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Standard Violations &
Disciplinary Measures

Our Standard Violations & Disciplinary Measures will be added to the rules section of our programs and events individually. The number below are place holders for the number system in each of those sets of rules. Please visit the rules for your event to ensure all rules have been put in place.

20.1. Basketball Nova Scotia shall have the power to investigate it’s member clubs and apply consequences, up to and including permanent suspension from Basketball Nova Scotia (BNS) sanctioned events, to any club, team, coach, player or associate, who in the opinion of BNS are deemed to have acted in detriment to the game. 

20.2. In relation to suspensions, correspondence shall be conducted between BNS and the respective club president or key representatives with the exception of investigations by the Discipline Committee.

20.3. The term “game official” as it applies through Rules 20 & 21 shall include the referees, the minor officials, tournament organizers who may be assigned to the game to monitor compliance with the rules as set out by BNS.

20.4. The term “automatic suspension” shall be defined as one where a BNS Board member, a Club President, or a game official submits a report to BNS on an infraction listed in rules 21.0, 22.3, 22.6 or 23.2 by a coach, player, team official, team associate or spectator.

20.5. The term “indefinite suspension” shall be defined as one where the coach will be suspended immediately following the incident and or game and will not be permitted to coach until the situation has been reviewed by the Discipline Committee.

20.6. Automatic and indefinite suspensions are not subject to appeal.

20.7. Any player suspended at the end of a season and or is graduating to a higher division within Basketball Nova Scotia or MBA must serve their remaining suspension at the start of the next regular season scheduled games. The player is allowed to participate in training camps and exhibition games that are part of the tryout process. Once the team is picked the player will not be permitted to play further pre-season exhibition games until their suspension has been served.

20.8. A Discipline Committee shall review any matter which has been deemed by BNS to be of a sufficiently serious nature to possibly warrant disciplinary measures beyond those specified in the below table.

20.9. Any spectator, coach or non-player person serving a suspension issued by BNS shall not be permitted within a gym or building in which any BNS game(s) are being played until such time as their suspension has been served in full.

  • 20.9.1. Failure to abide by this rule will result in a further two (2) game suspension.
  • 20.9.2. Unless otherwise mentioned by a Basketball Nova Scotia official, any player serving a suspension shall be permitted the remain on the bench for the duration of the suspension. Should that player create problems during a game in which they are suspended for they will be suspended for an additional three (3) games.

21.0. Involvement with Fans – Players or Team Officials

  • 21.0.1 Team Official(s) penalized for any incident involving a fan(s)
    • Indefinite suspension pending investigation by the Disciplinary Committee.
  • 21.0.2. Player(s) penalized for any incident involving with a fan(s)
    • Indefinite suspension for a maximum of five (5) games, pending investigation by the Disciplinary Committee.

21.0.3. Any Player or Team Official making derogatory remarks in public, or through the media or social media regarding:

  1. BNS &/or representatives
  2. the Disciplinary Committee &/ or representatives,
  3. Canada Basketball &/ or representatives
  4. Associated League &/ or representatives, or
  5. Game Officials
  6. the associated club of that athlete or team official shall be fined $200.00.

Outlined is our list of standard violations. BNS may use this list at their discretion unless the incident is believed to require the involvement of the Disciplinary Committee. Infractions will be issued in the form of an email from the Executive Director to the Club President.

#Description of MisconductInfraction #1Infraction #2Infraction #3
22.1.Mercy Rules – Failure to show due respect for an opponent as required by Rule 4One (1) game Head Coach suspension  Three (3) games Head Coach suspension 
22.2.Rosters – Failure to abide by the conditions set out in Rule 15One (1) game Head Coach suspension  Head Coach suspension for remainder of seasonTeam suspension for the remainder of the season
22.3.Use of an ineligible player – Failure to abide by the conditions set out in Rule 15Automatic Head Coach suspension for remainder of season  
23.4.Equal Play – Failure to abide by the applicable Rule 10.1One (1) game Head Coach suspensionThree (3) games Head Coach suspension 
22.5.Fighting / Physical Contact – Any person who is reported as fighting or any action involving inappropriate physical contact.   If the person is clearly identified as the instigator of the incident the suspension shall be for an additional term of two (2) games.Three (3) games suspension for athlete(s) involved   Instigator – additional two (2) games.    Suspension for the athlete (s) for the remainder of the season & reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee.     
22.6.Physical Abuse of a Basketball Nova Scotia Official – Any person who physically abuses a game or league officialAutomatic Suspension for the remainder of the season & reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee.    
22.7.Verbal Abuse of a Basketball Nova Scotia Official – Any person who verbally abuses a Basketball Nova Scotia officialOne (1) game suspension    Three (3) games suspension   
22.8.Disqualifying Foul (Attempt to Injure) – A player who receives a disqualifying foul for attempting to injure another playerThree (3) games suspension    Indefinite suspension pending a review by the Disciplinary Committee. 
22.9.Profanity – Any person who directs profanity towards another player, coach or game officialOne (1) game suspension    Three (3) games suspension   
23.0.Objectionable Behaviour – Any person who behaves in a manner deemed to be objectionable based upon another’s race, religion, country of origin, disability, gender or some other factorOne (1) game suspension  Indefinite suspension pending a review by the Disciplinary Committee. 
23.1.Game Ejection – A player or coach who is ejected from a game.   This includes but not limited to:   A player or coach awarded two (2) technical fouls or unsportsmanlike fouls &/or one (1) of each of the above fouls or one (1) disqualifying foul   *Players shall follow rule: 20.9.2 when ejected from the game.One (1) game suspension   *Note: The one (1) game suspension will begin immediately following the end of the game in which the ejection took place.Three (3) games suspension with the matter being forwarded to the Disciplinary Committee for review.   
23.2.Coach refusal to leave area after game misconduct assessed.    Automatic & indefinite suspension pending a review by the Disciplinary Committee.  
23.3.Repeated Illegal Tactics – Failure to show due respect for an opponent by repeatedly employing tactics such as illegal defensive strategies as prohibited by Rules 9, 10 & 11.One (1) game Head Coach suspension + default (outlined in rule 18) of the game of the infractionThree (3) game Head Coach suspension + default (outlined in rule 18) of the game of the infraction 
23.4.Purposeful Forfeit – Failure to abide by the conditions set out in Rule 17  Team fine: $200.00 Payable to Basketball Nova Scotia in advance of any future games being played.  Two (2) games Head Coach and/or other team personnel suspension  Five (5) games Coaches and/or team personnel suspension + review by Disciplinary Committee.

Questions or concerns about our Standard Violations can be directed to our
Executive Director: bnsexecutivedirector@sportnovascotia.ca