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Code of Conduct for Parents, Players, and Coaches 


Burnsville Girls Traveling Basketball

Burnsville Girls Traveling Basketball has implemented the following Parental Code of Conduct for the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports. Parents should read and understand this code prior to their children participating in traveling basketball. Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the location and be suspended from the following game and/or practice. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension, or revoke the privilege of attending all of that season’s games/practices. 

By enrolling my child in Burnsville Girls Traveling Basketball, I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child by following this Parents’ Code of Conduct:

  1. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.

  2. I will not force my child to participate in sports.

  3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.

  4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.

  5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.

  6. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.

  7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.

  8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

  9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

  10. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or her performance.

  11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard.

  12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.

  13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.

  14. I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.

  15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the gym or court, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.

  16. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.

  17. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.

  18. I will not use social media sites to discuss negative opinions about parents, players, coaches, managers or volunteers. 

  19. I will follow our organization's policy on social media.

  20. Parents shall raise all concerns, comments, or complaints with the coach directly in a private manner. Do not discuss playing time or other philosophical disagreements with a coach before, during, or within 24 hours after a game (The 24 hour rule). 

  21. Parents may be expelled from the program for abusive behavior toward players, parents, or coaches in the program in accordance with BAC Bylaws. Abuse may be physical, verbal, or emotional.   The GTBB Board will review any reported incident and decide the appropriate action to take.


  1. Players shall show respect for the referee, opposing team, teammates, & coaches. Verbal abuse, profanity, throwing equipment or similar forms of disrespect will not be tolerated and may, at the discretion of the coach, result in removal from a game, dismissal from practice, removal from the team, or other sanctions.

  2. If any player receives multiple technical fouls over the course of the season, the coach and president should meet to decide the appropriate disciplinary action in regard to this player.  Suspension or removal from the team are possibilities. 

  3. Players are responsible for being on time to all practices and games. If a pattern of unexcused tardiness occurs, this may impact playing time. If a player is injured, she is expected to attend practices & tournaments unless excused by the head coach. It is important for the injured player to continue to understand the game concepts, newly implemented plays as well as continuing to learn the game of basketball.


  1. Coaches should keep in mind the primary goal of the program is player development. Coaches are responsible for developing as many players as possible and for fostering players’ confidence and pride through team achievements and not to develop one or two players at the expense of others. Player development and sportsmanship is to be placed above a win-at-all-costs attitude. A coach shall not show favoritism to any one player (including his/her own daughter) at the expense of other players.

  2. All head coaches and assistant coaches are required to pass a background check.  Coaches are not allowed at practice or games without passing this background check. 

  3. Coaches are supposed to set an example for the players.  Coaches are discouraged from overtly arguing with the referees and opposing coaches. Coaches may discuss rule interpretation with referees. Refrain from arguing judgment calls. Verbal abuse, profanity, throwing equipment, or similar forms of disrespect will not be tolerated.  Any coach that receives 3 technical fouls during the season must report the event to the coaching committee and have a meeting to discuss appropriate action…… suspension or removal are possible. 

  4. The head coach is responsible for all activity on the bench during games. He/she may have one or two assistant coaches on the bench. The team’s scorekeeper is included in this number.

  5. Coaches are encouraged to attend all Coaching Clinics and Coaching Meetings that are scheduled. In addition, coaches are encouraged to understand some of the Burnsville High School game strategies and plays and incorporate those into team practice and game situations. Burnsville High School Girls Basketball coaching staff will be available to provide guidance and help with such strategies.

  6. Barring injury, disciplinary action, vacation, or illness, no player shall be denied the opportunity to participate in a game, unless otherwise stated in the player/parent guidelines. 

  7. Coaches may be expelled from the program for abusive behavior toward players or parents in the program in accordance with BAC Bylaws. Abuse may be physical, verbal, or emotional.   The coaches committee will review any reported incident and decide the appropriate action to take.

  8. Coaches must not be under the influence of alcohol or other illegal substances while attending any BAC Traveling Basketball games or practices, or while transporting players. Possession, use, distribution, and/or sale of illegal substances are prohibited. Consequences for violation this policy may include removal from BAC Traveling Basketball and may include denial to attend future BAC basketball events.


Grievances raised by parents, players, or coaches shall be resolved through the following process:

  1. Grievances shall be raised initially with the head coach in a private and constructive manner.
  2. If a conference with the coach does not lead to a resolution of the grievance or if the parent/coach/player is uncomfortable discussing the matter directly, the parent/coach/player may raise the grievance with the GTBB president.
  3. If after discussion with the President the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, the parent or coach may request a meeting with a committee comprised of GTBB board member(s). The President will determine the appropriate size and personnel for that committee on a case by case basis due to the specific circumstances.
  4. The decision of the GTBB committee will be final.
  5. Further discussion with the issue may be sent to the BAC Board of Directors.