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Code of Conduct
 
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to ensure that all people associated with Longhorn Youth Lacrosse treat each other with dignity and respect.  The Code of Conduct is a condition of membership, and all players, parents, and coaches agree to abide by the Code and to be subjected to the consequences of violating the Code.  All enforcement decisions made by the League are final and are not subject to review. No refunds will be granted to those players dismissed from the League for violating the Code of Conduct.
 
Players
 

1.   Respect your teammates, coaches, referees and opponents at all times.
2.   Know the rules of the game of lacrosse and abide by them.
3.   Give 100% effort at each practice and game.
4.   Support and encourage your teammates. Set a positive example.
5.   Wear the required equipment at all games and practices
6.   Display good sportsmanship at all times on and off the field.
7.   Learn from your coaches; practice hard; play smart; Have Fun!

 
Coaches
 

1.   Teach the game of lacrosse in a manner that emphasizes good sportsmanship and fair play and encourage players to honor the game.
2.   Educate yourself on the rules and fundamentals of the game as well as the methods for teaching lacrosse skills.
3.   Dedicate at least one-half of every practice to teaching and practicing lacrosse skills, concepts, and strategy.
4.   Ensure the safety of all players by mandating that the required equipment is worn at all times during play and sanctioning players that taunt, use abusive or foul language or exhibit violent behavior.
5.   Strive to ensure that players receive equal playing time (and at different positions) consistent with the League’s policies, with the understanding that play time may be affected by attendance at practice.
6.   Seek to instill player confidence by matching players with similar experience and skill level whenever possible.
7.   Praise players for effort and avoid the use of degrading comments and negative criticism.
8.   Do not berate or abuse officials, opposing coaches & players, parents, or spectators.

 
Parents
 

1.   Teach and practice good sportsmanship at all games and practices. You are role models!
2.   Be respectful of all officials’ decisions.   
3.   Do not coach your child. Let players play and coaches coach, and support both positively.
4.   Emphasize the FUN of the game and the team, putting forth effort at all times, not wins and losses.
5.   Show respect for the opposing players, coaches, spectators, and support groups.
6.   Weigh what my child says in any controversy, and work with coaches and/or Longhorn Youth Lacrosse to gather all the facts.
7.   Respect the coaches who are all volunteers and follow the designated chain of command to resolve any issues or concerns. (Boys program chain of command; Coach – League Coordinator – Longhorn Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors).  (The Girls program chain of command; Coach – Grade Level Coordinator – League Coordinator –  Longhorn Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors)

 
Complaint Procedure:  Any person observing conduct that is or appears to be in violation of this Code of Conduct should immediately report the incident or conduct to the team coach or, in the event it is the coach’s conduct that is at issue, to a age group coordinator or league coordinator, and then, if necessary, to the Longhorn Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors. Coaches shall inform the Board of any incident or conduct reported to them pursuant to this paragraph. Where warranted, the Board shall contact the complainant and the party who allegedly committed the violation to investigate the incident and determine an appropriate response.
 
Enforcement
 
Violations of the Code of Conduct will not be tolerated and will be addressed in the following manner:
 
Players
 
Players committing violations of the Code during practice or games can be ejected from the practice or game and may, depending on the nature of the violation, be suspended or banned from future games or participation in the League. in all cases of serious misconduct, the parent or guardian of the player shall be contacted by the Board of Directors and advised as to the nature of the conduct and possible ramifications of future misconduct.
 
Coaches
 
Conduct in contravention of this Code shall be addressed by the League and can lead to a reprimand, warning, suspension, expulsion from the league or other sanctions deemed appropriate by the League.
 
Parents/Spectators
 
Parents or spectators that commit violations of the Code can be asked to leave the field and suspended or barred from further attendance at League practices and games.