Code of Conduct
The D.C. Gay Basketball Leagues Code of Conduct is the organization’s statement of expected behavioral standards that all players are required to read and follow. The Code of Conduct, intended to reflect the stated goals of the DCGBL (see Mission Statement), clarifies the expectation that players have a responsibility for their actions both on and off the court and at league sponsored events, and have accountability for those actions when DCGBL standards are violated.
ALL PLAYERS MUST AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING CODE OF CONDUCT STATEMENT BEFORE THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DC GAY BASKETBALL LEAGUE.
I agree to abide by the general rules of conduct prescribed for participation in the D.C. Gay Basketball League. I understand that among these rules are prohibitions against abusing officials, league organizers, players, repeated profanity, intentional flagrant fouls, throwing equipment, any intoxicated altercations off the court, and any other unsportsmanlike behavior. I further understand that violations of these rules will result in game ejections, suspensions and/or possible permanent dismissal from the league.
Sportsmanship is defined as fairness and respect for one’s opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing. All players are expected to conduct themselves with the highest level of sportsmanship. Any player who deliberately tries to harm or intimidate another player through the use of force will be subject to the consequences described below.
If an DCGBL member is found to be behaving outside of the Code of Conduct, he or she will receive a warning via email from the Director of Players of the Board. If the offender continues to behave in a manner that violates the DCGBL Code of Conduct, he or she will be suspended for the following two games. Players will be notified via email. A player who is suspended is not eligible for a refund of any season fee nor are they allowed to sit on the bench during the two games for which they are suspended. This applies to all players.
As representatives of the DCGBL and “spokespersons” for their individual team, it is very important that captains and alternate captains be held to the highest level of conduct as they set the example for the team. If a captain or alternate captain is suspended, he or she will be removed from their position. The Board of Directors will then appoint a new captain or alternate captain for their specific team.
If a player who has been suspended continues to behave in a manner that violates the Code of Conduct, the player will be removed from the team’s roster permanently. When a player is expelled, the unused portion of their league fee will be forfeit. An expelled player may apply for probationary reinstatement to the league at the end of the season.