Player Code of Conduct


1. Understand and play by the rules.

Understanding and playing by the rules is your responsibility. The rules exist for the safety, proper order and enjoyment of all people involved in basketball. The lessons to be learned in this respect in basketball are lessons that can and should be carried over into all aspects of your lives. Do not ignore or deliberately break any rules. Even if you think that a deliberate foul may give your team an advantage, you should not commit the deliberate foul in the interests of fair play. If you do consistently commit deliberate fouls or break the rules you must accept that there will be consequences for you and your team. Do not let yourself or your team down.

2. Respect referees and other officials.

Referees and officials have a difficult task to perform and you could not play the game without them. They are there to enforce the rules of play but they cannot always be right. Accept bad calls graciously. Abuse of referees is unacceptable behaviour. Players who consistently dispute decisions or do not accept bad decisions are bad sports. If you disagree with a decision, have your coach, captain or manager approach the referee during a break or after the game, in an appropriate manner.

3. Control your temper.

Verbal abuse of officials is a serious offence against the rules of basketball. Verbally abusing other players or deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is also not acceptable or permitted in basketball. Loss of temper is unpleasant for other players, and it can distract you and have an adverse effect on your concentration and effectiveness on the court.

4. Work equally hard for yourself and for your team.

You owe it to yourself and others involved in your team to train and play to the best of your ability. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you. If you are half-hearted about your involvement in the sport you will become dissatisfied and lose out on the much of the enjoyment and satisfaction you can derive from giving it your best.

5. Be a good sport.

Acknowledge all good play by your team and the other team. Good manners and respect can be infectious. Everyone likes to be praised when they do something well. If you acknowledge the achievements of your opponents it is likely they will follow suit. Part of participation in sport is respect for all participants in the game. Your opponents are entitled to proper courtesy. Always introduce yourself to your opponents on court and congratulate them whether you win or lose. Be sporting in victory and graceful in defeat. Remember that the opposition coach is trying to do the best for their team and is also entitled to respect.

6. Treat other players just as you would like to be treated.

Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player. Just because a teammate cannot perform as well as you does not mean they are not trying. Everyone makes mistakes. Do not abuse or ridicule another player when a mistake is made. Constructive guidance and encouragement when a player does well will assist a player to improve their game.

7. Play for the “enjoyment of it” and not just to please parents and coaches.

Playing sport should be fun. You can take it seriously, but you should enjoy it at the same time. If you enjoy an activity you will perform much better and derive far more benefit from it than if it is an unpleasant experience. You may experience pressure from your coach and parents and others to perform outside of your capability or desires. Whilst this can be positive and their way of showing you support in your activities, you should resist it if it no longer is enjoyable.

8. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person.

Regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, religion or other factor irrelevant to the game, all persons connected with basketball are entitled to equal treatment and respect. Avoid any remarks that could be construed as offensive or discriminatory. Sometimes even a joke may give offence. Even if someone refers to himself or herself with a particular label, it should not be taken as an invitation for you to do so. Using discretion is imperative and it is better to err on the side of caution.

9. Be prepared to lose sometimes.

Everyone wins and loses at some time. Be a fair winner and a good loser. Disappointment at losing is natural, but it should not be obvious to the point of being unpleasant for others.        Just as unpleasant can be the boastful winner. Recognise that even in defeat, the loser has achieved something, just by playing. Not everything in life can be a winning situation. Losing can be an important learning experience for your wider life goals.

10. Listen to your coach.

Your coach has been appointed to coach your team because they have certain abilities and experience. They have also undergone training to ensure that you get the best coach that you can commensurate with your skill levels. Apart from skills training, your coach can provide you with helpful advice on all aspects of playing basketball. Make the most of the opportunity provided to you to work with your coach to have a happy and successful experience in basketball.

11. Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.

Facilities and equipment cost money and will only function properly if kept in good order. Ensure that you do not abuse anything provided for use. Do not engage in dangerous practices such as hanging off hoops or “slam dunking”. Quite properly, these practices are banned in most venues. Equipment can be damaged and serious injury can occur.


Upcoming Events


7th
Apr
Summer Presentation Day

For the first time ever we are having a summer presentation day. With so many of our junior players only playing summer we felt it was only far we put on a special presentation day for all the kids & their hard work over a hot summer.  There will be trophies for u12s & above, […]


24th
Feb
Bunnings BBQ 2019

Bunnings BBQ Sunday Feb 24 Book your spot to help https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=467320&here


6th
Oct
Uniform Day Summer 2019

Lara Giants Uniform Day is booked in for Saturday October 6 at St Anthony’s Primary. Collect your uniform & your Lara merch as well as pay your club membership on the day u10s / u12s at 2pm u14s / u16s /u18s at 3pm Little Giants & Seniors 3:30pm


23rd
Sep
Junior Presentation Day

Lara Giants Junior Presentation Day (including Little Giants) is Sunday September 23rd at St Anthony’s Primary School.


26th
Aug
Annual General Meeting

Lara Basketball Club would like to advise all that the our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday August 26th at 7pm at the Lara Community Centre on Waverly Road Lara. All positions will be vacated & we will elect a new committee. For more info contact Jason on 0417306327


4th
Aug
Disco Bingo

Dolly’s Disco Bingo is the original music bingo company in Australia. Instead of numbers, we play well know tunes. To book your tickets contact Bridie: 0431 783 323


14th
Apr
Winter Uniform Day 2018

Winter Uniform Day is Saturday April 14 at 2pm at Lara Lake Primary


24th
Mar
Trivia Night 2018

The Trivia Night is back, a great night is guaranteed. Book your tickets now


17th
Dec
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Book your spot to help our club at one of our biggest fund raisers https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=331046


3rd
Dec
Giant Clinic Term 4 2017

Limited spots available. Contact us at juniorboys@laragiants.org.au or juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au with your childs name & DOB to secure your spot