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West Hartford Girls Lacrosse

Code of Conduct


Lacrosse should be fun for players, coaches and parents.


West Hartford Girls Lacrosse firmly believes that girls should be allowed to develop a love for the game of lacrosse while also learning the value of sportsmanship.


West Hartford Girls Lacrosse also firmly believes that young athletes learn valuable lessons by watching the behaviors and attitudes of the adults who supervise their activities.


To enable the children who wish to play lacrosse  to have a positive experience, learn to play and love the game and to nurture within them a sense of respect for others, West Hartford Girls Lacrosse would like to offer some guidelines for coaches, players and parents.  Please read the following and discuss with your child.  Registering for West Hartford Girls Lacrosse implies that you and your child agree to abide by the Code of Conduct outlined below.



 Coaches and Participating Parents

·         The top priority is the teaching of the game of lacrosse, not a team's won/lost record.  Coaches should strive to improve the level of skill of each and every player.  Success should be measured in improvements rather than game wins.

·         Players are to be encouraged with positive reinforcement. At the end of the season, we want the players asking for more and eagerly anticipating next year's season.

·         Referees are to be respected and supported.

·         You will do your best to ensure that everybody plays an equal number of minutes per game, provided that attendance at practices has occured.  You will strive to provide players with the experience of playing different positons on the field. Playing different positions creates a more rounded, more valueable player. for the future.

·         Obscene language or gestures will not be tolerated.



Non-Coaching Parents and Spectators

·         Players will be delivered to the field on time and with all of their necessary equipment, especially a mouthguard.

·         Players will be positively supported and encouraged.

·         Coaches will be positively supported and encouraged.

·         Referees will be positively supported and encouraged.

·         Any concerns about how the league is run, coaches are coaching or referees are officiating should be referred to the Head Coach first, and if not satisfied, then  the Division Coordinator.  If the issue is still not resolved satifactorily, then the League V.P. or President should be contacted.

·         Take a little time to discuss with your sons and daughters the guidelines for players that are listed below.




·         Players should understand that lacrosse is a team game, and they should strive to be "team players."

·         Players should arrive at the field on time and fully equipped.  Attendance is taken and poor attendance will be reflected in playing time.

·         Players should arrive at least 30 minutes before a game.

·         Coaches and referees are volunteering their time for your good and should be respected.

·         Sportsmanlike conduct will be maintained at all times. Maintain respect for both your teammates and your opponents at all times.

·         Obscene language or gestures will not be tolerated.