Gorilla Lacrosse exists with the purpose of the growth and development of youth lacrosse in southwest Florida. Our mission is to provide a safe & meaningful lacrosse experience that will allow our players to achieve their full potential.
All players, coaches, officials and parent volunteers in the Gorilla Lacrosse are expected to adhere to and abide by the SWFYLL Code of Conduct adapted in part from US Lacrosse's code of conduct.
In becoming of member of the lacrosse community in Southwest Florida, an individual assumes certain responsibilities and obligations to the game of lacrosse and its participants. The essential elements in this Code of Conduct are Honesty, Integrity and Respect for other participants in the program. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of lacrosse, themselves, their team and SWFYLL
The following elements are critical to this Code of Conduct:
Sportsmanship & 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 will always be placed above winning.
The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
Coaches must be aware of the influence they have on their players. They will strive to be positive role models and demonstrate positive behavior toward players, parents, officials and spectators alike. Players should likewise be encouraged by coaches to demonstrate respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents, spectators, and fans alike.
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 in players. Coaches are also expected to educate their players as to the important role of the lacrosse official and to reinforce the ideal of respect for officials.
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 near the field of play in view of the spectators or participants.
Officials are expected to conduct themselves 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 spirit of the game. Coaches should encourage and help to educate the players and spectators surrounding the program to develop a basic knowledge of the rules. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate un-sportsmanlike 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, etc., have been established to encourage and maximize participation, fair play and to promote safety.
All players/parents, coaches, officials, volunteers and other participants in the Gorilla Lacrosse Club and the SWFYLL will be expected to sign a copy of the Code of Conduct, attesting to their agreement. Violations of any of the provisions may result in suspension or expulsion from the league. A participant expelled from the league may not be eligible to participate the following season.
Sample Code of Conduct form:
I wish to participate in the GORILLA LACROSSE CLUB of Estero FL activities. As a participant in such play, I pledge to:
Learn the rules of lacrosse so that I may be a better player, coach, and fan.
Encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating only positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every event.
Support the drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free environment that is important for all youth sporting events.
Make only supportive comments to all players, coaches, and officials.
Remember the field is a classroom and everyone is learning.
Focus on the fun and the participation.
I also pledge NOT to:
Ever use profanity at a youth event.
Possess or consume alcohol at any game, including the fields, spectator areas, and parking areas.
Criticize the coaches, players, or officials.
Touch an opposing player, coach, or game official in a threatening manner.
Every player, parent, or coach who wishes to participate in any GORILLA event must sign this contract. A player’s form must be signed by his/her parent(s) or guardian. The signature indicates that the person has read and agreed to this Code of Conduct and knows that the consequences of violating one of these rules include ejection from the event. The GORILLA Board of Directors will be notified of the ejection. The Board may decide that the ejectee must appear before the Board to describe the circumstances of the ejection.
All participants (players, coaches, and parents) must read and sign this document. Signed Codes MUST be held on file by member program administrators through the end of June each year. The signed documents should be available on demand when requested by the CONNY Sportsmanship, Safety, and Training Committee.