Ontario Basketball, through its Board of Directors, is committed to fostering a sport and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. With the objective of working towards these goals, OBA has developed and adopted policies and guidelines which apply to the working and sport environment for employees, volunteers and participants at all OBA sanctioned programs and services.
Ontario Basketball's policies and guidelines were not only developed to address existing federal and provincial legislation but were founded in the belief of OBA in the right of every person to participate and work in an environment which promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices.
Volunteer Screening Model
The Board of Directors of Ontario Basketball requested that the Volunteer Canada Safe Steps Screening Program become a mandate of the organization. It was subsequently approved by the membership at the Semi-Annual Meeting in June 2005. This program sets out 10 steps to assess risk and need for action related to specific positions in an organization. This includes a Police Record Check for all club coaches. This will require coaches to submit a Police Records Check prior to appointment with the club.
Ontario Basketball recommends that each affiliated club ensure the safety of players and the confidentiality of individuals by having one executive member appointed to act as the Club's Screening Representative. The complete details of this program are available in the complete Volunteer Screening Model document.
The Equity Policy forbids discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, ethnic origin, class, age, sexual orientation, family status, religion or disability in the OBA workplace, in any work-related activity, in any of the employment or recruitment practices of Ontario Basketball or in any OBA sanctioned basketball programs and services. In addition, Ontario Basketball will take positive measures to ensure that employment opportunities with Ontario Basketball are equally available to all employees and prospective employees. Please click here to view Ontario Basketball's Equity Policy.
Gender Equity Policy
Ontario Basketball is committed to providing a sport and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to participate and work in an environment which promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices. Please click here to view Ontario Basketball's Gender Equity Policy.
OBA is committed to providing a sport and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to participate and work in an environment which promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices. Please click here to view Ontario Basketball's Harassment Policy.
Fair Play Policy
The cornerstone of Ontario Basketball's Fair Play Policy is a statement of Fair Play. It is distributed to all OBA sanctioned programs and services through the use of large posters and postcards in facilities, the distribution of pamphlets to athletes and coaches and the implementation of the Fair Play Policy & Procedures.
In November, 1999, to assist in attaining the goals of this Policy, the Board of Directors appointed a Director of Fair Play & Investigations (Commissioner of Fair Play) who shall investigate complaints made pursuant to this Policy in a fair and impartial manner. Please click here for Ontario Basketball's Fair Play Policy and Procedures.
With increased concerns over negative situations and to address escalating inappropriate behavior, Schedule A & B was amended on November 6, 2014. Click here for Schedule A & B.
Code of Conduct
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to ensure a safe and positive environment by instituting a Zero Tolerance Policy. Ontario Basketball is committed to providing a sport environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. All Individuals will be aware that there is an expectation, at all times, of appropriate behavior consistent with the values of the OBA. Conduct that violates this Code may be subject to disciplinary action enforced by the OBA’s Discipline and Fair Play committees.
The code was amended on November 6, 2014 and applies to member clubs, coaches, athletes, spectators and officials. Please click here to view Ontario Basketball’s Code of Conduct.
Zero Tolerance Policy – Abuse of Referees, Minor Officials and OBA Officials / Site Supervisor
The most important aspect of Ontario Basketball is fair play, not competition. OBA is looking to promote sportsmanship through courtesy between players, coaches, referees, parents and fans. As a result of this, OBA will implement a Zero Tolerance Policy in 2014-15, regulating the conduct of coaches, players and parents toward game officials. Players, coaches or spectators are now not allowed to disrespect an official’s decision, nor are they allowed to make abusive comments. This includes comments and complaints from the stands. Please click here to view Ontario Basketball’s Zero Tolerance Policy.
Transfer Policy - Players & Coaches
This Policy encourages coaches and players and their families to make informed choices about their selection of Ontario Basketball (OBA) teams and member clubs. It promotes commitment and respect among players, coaches and teams. This policy also enables OBA, as a sport governing body, to promote fair competition among its member teams and to uphold the values of equity, opportunity and accountability for its members. The Transfer Policy was amended in June, 2014 to reflect the changing landscape of club basketball in Ontario. It took effect on September 1, 2014 and was last amended on August 20, 2016. Please click here for the Player and Coach Transfer Policy.
Ontario Basketball Member Club Out-of-Province Travel Policy
The intent of this Policy is to ensure that member clubs are aware of all their rep teams who are traveling outside the province to competitions (i.e. tournaments) and other basketball-related events.
OBA member club teams who follow this Policy will receive extended liability insurance coverage (click here for definitions and details). Important Note: This extended liability coverage does not include health insurance coverage. Therefore, when teams are traveling to the U.S. they must also present their club executive and Ontario Basketball with confirmation of extended medical coverage. Additional medical coverage can be arranged through HUB International Ltd. Please click here for the Ontario Basketball Member Club Out-of-Province Travel Policy.
Ontario Basketball Refund Policy
Please click here for Ontario Basketball's Refund Policy.
All Ontario Basketball staff members, members of board of directors and volunteers will now follow provisions when doing work on behalf of Ontario Basketball. Please click here for Ontario Basketball's Ontario Basketball Cell Phone Policy.
Ontario Basketball Concussion and Prevention Management Policy
Please click here for Ontario Basketball Concussion and Prevention Management Policy.
The Mission of Ontario Basketball is to exercise a leadership role in the promotion and development of basketball in Ontario through programs and services. By-Law 1 of the Ontario Basketball Association (a.k.a. Ontario Basketball) relates generally to the conduct of the affairs of the Association to carry out its Mission. Please click here for Ontario Basketball's Constitution.
Annual Meeting of Members
In accordance with Ontario Basketball's By-Law 1, OBA hosts an Annual Meeting of Members (AMM).
The 2016 AMM Notice of Meeting (including the agenda, Board of Director nominee profiles, and motion form) is available here [.pdf].
AMM minutes are available below.