New Club Charter

We have recently updated our Club Charter including out Codes of Conduct for Coaches ,Players and Parents involved with the club :



Calderdale Explorers is a (not for profit) community organisation whose objective is to promote and provide opportunity for local and community level basketball for people within the Calderdale community. We play competitively within the Basketball England League structures at Senior and Junior level (Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 teams) with all of our competitive players registered members of the national organization. Our Junior Section caters for ages from 8 to 18.

We follow the Basketball England “Training Pathway” standards and guidelines in regard to player and coach development. We currently play our home games at North Halifax Grammar in Halifax but attract players from throughout communities and towns in Calderdale.

We look to promote and value the ideals of teamwork, friendship, respect and self-discipline whilst creating a sporting environment that will benefit a person’s individual’s holistic development, while always being aware that basketball is a team sport. As a community club we expect our players, coaches, officials, parents and supporters to conduct themselves in a courteous and polite manner at all times.

We look to attain financial stability through subscriptions, sponsorship and grants in order to fund court hire, equipment, referees, governance, playing kits and to ensure our coaching team have the necessary coaching qualifications.

All officials and coaching teams at the club are volunteers and give their time and commitment for the love of the game, a game that we love.


• Provide basketball opportunities to everyone, regardless of gender, ability, race, religion and sexual orientation.
• Create conditions for players, coaches and officials to reach their full potential and develop as people.
• Use sport as a vehicle to instil good principles, values and disciplines in players, coaches and officials.
• Ensure all players, coaches, officials and supporters maintain the highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play.
• Further the ideals of teamwork, friendship, respect and self-discipline.
• Create a sporting environment that will benefit the individual while always being aware that basketball is a team sport.
• Recognise the special relationship between players, parents and the club.
• Stress to coaches that leadership by example will always be superior to leadership by fear.
• Teach all players and coaches that giving of your best is a victory, regardless of the score, but giving less than your best is a failure, even if a victory is attained.
• Promote the concept of loyalty.

We expect players, parents and coaches to represent the club with pride, respect and sportsmanship


• Play for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or coach.
• Play by the rules, play it tough but play it fair.
• Never argue with the referee's decisions. Control your temper.
• Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team's performance will benefit and so will your own.
• Be a good sport, applaud all good play.
• Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Don't interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any players.
• Remember that the aims of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good. Don't be a show-off.
• Co-operate with coaches, team-mates and opponents; without them you don't have a game.
• Respect the building, tidy the sports hall and changing facilities before you leave.
• Be on time, warmed up and stretched ready to start the session or game on time


• Not to force an unwilling child to participate in sport.
• Remember, children are involved in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
• Encourage your child always to play by the rules.
• Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
• Turn defeat into victory by helping your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a game.
• Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good play by your team and by members of the opposing team.
• Do not publicly question the referee's judgement and never his or her honesty.
• Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's sport.
• Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give up their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your child.


• Be reasonable in your demands on the young players' time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests.
• Teach your players that the rules of the game are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break.
• In contact games, group players according to age, height, skill and physical maturity.
• Avoid over-playing talented players. ‘Average’ players need and deserve equal time.
• Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing a game.
• Ensure that equipment and facilities are appropriate to the age and abilities of the players.
• The scheduling and length of practice times and games should take into consideration the child's maturity level.
• Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgement of referees and opposing coaches. Racist, insulting, dishonest or over aggressive behaviour is not acceptable.
• Follow medical advice in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
• Remember that children need a coach they can respect. Be generous with your praise and set a good example.

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