BHAA Code of Conduct

The BHAA is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members, ensuring a positive and enjoyable experience for all. The Association believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with BHAA clubs and schools should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the BHAA or its members, clubs or schools, with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


As a member of the BHAA, you are expected to abide by the following code of practice:


  • All members must take responsibility in ensuring they are up to date with the rules, understand and adhere to them and follow safety guidelines at all times.
  • All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
  • Members should recognise the valuable contribution made by coaches and officials who are usually volunteers. They give their time and resources to provide training and competitions for you.
  • All members must respect officials and publicly accept their decisions.
  •  All members should be a positive role model, treat other players and officials with the same level of respect you would expect to be shown to you.
  • Members are not allowed to smoke, consume alcohol or drugs during coaching sessions or until they have finished competing for the day.
  • Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach if they are going to be late.
  • Members must wear suitable kit for training and competitions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
  • Members must pay any fees for membership, training or events promptly.
  • Bullying, including cyberbullying, of any sort will not be tolerated. Encourage everyone to enjoy our sport and understand that people have different motivations for taking part.


  • Members are expected to conduct themselves appropriately in person and online at all times and not to engage in any behaviour that might bring the sport into disrepute.


  • Members’ primary commitment should be to the sport of horseback archery and this should take precedence over personal or business concerns with regard to their approach to Association matters. Members wishing to apply for committee posts must declare any conflict of interest that could influence decisions they may be asked to vote on.


Members found to be in breach of these guidelines will receive 2 written warnings, a third infraction will result in suspension from the Association, or expulsion, to be decided by the committee (with a two thirds majority being sufficient to carry the vote), depending on the severity of the infraction and whether it is associated with disregard for previous disciplinary cautions.

Following an expulsion, a member may reapply for membership but will be required to serve a 2 year probationary period during which no further infractions must occur or the committee has the right to exclude that member for life.