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Basketball Ireland Policy Guidelines for Parents

Basketball Ireland is committed to providing a safe and a fair environment for all juvenile players. Our first priority is the welfare of young players and we are committed to providing an environment, which will allow participants to perform to the best of their ability, free from bullying and intimidation. Basketball Ireland also has a duty of care for volunteers working with juveniles on behalf of the organization. 

  • Be a role model for your child and maintain the highest standards of conduct when interacting with children, other parents, with officials and organizers.
  • Encourage your child to play by the rules.
  • Always behave responsibly on the sidelines and do not seek to unfairly affect the game on court or the player on court.
  • Take care not to expose any junior player, intentionally or unintentionally, to embarrassment or disparagement by the use of flippant or sarcastic remarks.
  • Always recognize the value and importance of the volunteers who provide sporting/recreational opportunities for your child.
  • Respect referees, coaches, organizers and other players.
  • Do not publicly question the judgment or honesty of referees, coaches or organizers.
  • Teach your child that honest endeavor is as important as winning and do all you can to encourage good sportsmanship.
  • Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.
  • Encourage mutual respect for team mates and opponents. 

Parents should support all efforts to remove abusive and bullying behavior in all its forms: 

Child to Child – includes physical aggression, verbal bullying, intimidation, or isolation. 

Adult to Child – includes the use of repeated gestures or expressions of a threatening or intimidatory nature, or any comment intended to degrade a child. 

Adult to Adult – includes verbal aggression towards other adults in order to achieve a beneficial outcome for own self or own child. 

Child to Adult – includes repeated gestures or expressions of a threatening or intimidatory nature by an individual child or group of children.


Limerick Lions Code Of Practice for Members

The Limerick Lions Basketball Club is respected throughout Ireland. We expect high standards from our players, officials, mentors and spectators in terms of commitment and preparation, as well as the sporting attitude we show to those with whom our sport brings us in contact with. We all have a duty to ensure that standards and our club’s reputation are maintained at the highest level. 

  1. Always remember that you are representing the Limerick Lions Basketball Club.
  2. All players must make every effort to arrive on time for matches and training sessions.
  3. Always encourage rather than criticise your team-mates.
  4. Show respect for your team-mates, opponents, referee, coaches and officials.
  5. Abusive behaviour, foul or offensive language will not be tolerated.
  6. Never use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage on or off the court.
  7. Never use bullying tactics to isolate another player.
  8. Coaches will have rules to control each training session; these rules must be followed for the session to be successful.
  9. A team manager will be appointed to each team. If you have any issues regarding the Coach/Coaching don’t be afraid to approach him/her. 

Disciplinary action will be taken in cases where there is a severe breach of the “Code of Practice”. Disciplinary action may consist of verbal and/or written warnings, training session/match bans or suspension/expulsion from the club.