Spectator/Supporter Code of Conduct
The Northside Minor Basketball Association is a grassroots organization built by volunteers to ensure a friendly and competitive venue for youth basketball.
The NMBA board of directors and all of its coaches are volunteers.
It is understood that during the competitive nature of games, emotions can be raised, but the NMBA asks each and every supporter including spectators, coaches and players to show sportsmanship and ideals associated with minor sports.
* Children have more need for example than criticism.
* Make athletic participation for your child and others a positive experience.
* Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences.
* Be kind to your children's coach and officials. The coach is a volunteer giving personal time and money to provide a recreational activity for your child. The coach is providing a valuable community service, often without reward other than the personal satisfaction of having served his or her community.
* The opponents are necessary friends. Without them your child could not participate meaningfully.
* Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
* Parents and supporters are asked not to voice their displeasure with the way their child or child's team is playing or with the calls that the referees are making. Parents are asked to set an example for their children and show respect for all the people on the floor, players, referees and minor officials.
The NMBA provides what it deems a safe environment to play games and the number one reason the association exists is for the benefit of the players and developing coaches.
A child's enjoyment of the game is lessened by outbreaks from the parents/supporters of either team. Cheer the teams on, encourage good sportsmanship and allow them to enjoy the game.
Between the exuberance of the winner and the disappointment of the loser we find the person called the official. All of them follow the same rules, to watch every move of every player and to call the game to the best of his/her ability.
Do not openly question his/her judgement and never their honesty. He/she is a symbol of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship. Accept the results of each game. Encourage the child to be gracious in victory and turn defeat to victory by helping the child work towards improvement.
Also, please consider volunteering for the NMBA whether itís in the act of a minor official, coach or serving on the association's board.
The NMBA Web site game reports are brought to the reader to allow all NMBA members, players and coaches and other associations to check in on game results.
The reports are used from team contacts or representatives.
The accuracy of final scores, points and progress is the responsibility of the team represenative to pass it on to NMBA board members for Web site inclusion.
The NMBA is not responsible for errors and omissions.