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Disciplinary Procedures

The following procedures shall be followed for all cases occurring in games played under the auspices of the Leicestershire and Rutland Basketball Association (L&RBA). The Disciplinary Committee of the L&RBA shall deal with any disciplinary matter or dispute not covered below in accordance with the general principles of these procedures.

1. Players and Coaches

1.1. The following penalties shall normally apply;

1.1.1. For more than one Unsportsmanlike Foul resulting in disqualification or a Disqualifying Technical Foul: an automatic one-match ban.

1.1.2. For violent conduct towards other players or coaches, resulting in disqualification: an automatic three-match ban.

1.1.3. For violent conduct towards Match Officials: an automatic six-match ban.

1.1.4. For inappropriate comments regarding the officials or the officiating after the game has ended: an automatic one-match ban. This penalty can be increased if the comments include swearing, are offensive, repeated or prolonged.

1.1.5. For verbal abuse of Match Officials or other participants occurring after the game has officially ended: an automatic three-match ban. This penalty can be increased if the abuse is repeated or prolonged.

1.1.6. Other misconduct or behaviour outside the spirit of the rules which is reported by a Match Official will be dealt with by the Disciplinary Officer and if considered appropriate or necessary the matter will be referred to a Disciplinary Committee.

1.1.7. If a player’s conduct results in more than one penalty being applicable then the penalties will be added together.

These penalties shall also apply to any Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Follower.

Any player, Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Follower who persistently receives Technical Fouls, Disqualification Fouls or Unsportsmanlike Fouls may be summoned to appear before a Disciplinary Committee. This Committee will have the power to impose penalties on persistent offenders, as it deems appropriate.

1.2. The above penalties apply to any formal participation in the game(s) involved. That is, Players and Coaches may not play, coach, officiate or act as a Team Follower at the game(s) covered by the disciplinary action. Any ban will apply to the relevant men’s or women’s games, both league and cup.

1.3. The Referee and/or Umpire of the game in which the incident(s) occurred and any other interested parties must submit a written report to the Disciplinary Officer, this should be done within 48 hours of the end of the game.

1.4. The Disciplinary Officer may apply the penalties set out in section 1.1 without reference to a Disciplinary Committee.

1.5. A Disciplinary Committee comprising the Disciplinary Officer and at least one other neutral person, nominated by the Executive Committee, shall consider all other cases

1.6. The Club Secretary shall be informed in writing of the penalty, the date from which it is to commence and the match numbers of the fixtures concerned within seven days of the decision being made. The Official’s report/s together with any other written evidence submitted to the Disciplinary Officer will also be sent to the Club Secretary at this time.

1.7. The penalty shall normally take effect seven days after the decision has been made.

1.8. If a Player, Coach or Assistant Coach either plays or coaches in any games played under the jurisdiction of the L&RBA from which they have been banned, they shall incur a further three match ban.

1.9. A ban will normally apply to the next scheduled game/s. Once designated the ban cannot be switched to any other game/s, unless it is known that the designated game/s will not be played. In the case of a designated game/s not being played then the Divisional Secretary and the Results Secretary may nominate an alternative game/s.

1.10.Bans can be carried over from one season to the next.


2. Spectators

2.1. Clubs shall be held responsible for the behaviour of their spectators;

2.1.1. The home team is responsible for the behaviour of its supporters and any unaffiliated spectators.

2.1.2. The visiting team is responsible for the behaviour of its supporters.

2.1.3. At neutral venues each team is responsible for its own supporters.

2.2. The home team shall clearly identify spectator areas and segregate these unambiguously from team benches and the Scorer’s table. NO SPECTATOR SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN THE VICINITY OF THESE AREAS. If there is any doubt about the designation of spectator areas the referee’s decision is final.

2.3. Individuals or groups who are guilty of causing disturbances, using foul and/or abusive language or inciting detrimental crowd behaviour shall be ejected from the hall.

CLUBS ARE WARNED THAT IF A GAME IS UNABLE TO CONTINUE BECAUSE OF SPECTATOR MISCONDUCT IT MAY BE DECLARED FORFEIT BY THE REFEREE.

2.4. The following penalties may be imposed upon clubs for spectator misconduct;

2.4.1. For a first offence: a fine of £10.00

2.4.2. Additional offences may result in a higher fine and the deduction of points or expulsion from the competition

2.4.3. Forfeiture of a game as a result of spectator misconduct shall normally result in a fine of £25.00 for the guilty club.

2.5. The Referee has certain responsibilities with respect to spectators and their behaviour:

2.5.1. To ratify the arrangements of the Organiser under item 2.2.

2.5.2. To mediate any dispute between teams about arrangements for spectators.

2.5.3. To declare games forfeit if necessary.

2.5.4. To act as a neutral party representing the Competition Organiser.

2.5.5. To request the removal of spectators by the appropriate team under item 2.3.

2.6. The Referee and/or Umpire of the game in which the incident(s) occurred, the Clubs involved and any other interested party must submit a written report to the Disciplinary Officer, this should be done within 48 hours of the end of the game.

3. Appeals

3.1. Appeals against L&RBA disciplinary action and against decisions of Affiliated Bodies should be made immediately in writing by the Club Secretary to the Disciplinary Officer and must be accompanied by a deposit of £25.00 (see below). The deposit is refunded if the appeal is upheld and forfeited if not.

Cheques for deposits should be made payable to “Leicestershire & Rutland Basketball Association.”

3.2. The decision of the Disciplinary Officer, the Disciplinary Committee or Affiliated Body shall be suspended until the appeal has been dealt with.

3.3. All relevant parties shall be asked to submit written evidence if they have not already done so, and invited to the appeal hearing only to present further evidence. The appeal hearing shall normally take place within fourteen days of the receipt of the appeal. If no further evidence is to be presented, and if appropriate, the appeal may be dealt with by email and/or telephone communication.

3.4. Appeals against decisions of the Disciplinary Officer/Disciplinary Committee shall normally be considered by an Appeals Committee consisting of 3 members of the L&RBA Executive Committee.

3.5. A L&RBA Disciplinary Committee shall normally consider appeals against decisions of Affiliated Bodies.

3.6. The party making the appeal shall be entitled to be accompanied by a friend or advisor.

3.7. The Appeals Committee shall have the power to uphold or change the decision of the Disciplinary Officer/Disciplinary Committee or Affiliated Body. It may diminish or enhance any penalty imposed and may, in addition, fine Clubs for appeals which are not supported by significant evidence. It may also charge Clubs for any costs incurred by the appeal irrespective of whether the appeal is successful.

3.8. The decision of the L&RBA is itself subject to appeal to the Appeals Convenor and to England Basketball.