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Westford Youth Lacrosse Code of Conduct

Westford Youth Lacrosse is committed to providing an environment that fosters fun, good sportsmanship, and personal and physical growth for its young athletes.  Our goal is to ensure that the experiences of children participating in our programs promote responsibility and the best elements of team competition.  Our organization welcomes all eligible participants to become a part of its lacrosse programs, but requires participants to acknowledge that appropriate behavior is an essential ingredient to the success of the program and the enjoyment of those involved. 

Accordingly, each player, parent, coach, board member, and other volunteer participating in Westford Youth Lacrosse are required to review and abide by our WYL Code of Conduct as a condition of eligibility.  Any individual who fails to abide by these requirements is subject to disciplinary action by WYL, including suspension and a termination of participation, without refund of participation or other fees.

 Player Code of Conduct:

The WYL promotes good conduct by all participants.  WYL players will respect all players, coaches, referees, parents and spectators by the following:

  • Play hard but fair. Play by the rules of the game.
  • Demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents and spectators.
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times.  Win with dignity and lose with grace.   
  • Support your teammates.
  • Be committed to the team. Attend and pay attention at practices and games.
  • Respect referees by politely accepting their decisions. Never talk back or show up an official.
  • Respect coaches by politely accepting their coaching and accepting their decisions about what is best for the team. Ask questions and seek to improve.

Parent Code of Conduct:

  • Help your child understand and honor the Player Code of Conduct
  • Recognize and applaud good play on both sides
  • Encourage your child's commitment to his/her team
  • Honor the game by never criticizing players, coaches or referees either explicitly or implicitly (e.g. groaning, physical motions, coaching from the stands)
  • Encourage other spectators to honor these expectations

Coach Code of Conduct:

  • Enthusiastically supports and practices "Everyone plays" and extends positive coaching philosophies of WYL
  • Be reasonable in your demands on the players' energy, enthusiasm and 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 (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.