Weymouth Youth Lacrosse Code of Conduct for Players and Parents
Below we have listed our code of conduct for players and parents. We ask as parents, that you review this with your child prior to the first practice.
Conduct – We place great emphasis and value on always keeping a positive attitude and respecting your teammates, coaches, opponents, and referees, no matter what the score. Although winning is great, our goal is for you to develop the skills, discipline, and attitude that will help you succeed later in life. Remember, athletic contests, including practice sessions are educational experiences and opportunities to improve your game!
- Players will not use foul language towards anyone (coaches, teammates, officials, opponents or spectators). They will not engage in any language or actions with the intent to initiate, hurt, intimidate or humiliate another player, coach, official or spectator.
- Players will not post on any social media site with the intent to initiate, hurt, intimidate, or humiliate another player, coach, official or spectator. The posting of negative, demeaning, or derogatory comments will not be tolerated. These acts shall be considered harassment and may result in the immediate removal from the team. Furthermore, if you see anything of concern from or about another Weymouth player on a social media site, you will immediately contact your Head Coach or a Weymouth Youth Lacrosse Board Member.
- Players will always respect coaches and listen carefully to their instructions.
- Players will always support and respect their teammates and opponents.
- Players will not complain about penalties or calls made by the officials and you will respect the referees at all times. They are in charge of enforcing the rules of lacrosse, and you will respect their decisions at all times.
- Players will give 100% effort at each practice and game. Do not be discouraged or angry when you make mistakes; that is part of learning the game.
A violation of this Code of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action that could include the loss of playing time, suspension for part of or all of a game or even removal from the team.
Attendance - Attitude + Effort + Attendance = Playing Time
Players are expected to attend ALL lacrosse games and practices. Practices are as important as games. While we do understand things come up, please call, text or email the head coach at least 24 hours BEFORE practice if you are going to be absent. Coaches spend a lot of time on creating a practice plan. This plan relies on consistent attendance from all players. With just a few late or missing players, a practice plan can be thrown out the window.
Readiness – Players should be fully dressed, on the field and ready to play -- on time. Arrive 15 minutes before practice begins to dress. Arrive 30 minutes before all games to allow time for pre-game drills and warm up.
Clean up - Don't make others clean up after you. Put your empty water bottles and trash in the barrels after games or practice.
Conduct – We place a great emphasis and value on always keeping a positive attitude and respecting your players teammates, coaches, opponents, and referees, no matter what the score.
- All parents will respect the decisions of officials during games. They will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing, taunting or using profane language or gestures.
- Parents will support the coaches, and allow them to do their job by not coaching their child or other players during games and practices. They will not openly question or confront coaches before, during, or after games or practices. They will take the time to speak with coaches about any concerns calmly, privately, and at an agreed-upon time and place.
- We have a zero-tolerance policy for violence, verbal threats, or the use of any profanity.
- Parents will not post on any social media site with the intent to initiate, hurt, intimidate, or humiliate any player, coach, official, or spectator. The posting of negative, demeaning or derogatory comments will not be tolerated. These acts shall be considered harassment and may result in immediate removal from the team. Furthermore, if you see anything of concern from or about an official, another Weymouth coach, player or parent on a social media site, I will immediately contact my child’s coach or the Weymouth Youth Lacrosse Board. As a parent, you understand that you are accountable for the actions of your child on social media sites. You need to stress to your child the importance of proper conduct on these sites and provide parental oversight to prevent any type of cyber-bullying by my child.
- Parents will be a positive role model for their child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy for all players, coaches, officials, and spectators at every practice and game.
- Parents will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.
- Parents will never ridicule or yell at their child or another player for making a mistake or losing a game.
- Parents will do their part to keep sports fun and positive for every youth participant.
A violation of this Code of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action that could include one or more, but not limited to the following:
Verbal warning by Head Coach and Weymouth Youth Lacrosse Board
Written Warning and Parental Game suspension
Parental Season suspension -Parental Suspension from all future Weymouth Youth Lacrosse games (Home or Away), practices, and events
Expulsion of the parent and player from the program