GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP / CODES OF CONDUCT
It is essential that players show respect to their coaches and that league officials show decency and consideration for their players. Commitment to family and school come before the commitment to lacrosse. Our players are taught to be respectful to their coaches and teammates. They will conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times and especially when representing our league at games or other functions. Our parents are expected to conduct themselves with restraint on the sidelines and to cheer in a positive manner. BGYL is a developmental league and the expectation is for each player to have the opportunity to improve his or her lacrosse skills during the course of the season
· Be reasonable in your demands on the young players’ time, energy, enthusiasm and their performance on the field.
· Impress on your players that they must abide by the rules of the game at all times.
· Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, and for the judgment of referees and opposing coaches.
· Ensure that your players’ experience is one fun and enjoyment (winning is only part of it). Players should never be yelled at or ridiculed for making mistakes or losing a game.
· Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Children need a coach that they can respect.
· Keep informed about sound principles of coaching, growth and development principles relating to training children.
· Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports. However commitment does matter once the decision is made to participate.
· Remember that children are involved in organized sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
· Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory.
· Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Your child will then be a winner, even in defeat.
· Do not ridicule your child for making a mistake or losing a game.
· Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
· Do not publicly question referee judgment.
· Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches, referees, and officials and give them their due respect. Without them, there would not be the BGYL.
· Play for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or coach.
· Play by the rules.
· Never argue with or complain about the referee calls or decisions.
· Control your temper and most of all, resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel you have been wronged.
· Concentrate on playing lacrosse and on affecting the outcome of the game with your best effort.
· Be a good sport by cheering all good plays, whether it is your teams or your opponents.
· Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve skills and feel good. Don’t be a “show off”.
· Cooperate with your coaches, teammates, opponents and referees.