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USA Lacrosse / NKYL Code of Conduct

Players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents, spectators, and fans. 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. US Lacrosse supports the following behaviors for those who participate in the sport or are involved in any way with US Lacrosse. 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 alike. 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 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 in view of spectators or participants.
  • Officials are professionals and are therefore expected to conduct themselves as such and in a manner that demonstrates total impartiality, courtesy, and fairness to all parties.
  • Spectators involved with the game must never permit anyone to 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.
  • Eligibility requirements, at all levels of the game, must be followed. Rules and requirements such as age, previous level of participation, team transfers, etc, have been established to encourage and maximize participation, fair play and to promote safety.

Code of Ethics

The mission of US Lacrosse is to ensure a unified and responsive organization that develops and promotes the sport by providing services to its members and programs to inspire participation while preserving the integrity of the game. US Lacrosse grants the privilege of membership to individuals (players, coaches, officials, and leadership) and organizations committed to the tenets of its mission.

Inherent within all professional organizations is the potential for conflicts of interest, harassment, abuse of power, and other forms of unethical practice. Through the establishment of an organizational Code of Ethics, US Lacrosse has defined a set of guidelines to promote and protect the spirit of the game, safeguard the best interest of the participants, and establish and maintain standards of behavior. The Code is not intended to serve as a set of rules, but rather, to outline general principles and guidelines of aspirational virtues and proper ethical behavior for all members, volunteers, staff, and any other individuals and organizations that chose to affiliate with US Lacrosse.

The definition of ethical behavior is having an understanding of the difference between right and wrong and at all times choosing to do what is right. This definition should be applied at the individual level to those within the US Lacrosse umbrella: employees, volunteers, or individuals who represent US Lacrosse within the community at large, as well as the corporate level pertaining to the actions of US Lacrosse, as an organization. Ethical considerations are integral, not optional, elements of all sports activities and apply to all levels of participation. US Lacrosse encourages all members to acknowledge and follow ethical guidelines and demonstrate integrity by voluntarily agreeing to adhere to a moral or ethical code.

Participation in the sport of lacrosse provides a powerful vehicle for a participant’s personal growth and development, teaching the value of respect, fairness, teamwork, communication, responsibility, truthfulness, non-discrimination, honesty, and integrity. These values serve as the core ideals for the US Lacrosse Code of Ethics.

Respect
A key component of ethical behavior is respect, which is defined at the individual, team, and corporate levels. Individuals should value the opinions, views, and roles of others who work to further the mission of the organization. All should safeguard the dignity, privacy, and freedom of individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, socio-economic status, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality. Respect defines the value that US Lacrosse, as an organization, places on honoring the history of the sport, and demonstrates the regard it shows to the various and disparate constituencies that have come together to form US Lacrosse to further the growth and development of the sport.

Fairness
Fairness is making decisions without favoritism or prejudice. US Lacrosse firmly believes that the concept of fairness is fundamental to sport. Anything that creates an unfair advantage violates the spirit, as well as the integrity, of the sport of lacrosse.

Teamwork
Teamwork is defined as a cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of individuals who work collectively in the interest of a common goal. US Lacrosse believes there is significant value in promoting teamwork, both on and off the field, in every segment of the sport. All members of US Lacrosse, its staff, and volunteers should adopt and promote the philosophy that greater success can be achieved when individuals sacrifice their desire for personal accomplishment in favor of the benefits of their team.

Communication
Communication is an attempt by individuals to create shared understanding. Communication is an active ‘two-way street,’ requiring a balance of articulating, listening, writing, reading, observing, questioning, analyzing, and evaluating. Communication is verbal, nonverbal, or written, sent through various media, and transmits a thought-provoking idea, gesture, or action. US Lacrosse members, employees, and those individuals or groups representing US Lacrosse should communicate with clarity, honesty, timeliness, and openness. Communication should include all pertinent information shared transparently with all appropriate recipients. Clear, honest, timely communication allows collaboration and cooperation to occur, building a stronger game and community for sport.

Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest is present in any instance in which the actions or activities of an individual representing or acting on behalf of US Lacrosse could result in actual or perceived personal gain or advantage, and/or have an adverse effect on the interests, mission or integrity of US Lacrosse. Individuals who represent and serve US Lacrosse, at the local, regional, or national levels have a duty to disclose any financial interest or personal obligation that may, actually or perceptually, affect the independence of their judgment.

RIYLL Code of Conduct 
 
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct – RIYLL requires that its members behave in a sportsmanlike and disciplined manner at all RIYLL activities. To that end, each parent or guardian who registers a child to play, as well as all coaches and assistant coaches, are required to sign the RIYLL Code of Ethics statement, which prescribes positive behavior when registering to participate. A coach, assistant coach, or player may be prohibited from participating in some or all future RIYLL activities for violating the ethics code or for serious misconduct as determined by the RIYLL Disciplinary Proceedings process.
 

PLAYERS’ CODE OF CONDUCT:

As a youth lacrosse player in Rhode Island, you are to understand that a high level of sportsmanship is expected from you. You are expected to treat your coaches, fellow teammates, officials, opposing team players and coaches with respect and dignity. You are expected to come to your practices and games on time ready to play and improve your individual stick skills and team play skills. Understand that unsportsmanlike misconduct such as taunting, the use of foul & abusive language, fighting, or flagrant unnecessary roughness is grounds for ejection from a game. Any ejection will result in suspension from play in your next scheduled game, and three offenses will result in your expulsion from RIYLL play for the rest of the year and all fees will be forfeited. Consider it an honor to play the great game of lacrosse. 

 

The Player 

 

  • Will accept the responsibility and represent their program and community by learning and showing teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline in all aspects of the game.
  • Will demonstrate respect for self, coach, teammates, opponents, officials and spectators by exhibiting good character and conducting themselves as a positive role model.
  • Will win and lose graciously.
  • Will have a thorough knowledge of and abide by all rules of the game and RIYLL.
  • Will work for the good of the team at all times.
  • Will cheer for your team, not against your opponent.
  • Will congratulate opponents in a sincere manner following either victory or defeat.

 

COACHES’ CODE OF CONDUCT:

As a youth lacrosse coach in Rhode Island, you are to understand that a high level of sportsmanship is expected from you. You are expected to treat your coaches, players, officials, opposing team players and coaches with respect and dignity. You are expected to come to your practices and games on time ready to coach and improve your players' individual stick skills and team play skills. You are expected to give your players positive reinforcement and a fair amount of playing time. You are expected to have a thorough understanding of the rules as they pertain to the youth game. Understand that unsportsmanlike misconduct such as taunting, the use of foul & abusive language, or fighting is grounds for ejection from a game, and you will be asked to remove yourself from the area. Any ejection will result in suspension from play in your next scheduled game, and three offenses will result in your expulsion from RIYLL for the rest of the year. Consider it an honor to coach the great game of lacrosse.  

 

COACH

The coach plays a critical role in supporting and enhancing good sportsmanship. The coach must accept primary responsibility for the behavior and actions of his/her players and assistant coaches, during and after all games.. The coach serves as a role model for his/her players, their parents and the spectators. The coach must always be in control, practice sound values and ethics and always pursue victory with honor.

 

  • Will model ethics and sportsmanship, always pursue victory with honor and maintain dignity and self-control.
  • Shall stay informed about sound coaching techniques and the physical, mental, and emotional development of the player.
  • Will teach players the rules of the game and to respect the game, officials, and opponents and will take action when athletes exhibit poor sportsmanship.
  • Will be an ambassador for sport among athletes, families and the community.
  • Will abide by the rules of the game and RYLL in letter and spirit.
  • Shall exemplify high moral character, behavior and leadership, lead by example and set a standard for players and spectators to follow.
  • Will respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.

 

PARENTS’ CODE OF CONDUCT:

As a youth lacrosse parent in Rhode Island, you are to understand that a high level of sportsmanship is expected from you. You are expected to treat the coaches, your child's teammates, officials, opposing team players and coaches with respect and dignity. During practices and games, you will be asked to watch the action away from the players' benches and on the other side of the field. If you are a vocal parent, cheer for good plays made by either team.  Understand that unsportsmanlike misconduct such as taunting, the use of foul & abusive language, or fighting is grounds for ejection from a game, and you will be asked to remove yourself from the area. Repeated offenses will result in suspension from the field of play in your next scheduled game, and three offenses will result in your expulsion from watching RIYLL games for the rest of the year. Consider it an honor to be a part of the great game of lacrosse.

 

The Parent/Spectator

Controlling parent and spectator behavior at games is proving to be a major challenge. .

 

  • Will respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.
  • Will be respectful of all players, coaches, officials and other spectators.
  • Will never target anyone for abuse whether it be physical, verbal or emotional.
  • Will never engage in name calling, taunting, harassment, obscenities, and any other disrespectful language or gestures.
  • Will always be a positive role model for other spectators and your child.
  • Will cheer for your team, not against your opponent.
  • Will make an effort to know and understand the rules of the game.
  • Will recognize that attending an athletic contest is a privilege, not a license to verbally assault officials, coaches or opposing team(s) and their spectators.
  • Will recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team.

 

 

Discipline

Discipline - Non-severe problems: A discipline problem involving players, coaches, or parents/guardians which is not considered severe by the head coach or the RIYLL President and which occurs during or immediately before or after any regular or post-season RIYLL game or activity shall be handled informally by that head coach or, if necessary, President of the local program. Punishment may include a warning to the player and/or parents/guardians or restricting playing time. 

 

Severe problems: A severe discipline problem that occurs during or immediately before or after any regular or post-season RIYLL game or activity, as determined by a referee, head coach, or the RIYLL grievance committee, may be punishable, including suspension of the player and/or parents/guardians for one or more practice(s) or game(s). If the RIYLL grievance committee determines that more serious punishment is needed, such as suspension for the entire season, they shall present the issue to the board members for resolution by majority vote. 

 

A severe discipline problem shall include but not be limited to the following: fighting, committing other acts of violence, deliberately violating safety standards and endangering other players, displaying poor sportsmanship, or failing to meet the expectations listed in sections 5,7, or 9 above.

 

If a severe or non-severe problem occurs between any RIYLL member, the RIYLL grievance committee may notify either the other programs’ president, for informal resolution of the problem, or the RIYLL chairman, for resolution in accordance with the RIYLL by-laws