Code of Conduct


The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to uphold SPBASA’s values, and to create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with SPBASA; protected from inappropriate behaviour as described in the Definitions section.

This Code of Conduct is deemed to have been agreed to upon admission to, or continuation of SPBASA membership.

This Code of Conduct applies to SPBASA's sanctioned public events (Gatherings, competitions, etc.), internal events (calls, meetings, communications in general, etc.), and property (intellectual and physical, owned or controlled by SPBASA).


All Association members, individuals and officials are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which ensures the integrity and professionalism of the Association. Members are in turn responsible and accountable for their behaviour.

Members have the right to report and submit disciplinary breaches to the Executive Committee. If the violation includes criminal activity, the members must additionally report the disciplinary breaches to the local law enforcement authorities.

Members have the obligation to comply with any decisions and/or disciplinary measures imposed under this Code of Conduct.


Discrimination involves less favourable treatment of a person on the basis of one or more personal characteristics.

Harassment is any unwelcome conduct, verbal or physical, that intimidates, offends or humiliates another person on the basis of one or more personal characteristics.

Bullying is repeated actions (or actions occurring as part of a pattern) of an individual or group, directed at a person, or group of persons, that creates a risk to physical, emotional or mental health and safety.

Disloyal competition is any practice resulting in another member’s damaged property (physical or intellectual), identity or art.

Assault is when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person.

Disciplinary sanctions

The Executive Committee is empowered to deal in disciplinary terms with its members (groups or individuals) who are alleged to have committed a violation of the Associations rules or codes, and to impose disciplinary measures as deemed necessary.

Disciplinary sanctions must be based on the presented evidence, the breach(es) in place and the gravity of the breach(s).

Possible sanctions that may be taken include:

    • A warning notice from the Executive Committee

    • A direction that the member make verbal and/or written apology

    • Withdrawal of any awards, placings, records, achievements bestowed in any tournaments activities or events held or sanctioned by SPBASA

    • Suspension or termination of membership, participation or engagement in a role or activity

    • De-registration of accreditation for a period of time or permanently

    • Any other form of discipline that the Executive Committee considers reasonable and appropriate

Any member affected by a decision of the Executive Committee has the right to appeal such a decision. After analyzing the notice of appeal, the Executive Committee will take a final decision.

September 14th, 2020: approved (version 6)