Honor the Game

Updated Tuesday February 21, 2017 by Leopard Lacrosse.


The Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program shares the same Vision as U.S. Lacrosse when it comes to sportsmanship and the play of the game.

Educating, promoting, and encouraging sportsmanship is one of the priorities of the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program. We believe in order to maintain the integrity of the game, all coaches, officials, parents, program administrators, fans, and players must actively enforce the rules of the game and practice good sportsmanship at all times. Together with U.S. Lacrosse, the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program seeks to have sportsmanship established as a core value for every team in our program.

As part of the Honor the Game campaign, the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program – along with U.S. Lacrosse – encourage all lacrosse players, coaches, officials, and spectators to “COMPETE WITH CLASS and HONOR THE GAME” by adhering to the spirit of the rules, especially those that minimize risk for players and those that pertain to participant sportsmanship.

In order to Compete With Class and Honor the Game, we ask our players to:

  • Respect their 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.



The Compete With Class and Honor the Game pledge summarizes important elements of the lacrosse experience and confirms your commitment to Sportsmanship and Fair Play. We ask that everyone in our program (players, parents, coaches, and administrators) take the pledge. Taking the pledge is voluntary, but demonstrates your support and commitment of the U.S. Lacrosse safety and sportsmanship awareness campaign.

So that I will COMPETE with CLASS and HONOR THE GAME, this season I pledge:

  • I will honor the history of lacrosse and commit to maintaining the core values of the game’s culture.

  • I will recognize the value of safe and fair play by teaching, enforcing and playing by the letter and spirit of the men’s game.

  • I will practice and encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches and officials at every game, practice or other lacrosse events.

  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of our players ahead of any personal desire to win.

  • I will support coaches and officials working with players in order to encourage a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all.

  • I will do my very best to make the sport fun for everyone who participates.

  • I will ask all family members and fans to be tolerant and inclusive by treating other players, coaches, fans and officials with high regard and respect.



The Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program strives not only to develop solid lacrosse skills, but also positive character values that our players will carry with them on and off the field.

To achieve this objective and to Honor the Game of lacrosse, the Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse program has adopted and asks each of our players to follow the R.O.O.T.S. of Positive Play. They are:

R– We obey the Rules even if we can get away with bending them, and even if our opponents don’t.

O – A worthy Opponent helps us get better. We want to play fierce & friendly and never think of them as enemies.

O – We respect Officials even when bad calls go against us. I don’t want you to speak to officials during a game even if you are being treated unfairly

T – We don’t do anything to embarrass our Teammates, on or off the field.

S  Self – Don’t Honor the Game because I tell you to. Do it because you want to.