The purpose of the Common Goal Lacrosse Club is to provide a fair affordable opportunity for girls to play lacrosse at a competitive level.

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Code of Conduct


Conduct
Participating in athletic/sport programs promote healthy lifestyles (wellness) in youth and adults through physical, social, and emotional development and should be offered to as many players and families as possible.  Coaches, spectators, and participants have a unique opportunity to teach and model positive life skills and good sportsmanship. Successful sport programs require qualified coaches, players with the will to learn and desire to have fun, and spectators who are respectful and supportive. Coaches, players, and spectators should understand that their conduct will establish the reputation of the Common Goal Club and that their actions will relate directly to the success of their team. It is important that players, parents and coaches remembers that an athletic contest is only a game not a matter of life and death.


Zero Tolerance
There is to be absolutely zero negative dialogue, verbally or otherwise, between or amongst Common Goal parents that would be directed towards fellow club parents, club coaches, spectators, referees, tournament committee members, opposing parents and coaches either during tournaments, practices or via any social media. The only communication, verbal or otherwise, should be focused on providing positive reinforcement for our players, coaches, parents and as well as all other participants.  We fully expect complete support of this from all of our club members.   


Program
In successful sport clubs, program expectations are clearly defined and well communicated. Program goals should develop and enhance the physical, social, educational, and well-being (wellness) of all participants. While it is the nature of competition to strive for victory, the number of victories is only one measure of success. To this end, coaches must teach players to: · Prepare their minds and bodies so that they can do the best they can and then · Be modest in both victory and defeat. Additional information regarding program goals and outcomes can be found later in this document.

Facilities
Safe, well-maintained, multi-use facilities that are age and program appropriate are important elements of all successful sport programs. Collaboration and cooperation between the school districts, towns, community and travel sports organizations maximize the use of all playing fields, fieldhouse, gymnasiums, and aquatic facilities.

SPECTATORS: Parents, Grandparents, friends and family
· Will remember that players participate to have fun.
· Will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league and reinforce
the importance of following them.
· Will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind such as booing,
taunting, or profane language or gestures.
· Will be a positive role model and encourage sportsmanship by showing
respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players,
coaches, officials and spectators regardless of race, creed, color, sex or
ability.
· Will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never
question, discuss, or confront coaches or officials at the game field.
· Will praise players for competing fairly and always encourage them to give
their best effort.
· Will demand an environment that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol
and will refrain from their use at all events.
· Will refrain from coaching from the sidelines during competitions and
practices (unless official coach of the team.)
· Will respect others’ property and not engage in vandalism, theft, and other
forms of mischief.
· If unhappy with any aspect of my child’s youth sports experience, I will
approach the coach privately and in a respectful manner.

COACHES:
· Will be patient and create a safe environment conducive to learning and
having fun.
· Will get to know players as individuals and be sensitive to their individual
needs.
· Will lead by example, by what I say and do.
· Will teach teamwork and fair play, and model this behavior.
· Will communicate expectations clearly, motivate with praise, and use criticism
only in a constructive manner.
· Will be consistent in applying discipline and enforcing team rules equally.
· Will set age and developmentally appropriate goals for individuals and team.
· Will respect officials, parents, spectators, opposing players and coaches at all
time.
· Will not use any athlete to further personal interests or coaching aspirations.
· Will use community facilities with care and leave them in the same condition
they were found.

PLAYERS:
· Will make having fun the number one priority.
· Will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league and follow them.
· Will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind such as booing,
taunting, or profane language or gestures.
· Will demonstrate respect and courtesy and positive support for all players,
coaches, officials and spectators regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
· Will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never
question, discuss, or confront coaches or officials at the game field.
· Will not use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol.
· Will respect others property and not engage in any vandalism, theft, and other
forms of mischief.
· If unhappy with any aspect of my sports experience, I will approach the coach
privately and in a respectful manner.