Players, coaches, spectators and parents are to conduct themselves in a manner that “Honors the Game” and demonstrates respect for other players, coaches, officials and spectators. In becoming a member of the lacrosse community, an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game and it’s participants. The essentials in this “Code of Conduct” are Honesty and Integrity. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the game of lacrosse, themselves, their team and their organization. Through such conduct, lacrosse will continue to earn and maintain a positive image , and make it’s full contribution to youth sports in the United States and around the world. All VLC players become member of US Lacrosse. VLC and US Lacrosse support the following behaviors for those participating or involved in any way with VLC and US Lacrosse:
Adhere to the essential elements of the “Code of Conduct.”
Sportsmanship and concepts of fair play are essential to the game, and must be taught and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.
The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, concepts of fair play, or the skills of the game.
Derogatory comments are unacceptable. Use positive reinforcement with players and adults alike. Derogatory comments once made can never be retracted.
Derogatory comments/inappropriate language relating to any VLC coach, player, parent, coordinator, or game official in any social media form or format is unacceptable.
The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
Coaches can have a tremendous influence on their players. Coaches shall strive to be positive role models for young people, as well as for adults.
Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties, while exercising their authority on the field.
Adults involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official.
Both in letter and in spirit, the rules of lacrosse must be respected and adhered to by all who participate in the game. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct is unacceptable conduct.
Eligibility requirements, such as age and previous level of participation, must be followed.
They have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety.