Wakefield Youth Lacrosse is an organization that follows a code of conduct. This code is to be honored by all players at all times. To be a member of this team is to be part of a brotherhood of friends and fellow lacrosse players. The following conduct will be expected of all players at all times-meaning games, practices and off field engagements:
- Players will be respectful of the coaching staff and one another at all times.
- Players will be respectful of other teams and their coaching staffs during all games and tournaments. Your emotions must be kept in check, and fighting/verbal abuse of either team will not be tolerated in person, online or otherwise.
- Because they are representatives of their town and team, all players will be expected to behave as the responsible young adults that they are, especially during away games, tournaments and events.
- Players will be respectful of the time they have at practice and will not be disruptive.
- Any players not adhering to this code of conduct may be subject to reduction in playing time.
- Continued violation of the code of conduct will result in a parent-coach conference.
- The Coaching staff wants the players to be aware that this is their team as well, and that their opinion matters. The players should feel comfortable with approaching the coaching staff to discuss their opinion at an appropriate time, whatever it may be.
Participation at practice: Be on time and practice with the team on drills and other skill enhancing events. Also, staying until the end of practice is considered a part of participation. If a player is injured and unable to run drills at practice, they are still requested to attend the practice unless cleared with the coach.
Participation at the games: Be on time to the pre-game preparation. This means that the player needs to be suited up with the required equipment and on the field participating in drills or stretching at the required time. Required equipment is:
NOCSAE approved helmet
If a player is unable to play due to an injury or a “no pass no play” situation, they will still be requested to suit up and sit with the team and support their teammates during the game.
We place great emphasis and value on always keeping a positive attitude and respecting your teammates, opponents, coaches and referees, no matter what the score. Poor sportsmanship is not acceptable and will get you benched. Although winning is great, our goal is for you to develop the skills, discipline, and attitude that will help you succeed later in life.
Coaches’ Code of Conduct:
- I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
- I will treat each player as an individual, and expect age appropriate skills from all my players.
- I will distribute playing time evenly among players on my team within the guidelines of MBYLL rules.
- I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players and players on the other team.
- I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players, opponents and referees on and off the field.
- I will respect the decisions of referees.
- I will remember that I am a youth sports coach and that the game is for children and not adults.