How can you COMPETE WITH CLASS & HONOR THE GAME?
• Respect your coaches, teammates, opponents, officials, and the fans.
• Compete with heart, honor, and hustle.
• Honor the traditions of the game and respect the ancestors of the sport.
• Have fun, be passionate, and adhere to the spirit of the game both on and off the field.
MBYLL & US Lacrosse Code of Conduct
for Coaches, Players, Parents, Officials, Program Leaders & Spectators
MASS BAY YOUTH LACROSSE LEAGUE, MASS BAY GIRLS LACROSSE LEAGUE and US LACROSSE PARTNERSHIP
Lacrosse is the oldest American sport. Native Americans played lacrosse centuries ago, long before our colonies were settled. Through lacrosse, Native Americans celebrated and emphasized their spiritual and cultural values.
In an effort to promote appropriate values in the game, Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL). Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League (MBGLL) & US Lacrosse (USL) have partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance to promote positive coaching and good sportsmanship at all levels of lacrosse. MBYLL, MBGLL & USL have included the following “Lacrosse Code of Conduct” as part of its membership application to encourage and foster appropriate values in coaches, players, parents, officials and spectators. MBYLL, MBGLL & USL believe it should be a priority of every lacrosse coach, player, parent, official, team, program & spectator to ‘Honor the Game’.
MASS BAY YOUTH LACROSSE LEAGUE and US LACROSSE CODE OF CONDUCT
Coaches, players, parents, officials and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that “Honors the Game” and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents and fans. In becoming a member of the lacrosse community, an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game of lacrosse and its participants. The essential elements in this “Code of Conduct” are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of lacrosse, themselves, their team and their organization. It is only through such conduct that our sport can continue to earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to amateur sports in the United States and around the world. MBYLL, MBGLL & USL supports the following behaviors for those who participate in the sport or are involved in any way with MBYLL, MBGLL & USL. The following essential elements of the “Code of Conduct” must be followed:
• Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught at all levels and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.
• The value of good sportsmanship, concepts of fair play, and the skills of the game should always be placed above winning.
• The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
• Coaches must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their players. They are to strive to be positive role models in dealing with young people, as well as adults.
• Coaches should always demonstrate positive behaviors and reinforce them to players, parents, officials and spectators alike. Players should be specifically encouraged and positively reinforced by coaches to demonstrate respect for teammates, opponents, officials and spectators.
• Players should always demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward coaches, officials, opponents, teammates, parents and spectators.
• Coaches, players, parents and spectators are expected to demonstrate the utmost respect for officials and reinforce that respect to players/teammates. Coaches are also expected to educate their players as to the important role of lacrosse officials and reinforce the ideal of respect for the official to players/teammates/parents.
• Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials or any other parties involved with the sport should be communicated through the proper channels and procedures, never on or about the field of play in view of spectators or participants.
• Officials are professionals and are therefore expected to conduct themselves as such and in a manner that demonstrates total impartiality, courtesy and fairness to all parties.
• Spectators involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize badger, harass or threaten an official, coach, player or opponent.
• Coaches must be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of the rules of lacrosse, and should adhere to the rules in both the letter and the spirit of the game.
• Coaches should provide a basic knowledge of the rules to players, parents and spectators within his/her program. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable conduct.
• Eligibility requirements, at all levels of the game, must be followed. Rules and requirements such as age, grade, equally-balanced teams in MBYLL/MBGLL Classic Program, MBYLL/MBGLL Select players must also play on their town Classic team, previous level of participation, team transfers, etc, have been established to encourage and maximize participation, fair play and to promote safety.
Guidelines for Honoring the Game
The key to preventing adult misbehavior in youth sports is a youth sports culture in which all involved "Honor the Game." Honoring the Game gets to the ROOTS of the matter and involves respect for the Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and one's Self. You don't bend the rules to win. You understand that a worthy opponent is a gift that forces you to play to your highest potential. You show respect for officials even when you disagree. You refuse to do anything that embarrasses your team. You live up to your own standards even if others don't. Here are ways that parents can create a positive youth sports culture so that children will have fun and learn positive character traits to last a lifetime.
Before the Game:
- Make a commitment to Honor the Game in action and language no matter what others may do.
- Tell your child before each game that you are proud of her regardless of how well she plays.
During the Game:
- Fill your children's "Emotional Tank" through praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best.
- Don't give instructions to your child during the game. Let the coach correct player mistakes.
- Cheer good plays by both teams (this is advanced behavior!)
- Mention good calls by the official to other parents.
- If an official makes a "bad" call against your team? Honor the Game—BE SILENT!
- If another parent on your team yells at an official? Gently remind him or her to Honor the Game.
- Don't do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game. Ask yourself, "Will this embarrass my child or the team?"
- Remember to have fun! Enjoy the game.
After the Game:
- Thank the officials for doing a difficult job for little or no pay.
- Thank the coaches for their commitment and effort.
- Don't give advice. Instead ask your child what she thought about the game and then LISTEN. Listening fills Emotional Tanks.
- Tell your child again that you are proud of her, whether the team won or lost.
Taken from the Positive Coaching Alliance.