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WESSEX BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

1. Scope:

a. This procedure applies to all disciplinary matters occurring under the jurisdiction of the Wessex Area Basketball Association.

2. Purpose:

a. The purpose of this procedure is to ensure that all disciplinary matters occurring under the jurisdiction of the Wessex Area Basketball Association are dealt with in a timely and fair manner.

3. Definitions:

a. Disciplinary Committee

1) The Disciplinary Committee is a sub-committee of the Wessex Area Basketball Association Committee.

2) The Disciplinary Committee will normally comprise the League Chairman, Technical Secretary/or one of the Technical panel, and one other committee member. The quorum for this committee is three. Co-opted members may be used if committee members are unavailable or involved in the disciplinary incident.

3) The Disciplinary Committee will normally be chaired by the League Chairman.
b. Appeals Committee:

1) The Appeals Committee is a sub-committee of the Wessex Area Basketball Association Committee.

2) The Appeals Committee will normally comprise the Area Chairman and two other committee members. The quorum for this committee is three. Co-opted members may be used if committee members are unavailable or involved in the disciplinary incident.

3) The Appeals Committee will normally be chaired by the Area Chairman.

4) Committee members who served on the initial Disciplinary Committee may not sit on the subsequent Appeals Committee.

4. Procedure:

a. Disciplinary matters related to misconduct by Players, Coaches, Match Officials, Team Followers, Club Officials and other club members, occurring during or immediately prior to, or following matches under the jurisdiction of the Wessex Area Basketball Association will be considered by the Disciplinary Committee.

b. Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, club officials and other club members may be suspended for any matter as decided by Wessex Basketball.

c. In the event of a player, coach, substitute or team follower being disqualified from a match, the matter will automatically be considered by the Disciplinary Committee. (This applies to all disqualifications, either as a result of a Disqualifying Foul, or the accumulation of Technical Fouls or Unsportsmanlike Fouls)
1) The Referee will be required to note on the reverse of the scoresheet that a disqualification has taken place.

2) Each match official will be required to submit a written report. The report should be submitted on the Wessex Disciplinary Report Form. The report should only include what was seen or heard by the official and what action was taken. In the case of a disqualification as a result of an accumulation of Technical Fouls, the report must include details of what each Technical Foul was awarded for. Match officials should not make any recommendations or comment, either in their report or otherwise, as to the disciplinary action they consider appropriate.

3) Each club and any individual may also submit written reports if they so choose.

4) The written reports must be submitted to the Wessex Area Secretary within 72 hours of the finish of the match in question.

5) The Disciplinary Committee will normally consider the incident(s) within 7 days of receiving the written reports.
d. The Disciplinary Committee will also consider other reports submitted in respect of any disciplinary matters not resulting from a disqualification.

e. A system of cumulative ‘penalty points’ will apply, and a one game suspension shall come into effect whenever a person’s total penalty points reaches (or exceeds) each of the following totals: 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 etc.

f. A disqualification will automatically invoke the awarding of seven (7) penalty points. (Further penalty points may be awarded by the Disciplinary Committee as per section 4g.)
1) A disqualifying foul will result in a minimum of 7 penalty points being awarded.

2) Substitute, coach or team follower disqualifications, not arising from a disqualifying foul (e.g. 2 ‘C’ technical fouls), will result in a minimum of 7 penalty points being awarded.

g. The Disciplinary Committee will consider whether any additional penalty points should be added after consideration of the submitted reports, with reference to the table below.

1) The Disciplinary Committee may, if it considers the incident serious enough, award a time based penalty rather than award penalty points.

h. All penalty points awarded (automatic or otherwise), and any resultant ban, come into effect seven days after the club of the disqualified person(s) is informed of the Disciplinary Committee outcome by the Disciplinary Committee Chairman.

i. All disciplinary penalty points’ cumulative totals shall revert to zero at the end of the season. The end of the season shall be deemed to be the day of the Wessex Cup Finals, with the following exceptions:

1) Any penalty points awarded on or after 1st March will be carried forward until 31st December of the following season.

2) If it deems appropriate the Disciplinary Committee may determine that a cumulative points total will be held on record for a specific period of time (i.e. longer than the current season).

i. A person under suspension is barred from participating in any match under Wessex jurisdiction until such time as the suspension is served for the team from which the suspension arose.

5. Appeals:
a. Decisions of the Disciplinary Committee may be appealed to the Wessex Area Basketball Association Appeals Committee.

b. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Wessex Secretary within 7 days of notification of the outcome of the Disciplinary Committee.

1) When submitting an appeal, the appellant must state the reason for the appeal.

2) A deposit of £50 must accompany any appeal.

c. Any suspension resulting from the original Disciplinary Committee decision shall be placed ‘on hold’ until such time as the Appeals process is completed, and the Appeals Committee have made a decision.

d. The Appeals Committee shall have the authority to uphold or amend the original decision of the Disciplinary Committee.

e. The Appeals Committee shall have the authority to determine if all or part of the deposit is refundable. If it is determined that the deposit is partly refundable, the Appeals Committee have the authority to determine the portion of the deposit to be refunded.

f. Any further appeals should be to the Southern Regional Management Committee (RMC) of Basketball England, as per BE regulations.

Wessex Basketball Disciplinary Guide
Description Points
Physical Contact with an opponent
0-3
Physical Contact with an opponent with the potential to cause injury
3
Striking an opponent
5
Physical contact with an official
7
Physical contact with an official with the potential to cause injury
10
Striking an official
Unlimited
Foul and abusive language to an opponent
3
Foul and abusive language to an official
5
Foul and abusive language including reference to race, colour, religion etc, towards an opponent or official
15
This table is a guide only. The Disciplinary and/or the Appeals Committee may award points as appropriate, with or without reference to this table.

 

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