In becoming members of the VVLC community, our membership assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the sport and its participants. VVLC families pledge to conduct themselves in a manner that honors the sport and demonstrates respect to athletes, coaches, officials, public and fellow families. The essential elements in this Code of Conduct are:
HONESTY, INTEGRITY, and EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOR.
Family members who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these principles will bring credit to the VVLC community, their athletes and themselves. It is only through such conduct that our sports can earn and maintain a positive image and make their full contribution to Lacrosse in the United States and around the world.
VVLC supports the following behaviors for those participating or involved in any way with VVLC, USL and CYLA training, and events:
VVLC family members will maintain high standards of moral and ethical conduct, which includes self-control and responsible behavior, consideration for the physical and emotional well being of others, courtesy, and good manners.
The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of good, positive behavior or the skills and respect of the sport.
VVLC family members will respect and support the VVLC Coaching Staff and Volunteers by communicating in an appropriate manner at only appropriate times that do not interfere with the training or competition of the VVLC athletes. Respect for the coaches personal time will be of utmost priority in regards to meetings, phone calls or emails. VVLC mandates families follow the “24hour” rule for contacting coaches.
VVLC families are welcome to utilize positive encouragement with their athletes through voice, as long as it is at an appropriate volume and intensity level so as not to disturb or distract any other athletes, coaches, officials and family members in training or competition at any time.
VVLC families, like coaches, must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their athletes. They should always strive to be positive role models in dealing with young people, as well as with adults. Win or lose, VVLC families will support their athlete with positive encouragement at all times.
VVLC families that are around the training or competition environment must always practice good behavior and never criticize, badger, harass, or threaten any athlete, coach, official or program. If this should occur, the offending VVLC member will be spoken to and given a first warning and the incident documented by the VVLC Staff. If there is a need for a second warning, Local Law Enforcement will be contacted, the individual’s membership will be reviewed and possibly revoked with no refund by VVLC.
VVLC requires a drug, tobacco and alcohol-free sports environment for all athletes. Families agree to assist by refraining from their use at all youth sports events.
Attempts by families to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an oversight, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable. If this circumstance occurs, the individual’s membership will be reviewed and possibly revoked with no refund by VVLC.
VVLC as an organization holds itself to a sport-leading standard of conduct at all times. Therefore, families are expected to conduct themselves at this higher standard in support VVLC’s core values of Character, Respect, and Dedication. We ask that this take place not only in the realm of sport but in the community as well.
We ask that our VVLC families set the standards of conduct for the game of Lacrosse and respect and honor the game. When our membership sets the standards of conduct, then we become the leaders of the league and positive role models for our athletes.