US LACROSSE and WINCHESTER YOUTH LACROSSE CODE OF CONDUCT
I, as a player, coach, parent, spectator or official, pledge to conduct myself in a manner that complies with the US Lacrosse Youth Council “Code of Conduct” at all times. Accordingly, I pledge to:
- “Honor the Game”.
- Demonstrate respect to other players, coaches, parents, officials and spectators.
- Uphold the essential elements of the USL Youth Council “Code of Conduct”, which are HONESTY and INTEGRITY.
- Demonstrate and Encourage good sportsmanship and the concepts of fair play.
- Focus on FUN and participation.
- Know and abide by the Rules of Lacrosse, the established guidelines, and all eligibility requirements.
- Understand that the safety and welfare of all concerned is the top priority.
Further, I pledge NOT to:
- Ever use profanity at a youth event.
- Criticize coaches, players, or game officials during games or practices.
- Touch an opposing player, coach, or game official in a threatening manner.
I agree to abide by and uphold the above stated “Code of Conduct” and understand that violating this Code either by commission or omission will be subject to penalties as stated in the “Code of Conduct” which has been provided to all chapters, coaches, and officials.
The Winchester Youth Lacrosse Commitment Policy for travel team (3rd-8th) players is to ensure that all travel players receive a positive experience playing youth lacrosse. This is achieved by making a commitment to make WYL travel lacrosse your primary athletic activity during the Spring season and by establishing guidelines for participating on travel lacrosse teams.
Starting in 5th Grade, all WYL players should make an honest and good faith effort to attend all games and practices in their entirety. This policy extends to players and coaches alike and the commitment is up through the final weekend of play. We understand, of course, that unforeseen conflict can arise for all kids and families.
It is our expectation that any player who participates on a 5th-8th grade team makes lacrosse their primary Spring sport. Any 5th-8th grade player who repeatedly fails to attend games or practices because of other commitments will lose their spot on their applicable team and/or lose playing time. These decisions will be at the discretion of the coaches.
ALL travel players MUST notify the grade-level head coach ahead of time by email/team app if they need to miss a practice or game.
In order to encourage players to develop as young men, by the 5th grade, players should communicate directly with their grade-level head coach first. This includes concerns or questions regarding playing time, positions, team placement and suggestions for improvement/feedback. An exception is for health issues such as allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, etc., which parents should communicate directly with the grade-level head coach if and when they feel the need. All health issues will be kept strictly confidential.
If parents have issues with any coach, they should discuss those with the boys’ age group coordinator, after observing a 24-hour waiting period. Or if the player has discussed the issue with the coach and the coach’s response does not resolve the issue, contact the boys’ age group coordinator.
Out of season player commitment
Winchester Youth Lacrosse strongly supports multi-sport athletes, and encourage lacrosse players to participate in other sports out of season.
At the same time, we hope that players who strive for the top travel teams are continuing to work on their skills out of season. It is unrealistic to believe a player can remain competitive at the travel/”elite” level within the TPL without continued focus and development on the skills needed to play lacrosse.
There are many ways to improve out of season – signing up for our WYL off-season programs, playing catch in the backyard, or other clinics and camps. In addition, local club lacrosse programs run during the Fall and Winter.
Players who only pick up their stick March-June will quickly fall behind of the more committed players (within and outside Winchester). There are ample opportunities to continue playing and practicing, we hope you can make it a priority even out of season.
Participation in Club Lacrosse Programs
Winchester Youth Lacrosse is committed to providing a town program that is capable of developing High School ready lacrosse players. We understand, however, that many of our boys will join local club programs as they become interested in further development. Several of the local clubs do a good job with exactly that.
As a program, WYL supports all efforts to improve, so long as those efforts do not conflict with our Code of Conduct. Until the June club tournaments commence, this means that WYL expects that our Spring team practices and games will be a priority over any club commitments.
The president of WYL (currently, Chris Froeb) will maintain an informal database of which WYL boys are playing for club programs. This database is intended to provide parents interested in certain clubs the ability to get references and ask questions. Please contact WYL directly if you are interested in any such references. WYL will not share information on our database without express consent. If your son plays club lacrosse and you are willing to share your experiences with other Winchester Lax parents, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.