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Player & Parent Code of Conduct

1. As stated in the By-Laws, the purposes of the Club shall be:

  1. To promote the development and growth of the sport of lacrosse through the formation of a youth lacrosse league comprised of active youth lacrosse programs in the Sandpoint, Idaho area and the affiliation of such youth lacrosse leagues with U.S. Lacrosse, Inc.

  2. To promote and develop through the operation of a youth lacrosse league knowledge of the rules and skills of lacrosse;

  3. To promote and develop through players participating in youth lacrosse the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork and respect for coaches, officials and players;

  4. To develop, promote and provide opportunities for coaches and officials to receive training on the rules and skills of lacrosse and the skills necessary to enable coaches and officials to serve as positive role models for youth participating in the sport of lacrosse, with an emphasis on the positive qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork and the building of character; and

  5. In general to do all things as may be appropriate to promote and accomplish any of the foregoing purposes.

2. To fulfill its purpose, the Club expects that players, parents, and spectators abide by a Code of Conduct that embodies basic common sense principles, demonstrates consideration of others, and projects a positive image to our players. By doing this, the Club can further its efforts to maintain the highest possible standards of sportsmanship and to work together for the betterment of the game of lacrosse at all levels. To gain a better understanding of the origins of this Code of Conduct, it is strongly recommended that Members read The Parents Guide to the Sport of Lacrosse (published & distributed by US Lacrosse), especially the sections entitled the "Bill of Rights for Young Lacrosse Players," "The Role of Parents," and "The Role of the Coach." The purpose of the Club’s Code of Conduct and the enforcement provisions which follow are to promote, project, and protect the image of lacrosse, and the interests and safety of all those that participate and give their time and effort to the betterment of the Game.

3. The Code of Conduct is as follows:

  1. Players, spectators, and parents are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, and spectators. 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 teams, and their organization. It is only through such conduct that our sport can earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to youth sports in the United States and around the world.

  2. Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game, and must be taught and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games. Permitting, encouraging, or condoning performance that is dangerous or demeaning to a player, coach, official, spectator, or anyone connected with the function of the game is unacceptable.

  3. Players shall attend practices, prepared and on time. A player who misses the last practice before a game shall sit out that game. If a player knows they will miss a practice or game, they or their parents shall inform their coach as soon as possible.

  4. The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, or the skills of the game.

  5. Derogatory comments are unacceptable. Use positive reinforcement with players and adults alike. It should be remembered that criticism, once made, can never be retracted.

  6. The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.

  7. Adults involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official. To do so is a violation of the rules of the game and must be considered unacceptable conduct.

  8. Knowledge of the Rules of Lacrosse must be respected and adhered to by all who participate in the game of lacrosse, both in the letter and the spirit of the game. The Rules are designed to protect the players, provide common standards and control the game. Attempts to beat these rules, to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct is considered unacceptable conduct.

  9. Guidelines and eligibility requirements, such as age and previous level of participation, have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety. All who participate in the game of lacrosse must be thoroughly acquainted with these rules and regulations, and should assume the responsibility for their observance and enforcement. Attempts to circumvent eligibility rules, or to use ineligible players, shall be considered unacceptable conduct.

4. Unsportsmanlike Conduct is defined as a player, parent, or spectator who at any time while on field or on the grounds of a sanctioned Club event conducts themselves in an abusive, offensive, or illegal manner during game situations or outside of game situations.

This includes but is not exclusive to:

  1. Fighting during practice, games, at school, or elsewhere;

  2. Causing property damage at an event site;

  3. Entering into an argument with an official or umpire as to a decision that has been made;

  4. Attempting in any way to influence the decision of an official or umpire;

  5. Using threatening, profane, or obscene language or gestures at any time during a game or practice;

  6. Baiting, taunting, or any other act which is intended or designed to embarrass, ridicule, or demean others under any circumstances, including on the basis of race, religion, gender, or national origin;

  7. Illegal activity on or off the field, in any capacity whatsoever, including consumption or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol.

5. Enforcement of these rules shall be in accordance with the By-Laws of this Club.

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