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SPORTSMANSHIP & CODE OF CONDUCT

Please make a conscious effort to make all support for our teams positive and respectful. Remember, referees are going to miss calls, your son will be pushed from behind, and slashed. IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. Your son may also be an offender (hopefully not often). Please leave any discussions with the referees, or an opposing team, to our coaches and/or AYL officers. Players, parents, and other AYL spectators should never directly address a member of an opposing team or referee unless it is in a positive manner. Any infraction of this kind will be addressed by the AYL officers and disciplinary actions will be taken. Every member of the AYL program needs to focus on OUR boys, and OUR program, never on a referee, a competitor, a competitor's spectators, or another program. Our coaches know that the safety of our kids is paramount every time we step on the field. Let the kids play, let the coaches coach, and let the parents enjoy some great lacrosse.

Please allow our coaches to do the on field coaching at all practices and games.  If you feel the need to coach your child, please do it in the privacy of your car, your house and/ or in an area where it will not take away from the coach and the instruction he may be offering to the team. PLEASE DO NOT COACH YOUR CHILD OR ANY OTHER PLAYER FROM THE SIDELINES. It is incredibly distracting--and often, conflicting--to our players and coaches. Any parent or spectator coaching from the sidelines will be addressed. 

The 24-Hour Rule
Parents will undoubtedly have questions about their child's development. AYL encourages an active dialogue between coaches, players and parents.  It is important for our coaches to be informed about specific pertinent information that may be impacting their players' emotions and performance. That said, a PARENT SHOULD NEVER ADDRESS A COACH WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE CONCLUSION OF A GAME TO DISCUSS THEIR CHILD'S PLAY TIME, POSITION PLAYED OR ANY OTHER POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE ISSUE.  If an issue needs to be addressed, wait the 24 hours, then contact the coach to schedule a mutually convenient time to meet or speak.

Handling Questions & Concerns
We encourage our parents and coaches to develop open and honest lines of communication.  If a question or concern arises, parents are encouraged to schedule a time to speak with their son's respective coach.  If an adequate answer or resolution is not achieved, then a discussion with the AYL Program Director should be scheduled. AYL Program Directors are Justin Grande (Little Bantams-5th Grade Teams) and Sean Flaherty (6th-8th Grades).  If a resolution is still not achieved, parents are encouraged to contact Jim O'Connor (Vice President) and/ or John Coughlin (President).

 

~ HONOR THE GAME ~

Lacrosse should be fun for players, coaches and parents.

Amity Youth Lacrosse believes that boys should develop skills and a love for the game of lacrosse while also learning the value of sportsmanship.

To enable the athletes who wish to play lacrosse under AYL’s philosophy of a positive experience, learn to play and love the game and to nurture within them a sense of respect for others, Amity Youth Lacrosse would like to offer some guidelines for players, coaches and parents.

Players-

1.      “HONOR THE GAME” of lacrosse. Display good sportsmanship at all times on and off the field. Set a positive example.

2.      Respect your teammates, coaches, referees and opponents at all times, even when others do not. Coaches and referees give their time for your benefit and should be respected.

3.      Give 100% effort at each practice and game.

4.      Support and encourage your teammates. Players should understand that lacrosse is a team game, and they should strive to be "team players."

5.      Know the rules of the game of lacrosse and abide by them.

6.      Wear the required equipment at all games and practices, and keep your equipment well maintained.

7.      Don't be afraid to make mistakes; that is part of learning.

8.      Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.

9.      Obscene language or gestures will not be tolerated.

10.    Learn from your coaches; practice hard; play smart; Have Fun! 

CoachesAmity Youth Lacrosse firmly believes that young athletes learn valuable lessons by watching the behaviors and attitudes of the adults who supervise their activities.

1.      “HONOR THE GAME” of lacrosse. Teach and practice good sportsmanship at all games and practices. You are role models!

2.      A coach is a role model, who must act with the highest moral character possible.

3.      Coaches must reinforce the self image of each player. A coach must be positive and constructive.

4.      Respect the game of lacrosse. Respect the officials.

5.      Teach the rules of lacrosse. Abide by those rules in practices and games.

6.      Establish objectives for the team and players and inform them of team and individual goals.

7.      Emphasize the FUN of the game and the team, putting forth effort at all times, not wins and losses. 

8.      Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.

9.      Obscene language or gestures will not be tolerated.

 

Parents- Amity Youth Lacrosse firmly believes that young athletes learn valuable lessons by watching the behaviors and attitudes of adults.

1.      “HONOR THE GAME” of lacrosse. Teach and practice good sportsmanship at all times. You are role models! 

2.      Know the rules of the game of lacrosse.

3.      Respect the game of lacrosse. Respect the officials. Respect the coaches, who give their time for the benefit of the athletes.

4.      Do not coach your child. Let players play and coaches coach, and support both positively.

5.      Emphasize the FUN of the game and the team, putting forth effort at all times, not wins and losses.  

6.      Do not EVER criticize players regardless of the circumstance.

7.      Follow the "24 Hour Rule"; if you have a complaint resulting from a game (or practice) situation, speak with the coach on the following day.

8.      If there is a serious problem, notify the AYL Division Director.

All-

1.      Any conduct, including abusive language and/ or gestures, hitting, racially insensitive remarks, damage to property or belongings, or any other conduct that reflects poorly on yourself or AYL is deemed to be unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This rule applies to all players, parents, coaches, siblings and guests at all times when in or around games or practices as a member of AYL.

2.      During a tournament or game when you are away, you represent the Amity Community and AYL. Any conduct such as destruction of property, consumption of drugs or alcohol, shoplifting, or any other such activity will not be tolerated. This rule applies for the entire time one is away for a game or tournament.

The Coaches of AYL will deal with unacceptable conduct at its sole discretion, imposing warnings, suspension or expulsion, as it deems appropriate. ANY SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION BASED ON VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT WILL NOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY A TUITION REFUND.