HILLS RAIDERS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS

This By-Law aligns with the Basketball Australia Members Protection Policy endorsed by BA Board 18 June 2018.
For documents not covered by these by-laws please refer to the BA full Members Protection Policy 18 June 2018
Date first adopted by HRBA: 09 September 2019
Date Effective: 09 September 2019


HILLS RAIDERS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION VISION 
WHO IS BOUND BY THESE BY-LAWS 
WHERE DO THESE BY-LAWS APPLY? 

PART A – BY-LAWS….. 6
1 UNIFORMS …..6
2 ILLEGAL PLAYERS….. 6
3 SENIOR PLAYER ELIGIBILITY….. 6
4 JUNIOR PLAYER ELIGIBILITY …..7
5 TEAM REGISTRATION …..7
6 INJURED PLAYERS …..7
7 TEAM SHEETS …..8
8 SCOREKEEPERS ….8
9 BENCHES …..8
10 GAME BALLS….. 8
11 PLAYING RULES…… 8
U8s and U10s Modifications…… 8
U12s and U14 Modifications …..9
Senior Mixed Modifications …..9
All Grades …..9
12 FORFEITS …..9
13 PAYMENT OF AFFILIATION FEES/FINES….. 10
14 CLEARANCES …..10
15 REFEREES AND GROUND PERSONNEL….. 10
16 TEAM DUTIES …..10
17 POSTPONEMENT OF FIXTURED GAMES….. 10
18 INCLEMENT WEATHER …..10
19 TEAM MANAGER/COACH …..11
20 RULES FOR HILLS RAIDERS BASKETBALL OFFICIAL WEBSITE….. 11
21 PROTESTS AND DISPUTES …..11
22 ALCOHOL AND DRUGS AND SMOKING …..12
23 CHILD PROTECTION …..12

24 PREGNANCY…13

25 BULLYING…….13

26 ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND HARRASSMENT….13

PART B –CODES OF CONDUCT…… 14
B1 PLAYERS …..14
B2 PARENTS …..14
B3 SPECTATORS….. 14
B4 ADMINISTRATORS….. 14
B5 COACHES AND OFFICIAL SUPPORT STAFF….. 14
PART C – PROCEDURES …..14
C1 COMPLAINTS HANDLING PROCEDURE….. 14
C2 INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE …..14
C3 COMPLAINTS HEARING PROCESS….. 14
C4 FOR HANDLING ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE….. 14
C5 TRIBUNAL PROCEDURE …..14
PART D – POLICY DOCUMENTS….. 14
D1 SCORE MARGIN …..14
D2 TAKING OF IMAGES….. 14
D3 SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES….. 14
D4 BWA ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY….. 14
D5 MEMBERS PROTECTION POLICY …..14.
D6 SUNSMART POLICY …..14
D7 FIRST AID POLICY …..14.
PART E – REPORTING DOCUMENTS….. 14
E1 CONFIDENTIAL FORMAL COMPLAINT REPORT FORM …..14
E2 CONFIDENTIAL INFORMAL COMPLAINT REPORT FORM …..14
E3 CONFIDENTIAL TRIBUNAL CHECKLIST/OUTCOME FORM …..14


BY-LAWS 2019

Hills Raiders Basketball Association Vision
Basketball to be the sport of choice in the Eastern Hills community by fostering a high participation for all ages in an enjoyable domestic competition that supports a strong high-performance pathway.

Who is bound by these By-laws?
All Clubs, Teams, Players, Officials, supporters and parents/guardians of players involved with any competition organised by Hills Raiders Basketball Association (HRBA) agree to abide by these rules, Policies and Codes of conduct as per HRBA Official Website unreservedly.

Where do these By-laws apply?
The Mundaring Recreation Ground inclusive of the facilities within the fence line of the hard courts and the facilities within the Mundaring Arena as well as all access areas, entries and exists in and out of these spaces.


Part A – By-laws
1 UNIFORMS
1.1 Teams must be in full uniform with numbers from 4 to 99 at regulation size, numbers on the back shall be at least 20 cm high, on the front at least 10 cm high and shall be at least 2 cm wide marked front and back by the end of the third (3rd) set of fixtures.
1.2 All players must wear full uniform consisting of Club/Team colours, style and material for playing singlets and shorts, plus suitable footwear. The following items are not permitted – belts, shorts with pockets and zips, body piercings or jewellery. Players are permitted to wear plain wedding bands and medic alert bracelets, but these must always be taped or covered. Any player not correctly attired will not be permitted to play. Gloves may be worn with permission from HRBA.
1.3 All under garments worn under the team uniform must be skin tight (i.e. skins) and must be black, white or the same predominant colour as the playing uniform. All garments under the playing top must be skin tight in a vest/singlet, short or long sleeve style. Garments other than the above are not permitted.
1.4 Where colours clash the independent team, or the team mentioned first on the score sheet is required to wear bibs.
1.5 Shirts must be tucked in at all times, both male and female.

2 ILLEGAL PLAYERS
2.1 An illegal player is an underage, overage, unfinancial and/or unregistered player.
2.2 Senior teams who play an illegal player in any game shall forfeit such game, incur a ($40) dollar fine and the loss of 2 points. Junior teams who play an illegal player in any game shall forfeit the game, incur a $20 fine and the loss 2 points.
2.3 Teams playing a player using a false name or another player’s name shall forfeit each game in which the offender played.
2.4 Any player using a false name or another player’s name will be reported to the Association for attendance at a Tribunal hearing.
2.5 An Official can ask any player to proof of identity, including player’s name, date of birth and residing address.

3 SENIOR PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
3.1 A senior player is any player who registers in a senior team and is 16 years and over as at the 31st December of the year in which the season concludes.
3.2 To qualify for finals a player must play four (4) games in any one team, in any one grade, not including finals.
3.3 A senior player may only play one (1) senior grade and one (1) mixed grade per fixture week.
3.4 Players who are expected to play must have their name on the scoresheet prior to the commencement of the game. At the completion of the game those players not present will have their name crossed off the scoresheet.
3.5 Registered senior players are not permitted to play for another team in their grade/division.

4 JUNIOR PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
4.1 Players are graded for Junior grades in accordance with their age as at the 31st December of the year in which the season concludes.
4.2 The grades shall be miniball, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16, under 18 and under 20. Any player whose birthday occurs on or before the 31st December in the relevant year must play in the age group equivalent or greater than the age attained on that birthday.
4.3 A player must turn 6 before the 31st December of the year in which the season commences to be eligible to play in an eligible Junior grade.
4.4 Applications for exemption to the provisions of 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 or 4.7 must be in writing to the HRBA Committee. Decisions by the Committee related to such applications will be at the Committee’s strict discretion in the case of junior grades. More flexible consideration might be given to applications related to miniball grades.
4.5 A junior player may play up at any time to a senior team or a mixed team provided they are 16 years of age as at the 31st December of the year in which the season concludes and only to one senior team or a mixed team. To qualify for finals a player must play four (4) games in the nominated team in that grade, not including finals. Must be a financial member of the team.
4.6 A junior player may play one (1) senior or mixed game and two junior games in the one week including finals. If the player is registered to a junior and senior team the player must pay the junior fee plus half of the senior fee.
4.7 No player can play in a lower grade/division, across a grade/division than their appropriate age grade.
4.8 A registered financial Junior player may register for a team one (1) grade up only
4.9 A junior player can only play up for a team as a fill in player for a maximum of 3 games only in the higher grade. On the 4th (fourth) game they must pay 50% of the fees for the higher grade/division.
WABL Players in HRBA domestic competition.
4.10 No more than two (2) only registered WABL players per team will be permitted to play in their age equivalent grade/division in the domestic competition.
4.11 If a team has more than two (2) WABL players in a team, they must play up one (1) domestic grade/division from the WABL grade they compete in.

5 TEAM REGISTRATION
5.1 Senior teams must register a minimum of 6 players per team.
5.2 Junior teams must register a minimum of 7 players per team.
5.3 All players must be financial members of Basketball Western Australia.

6 INJURED PLAYERS
6.1 An injured player who is bleeding must leave the court immediately. The player may not re-enter the game until the bleeding has stopped and the wound covered. Bloodstained clothing must be rinsed out or changed. Coaches would be well advised to keep a spare singlet and shorts on hand as this By-law will be strictly adhered to.
6.2 A seriously injured player must submit a Medical Clearance to the Administrator prior to recommencement of play i.e. concussion, broken limbs or any insurance claimant’s injuries.

7 TEAM SHEETS
7.1 Player’s Surname and first Initial must be recorded on the team sheets before commencement of the game. No player may be added to the team sheet after the commencement of the game.
7.2 A player who is not present at the commencement of the game, but whose name is on the scoresheet, is permitted to play at any time during the game.
7.3 A captain must be nominated by each team by placing a “C” next to their name.
7.4 Coach must be named on the score sheet.
7.5 Substitute players details to be filled in on the back of the score sheet.
7.6 Teams found to have played a player under a name not their own will forfeit the game.
7.7 A player who is not present by full time shall have their name crossed out by the Referee at the end of the game.

8 SCOREKEEPERS
8.1 The first team mentioned on the scoresheet is to supply the scorekeeper who will score the game.
8.2 The team mentioned second will supply the scorekeeper’s assistant who shall operate the “arrow” and the electronic scoreboard where provided for the game.
8.3 A captain must be nominated by each team by placing a “C” next to their name.
8.4 The handwritten score is the official score of the game.
8.5 Scorekeepers must be over 14 years of age.

9 BENCHES
9.1 The benches or the first 5 seats on each side of the scorer’s table are for the exclusive use of team substitutes and coaches.

10 GAME BALLS
10.1 The Association is to provide a game ball.
10.2 Miniball will use a size four (4) basketball.

10.3 Under 10s and 12s grades will use a size five (5) basketball.
10.4 Under 14s and all female grades will use a size six (6) basketball.
10.5 Under 16s males and above will use a size seven (7) basketball.

11 PLAYING RULES.
11.1 The HRBA competition is played under the FIBA playing rules with modifications.
U10s Modifications.
11.2 Do not play a full competition.
11.3 No individual score kept or competition ladder.
11.4 Team must play man to man full court defence, no double/triple teaming.
11.5 Penalty for use of zone defence will be possession from the sideline for opposition.
11.6 There will be no finals for these grades. Refer to Miniball modifications sheet.

U12s and U14 Modifications
11.7 Man on man rule applies to full court regardless of the situation.
11.8 On any whistle blown by the referee, or a goal is scored or after a jump ball situation, teams must play man on man immediately.
11.9 Double team and trap are permitted.
Senior Mixed Modifications
11.10 Each team can only have 2 females and 3 males on court at the one time.
11.11 Keyways to be named as male and female at the beginning of the game. Male only allowed in male keyway and female only allowed in female keyway.
Junior Games
11.12 A Junior game may commence with four (4) registered team players plus one (1) registered financial substitute player from a lower grade. This does not apply in finals.
Senior Games
11.13 A Senior game may commence with four (4) registered team players.
All Grades
11.14 Penalty for the violation of these modified rules will be possession from the sideline for opposition.
11.15 All fixtured games will be controlled by a central clock and no time-outs will be permitted during the last three (3) minutes.
11.16 All Junior and Senior games will consist of two (2) twenty (20) minute halves. With a three (3) minute half time break.
11.17 The score sheet is to be totalled by the scorers then checked by the referees at the half time break and the conclusion of the game.
11.18 At the conclusion of the game all teams and officials to remain at the court until the officials agree the score is correct. If court officials cannot agree an independent official must be called to the bench to check the score. Only then will a winner be announced.
11.19 Drawn games will result in one (1) point being awarded to each team.
11.20 For a player to be eligible to play finals they must have played four (4) normal fixtured games for the team.
11.21 All finals games will be controlled by central clock, with the last three (3) minutes fully timed, as such timeouts are permitted.
11.22 During finals drawn games will play an extra five (5) minute fully timed periods until a result is achieved. Three (3) minute break between overtimes with teams to swap ends at the end of each overtime break.
11.23 Appointed HRBA officials to score all finals games.

12 FORFEITS
12.1 All teams must inform the Administrator at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the commencement of their game if they will be forfeiting. Senior teams failing to do so will be fined forty ($40) dollars with the loss of 2 points and Junior teams twenty (20) dollars with the loss of 2 points.
12.2 Teams not on court ten (10) minutes after the start time will forfeit the game.
12.3 Teams who win by forfeit will be awarded a game score of twenty (20) points to nil.

13 PAYMENT OF AFFILIATION FEES/FINES
13.1 All affiliation fees are to be paid in full on, or before, the third (3rd) playing date of the season by direct deposit to BSB: 633-000 Account No: 134642602. Reference: Club or Team Name.
13.2 Teams failing to comply with this regulation forfeit all points earned by them and will not be allowed to participate further in the competition. Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration by the Management Committee.
13.3 All team duty fines must be paid before the team takes to the court on their next playing date after the fine has been issued.
13.4 Any player/team unfinancial at the end of playing fixtures shall not be permitted to play in the finals, shall not be eligible for HRBA Awards or nominate for the next season until all outstanding fees/fines are paid.

14 CLEARANCES
14.1 If a club and player are in agreement, and the said player is a financial member of the Club, the HRBA Management Committee shall grant an automatic clearance.
14.2 In the case of the Club vetoing that clearance and providing the member is a financial member of that Club, the clearance will be submitted to the Protest and Disputes Board.

15 REFEREES AND GROUND PERSONNEL
15.1 The senior referee controlling the game has the authority to make the final decision, in accordance with the rules of the game during play.
15.2 The Games Controller or nominated delegate has the authority to make all final decisions pertinent to any other matters that should arise.
15.3 Each panel referee who attains 250, 500, 750,1000 and 1500 games will receive recognition of their achievement.
15.4 A panel referee who has turned 15 years of age and gained senior umpiring status within the HRBA will be eligible to receive a Life Membership Award on attaining 1000 games.

16 TEAM DUTIES
16.1 The Management Committee reserves the right to allot duties as required.

17 POSTPONEMENT OF FIXTURED GAMES
17.1 Postponement of fixtured games shall be at the discretion of the Management Committee and shall be within fourteen (14) days of the set fixture date if possible, providing the game is played forty-eight (48) hours prior to the Semi-finals.

18 INCLEMENT WEATHER
18.1 In the case of inclement weather, a decision will be made as to whether fixtures are to be played or postponed at 4.30 p.m. by three (3) members of the Management Committee. It is the responsibility of the clubs/teams to contact the Administrator for confirmation of cancellation or otherwise. HRBA will endeavour to post notices on relevant social media as soon as possible.
18.2 If temperatures reach 39 degrees or more the first fixture games will be modified to 2 x 15-minute halves, unlimited timeouts and a referees’ timeout each half. At each fixture game thereafter, the conditions will be reassessed, and appropriate action taken accordingly.
18.3 When there has been a postponement, the fixture shall be played on the next convenient night. If another fixture cannot be rescheduled, the complete fixture will be cancelled at the discretion of the HRBA Management Committee.
18.4 If games are washed out halfway through a fixtured night, the completed games stand, and the cancelled games will be rescheduled wherever possible. If the games cannot be rescheduled the complete fixture will be cancelled.
18.5 A game is deemed to have a result when, prior to fulltime and cancelled due to inclement weather, under the following terms:
18.5.1 for notified forfeits at the start of the game;
18.5.2 for un-notified forfeits after 10 minutes;
18.5.3 for games after half time prior to final siren – the current score stands.
18.5.4 for commenced games up to half time no result will be recorded.

19 TEAM MANAGER/COACH
19.1 All Junior teams must have a nominated team Manager and Coach.
19.2 Any changes of these positions must be made in writing.
19.3 All Coaches and Managers of teams with players under 18 years of age must comply with HRBA Child Protection Policy.

20 RULES FOR HILLS RAIDERS BASKETBALL OFFICIAL WEBSITE
20.1 The Hills Raiders Basketball Website (HRBW) shall always remain the property and responsibility of the Hills Raiders Basketball Association (HRBA).
20.2 The design and structure of the site shall have been approved by the Hills Raiders Basketball Association Committee prior to its release. Changes to the structure at any time shall require similar approval.
20.3 All items except standard HRBA Administrative issues shall be approved by an Executive Committee person before posting.
20.4 The content of the HRBW shall always remain within all relevant laws.
20.5 Access to work on the site shall be restricted up to three HRBA officials or designated person.
20.6 HRBA reserve the right to appoint an external person/s to adjust the website and to perform such tasks as authorized.
20.7 Any breach of any rule shall require the site to be suspended or closed (depending on the severity of potential consequences) until the rule or rules have been satisfied.

21 PROTESTS AND DISPUTES
21.1 A Protests and Disputes Board consisting of HRBA officials and/or persons independent of the matter of adjudication will decide all protests, disputes and charges of unsporting or offensive behaviour.
21.2 Any player, coach or manager engaging in unsportsmanlike or offensive conduct may be charged and, if found guilty, will face disciplinary action.
21.3 Protests and charges of unsporting or offensive behaviour may be lodged by referees, Association and Club/team officials.
21.4 Any such report shall be in the hands of the Administrator or an HRBA Executive Representative, within five (5) working days of the incident; a hearing shall be convened, if possible, within seven (7) working days of the said incident.
21.5 One copy of the report or charge will be handed or posted to each/every party to the charge or dispute, including relevant Club/team Protests and Disputes nominees, within five (5) working days of being received. In addition, at least twenty-four (24) hours verbal notice of the resultant hearing will be given to all parties.
21.6 Players, coaches or managers charged with unsportsmanlike or offensive behaviour may initially be given cautions according to HRBA behaviour moderation protocols. Contested or repeat offences, and all charges brought by referees, will be adjudicated by the Protests and Disputes Board.
21.7 Parties to a dispute or protest must attend the Protests and Disputes Board on the date fixed by the HRBA, except where a variation is agreed by all parties.
21.8 In the event of vexatious actions by a playing defendant delaying adjudication beyond future playing dates, if such person is subsequently found guilty, then the team will be penalised for all intervening fixtures as if they had played an ineligible player, i.e. loss of all game points for the period, any best player votes for the charged player to be forfeited in addition to any penalty imposed by the Protests and Disputes Board.
21.9 Each senior team is to nominate one (1) Protest and Dispute person, who is currently not holding an administrative position within the Association.
21.10 All games will be classified as a fixture, rendering them under the jurisdiction of the Protest and Disputes Board.

22 ALCOHOL AND DRUGS AND SMOKING
22.1 Alcohol, drugs and smoking are STRICTLY forbidden on the grounds.
22.2 Anyone considered to be under the influence will be refused entry or asked to leave the grounds.

23 CHILD PROTECTION
23.1 All Association officials, and all Club and team officials having direct contact with players in grades to and including 18’s, will be required to have current Police Clearances. For Club or team officials this includes coaches and team managers, or other officials likely to sometimes have direct contact with players’ e.g. first aiders, team co-ordinators, team manager, etc.
23.2 The Association may require individuals associated with teams or Clubs have a Police clearance, where they consider their level of contact with minors warrants a Police clearance.
23.3 The Association will consider Police clearances current for 3 years from the date of authorisation.
23.4 The Association may require a Police clearance be renewed at any time, even within 3 years of authorisation.
23.5 Police clearances will be in the form of a Volunteer National Police Certificate or Working With Children check.
23.6 National Police Certificates will only be accepted if their authority can be verified and the screening criteria are not filtered in any manner.
23.7 Officials without a police clearance cannot work in situations that do, or might reasonably, involve direct contact with minors (juveniles to 18 years old). The HRBA will suspend officials in breach of this condition, until they satisfy the conditions of this section.

24 PREGNANCY
Pregnant women should be treated with respect and any unreasonable barriers to their full participation in our sport should be removed. HRBA will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment against pregnant women. (For further information go to Basketball Australia Members Protection Policy rule 6.5 page 10).

25. BULLYING
HRBA is committee to providing an environment that is free from bullying. We understand that bullying has the potential to result in significant negative consequences for an individual’s health and wellbeing, and we regard bullying in all forms as unacceptable in our sport (For further information go to Basketball Australia Members Protection Policy rule 6.9 page 12).

26. ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND HARRASSMENT
HRBA is committed to providing an environment in which people are treated fairly and equitably and that is, as far as practicable, free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. We recognise that people may not be able to participate, enjoy themselves or perform at their best if they are treated unfairly, discriminated against or harassed. (For further information go to Basketball Australia Members Protection Policy rule 6.3 page 8).


The documents listed below can be downloaded from our website hillsraiders.com.au

PART B – CODES OF CONDUCT
B1 PLAYERS
B2 PARENTS
B3 SPECTATORS
B4 ADMINISTRATORS
B5 COACHES AND OFFICIAL SUPPORT STAFF
PART C – PROCEDURES
C1 COMPLAINTS HANDLING PROCEDURE
C2 INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE
C3 COMPLAINTS HEARING PROCESS
C4 FOR HANDLING ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE
C5 TRIBUNAL PROCEDURE
PART D – POLICY DOCUMENTS
D1 SCORE MARGIN
D2 TAKING OF IMAGES
D3 SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
D4 BWA ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
D5 MEMBERS PROTECTION POLICY
D6 SUNSMART POLICY
D7 FIRST AID POLICY
PART E – REPORTING DOCUMENTS
E1 CONFIDENTIAL FORMAL COMPLAINT REPORT FORM
E2 CONFIDENTIAL INFORMAL COMPLAINT REPORT FORM
E3 CONFIDENTIAL TRIBUNAL CHECKLIST/OUTCOME FORM