- Enthusiastically support and practice “Everyone Plays” and extends positive coaching philosophies of the MBYLL
- 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 fun and enjoyable. 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 children.
- Enlist the support of your team’s parents in your efforts to develop the proper attitudes and values in the players.
- Always remember the game is for the players. Player safety and fair play come first.
- Study and learn the rules of the game and understand the “spirit” of the rules. Help fellow referees to do the same.
- Respect other referees and their decisions, and do not publicly criticize another official.
- Wear the proper uniform and keep it in good condition.
- Maintain good physical condition so you can keep up with the action.
- Honor accepted game assignments. In an emergency, find a replacement.
- Support good sportsmanship with a kind word to the players, coaches and parents of both teams when deserved.
- Always be fair and impartial, avoiding conflicts of interest.
- Decisions based on personal bias are dishonest and unacceptable.
- Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
- Remember that children are involved in organized sports 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.
- Set a good example. Children learn best by good examples.
- Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team
- Do not publicly question referee judgments
- Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches, referees and officials and give them their due respect. Without them, there would not be the MBYLL.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.
- Play for the fun of it, not just to please your parents and coaches.
- 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 “showoff”.
- Cooperate with your coaches, teammates, opponents and referees.