Code of Conduct
Our priority as a club is to foster and promote safe spaces. Our code of conduct is a reflection of that purpose.
Bushrangers Sporting Alliance (BSA) provides the following policies and consequences for any breach of the policies, to ensure full understanding of behavioural expectations for the benefit of all members.
Each member is required to comply with club conduct policies in order to participate in club activities and evidence their understanding and acceptance of these policies by signing the form provided at membership registration.
No language or behaviour that discriminates, harasses or causes offence to the LGBTIQA+ community or other marginalised group
No racist language or behaviour
No language or behaviour that discriminates, harasses, seeks to marginalise or causes offence to those with a disability
No aggressive language at practices, games or official BSA events
Members shall maintain self-control and excellence in sporting conduct at all times prior, during and after any practice or games. This includes club social events
No abuse or disparaging remarks towards any members, officials, coaches, players, scorekeepers or spectators, either by a verbal defamation, or any form of a physical threat or aggressive behaviour
Members are expected to respect and adhere to instructions from the Club coach, or a representative from the committee, in regard to matters of safety at training, games and events
Members participating at any games under BSA Club name / Uniform / Logo shall abide by the Code of Conduct. This includes club social events
BSA participants are not to take illicit drugs at club events, at our sponsor venues or during games.
BSA participants are not to be excessively drunk at club events where they jeopardise their personal safety and the ongoing relationship with our club sponsor. BSA participants do not play games whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Sexual harassment is against the law under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. As per the Human Rights Commission’s definition; sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour, which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal or written.
It can include:
- Comments about a person’s private life or the way they look
Sexually suggestive behaviour, such as leering or staring
Brushing up against someone, touching, fondling or hugging
Sexually suggestive comments or jokes
Displaying offensive screensavers, photos, calendars or objects
Repeated requests to date
Unwanted requests for sex
Sexually explicit emails, text messages or posts on social networking sites
Sexual harassment is not consensual interaction, flirtation or friendship. Sexual harassment is not behaviour that is mutually agreed upon.
Social Media Policy
The club will not inhibit the freedom of personal expression or respectfully shared opinions. However, if a player or member makes an online statement or post that is generally considered to be homophobic/transphobic/sexist/racist/ableist or seeks to harass, discriminate and/or vilify for any reason; the safe spaces the club strives to build are threatened and this may constitute a breach of the BSA Code of Conduct.
For Federal matters please refer to Section 474.17 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (with regard to using a carriage service to harass) and the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
Player and Member Agreement
As a member of BSA I undertake and understand the following:
1. There is no place for discrimination or harassment at the club. I am encouraged to report instances where I feel unsafe, harassed or discriminated at the club.
2. I will not use the BSA name and/or logo without prior written approval from club’s board (this includes the production of merchandise). The club logos include: Bushrangers Basketball and Ranger Rollers.
3. I will not establish social media pages or make official outward representations on behalf of the club to peak sporting bodies, media outlets, at LGBTIQA+ events or with local basketball associations without prior written approval from the club’s board.
4. I will not move a BSA team or group to a separate association or division without prior written approval from the club’s board.
5. Information and statements made within BSA team and/or board meetings are confidential.
6. I have read and understood the club Code of Conduct and Gender/Sexuality Guidelines. I understand a breach of these six principals constitutes a breach of the Code of Conduct.
If the Committee is of the opinion that a member has refused or neglected to comply with the Rules of the Association or the Code of Conduct, the Committee may resolve to expel a member or suspend their membership. The Committee shall evaluate the evidence, giving consideration to the specific conditions under which the events occurred and generally all the circumstances. An appeal to the decision made by the Committee can be requested in writing within 48 hours after the hearing.
An appeal is heard at a special general meeting of the members. At the appeal, the Committee shall present the evidence and their decision to the members, the appellant shall have the right to speak and a vote to ratify or overturn the Committee’s decision shall be made by the members.
(For more detail on the Disciplinary procedure, refer to Bushrangers Basketball's constitution).
This Code of Conduct has been ratified by BSA.
BSA acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where we play basketball and gather, we pay respect to their Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the community.
Gender and Sexual Diversity
The Guidelines apply to:
Bushrangers Sporting Alliance (BSA) Board and members (including non-playing members).
All representations made by BSA: social functions; community engagement etc.
BSA internal and external stakeholder engagement; including players, members, associations and the wider community.
Volunteers, who are protected from sexual harassment under the Equal Opportunities Act 2010.
BSA's main priority is to establish, foster and promote safe spaces for LGBTIQA+ players and their allies.
BSA model the behaviours and attitudes we aim to see become commonplace in the wider community.
BSA aim to do this by addressing experiences of marginalisation experienced due to sexual and gender diversity, as well as other forms of discrimination.
BSA supports gender and sexual diversity, the right of individuals to express their identity, and the right of all participants to be treated with respect.
In association with our ‘Come Out & Play’ program, BSA encourages all those associated with the club to promote inclusivity and diversity within basketball and the wider sporting community.
In line with our Code of Conduct, BSA values diversity among its members and players and will not tolerate discrimination against anyone based on their gender identity, sexuality, indigeneity, race, ability, or other form of marginalisation.
Gender: is a term used to describe an aspect of a person’s identity, or sense of self. People may experience their gender identity as female, male, non-binary, gender-queer, fluid or through a range of other gender descriptors. Some people also use gender descriptors specific to their culture (for example, First Nations Australians may use terms like Sistergirl or Brotherboy and many other cultures have terms to describe those whose gender differs from assigned sex). A person’s experience of their gendered identity can also change over the course of their life.
Sex: sex is assigned by the observation of a person’s physical reproductive characteristics, and in medical practice, generally assessed through chromosomal expression, and how that has influenced the internal and external formation of an anatomical reproductive system and endocrine (hormonal) system.
Transgender: transgender is a term used to describe people whose experience of their gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth. They may undergo medical treatment, also referred to as medical transition, so that their experience of their body aligns with their gender identity. They may also choose not to undergo medical treatment, or may only access some of the possible treatments available, and this does not affect or reflect their transgender identity.
Transmasculine: is a term to describe people who identify with masculinity more than femininity but may not wholly want to be perceived as male. For example, a person assigned a sex at birth (e.g female) but now takes testosterone, had medical treatment and hormone therapy; however does not identify as ‘male’.
Transfeminine: is a term to describe people who identify with femininity more than masculinity but may not wholly want to be perceived as female. For example, a person assigned a sex at birth (e.g male) but now takes oestrogen, had medical treatment and hormone therapy; however does not identify as ‘female’.
Gender diverse: is an umbrella term to describe people whose experience of gender is different to the sex they were assigned at birth. This term is often used to include transgender, non-binary and those who use their own language and culture’s terms to describe their gender.
Gender expression or gender presentation: are terms used to describe the way someone may choose to express their gender identity, and this is usually influenced by or composed in response to social and cultural expectations of how women and men should present themselves.
Non-binary: non-binary is a term used by people to describe their gender identity as not fitting into the gender binary, which describes the belief and social norm that there are only two genders.
Cisgender: is a term to describe someone whose gender identity is in alignment with the sex they were assigned at birth. For example, a person with typically female anatomy who identifies as a woman.
LGBTIQA+: is an acronym that encompasses some of the many experiences of gender and sexual diversity. It stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Asexual.
Lesbian: a female-identified person who describes themselves as exclusively sexually or romantically attracted to other female-identified people.
Gay: an umbrella term to describe someone who is exclusively attracted to other people of the same gender as themselves.
Bisexual: is a descriptor for someone who is sexually or romantically attracted to other people who are the same gender as themselves, as well as other people who are not.
Asexual: is a descriptor for someone who does not experience sexual desire or attraction towards any other person, but may (or may not) experience romantic attraction towards people of any gender.
Intersex: a person who is born with diverse sex characteristics (usually hormonal and/or chromosomal).
5. Guiding principles
BSA will use the following principles to guide decision making in accordance with these guidelines:
a) The implementation and administration of the guidelines will consider a fair and equitable level of monitoring that is respectful, inclusive
and respects each and every person/s human rights
b) The implementation and administration of the guidelines will, if necessary, be supported by external organisations with knowledge and
experience in this area
c) The implementation and administration of the guidelines will always be in line or above the guidelines produced by the Victorian equal
opportunity and Human Rights Commission Gender Diversity in Sport documents and the Equal Opportunities Act 2010, Bushrangers
Basketball’s Code of Conduct, Basketball Victoria’s Inclusion Resources and Basketball Australia’s Member Protection Policies.
BSA strongly believes that experiences and expressions of gender can be diverse and that participation should be grounded in equity and equal opportunity. BSA is a sports club seeking to increase the participation of LGBTIQA+ folk who are seeking a safe space to play sport and connect with their community.
Therefore, BSA supports athletes competing in the gender category they affirm, regardless of the sex classification that was assigned to them at birth. BSA will consider the eligibility guidelines set out in this document to ensure a fair and equitable playing field for all participants, employees and participants.
7. Participant Eligibility Criteria
All participants shall be allowed to participate in any BSA community sanctioned event in alignment with their gender identity.
This is irrespective of the sex classification listed on their birth certificate, driver’s license, government documentation or whether they have undergone any medical or surgical intervention.
a) Where Bushranger’s teams are entered into men’s or women’s leagues, a player will participate in the league and team that aligns with their gender identity:
i) Participants who identify as women will participate in the women’s league
ii) Participants who identify as men will participate in the men’s league
iii) All players can participate in the team and league that they choose and feel most comfortable in (e.g. A transmasculine or non-binary player registering into a women’s association).
b) We will submit these guidelines to peak sporting bodies and all associations where BSA teams are entered and seek assurance these guidelines are welcomed and supported in order to establish safe spaces for all players; irrespective of their club affiliation.
8. Appeal and Complaint Resolution
a) Any decision/s rendered in accordance with this policy may be appealed in accordance with Bushrangers Basketball Code of Conduct and Club Constitution by contacting the BSA Integrity Officer Bethany West:
b) Any complaints, unfair dismissals or breaches of this policy or the Bushrangers Code of Conduct may be escalated by contacting Bushrangers Basketball Club via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
a) The parties agree that they will not at any time disclose information identified by the other party as confidential to any person, corporation or third party and will make no use whatsoever of any information that is confidential (other than in the ordinary and usual course of implementing).
b) When information is not directly stated as confidential, parties will still agree to protect information that may be deemed confidential or private.
Preventing discrimination based on gender identity in community sport.
a) Key things to know:
There’s more to sporting ability than strength and testosterone.
Testosterone can increase a person’s strength however sport is about more than just strength, and testosterone is not a defining indicator of athleticism.
Fitness, training, age and experience often play a bigger part in making someone a good player.
No-one ‘changes gender’ for a competitive advantage.
Transitioning or affirming gender is a deeply personal and individual decision and is not something done on a whim. There is no evidence to suggest that boys or men change gender to gain a competitive advantage and reap rewards in women’s sport.
Trans and gender diverse people can use toilets and change rooms that align with their gender identity. There is no evidence to support the notion that trans and gender diverse people use toilets, change rooms or other facilities to assault or harass others. Trans and gender diverse people are generally at high risk of being victimised, assaulted or harassed in toilets and change rooms.
No two transitions/affirmations are the same. Many trans and gender diverse people go through a process of socially, medically, surgically or otherwise transitioning or affirming their gender. This process is different for everyone and doesn’t necessarily include hormone treatment or surgery.
b) Examples of discrimination based on gender identity:
Deliberately using incorrect names (dead naming) or wrong pronouns (misgendering and using ‘he’ instead of ‘she’), or using micro-aggressive language about one’s gender identity.
Using one’s gender identity to isolate an individual in their participation in any form of club activity or participation (for example, celebration nights, trips away, training etc).
Invasive, inappropriate questioning about a person’s physical characteristics or their sex life (this may also constitute sexual harassment).
Any form of harassment or bullying, including ridiculing or ignoring someone because of their gender identity or sexuality.
Denying an employee training or promotion opportunities because of their gender identity.
Denying access to benefits associated with club membership because of someone’s gender identity.
A coach denying participation opportunities to a player on the basis of their gender identity or sexuality.
Discriminating against someone in team selection based on their gender identity in situations where single-sex competition exceptions do not apply.
Changing the nature of someone’s job, such as taking someone off customer service duties, because of their gender identity.
c) Use of toilets and facilities
Members of BSA and players are entitled to use toilets, change rooms and other facilities regardless of their gender identity. Any individuals who have concerns about the use of toilets and facilities should raise these with the BSA’s Inclusion and Diversity Officers via
d) Participation in single sex competitions
BSA will support participation of trans and gender diverse people in single sex competitions in alignment with their affirmed gender.
Ygender is peer led support and advocacy group for young transgender andgender diverse young people.
Proud 2 Play
Proud 2 Play is focused on creating pathways for the inclusion and participation of LGBTQI+ youth in sport and recreation.
Parents of Gender Diverse Children
Parents of Gender Diverse Children offers peer support for parents of transgender and gender
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with responsibilities under three laws: Equal Opportunity Act, Racial and Religious Tolerance and Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. The Commission's role is to educate people about the rights and responsibilities contained in the Charter and to report annually to the government about the operation of the Charter.
Transgender Victoria can provide you with information and advice on a range of issues and also provides training and education.
Phone: (03) 9020 4642
Sport and Recreation Victoria (Department of human health and services)
Phone: 1300 650 172
Sport and Recreation Victoria is the Victorian Government department responsible for policy and programs for sports and recreation. SRV can also provide information about laws and policies for dealing with inclusion.
It is a grassroots, unfunded support network and was the first parent led peer support network for the families of transgender children in Australia
These guidelines have been informed by Cricket Victoria’s Gender Inclusion Guidelines. The guidelines have been written in consultation with Dr Erin Stapleton | Sessional lecturer and tutor in gender and sexuality studies | Deakin University and Proud2Play.
BSA acknowledges they play on the land of the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connections to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.
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