Conduct Policy for Spectators
Anyone watching a particular athletic activity or event whether sitting or standing is considered a spectator. A spectator may be a parent, a relative, friend, teammate, athlete from opposing team, administrator or coach not directly involved in the game. Spectators are an important part of any athletic activity; however, they are not essential. Spectators should never influence the outcome of an event and must never pose a distraction to athletes, other spectators, timers, score keepers and referees.
Any spectator watching an OBA sanctioned event will be expected to respect and adhere to the Spectator Conduct Policy.
In addition to the responsibilities of this OBA Code of Conduct, spectators of athletes and spectators at events will:
- Support the game of basketball.
- Encourage athletes to play by the rules and resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
- Stress the importance of participation.
- Avoid spectator-imposed pressures to win.
- Be supportive of the athlete, team, coach, opponents and officials.
- Respect the decisions and judgments of officials and encourage athletes to do the same.
- Maintain a supportive, constructive atmosphere conducive to the athletes’ personal development.
- Refrain from negative communications with athletes, coaches, the scorers’ table or game officials.
- At no time should spectators go on to the basketball court or approach the team bench area. This includes the time when teams enter for warm up until the time when teams leave the court at the end of the game.
Individuals who are witness to any actions contrary to the Conduct Policy for Spectators should contact Ontario Basketball’s Commissioner of Fair Play and Resolution.