Code of Ethics

Updated Wednesday January 22, 2014 by Saskatoon Minor Basketball.

The Saskatoon Minor Basketball Association strongly believes in creating a safe and respectful environment for all our players, officials, coaches, parents, and spectators.

All players, parents, and coaches must abide by the fair play code and the zero tolerance policy.


  • Play by the rules and in the spirit of the game.
  • Control my temper - fighting and "mouthing off" can spoil the activity for everybody.
  • Respect my opponents.
  • Do my best to be a true team player.
  • Remember that winning isn't everything - that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are as important.
  • Acknowledge all good plays/performances - those of my team and of my opponents.
  • Participate because I want to, not just because my parents or coaches want me to.
  • Remember that coaches and officials are there to help me and I will show them respect.


  • Remember that my child plays sport for his or her enjoyment, not for mine.
  • Encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Teach my child that doing one's best is as important as winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game/event.
  • Make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
  • Never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. I will applaud good player's performances by both my child's team and their opponents.
  • Not force my child to participate in sports.
  • Never question the official's judgment.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's sporting activities.
  • Respect and show appreciation for the trained volunteer coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for my child, understanding that I have a responsibility to be a part of my child's development.
  • Supervise all of my children that attend the game that I am watching.
  • I will be on my best behavior at all times and will not use profane language or harass players, coaches, referees, league administrators or volunteers.


Anyone wishing to inform the executive of an infraction must do so in writing. Please address the letter to the SMBA Disciplinary Committee (leave letter with the gym supervisor)

  • Ensure that all athletes get fair playing time, instruction, and support.
  • Be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that young athletes have other interests and obligations.
  • Teach my athletes to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and opponents.
  • Not ridicule or yell at my athletes for making mistakes or for performing poorly. I will remember that children play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  • Make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the athletes' ages and abilities.
  • Remember that children need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
  • Obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.
  • Work in partnership with parents and players.
  • I will treat other coaches, players and referees with respect and yelling at participants will not be condoned.


We have many well conceived and elegantly written league rules and policies, all readily available on the SMBA website. These instruct all parties to show mutual respect and cheer on players from both teams. However, some people seem to forget these standards once the game begins and an unfavorable (to some) call is made.
As a league in 2005-06, we had cause for concern. First, serious incidents occurred in our Fall / Winter involving abuse and near physical action by players, coaches and fans against senior referees. Secondly, we had a desperate need for more officials, yet we were losing young referees because they were bullied by players, coaches and parents during games. Senior officials expressed concern that SMBA parents made refereeing community games more onerous then refereeing varsity high school games level games.
As a result of this, the league will implemented a Zero Tolerance policy in 2006-2007, regulating the conduct of coaches, parents and players towards game officials.


The most important aspect of the SMBA is fair play, not competition. Our league wants to first promote sportsmanship, and then courtesy between fans, parents, players, coaches and referees. Wins and losses and league titles are secondary outcomes. It is important that league participants not lose sight of this in the heat of the games.

Players, coaches or spectators are now not allowed to challenge an official's decision, nor are they allowed to make abusive comments. This includes comments and complaints from the stands. - Prior to each game officials will meet with both coaches and remind them of the league's zero tolerance policy on challenging the decisions of game officials, or making abusive comments. Coaches are reminded that they may ask for clarification on rules at stoppages in play, but under no circumstances are they to yell, call out, or question officials during the game. Comments such as call something; get in the game!; or sarcasm such as; it's about time or thank you!; are unacceptable.

Coaches are to be courteous when making requests for clarification. Sarcasm or angry tones are not acceptable. Coaches are responsible to remind spectators supporting their team of their responsibility not to challenge or ridicule the referees or players on the court or after the game.

Coaches are to advise their players of the zero tolerance policy. - Two bench-technical's to a coach will result in the coach being ejected for the remainder of the game and given a game suspension for the next game, and the coach must leave the gym, The game may continue with the assistant coach or parent volunteer.
For a coach, three cumulative technical fouls will result in an automatic game suspension.  Each subsequent technical foul after 3 will result in a game suspension.       ( Revised January 8, 2012)

If a spectator challenges or harangues an official, a technical foul will be called on the team that they support. The referee, with the support of the Gym Supervisor, has discretion to immediately eject the spectator. If the spectator refuses to leave or delays to go, the referee will advise the coach that his team will forfeit if they cannot get the spectator to leave.

Coaches are asked to remind parents and spectators that any further outbursts will result in their team forfeiting the game. - Should a second challenge or harangue be experienced by officials from the same team, then the game will be called and that team will forfeit the game. Under no circumstances are coaches, players or spectators to come up and further question the official. The decision to cancel and forfeit is final.

Officials shall write up an incident report of any forfeit incident, including any recommendations for further action. The league Disciplinary committee will review this report and decide on any additional action that might be required.

2014 SMBA Zero Tolerance.pdf