Coaches Code of Conduct
Our leagues adhere to the code of conduct for players, coaches and parents provide by US Lacrosse and Positive Coaching Alliance. All coaches and youth players (boys & girls) are required to become members of US Lacrosse. High school players are not required, but encouraged to become members.
Honor the Game…
All players and coaches will adhere to the Positive Coaching Alliance (www.positivecoach.org) and will, at all times, Honor the Game and respect:
- the game, by playing hard and refusing to bend the rules to win;
- their opponents, by playing “fierce and friendly”;
- the officials, by showing respect even when we disagree;
- our teammates, by being committed to them on and off the field;
- our self, by holding ourselves to a high standard even when others do not.
US Lacrosse and South Beach Storm believe that all players, coaches and parents need to realize that a honoring the game perspective needs to replace the common win-at-all-cost perspective common in many sports. If a coach and his/her team have to dishonor the game to win, what is this victory really worth, and what message does this send to our young athletes?
Respect the Game…
Code of Conduct
All coaches are encouraged to direct positive comments towards their players and opponents. Coaches at the younger levels (U-9 & U-11) are encouraged to assist/coach ALL players on the field. This is the time to teach the sport to all – and any positive comments are appropriate.
A final note about Referees
Our leagues remind all to not “ride the refs” during games. Keep your comments as positive as possible. Remember, for the U-9, U-11, & U-13 level games the refs are mostly high school players who are doing their best. Any extreme verbal abuse of referees is prohibited and may result in a penalty or an ejection (player, coach or parent). If a coach is ejected for an unsportsmanlike conduct during a game, they may be required to referee the game prior to their next scheduled game.