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Code of Conduct

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:

  1. Make a commitment to Honor the Game in action and language no matter what others may do.

  2. Tell your child before each game that you are proud of her regardless of how well she plays.

During the Game:

  1. Fill your children's "Emotional Tank" through praise and positive recognition so they can play their very best.

  2. Don't give instructions to your child during the game. Let the coach correct player mistakes.

  3. Cheer good plays by both teams (this is advanced behavior!)

  4. Mention good calls by the official to other parents.

  5. If an official makes a "bad" call against your team? Honor the Game—BE SILENT!

  6. If another parent on your team yells at an official? Gently remind him or her to Honor the Game.

  7. 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?"

  8. Remember to have fun! Enjoy the game.

After the Game:

  1. Thank the officials for doing a difficult job for little or no pay.

  2. Thank the coaches for their commitment and effort.

  3. Don't give advice. Instead ask your child what she thought about the game and then

    LISTEN. Listening fills Emotional Tanks.

  4. Tell your child again that you are proud of her, whether the team won or lost.

Taken from the Positive Coaching Alliance http://www.positivecoach.org/subcontent.aspx?id=2446

COMMANDMENTS OF A Marlton Girls LACROSSE PLAYER

I will always demonstrate good sportsmanship. 
I will always be respectful and keep my composure. 
I will participate to the best of my abilities. 
I will attend all practices and games fully equipped and ready to play. 
I will be on time for all practices and games. 
I will listen and adhere to the advice of the coach. 
I will always hustle. 
I will play as a member of the TEAM.

Parents/Fans

Through the myriad of concerns and issues that surface during our lacrosse season. it is inevitable that, as parents, we will focus on our child athlete and how she is affected. However, as members of the MRC, we must broaden our perspective to view not only the good of the individual, but also that of the whole. The goals of this organization can only be realized with the support and involvement of its members.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Marlton Girls Lacrosse CONDUCT RULES

Good sportsmanship on the part of all players, coaches and fans is always the standard.  Each town must ensure that their coaches/players/fans abide by the standards of good behavior outlined by the Association.  The following Code of Conduct and Association administrative rules are expected to be followed by all towns participating in the Association.

Rules:

All (Players, Coaches, Fans)

  1. Be respectful
  2. No profanity
  3. No threatening behavior
  4. No interference (physical or verbal) with play
  5. Clean up after yourselves at game sites

Players

  1. Good sportsmanship is expected
  2. Do not make derogatory comments about other players, coaches, or officials
  3. Do not argue with the officials
  4. Do not throw equipment
  5. Be responsible for you stick and actions at all times

Coaches

  1. Coach with positive techniques rather than negative ones
  2. Remember this is youth lacrosse – not the NCAA finals – put things in perspective and relax
  3. Understand that many times youth lacrosse is where inexperienced refs and cadets gain experience – do not expect perfection – do not verbally attack the officials
  4. Do not make derogatory comments about players, coaches, or officials
  5. Do not encourage or reward players for fouls or physical play.  Players receiving Yellow Cards or Red Cards should not be getting high five’s when they come to the sideline.
  6. All coaches should know the rules of women’s / youth lacrosse

Fans

  1. No berating officials, players or coaches
  2. All fans must be on the opposite side of the field from the players
  3. Do not approach the coaches during the game
  4. Do not approach officials before or after the game
  5. Try not to coach your kids from the sidelines – what you are telling them might be contrary to the coaches’ instructions

Enforcement

  1. All coaches, players and parents must read and agree to the Conduct Rules.
  2. Coaches will be responsible for their players and fans.
  3. Officials will file complaints regarding players, coaches, and parents with the Association.  Infractions will be disciplined.
  4. Players ejected from games must sit out the immediate next SJYLL game they are to play in.  If the next game is rained out that does not count towards the player’s game suspension. It is important that players fulfillment the suspension so that future players are deterred to not commit and or be more responsible for their sticks and checking attempts .
  5. Coaches (both teams) and officials are required to meet just prior to games to go over Association rules and any grounds rules that may apply.  This is also where coaches will agree to half time length as well as for the home team to introduce their Sideline Administrator to the Officials and opposing team coach.

 

COACH’S CODE OF CONDUCT

I acknowledge that I am familiar with both the rules of girls’/women’s lacrosse and the rules of the SJYLL and Marlton Girls Lacrosse.  I will honor both the spirit and letter of rules and insist that my players, their parents, and our fans do the same.

I understand that at all times I must lead by example and that I must be a positive role model for my players and their parents.  I know that the way my team conducts itself can also have an influence, for better or worse, on those we compete against.  Each year and throughout the course of the season I will explain my expectations regarding acceptable behavior, sportsmanship, and conduct to my players and their parents.

I understand that the true measure of success for a youth lacrosse coach is player enjoyment and improvement.  I will concentrate on my players’ enjoyment of the game and their overall, long-term development as athletes and young women.

I pledge to use Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coaching techniques, including:

  1. Modeling and teaching my players to Honor the Game  through ROOTS (Respect for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, and Self)
  2. I will help my players to redefine what it means to be a “winner” in terms of mastery, not just the scoreboard.  I will reward effort and team play, not just good outcomes.
  3. I will fill my players Emotional Tanks using the 5:1 magic ratio of positive reinforcements to each criticism/correction.

I acknowledge that making mistakes and losing is part of life.  I pledge that I will be tolerant of the mistakes of players, coaches, umpires, and others.  I recognize that mistakes lead to coachable moments.  I understand that my success is not measured by winning but through teaching life lessons and providing a safe, positive learning environment for all of my players regardless of their skill level.

I will do my best to treat all my players fairly.  I acknowledge that lacrosse is a team sport and I will encourage my girls to play as a team.  I pledge that I will commit to promoting an atmosphere of healthy competition to ensure fun for all participants.  I will not run up scores against weaker opponents or novice teams.  I understand that the SYLL is concerned about a limited number of players dominating game play.  I will use my dominant players creatively by encouraging them to work on all aspects of their game and to do what they need to do to make their teammates improve and have a positive experience.

I understand that girls’ youth lacrosse has changed and evolved rapidly in recent years due to both rule and equipment changes.  I am committed to teaching my players the basic stick skills and advanced team concepts they will need to play lacrosse safely and to succeed in the modern game.  I pledge to continue to grow and learn as a coach by embracing modern coaching techniques and will do my best to prepare my players for success at the next level.

I will show respect for all involved in the game of lacrosse and I will demand that everyone associated with my team do the same.  Before, during and after games I will be responsible for the conduct of my players, their parents, and our fans.  Prior to each game, I will introduce myself to the opposing coaches and umpires to go over Association rules and any ground rules that may apply.  I will report any misconduct by coaches, players, parents or umpires to the Association’s Sportsmanship Committee so that it can be dealt with appropriately.

I understand that youth lacrosse is where inexperienced umpires gain valuable experience.  I will never expect perfection.  I will never verbally attack the umpires nor will I ever make critical or derogatory comments about them.  After each game, I will thank the umpires and ask my players and their parents to do the same.

MRC Girls Lacrosse Code of Conduct.

In an effort to lay a foundation for fostering the healthy growth of the great game of lacrosse, Marlton Recreation Council Girls Lacrosse program has set forth the following Code of Conduct for all involved in the youth game to abide by. Players, parents, coaches, officials and spectators shall strive at all times to; Honor the Game of Lacrosse. Conduct that honors the game is defined as an uncompromising respect for rules, opponents, officials, teammates and tradition. 

Players, coaches, spectators and parents are to conduct themselves in a manner that “Honors the Game”and demonstrates respect to others players, coaches, officials and spectators. 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 organizations. It is only through such conduct that our sport can earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to youth sports in the United States and around the world.

Marlton Recreation Council Girls Lacrosse supports the following behaviors for those participating or involved in any way with the MRC Girls Lacrosse program in general: 

• The essential elements of the “Code of Conduct” must be adhered to. 

• Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught and 

developed both at home and on the field during practices and games. 

• The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the values of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, or the skills of the game. 

• Derogatory comments are unacceptable. Use positive reinforcement with players and adults alike. It should be remembered that criticism once made can never be retracted. 

• 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 with adults. 

• Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties, while exercising their authority on the field. 

• Adults involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official. 

• Knowledge of the rules of lacrosse must be respected and adhered to by all who participate in the game of lacrosse, both in the letter and the spirit of the game. 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, such as age/grade, must be followed. They have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety. 

Offenses will be dealt with accordingly utilizing the Marlton Recreation Council Policy 080201-01:General MRC Offense/Misconduct Penalties. Consider it an honor to be a part of the great game of lacrosse. 

By signing this form, you are acknowledging that you have read and will fully abide by the MRC Code of 

Conduct set forth.

US Lacrosse Waiver

FOR ANY PARTICIPANT WHO IS NOT YET 18 YEARS OLD THIS WAIVER MUST BE READ AND

ACCEPTED BY THE LEGAL GUARDIAN OF THE PARTICIPANT.

By clicking Accept {note: change “clicking Accept” to “signing to accept” on non-electronic version} below, I hereby verify that I have read and fully understand each of the following conditions for participation in any US Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned event, and I accept each of the conditions below, especially the waiver and release set forth in paragraph one. I also verify that I have read and agreed to the terms in the Code of Conduct below.

ACCEPTANCE OF THIS WAIVER IS REQUIRED FOR ACCEPTANCE OF MEMBERSHIP

In consideration of my membership as a Cross Participant, participating in more than one category of Player,

Coach, Official, Referee and/or Umpire in US Lacrosse, and my participation in US Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned events, I agree to the following:

1. Waiver and Release: I am fully aware of and appreciate the risks, including the risk of catastrophic injury, paralysis and even death, as well as other damages and losses, associated with participation in a lacrosse event. I further agree on behalf of myself, my heirs, and personal representatives, that

US Lacrosse, the host organization, and sponsors of any US Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned event, along with coaches, officials, referees, umpires, volunteers, employees, agents, officers and directors of these organizations, shall not be liable for any injury, loss of life or other loss or damage occurring as a result of my participation in any such US Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned event.

2. Medical Attention: I hereby give my consent to US Lacrosse and the host organization of any US Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned event to provide, through a medical staff of its choice, customary medical/athletic training attention, transportation and emergency medical services as warranted in the course of my participation in US Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned events. Notwithstanding the foregoing, I understand and agree that neither US Lacrosse nor the host organization has any obligation to provide any such medical/athletic training attention and both the lack of any such medical/athletic training attention and the provision thereof on a voluntary basis by US Lacrosse and/or the host organization is and shall be covered by the release set forth in Paragraph 1 above.

3. Readiness to Compete: I will only participate in those US Lacrosse competitions or activities in which I believe I am physically and psychologically prepared to participate.

4. Photographic Use Release: I grant US Lacrosse the right to photograph and/or videotape me, my member child or ward and further display and use name, face, likeness, voice and appearance as deemed appropriate in all media (known or hereafter) in perpetuity.  I understand that all photographs captured of me by US Lacrosse staff and/or their officially contracted event photographers/videographers will forever be the property of US lacrosse and may be used as deemed appropriate by US Lacrosse to include, but not be limited to: event organization publications, training/educations materials, websites, promotional materials, and/or advertisements.

5. Code of Conduct: I have read and agree to all terms in the Code of Conduct on the second page of this form, especially with regard to my responsibilities as a Player, Coach, Official, Referee and/or Umpire.

6. Membership benefit of insurance is provided only to residents of the U.S. International members are not eligible to receive the insurance coverage.

CODE OF CONDUCT US LACROSSE AND THE POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE

US Lacrosse and the Positive Coaching Alliance have partnered to establish and promote positive coaching throughout the sport of lacrosse. US Lacrosse is committed to preserve the Honor of the Game for all who enjoy the sport of lacrosse. To help fulfill this commitment, US Lacrosse requires all players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators to sign and abide by a "Code of Conduct" that embodies basic common sense principles; demonstrates consideration of others; and projects a positive image to our young men and women.

Individuals and/or teams participating in US Lacrosse events that fail to abide by this code will be subject to ejection and disqualification from future US Lacrosse events. Thank you for your help in promoting these principles.

CODE OF CONDUCT US LACROSSE AND OFFICIALS Officials are expected to read, understand, and abide by the US Lacrosse Code of Conduct, and the additional Code of Conduct specifics which are outlined in the Officials Manuals. These comprehensive ethics polices are minimum standards of behavior for all officials.

These manuals are updated on a yearly basis, and are required reading. By agreeing to this statement you agree to familiarize yourself with and abide by these policies.

THE CODE OF CONDUCT Players, coaches, spectators and parents are to conduct themselves in a manner that;Honors the Game; and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials and spectators. 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 earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to youth sports in the United States and around the world. US Lacrosse supports the following behaviors for those participating or involved in any way with US Lacrosse in general:

 The essential elements of the "Code of Conduct" must be adhered to.

 Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games. The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, or the skills of the game. Derogatory comments are unacceptable. Use positive reinforcement with players and adults alike. It should be remembered that criticism once made can never be retracted. 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 with adults.

 Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties, while exercising their authority on the field.

 Adults involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger,harass, or threaten an official.

 Knowledge of the Rules of Lacrosse must be respected and adhered to by all who participate in the game of lacrosse, both in the letter and the spirit of the game. 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, such as age and previous level of participation, must be followed. They have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety.