disciplinary matters are initially referred to the MBL Disciplinary Sub-Committee (DSC) for consideration in accordance with the League Playing Rules. Team Secretaries whose club/coach/player(s) are involved in possible disciplinary action will be advised 7 days before the relevant meeting of the DSC in case they wish to submit a written report. Decisions taken / penalties imposed will be advised to the relevant Team Secretaries and become effective within 48 hours of such notice.

 

4. APPEALS PROCEDURE

  1. The MBL Appeals Procedure (PR 27) requires an appeal against any disciplinary decision to be made to the General Secretary (or Chairman in the absence of a General Secretary) of the League within 48 hours of the decision having been made known, accompanied by a cheque for £ 50. The right to a personal hearing at a Meeting of the DSC is not normally allowed but personal hearings may be requested in the case of an Appeal.
  2. Any queries about the MBL Disciplinary / Appeals Procedures should be made to the Chair, DSC - David Hunter - via e-mail to .