Every person in sport, in every role, has the right to participate in an environment that is fun, safe and healthy, and to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness.
Bullying can be done by anyone whether it is a player, parent or coach. Bullying can be a one off or repeated behaviour that is offensive, abusive, belittling, intimidating or threatening – whether this is face to face, indirectly, or via communication technologies such as mobile phones and computers. Basketball is a team game and every player has the right to be treated with respect, regardless of ability.
Cyber bullying is a form of bullying, which is carried out through an internet service such as email, a chat room, discussion group, instant messaging or web pages. It can also include bullying through mobile phone technologies such as SMS.
Examples of cyber bullying behaviour are:
Teasing and being made fun of
Spreading rumours online
Sending unwanted messages, and Defamation
Basketball clubs are concerned at the increasing number of complaints being made about the inappropriate use of text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networking sites by people involved in basketball. These sites have been used to bully other basketballers, to criticize referees and to make racist or sexist remarks about other participants.
This behaviour is totally unacceptable in our sport and will not be tolerated.
Basketball Vic's Codes of Conduct and Member Protection Policy address bullying behaviours as well as a range of inappropriate behaviours including discrimination, harassment and abuse and provide a complaints process for dealing with incidents.
The Member Protection By-laws refer specifically to bullying and inappropriate use of technology for that purpose.
Under Basketball Tribunal By-laws and Member Protection By-laws, behaviour which is unacceptable can be brought to the Tribunal, even if it didn’t occur on the basketball court. As long as the incident is basketball related, the Tribunal is able to deal with it.
Basketball Vic will have no hesitation in reporting to the Tribunal, and penalizing, inappropriate, basketball related, behaviour which misuses mobile phones, internet networking sites or other technology.
Superoos Basketball Club will not allow or tolerate any form of bullying or cyber bullying in general.