Sun Prairie Youth Lacrosse Player
2017-2018 Code of Conduct: (click here)
YOUTH TEAMS & CLUB PARENT & COACH'S CODES OF CONDUCT
PLAYER'S CODE OF CONDUCT:
I hereby pledge to be positive about my youth lacrosse experience and accept responsibility for my participation by following this Code of Conduct.
I will encourage good sportsmanship from fellow players, coaches and parents at every game and practice by demonstrating good sportsmanship.
I will attend every practice and game that I can, and will notify my coach if I cannot.
I will do my best to listen and learn from my coaches.
I will expect to receive a fair amount of playing time.
I will treat my coaches, other players, officials and fans with respect regardless of race, creed or abilities and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
I deserve to have fun during my lacrosse experience and will alert my parents and coaches if it stops being fun.
I deserve to play in an environment that is free from drugs, tobacco and alcohol and expect adults to refrain from their use at all youth events.
I will encourage my parents to be involved with my team in some capacity because it is important to me.
I will do my very best in school.
I will remember that youth lacrosse is an opportunity to learn and have fun.
COACH'S CODE OF CONDUCT:
I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of any personal desire to win.
I will remember to treat each player as an individual, remembering the large spread of emotional and physical development for the age group.
I will support a drug, alcohol and tobacco-free sports environment and agree to assist by refraining from their use at all youth sports events.
I will do my very best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
I promise to review and practice the necessary first aid principles need to treat injuries of my players.
I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players and officials.
I will insure that I am knowledgeable in the rules of the sport that I coach and that I will teach these rules to my players.
I will remember that I am a youth coach and that the game is for the children and not for adults.
PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT:
I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care and encouragement for all children participating in youth sports by following this Code of Conduct.
I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches and officials at every game, practice or other youth sports events.
I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child and other children ahead of any personal desire to win.
I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.
I will provide support for coaches and officials working with my child to provide a positive, enjoyable experience for all.
I will demand a drug, alcohol and tobacco-free sports environment for my child and agree to assist by refraining from their use at all youth sports events.
I will remember that the game is for children and not for adults.
I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.
I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed or ability.
I promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience within my personal constraints by assisting with coaching, being a respectful fan, providing transportation or whatever I am capable of doing.
The Role of Parents via MALA/US Lacrosse
You, the parent, are equally as important to your child's positive lacrosse experience as the coach of the team. In order for your child to get the most out of playing lacrosse, it is important that you do the following:
One: Be supportive of your child by giving encouragement and showing an interest in his or her team. Positive reinforcement encourages learning and fun. Research has shown that a ratio of five positive statements (compliments, positive recognition) for each negative statement (criticisms, corrections) is ideal for helping young athletes do their best. Try to maintain a 5:1 ratio in your comments to your child.
Two: Attend games whenever possible. If you cannot attend, ask about your child’s experience, not whether the team won or lost. Some questions that you might ask before asking about the final score include: "Did you try as hard as you could? Did you have fun? Did you learn anything today that might make you a better player in the future?"
Three: Be a positive role model by displaying good sportsmanship at all times to coaches, officials,opponents and your child’s teammates. "Honoring the Game" is an important part of what US Lacrosse represents. Help us by honoring the game in your behavior as a spectator.
Four: Let your child set his own goals and play the game for himself, herself. Be your child’s "home court advantage" by giving him or her your unconditional support regardless of how well he or she performs.
Five: Let the coach coach. Refrain from giving your child advice when he or she is playing. Use positive reinforcement with your child’s coach. Let the coach know when he or she is doing a good job.
Six: Respect the decisions of the referee or umpire. This is an important part of honoring the game. Your child will pay more attention to how you act than to what you say.
Seven: Read the rulebook. A full understanding of the rules will help you enjoy the game and educate others.
Eight: Get to know who is in charge. Meet with the leadership of the program, whether it’s school sponsored or recreational, to discuss topics such as cost, practice and game scheduling, insurance coverage, emergency procedures, etc.
Nine: Get involved! A great way to support your child's lacrosse experience is by becoming a volunteer for the program. Some of the ways you can get involved: keep the scorebook, run the clock, line the fields, manage equipment, chaperon trips, raise funds, organize clinics and team social events, update the team web site, photograph players and organize carpooling.