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Great Falls Lacrosse Association Code of Conduct

[Note: GFLA’s Code of Conduct includes and builds upon the Code of Conduct of US Lacrosse.   This Code of Conduct applies to all Great Falls lacrosse and field hockey programs]

Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents, spectators and fans. In becoming a member of the lacrosse and field hockey communities 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 or field hockey, 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. GFLA supports the following behaviors for those who participate in the sport or are involved in any way with GFLA. The following essential elements of the "Code of Conduct" must be followed by all participants in GFLA, including coaches, players, parents and spectators:

  • 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, the 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 teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, 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.
  • 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.  Participants understand that officials will call the games to the best of their ability but that they are not perfect.  Nevertheless, parents agree to respect the officials and their authority during games and will not question, discuss, or confront coaches or referees at the game or practice field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.   Parents should familiarize themselves with the rules to better understand calls during the game and reduce confusion and unwarranted frustration or outbursts among spectators.
  • Parents should not interfere with the coaches’ management of the team and instruction of the players at practices, games or other GFLA events.  Critique or comments regarding coaches should be raised with the appropriate GFLA boys or girls commissioner and/or GFLA Board, not with other players or parents or in any manner that could be detrimental to the players and team. 
  • 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.  Inappropriate sideline behavior of any kind is cause for immediate ejection from the stands and the potential loss of the privilege of attending future games.
  • 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 both players 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.
  • In consideration of the field resources we are provided through our partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority and Neighborhood and Community Services, players, coaches and parents agree to:  (1) abide by Park Authority guidelines with respect to field access and use; (2) respect the privacy, property and safety rights of families and organizations in proximity to our fields; and (3) play an active role in helping to remove trash from sidelines and end lines following games and practices.

Violations of GFLA’s Code of Conduct should be brought to the attention of GFLA’s Board of Directors as appropriate.

Violations will be considered by GFLA’s Commissioner and Board of Directors who will take appropriate action, including but not limited to suspension and or expulsion of the coach, player or parent from continued participation in GFLA, including the loss of the privilege of attending games.

[Parents registering players to participate in lacrosse or field hockey programs are required to agree to the terms of this Code of Conduct on behalf of themselves as well as the player and to inform GFLA within 5 days if they do not agree to any future updates to the Code of Conduct that affect active programs in which they have children registered.]  

Rev 1.0 (11/01/2014)