Credit: Daily Mercury http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/CODE-OF-Conduct-Basketballers-lead-the-way/3023528/
BASKETBALL: The well-established culture created by Mackay Basketball helps our city set a good example in the sport.
Mackay Basketball business manager Wade Rebetzke attributes the positive environment to both the community and our QBL teams.
“The players on the court and the examples they set are a big factor. This translates to the crowd staying respectful and positive,” he said.
“Don’t get me wrong, there are times when we have seen people get close to crossing the line.”
Operations manager Ben Faulkner broke down the procedures required to ensure codes of conduct set by Basketball Queensland and Mackay Basketball are met.
“Once the game starts the refs are in control, so anything in game, or coming from bench, they handle,” he said
“The minor spectators’ incidents they look at as well. We have court controllers at events, who handle those issues.
“Basically these court controllers are Basketball Queensland or Mackay Basketball representatives,
“It is their job to pull up anyone acting silly and warn them and, if needed, remove them from the venue.”
Spectators who continue to break codes of conduct will be issued a warning or face serious consequences.
“It just depends on the issue. If a letter is warranted then so be it, if it continues then the person could be banned from games,” Rebetzke said.
Faulkner would like to see the current culture in Mackay Basketball continue to develop at a junior level.
“The most important part is for juniors to enjoy the sport, so we can’t let them be exposed to incidents that could lead to them leaving the sport,” he said.
“This applies to our volunteers as well. Our goal is to keep them and if we can do that the sport will continue to flourish.”