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Code of Conduct

Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that “Honors the Game” of lacrosse and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents 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 team and their organization.  It is only through such conduct that our sport can continue to earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to amateur sports in the United States and around the world.  The following essential elements of the “Code of Conduct” must be followed:    
·Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught at all levels and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.
·The value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, and the skills of the game should always be placed above winning.
·The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
·Coaches must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their players.  They are to strive to be positive role models in dealing with young people as well as adults.
·Coaches should always demonstrate positive behaviors and reinforce them to players, parents, officials and spectators.  Players should be specifically encouraged and positively reinforced by coaches to demonstrate respect for teammates, opponents, officials and spectators.
·Players should always demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents and spectators.
·Coaches, players, parents and spectators are expected to demonstrate the utmost respect for officials and to reinforce that respect to players/teammates.  Coaches are also expected to educate their players as to the important role of lacrosse officials and reinforce the ideal of respect for the official to players/teammates.
·Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials or any other parties involved with the sport should be communicated through the proper channels and procedures, never on or about the field of play or otherwise in view of spectators or participants. Contact the Competition and Sports Committee with any grievances. 
·Officials are professionals and are therefore expected to conduct themselves as such in a manner that demonstrates total impartiality, courtesy and respect and fairness to all parties.
·Spectators involved with the game must never openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass or threaten an official, coach, player or opponent.
·Coaches must be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of the rules of lacrosse, and should adhere to the rules in both the letter and the spirit of the game.
·Coaches should provide a basic knowledge of the rules to both players and spectators within his/her program.  Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable conduct.  
By participating in the WHYLL parents, coaches, and players hereby agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.  Failure to abide by these guidelines will jeopardize your ability to watch, coach, officiate, or participate in future West Hartford Youth Lacrosse events.