Thousand Oaks Lacrosse Code of Conduct
Lacrosse is a unique youth sport that reinforces traditional values taught by many families throughout America. The primary goal of Thousand Oaks Lacrosse (“TOL”) is to provide players with a positive and fun athletic experience that encourages, among other things, leadership, teamwork, discipline, and the development of student athletes. Through this mission and unwavering comment of TOL, we endeavor to help players build character and achieve the highest level success possible, both academically and physically. In order to achieve these goals, TOLA and its coaches/volunteers need an environment that makes this possible and probable.
Players should represent TOL, the Thousand Oaks community, and the game of lacrosse in a positive manner at all times. Any player that does not maintain a high standard of character, on and off the field, will be subject to disciplinary measures by TOL. Inappropriate behavior may include rudeness to coaches, teammates, opposing players, referees, spectators, teachers, school administrators, and any other person while representing the team or TOL.
The TO Lacrosse Code of Conduct:
- All TOL members should play in the spirit of the game.
- All TOL members are to HONOR the game. Each person should respect the rules of the game and treat officials, opponents, teammates and coaches with respect.
- The value of winning shall never be placed above the value of instilling the highest ideals of character.
- The head coach and all assistant coaches shall act in a courteous manner and also shall endeavor in every way to achieve the same from players, coaches and parents.
- One of the team's coaches shall be designated the head coach. The head coach is responsible for making all decisions for that team. It is the head coach's responsibility to see that players and substitutes are equipped properly, both mentally and physically, to play.
- Coaches are responsible for controlling their players, spectators and any other persons associated with their program.
- Abusive, profane or violent behavior or language by coaches, players or fans at any TOL function will not be tolerated. Behavior in this manner may result in member suspension or expulsion from participation or attendance at any TOL game or activity. Subject to input from the Southern California Lacrosse Association (“SCLA”), the TOL Board and its Disciplinary Committee shall decide suspension or expulsion. All decisions of TOL and SCLA are final and not subject to appeal.
- No alcoholic beverages or any intoxicating substances or intoxicated individuals are allowed at any TOL game or practice.
- A player must not conduct him/herself in a rough, dangerous or unsportsmanlike manner during any TOL game or practice.
Coaches will make team decisions based on commitment, attitude, and attendance. Players need to have a desire to succeed, physically and academically, and improve in all respects while working hard at all times. It is shown that Players who spend more time practicing, working hard, showing improvement and demonstrating a good attitude by being positive and helping achieve greater success on the field and in the classroom, and thereby are better equipped to achieve success in future collegiate undertakings and in life. Participating in lacrosse is a lifestyle choice not suitable for everyone; it is reserved for student- athletes with an unwavering desire to succeed and contribute to community betterment.
To this end, any unexcused missed practice may result in limited playing time of the following week’s game. Failure to maintain acceptable marks in school, upon the advise and input of player’s parent(s), may result in limited play, suspension, or expulsion from the team (without refund). Each player, not parent, is responsible to call their head coach and explain their absence, subject to age appropriateness. Sickness will not exclude a player from playing time unless the player is sick on game day. Injured players are expected to attend practices and participate as active team members.