Athlete Code of Conduct
1. Have a willingness to learn and develop your potential. 2. Refrain from using obscene or demeaning language and gestures with other players, coaches or officials. No “trash” talking. 3. Understand that harassment and bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Know the consequences of such behavior and be willing to accept them. 4. Do not complain verbally or through gestures, looks or otherwise, about any officials’ calls, comments or penalty while on or off the field, during or after a game. 5. Play hard and aggressive but do not attempt to injure an opponent; if you knock someone down, when play is over, offer your hand to help her up. Do not retaliate against other players. 6. Do not wear, display or use any clothing, materials, or equipment from other lacrosse programs while representing Keller Girls Lacrosse in practice, games, tournaments, travel, or other KGL sanctioned events. 7. Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco or any other illegal substance. 8. Respect the fields used. 9. Be gracious in defeat and victory. 10. Accept the responsibility for your own actions. 11. Follow all the league and association rules and regulations.
Parent Code of Conduct
1. Be committed to your athlete’s sport participation by making every attempt to have your athlete attend every practice and game, dressed and ON TIME. 2. Advise the coach if your athlete cannot attend a scheduled practice or game. 3. Be supportive of your athlete’s coach. 4. Do not shout comments from the viewing area unless you are supporting your child or the team. 5. DO NOT COACH YOUR CHILD OR OTHER PLAYERS FROM THE SIDELINE. This confuses your child and undermines your child’s coach’s ability to coach your child to her full potential. 6. Do not approach any player, opposing team coaches or the officials at any time unless you have a positive comment to make. 7. Refrain from using any obscene language or gestures at any time. 8. Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco at games or related events. 9. Refrain from the use of any illegal substances. 10. Reflect the philosophies of Keller Girls Lacrosse by respecting all players, other teams, coaches, spectators and officials. 11. Do not step on the field of play before or during athletic competition. 12. Do not talk to or discuss playing time, playing strategy with the coach. If you have an issue with your child’s coach after a practice or game, YOU MAY NOT attempt to discuss it after a practice, game or match. Follow the steps outlined in the Dispute Resolution process.
Coach Code of Conduct
1. Help athletes learn and develop their potential. 2. Exemplify the highest standard in ethical behavior and fair play. 3. Refrain from using obscene language or gestures. 4. Avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco or any other illegal substance. 5. Approach officials in a respectful manner at appropriate times. 6. Show respect to other coaches and teams by being an example both during and away from any contest. 7. Respect the facilities used at other venues. 8. Make sure your team leaves any facilities used in better condition than when they arrived. 9. Accept responsibility for your team and their parents and their conduct during competition. Hold each accountable for their behavior. 10. Abide by all league and association rules/regulations.
Grievance / Dispute Resolution
Disputes between or among players, teams, coaches, philosophies or rules which cannot be resolved positively and mutually by the parties involved, will be decided by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of KGL. All disputes regarding the program or any of its volunteers or participants (but excluding the merit of any detention which results in a player deactivation) should be brought to the attention of the “Board Liaison” who will have the responsibility to manage the resolution process. Any coach, athlete, parent or spectator has the right to file a grievance. The following procedure is in place to allow for a reasoned, logical approach to conflict resolution. 1. If a player or parent has an issue with the coach, or a coach with a parent or athlete it is recommended that the party first attempt to speak directly with that individual. In all cases, either party MUST wait 24 hours before approaching either the coach or parent. This mandatory waiting period is to allow for a “cooling-off” period between parties. As an alternative, approaching the team’s Board Liaison is an acceptable option for reconciling the situation. A 24-hour cooling off period is requested, but not mandatory for contact with the Board Liaison. 2. Every attempt must be made to speak in-person and NOT via text or email as often these conversations can be misconstrued and misunderstood. 3. Each party must allow the other to speak and be heard in turn with an attitude toward “seeking first to understand”. 4. Parties should not meet in front of other players, immediately before or after other games or practice. In short, schedule a time away from the field and out of sight of players and other parents. 5. Parties may not “combine issues” and speak to a coach all at once. One parent or issue at a time. 6. If the parent, coach, or athlete is not satisfied with the outcome of that conversation, they are to contact the Board Liaison, within 48 hours of the initial conversation. 7. If the Board Liaison is unable to resolve the issue, the individual may request a meeting with the Executive Committee.
Suspension and Deactivation
Any KGL participant, parent, coach or spectator may be subject to suspension and / or expulsion from any and all KGL activities if there is a violation of:
Athlete: 1. Unsportsmanlike conduct immediately before, during or immediately after a league contest. 2. Unnecessary roughness during the course of a game. 3. Abuse of facilities or personal property 4. Verbal abuse to other players, coaches or officials. 5. Use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco any time in the club year.
Coaches: 1. Violation of league eligibility rules 2. Unsportsmanlike conduct on or off the scene of a league contest. 3. Unacceptable bench etiquette. 4. Use of alcohol, non-prescription drugs or tobacco while coaching.
Parents/Spectators: 1. Unsportsmanlike conduct (“coaching” from the sidelines, excessive rowdiness, unacceptable language or gestures, name calling or general abuse toward student athletes, other spectators, coaches or officials). 2. Not obeying facility rules (smoking where prohibited, using improper entrance and exits, not using parking areas provided, etc.) 3. Failure to keep younger children attending a sporting event with them at all times in order to avoid accidents. 4. Failure to comply with the 24 hours “cooling off” period before contacting coach or Board Member.
Coaches are solely responsible to assign reasonable consequences in the event a player is in violation of any part of the Athlete Code of Conduct. Such disciplinary action is to be clearly communicated to the player (and parent or guardian if necessary) at the time of occurrence or as soon as possible thereafter. If an action results in the expulsion or suspension, the coach shall immediately notify the KGL Board president. If the report was made orally, the Board president shall reduce it to written form.
Any league official, KGL member, Field Supervisor, etc. may have a coach, athlete or spectator removed from the athletic event if any of the above listed actions occur. The ejected person shall leave the premises immediately. The reporting person should notify the KGL Board president as soon as possible after the occurrence. The ejected individual must meet with the President and Board Liaison within 48 hours after the incident.
Bullying and Hazing Policy
In accordance with the Keller Girls Lacrosse Association agreement to follow UIL policy for lettering, this policy aligns itself directly with the local ISD policy.
KGL Policy Regarding Bullying/Harassment/Hazing: KGL has a zero tolerance toward bullying. Bullying / harassment / hazing is prohibited in any form on school or city property, at or on the way to a KGL sponsored game, practice or event or toward any teammate at any time. Players who bully / harass / haze others are in violation of KGL policy and may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension, or expulsion from the program. When necessary, players who violate this prohibition shall be reported to local law enforcement.
KGL Policy of Investigating Bullying Incidents: Any KGL coach who receives notice that a student has or may have experienced bullying shall immediately notify the KGL Board. If the report was made orally, the Board member shall reduce it to written form. The board and coach shall conduct an appropriate investigation based on the allegations in the report.
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• To have my possessions be safe
• To be included
• To have a chance to be my best
Player Responsibilities in Regard to Bullying / Harassment / Hazing
I will do no harm, or threaten harm to others: Physically – by harming someone’s body in any way, taking someone’s possessions, or damaging someone’s possessions in any way.
Emotionally – by harming someone’s self-worth by verbal and nonverbal communication. This includes, but is not limited to, teasing, name calling, insulting, intimidating, threatening, making gestures, staring / “mugging”, or eye rolling.
Socially – by harming another person’s group acceptance through gossip, rumors, trying to ruin their reputation, arranging public humiliation, excluding others, getting others to exclude others, or interfering in someone’s making or keeping friends in any way.
Electronically – by harming someone through the use of text messages, phone calls, chat rooms, blogs, emails, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, photos, or any type of electronic means.
What is bullying?
Definitions of Bullying, Harassment and Hazing
Bullying is when a player or group of players engages in any gesture or written, verbal or physical or computerized or other electronically transmitted act, or threat that:
1. Will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a player’s property or reputation, or placing a player in reasonable fear of harm to the player’s person or damage to the players property; or
2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a player. This includes four broad categories:
Physical – harming someone’s body in any way, hazing, taking someone’s possessions, or damaging someone’s possessions in any way.
Emotional – harming someone’s self-worth by verbal and nonverbal communication. This includes, but is not limited to, teasing, name calling, insulting, intimidating, threatening, making gestures, staring/“mugging”, or eye rolling.
Social – Harming another person’s group acceptance through gossip, rumors, trying to ruin their reputation, arranging public humiliation, excluding others, getting others to exclude others, or interfering in someone’s making or keeping friends in any way.
Cyberbullying – Harming someone through the use of text messages, phone calls, blogs, chat rooms, emails, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, photos, or by any other electronic means.
Harassment is bullying by threats of or actual physical violence; the creation by whatever means of a climate of hostility or intimidation; or the use of language, conduct, or symbols in such a manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred, contempt, or prejudice or have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, bullying on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, or disability or any other basis prohibited by law. All matters involving harassment issues will be reviewed for referral to law enforcement officials.
Hazing means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off campus/ property of an educational institution or recreational field, by one person alone, or acting with others, directed against a player that endangers, or has the potential to endanger, the mental or physical health or safety of a player for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining a membership on a group, a team, or organization. All matters involving hazing which involve breaking the law will be reported to law enforcement officials.
Acceptance & Verification
We hereby accept and understand all terms and conditions of the Keller Girls Lacrosse Association Code of Conduct, Suspension and Deactivation and Bullying and Hazing Policy’s.
Parent and/or Guardian: ________________________________ Date: ____________
Email Address: ________________________________
Parent and/or Guardian: _________________________________ Date: ____________
Student Player: ________________________________ Date: ____________
*Please note: Once completed with all signatures & a current valid email address, this document will be scanned and sent to the parents for your files.