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]
I. Policy Statement
The Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (NVYLL) is committed to the exhibition of sportsmanship and ethical behaviors in and around all athletic contests played under its sanction. All contests must be safe, fair, controlled and orderly for all athletes, officials, and fans alike.
It is the intent of the NVYLL that unsportsmanlike behavior and violence in any form is not to be tolerated in athletic contests or practices under the jurisdiction of the NVYLL. In order to enforce this policy, the NVYLL has implemented regulations in cooperation with appropriate coaches and club commissioners, who set forth the manner of implementation and enforcement of this policy, and the penalties incurred when violations of this policy occur. The rules and regulations shall focus upon the responsibility of coaches, players and parents to demand high standards of conduct and to enforce personally the rules and regulations set forth by the NVYLL.
The NVYLL requires that the following code of conduct be issued to and signed by each head coach, assistant coach, player and parent, each season, as a guide to govern his or her behavior. The penalty for failing to sign a copy of this policy will be to restrict the coach, player or parent from participating in NVYLL program activities.
II. 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. The NVYLL supports the following behaviors for those who participate in the sport or are involved in any way with the NVYLL. 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, previous level of participation, team transfers, etc, have been established to encourage and maximize participation, fair play and to promote safety.
- No participant in NVYLL activities may engage in behaviors that are considered child sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, physical abuse, verbal abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, or physical misconduct.
- No participant in NVYLL activities may publicly question a youth player’s participation eligibility based on the player’s gender, whether before, during or after a game.
I have read and understood the Policy Statement and Code of Conduct, and the violations and penalties of the "Code of Conduct Policy". I have also read and understood the rules and regulations of the NVYLL, specifically Section 1.7 "Conduct" and Section 1.10 "Penalties".
I agree to abide by the policy while participating in NVYLL athletics regardless of contest site or jurisdiction.
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.]