US LACROSSE and WILTON 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:
1. “Honor the Game”
2. Demonstrate respect to other players, coaches, and parents; officials and spectators;
3. Uphold the essential elements of the USL Youth Council “Code of Conduct”, which are HONESTY and INTEGRITY;
4. Demonstrate and Encourage good sportsmanship and the concepts of fair play;
5. Focus on FUN and participation;
6. Know the abide by the Rules of Lacrosse, the established guidelines, and all eligibility requirements;
7. Understand that the safety and welfare of all concerned is the top priority;
8. Support the drug, alcohol, and tobacco free environment that is important for all youth sporting events;
Further, I pledge NOT to:
1. Ever us profanity at a youth event;
2. Criticize coaches, players, or game officials;
3. 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.
In Season Commitment
The Wilton Lacrosse Association Youth Lacrosse Commitment Policy for travel team players is to ensure that all travel players receive a positive experience playing youth lacrosse. This is achieved by making a commitment to make Wilton travel lacrosse your primary athletic activity during the spring season and by establishing strict guidelines for participating on travel lacrosse teams.
ALL travel team players must attend all travel games and practices. We expect that if you play on a travel team you will make every effort to attend all practices and games in their entirety. This policy extends to players and COACHES alike and the commitment is up through the final weekend of play ( i.e. CONNY tournament or similar)
It is our expectation that any player, who participates in travel lacrosse, makes lacrosse their primary sport. Any travel team player who routinely fails to attend games or practices because of other commitments will lose their spot on the travel team. These decisions will be at the discretion of the coaches.
ALL travel players MUST notify coaches ahead of time by email if they need to miss a practice or game.
In order to encourage players to develop as young men, players should communicate directly with their coaches first, and by the 5th grade level this is a requirement. 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, ect., which parents should communicate directly with the coach if they feel the need. All health issues will be kept strictly confidential.
If parents have issues with a coach, they should discuss those with the boys’ youth director, after observing a 24 hour waiting period. Or if the player has discussed the issue with the coach and the coaches response does not resolve the issue, contact the youth director.
Out of season player commitment
Wilton youth lacrosse strongly supports multi-sport athletes, and encourage lacrosse players to participate in other sports out of season.
At the same time we expect 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 without continued focus and development on the skills needed to play lacrosse.
There are many ways to improve out of season; playing catch in the backyard, attending WYL sponsored clinics or other clinics and camps.
Players who only pick up their stick Feb-June will quickly fall behind of the more committed players. There are ample opportunities to continue playing and practicing, we hope you can make it a priority even out of season.