20. NCJLA Sportsmanship Incident Reporting Policy
Sportsmanship is an integral part to the growth of the game both on and off the field. The NCJLA has identified the educating, promoting and encouraging of good sportsmanship as a priority, in an effort to continue the development of the proper culture and spirit of the game. As the sport continues to grow throughout our region, the NCJLA believes it is important to always instill the best values in and set positive goals for players. In doing so, our lacrosse community must reward those that “Compete with Class and Honor the Game” as well as enforce the rules and promote sportsmanship; otherwise, the integrity of the game will suffer.
SIRs may be filed by anyone participating in or observing an NCJLA game, including players, parents, coaches, officials or club officers.
Game Officials should report the following:
- Ejections for all reasons listed in the USL/ NFHS/ NCJLA rules
- Disqualifications (fouling out) or multiple penalties (2 yellow cards) that result in the player /coach not being able to play/participate the full alloted game time.
- Any positive sportsmanship incidents observed
- Any negative sportsmanship incident that they are witness to
- Reporting if a hate speech incident was reported (independent of associated penalties)
Positive Sportsmanship Reports
The NCJLA welcomes reports of incidents which honor the game of lacrosse such as players and coaches extending a helping hand, spectators at a host venue making an extra effort to welcome opposing fans, etc. These positive incidents can serve as an inspiration to all of us. Positive Sportsmanship Reports can be submitted using the NCJLA Sportsmanship Incident Report Form. Individuals are recognized on the NCJLA website bi-weekly during the season.
Inappropriate Sportsmanship Reports
The NCJLA also tracks and responds to reports of inappropriate sportsmanship. The NCJLA strives to respond to serious claims of inappropriate sportsmanship in a timely manner and, in some cases, may take action against individual(s) including penalties ranging from verification of a signed Code of Conduct, to suspension from a game, to expulsion from the league.
The claims of inappropriate sportsmanship in this policy are independent of an ejection of a player, coach, or fan by an official during a lacrosse game. The consequences for an ejection by an official are listed in the NFHS and US Lacrosse rule books. The NCJLA may require additional consequences for players, fans or coaches who receive an ejection (see below).
Hate Speech Policy
An official shall eject from the game any player, substitute, non-playing member of a team, coach, assistant coach or anyone officially connected with a competing team or fan using a racial slur or derogatory language related to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or any other identifying characteristic.
In the event that a racial slur or derogatory language is not heard by the official, the offended player(s) should inform their coach at the earliest possible time.
- At the next official timeout, half time or end of the game, the coach should inform the head official, who should in turn inform the opposing coach of the allegation and record the players involved on the official score sheet.
- Officials should keep a record of who was reported and document those individuals in arbiter sports and file an NCJLA SIR report. (see above for items officials report)
- The offended player(s) and any others who heard the comments are encouraged to file a Sportsmanship Incident Report with the NCJLA as soon as possible after the game, which gives the NCJLA a basis to conduct an investigation, take action as deemed appropriate and start a restorative justice activity.
- If a player can not be identified after an allegation has been made, both teams will be placed on monitor status and any further allegations will cause the player in question to have to meet with an NCJLA representative before returning to play.
Coaches are encouraged to discuss this rule with their players and provide education materials when appropriate. A list of education materials and activities can be found under the NCJLA Coaches Certification Program and the Codes of Conduct sections of the NCJLA Operations Guide. If your club needs help with developing training materials please email the NCJLA Boys Director (
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Sportsmanship Incident Report (SIR) Form
The NCJLA does not respond to sportsmanship incidents until an official SIR has been submitted. Once submitted, the SIR will be read and acknowledged by the NCJLA recipient by the following Monday evening.
Depending on the nature of the SIR, the NCJLA may ask for further clarification from the person who filed before bringing the SIR to the attention of the affiliated club(s) or beginning the adjudication process. The NCJLA may require additional witness reports to confirm the nature and details of the incident. Videos and photos may be submitted but it is up to the discretion of the NCJLA to determine the content’s quality and reliability. The NCJLA follows the NFHS recommendations regarding review of officials rulings.
If the NCJLA deems that action against the accused individual is warranted, the club president of the affiliated club will be informed of the incident report and pending board decision. This communication will occur by both phone and email to the contact information listed in the club profile on the NCJLA website. The club president, along with other witnesses with first-hand experience, will be given an opportunity to respond in writing to the filed SIR, within a specified amount of time.
After a response is received from the club president, the NCJLA will evaluate all collected responses and may reconfirm with the person who filed the original SIR that they still adhere to their original statement. Once the NCJLA is satisfied that it has gathered all of the facts and relevant information necessary to make a decision regarding the appropriate action(s) to be taken, the NCJLA will inform the club president of the participants named in the report, of any actions taken or further steps required before the player, coach, parent, or fan can return to participation in the NCJLA. Depending on the nature of the incident, the NCJLA may or may not inform the club president (of the person who filed the original report) of the outcome or actions taken by the NCJLA. The identity of those involved with the SIR may be disclosed or withheld at the discretion of the NCJLA.
The club president may appeal the action to the NCJLA board. Appeals are limited to rulings of suspensions beyond a single game. In these situations, the NCJLA board may vote to uphold, reject, or modify the appeal. Any decision by the NCJLA board is final.
Weekly Schedule for SIR Processing
The following are types of Inappropriate Sportsmanship with typical penalties from the NCJLA (irrespective of any actions by officials and clubs):
- Hate Speech Incident (Player/Parent)- minimum 1 game suspension, must complete restorative justice activity determined by the NCJLA and re-sign Code of Conduct. If the player is in the HS division they will be ineligible for All Star awards and any other individual recognition. Repetitive incidents could result in expulsion from the league.
- Ejection for Hate Speech Incident (Coach)- minimum 1 game suspension, re-sign coaches code of conduct, complete an education course identified by the NCJLA, and complete a restorative justice activity. If the coach refuses to complete all of these requirements or has a repeat offense they shall be suspended from coaching any NCJLA team for the remainder of the season.
- Hate Speech Repetitive Incidences (Team/ Club)-(2 or more) complete restorative justice activity determined by the NCJLA, all players on the team must re-sign the player code of conduct, the offending club must pay at their expense for a 3rd and or a table official and are ineligible for postseason play. For multiple incidents within one club the entire club could be ineligible for postseason play. The team and club will be monitored for future incidents.
- Player Sportsmanship (conduct, handshake issues, etc.) – produce signed and dated Player Code of Conduct form; coach to address behavior with player
- Coach Sportsmanship (conduct towards players, opponents, junior officials, adult officials; coaching or rewarding dangerous play, etc.) – present signed and dated Coach Code of Conduct form; club president to address behavior with coach or possible suspension from the next game(s).
- Parent/Fan Sportsmanship (conduct toward players, opponents, or officials) – A variety of consequences, up to and including requiring the offending club to pay for additional officials, or barring specific individuals from attending future games
- Fighting – minimum 2 game suspension
- Non-fighting ejections that violate the Player/Coach/Parent Code of Conduct- 1 game suspension
- False Representation (lying, changing jerseys to avoid suspensions, impersonating another player, impersonating an NCJLA Certified Coach, claiming to be NCJLA certified etc.) – minimum 2-game suspension
- Intentional dangerous play on the field (multiple incidents regarding the same player or coach) –minimum 2 game suspension
- Three or more offenses (3 or more, do not have to be for the same infraction) - can warrant more severe consequences to include being suspended from participating in the league.
- Monitor status includes the NCJLA tracking incidences and identifying trends including allegations that have been or are suspected of occuring. When trends are identified the club or individual may be subject to the three separate incidents rule. The duration of the monitor status is determined by the NCJLA.
- The SIR committee reviews all reports on an individual basis and may rule differently based on the factors surrounding the report.
- Three Separate Incidents Rule: Three separate incidents resulting in suspension may result in expulsion from the league.
Players who are ejected for non-fighting related reasons are barred from playing in the next game. This is an NCJLA policy in addition to the NFHS and USL rule books specified amount of time barred from a game. Being disqualified or fouling out of a game is not considered an ejection as stated in the NCJLA Rules Sheet, but could be another type of sportsmanship incident.
A parent ejected from a game will be barred from attending games for the rest of the season.
A coach who is ejected from a game must leave the field and venue immediately and is barred from coaching the next game and any additional games if those games are on the same day. If a coach is ejected from a game a second time, they are barred from coaching any team in the NCJLA for the remainder of the season.
Ejections for Fighting: The first time a player is ejected from a game due to fighting, they are barred from playing in the next two games. The second time the same player is ejected from a game for fighting, they will be expelled for the remainder of the season.
All types of ejections listed above rollover to the next season if they occur at post-season events.
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