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Player Code of Conduct

Updated Wednesday December 16, 2015 by Leopard Lacrosse.

PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT

Introduction

The Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program recognizes the importance of a sense of community and family among those who play, coach, participate in, and follow youth lacrosse. Often times, you will hear our teams shout “family” at practices and games. The goal of the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program is to maximize the opportunity for each participant to enjoy the game of lacrosse and to learn and develop individual and team skills. It is important for all who take part to be exposed to positive experiences and protected from negative ones.

Our Code of Conduct applies to coaches, players, and parents in whose hands the welfare of the game, the players, and the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program is placed. Individuals participating in Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse assume certain responsibilities and obligations to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively on themselves, their team, the sport of lacrosse, and our program. The goals of our program are intended to encourage our players to succeed on and off the field through team commitment and friendships, improving skills, physical fitness, good sportsmanship, respectful behavior, and positive citizenship. All of our players’, coaches’, and parents’ conduct should foster the goals of the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program. Players, coaches, and parents will not act in a way that demonstrates disrespect for the game, officials, players, coaches, or parents of the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse teams and those of the opposing teams.

Each participant shall abide by this Code of Conduct. Failure to adhere to this Code of Conduct may result in: sanctions, or suspension or dismissal from participation in or attendance at any Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse event, including games, practices, and team outings.  The Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to dismiss anyone from the program at any time behavior is deemed unacceptable.

If any player, coach, or parent in the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program believes this Code of Conduct has been violated, they have the right to, and should, report the alleged violation to any Board Member of the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program.

 

Players’ ADHERENCES

 

Lacrosse is fun because players, coaches, and parents make it fun. As a player, I help my team when I do my best to be a good teammate. I understand that it is a privilege and an honor to be a member of the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse team and that being a member of the team is a position of responsibility and accountability.

The following statements set out the overriding principles that players are to adhere to so as to assure taking part in lacrosse is a positive experience for all:

1.  I am expected to conduct myself in a manner that honors the game of lacrosse and to demonstrate and show respect for all my teammates, coaches, opponents, referees, spectators, and my parents.

2.  I will display good sportsmanship at all times. I will be modest when I win, and I will be gracious when I lose. I will not “trash talk”, use offensive language or actions, or taunt another teammate, opponent, official, coach, spectator, or parent.

3.  I will be a positive role model for the players, coaches, and the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program in attitude, appearance, and behavior.

4.  I will not perform, permit, encourage, or condone any actions or conduct that are dangerous or demeaning to another player, teammate, coach, official, or spectator. I understand that such behavior is unacceptable.

5.  I will refrain from disrespectful or harassing acts of texting and/or calling, including Facebook postings, Twitter updates, or other social networking sites either under my name or an alias name under my use to any person or a team member.

6.  I will refrain from bullying and harassing or any other form of physical violence or any act of physical aggression or property damage of any person or a team member.

7.  I will not use profanity or use offensive or inappropriate language during practices, games, or any other Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse sanctioned team or program event or meeting.

8.  I will give 100% effort at all times. I will pay attention when my coach is speaking, and I will follow, trust, and commit to the directions of the coaches and the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse Board of Directors. 

9.  I will be responsible to bring and wear all of the necessary and required equipment for lacrosse to practices and games.

10.  I will attend every game and practice unless I inform my coach in advance of my absence.

11.  I will cheer for my teammates.

12.  I will report any and all injuries to a member of the program’s coaching staff or Board Members.

13.  I will not throw helmets, sticks or any equipment in frustration. My language and behavior will be positive at all times.

14.  I understand that I am encouraged to ask my coach questions to develop my understanding of lacrosse.

15.  I will never complain to, or argue with, an official. I understand that my role is to play the game. My coach is responsible to talk to the officials.

16.  I will work hard to become a better player. I will practice on my own time to continue to develop my game and focus on the fundamentals of lacrosse (passing, catching, shooting, and scooping).

17.  I understand that I am responsible for my behavior, and that my behavior is a reflection on me, my teammates, my coaches, my parents and the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program. My behavior has consequences.

18.  I will treat all Lovejoy Lacrosse, Lovejoy school district, and the opposing team’s facilities, fields, property, and equipment with respect. I understand that the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program will not tolerate any actions of vandalism or actions that result in damage to property.

19.  I will abstain from using or possessing illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco.

20.  I understand and will support the Conduct Violations associated with these adherences and Code of Conduct.

CONDUCT VIOLATIONS

If a player violates any provision of the Players’ Adherences in these Code of Conduct and/or receives an “Unsportsmanlike” penalty during a game, then such action and conduct will result in consequences for such violations as determined by the Head Coach of the player’s team.

If a player gets an “Unsportsmanlike” penalty during a game, that player will be pulled from the game and sit out for at least the remainder of the half for that game in which the infraction took place. The Head Coach has the discretion to have the player sit out the remainder of the game.

Following the game in which the Unsportsmanlike penalty was received or after a violation of the players’ adherences is discovered, that player will have the opportunity to discuss the facts involved in the violation and his conduct and actions with his Head Coach before a decision is made regarding any additional disciplinary action is imposed.

Consequences for any violation include: 

First Offense

•   Suspension from the current or nearest competitive season or activity for a period of up to three (3) games.

•   A player may self-report to his coach and receive a lesser suspension, if agreed by the Head Coach. 

Second Offense

•   Suspension from the current or nearest competitive season or activity for a period of up to six (6) games.

•   Self-reporting by a player does not apply after first offense.

Third Offense

•       Suspension from the team for a period of up to one calendar year. After the suspension, the Board of Directors will determine reinstatement. Reinstatement will be based on behavior record and any other available information deemed appropriate for review.

•      Any additional offense that occurs after reinstatement will be treated as a third offense.

A coach may impose their own penalties above and beyond this.

 

 

Player's Code of Conduct (Lovejoy Lacrosse).pdf