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Code of Conduct



BARRINGTON YOUTH LACROSSE CODE OF CONDUCT

Barrington Youth Lacrosse (BYL) is committed to providing a safe and fun learning experience for each athlete. The goal of our program is to encourage athletes to succeed on and off the field through team commitment, friendship, skill development, physical fitness, good sportsmanship, respectful behavior, academic achievement, and positive citizenship. At all times, athletes, parents, and coaches shall demonstrate respect for the game, the officials, the athletes, the coaches, and the parents of our teams and opposing teams. All athletes, parents, and coaches represent the BYL community and any conduct such as destruction of property, harassment, illegal conduct or any other such activity will not be tolerated.


ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT

Athletes must adhere to the following rules:

1. I will "HONOR THE GAME" of lacrosse by practicing good sportsmanship at all times.

2. I will foster the goals of the BYL program and respect the game, the officials, the athletes, the coaches, and the parents of our teams and opposing teams.

3. I will not engage in Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

4. I will do my best to attend all practices and games and will inform my coaches when I cannot.

5. I will give 100% attention and effort at all practices and games.

6. I will follow the rules and regulations of the game as imposed by league officials both as written and as intended.

7. I will refrain from all activity on and off the field that could be considered disrespectful, bullying, harassment, intimidation, or hazing, including through social media.

8. I will not use profanity or derogatory terms including terms regarding race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

9. I will not engage in any illegal activity, or use illegal substances including drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

10. I will treat facilities and equipment with care and respect.

11. I will be a positive role model in terms of attitude, appearance, and behavior.

12. I will follow, trust, and accept the decisions of the coaches.

13. I will follow the Conflict Procedure set forth below.

14. I acknowledge that all Conduct Violations will result in consequences as set forth below.


PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT

Parents must adhere to the following rules:

1. I will "HONOR THE GAME" of lacrosse by practicing good sportsmanship at all times.

2. I will foster the goals of the BYL program and respect the game, the officials, the athletes, the coaches, and the parents of our teams and opposing teams.

3. I will not engage in Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

4. I will not engage in taunting, or the use profane language with coaches, officials, athletes or other parents.

5. I will be a positive role model.

6. I will support my child and never ridicule or demean him/her.

7. I will refrain from all activity on and off the field that could be considered disrespectful, bullying, harassment, or intimidation.

8. I will do my best to have my child attend all practices and games and will arrive on time for drop off and pick-up.

9. I will inform my childรข??s coaches, in advance, when they are unable to attend a practice or game.

10. I will support the athletes, coaches, BYL program, and BYL Board and treat them with respect.

11. I will trust and accept the coaching and the decisions of the BYL coaches.

12. I will follow the Conflict Procedure set forth below.

13. I acknowledge that all Conduct Violations will result in consequences as set forth below.


COACH CODE OF CONDUCT

Coaches must adhere to the following rules:

1. I will "HONOR THE GAME" of lacrosse by practicing good sportsmanship at all times.

2. I will foster the goals of the BYL program and respect the game, the officials, the athletes, the coaches, and the parents of our teams and opposing teams.

3. I will not engage in Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

4. I will be a positive role model.

5. I will teach the rules of lacrosse and abide by those rules in practices and games.

6. I will create a positive and constructive environment to promote learning and fun.

7. I will follow the Conflict Procedure set forth below.

8. I acknowledge that all Conduct Violations will result in consequences as set forth below.


Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Unsportsmanlike Conduct is defined as an athlete, coach, parent, or spectator who at any time while on the field or on the grounds of a lacrosse game or event, including while at tournaments, conducts him or herself in an abusive, offensive, or illegal manner. This includes, but is not exclusive to the following:

- Acting in conflict with the BYL program goals

-Baiting, taunting, or performing any other act that is intended or designed to embarrass, ridicule, or demean others, including on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation

-Arguing with an official

- Attempting in any way to influence the decision of an official

-Using threatening, profane, or obscene language or gestures

-Fighting, engaging in physical violence, and/or causing property damage


Conflict Procedure

This procedure is designed to help athletes and parents with questions, concerns or problems that may occur during the course of the season. It ensures open and honest communication between all parties involved. At any time during this procedure, one of the BYL Board members will be available to meet and discuss any concerns with all parties involved.

1. 24-Hour Rule: If the athlete or parent has a concern arising from a game, tournament or practice that needs to be addressed, they must wait at least 24-hours after the conclusion of the event to discuss the issue with the coach.

2. If the athlete is a Minor or Major he/she must first ask for a meeting with the coach to discuss the issue. If the athlete is a Mini or Junior, this step does not apply.

3. If the issue remains unresolved, the parents may ask for a meeting between themselves, the athlete, and the coach. The meeting shall take place at a location considered adequate for a private discussion.

4. If the issue is unresolved, the parent may ask for a meeting with the BYL Board, coach, and athlete. The decision of the BYL Board is FINAL.

5. Failure to comply with the above will result in a review of the incident by the BYL Board, and possible suspension of the athlete/parent from future BYL events, as determined and enforced by the BYL Board.


Conduct Violations

Violations of the Code of Conduct will result in consequences, which will be determined by the head coach and/or the BYL Board. An athlete/parent/coach will have the opportunity to discuss the facts involved in the violation before a disciplinary action is imposed.

For most athlete violations a Three Strike Policy will be applied. If a violation of the Code of Conduct occurs, it will be timely communicated to the athlete and the following consequences will apply:

-Strike 1 - the athlete does not participate for the first half of the next game

-Strike 2 - the athlete does not participate in the next full game

-Strike 3 - the athlete is dismissed from the program for the remainder of the season


Serious violations of the Code of Conduct by an athlete, parent, or coach may result in immediate suspension or expulsion from the BYL program without application of the Three Strike Policy.


Any suspension or expulsion based on violations of the Code of Conduct will not be entitled to any fee refund.


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