Officials Conduct


Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball Officials Code of Conduct

The member communities of the CPYBL have entrusted officials to assist them in the education and development of their youth through athletics. This requires officials to be independent, impartial, and responsible to the people they serve. In conjunction with the OHSAA Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct, the CPYBL Code of Conduct has been established for all officials who work CPYBL games. The purpose of the code is to establish guidelines for ethical standards of conduct for all CPYBL officials. Ignorance of the Code of Conduct is not justification for noncompliance. The Referee Coordinator is responsible to ensure a complete understanding of the Coach Code of Conduct.

1. Officials shall bear a great responsibility for engendering public confidence in sports.

2. Officials shall be free of obligation to any interest other than the impartial and fair judging of sports competitions.

3. Officials shall hold and maintain the basic tenets of officiating which include history, integrity, neutrality, respect, sensitivity, professionalism, discretion and tactfulness.

4. Officials shall master both rules of the game and mechanics necessary to enforce the rules, and shall exercise authority in an impartial, firm and controlled manner.

5. Officials shall constantly uphold the honor and dignity of the avocation in all personal conduct and relations with the student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, colleagues, and the public, to be a worthy example to the athletes under one's jurisdiction

6. Officials shall display and execute superior communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal.

7. Officials shall recognize that anything which may lead to a conflict of interest, either real or apparent, must be avoided. Gifts, favors, special treatment, privileges, employment or a personal relationship with a school or team which can compromise the perceived impartiality of officiating must be avoided.

8. Officials shall prepare themselves both physically and mentally, shall dress neatly and appropriately, and shall comport themselves in a manner consistent with the high standards of the profession.

9. Officials shall not be party to actions designed to unfairly limit or restrain access to officiating, officiating assignments or to association membership. This includes selection for positions of leadership based upon economic factors, race, creed, color, age, sex, physical handicap, country or national origin.

10. Officials shall be punctual and professional in the fulfillment of all obligations.

11. Officials shall work with each other and their governing bodies in a constructive and cooperative manner.

12. Officials shall resist every temptation and outside pressure to use one’s position as an official to benefit oneself.

13. Officials shall never participate in any form of illegal gambling on sports contest, may never gamble on any sporting event in which they have either a direct or indirect involvement and may never gamble on events involving high school athletics.

14. Officials shall not make false or misleading statements regarding their qualifications, rating, credentials, experience, training or competence.

15. Officials shall accept responsibility for all actions taken

Every member of the officiating profession carries a responsibility to act in a manner becoming a professional person. The conduct of any official influences the attitude of the public toward the profession in general as well as toward the official in particular.

Sports officials bear great responsibility for engendering public confidence in sports. They are critical to the health of athletic competitions. Officials ensure games are played fairly, by the rules, within the spirit of the rules and in a safe manner. Officiating takes a great deal of preparation, continuing education and commitment of time.