“Honoring the Game” is a Positive Coaching Alliance principle about sportsmanship encouraging leaders, coaches, parents and athletes to respect all aspects of their sport. The ROOTS of Honoring the Game is an acronym which stands for better respecting: Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self.
The rules of a sport have been developed and modified for a reason. Rules keep the game fair, and they also keep athletes safe. Don’t try to work against the rules or bend them; respect the role they play in your sport.
As you want respect, give respect to your opponents. As Jim Thompson suggests in his book, “fierce and friendly” opponents are what we should strive to be and have in competition.
Officials are doing the best they can to enforce the rules and maintain a safe environment for play. They are people too, doing the best they can, and there is never an excuse for disrespecting officials.
Make your teammates proud by doing the best you can (on and off the field) and by supporting them in all their efforts.
Finally, and most importantly, you have to respect yourself in order to uphold an honorable approach to sports. Set high standards and live up to them.
The Piedmont Community Lacrosse Association(PCLA) abides by a strict Code of Conduct governing all players and parents. Players, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents, spectators and fans. In becoming a member of the lacrosse community an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game of lacrosse and its participants. The essential elements in this "Code of Conduct" are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of lacrosse, themselves, their team and their organization. The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
The Code of Conduct is a condition of membership for all players and parents. All members of PCLA agree to abide by the Code of Conduct and to be subjected to the consequences of violating the Code. By participating in a sanctioned PCLA program, players and parents are all bound by this Code of Conduct.
All enforcement decisions made by the Directors of PCLA are final and are not subject to review. No refunds will be granted to those players dismissed from any team for violating the Code of Conduct.
Any conduct, including abusive language and/ or gestures, racially insensitive remarks, damage to property or belongings, or any other conduct that reflects poorly on yourself or the PCLA is deemed to be unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This rule applies to all players, parents, siblings and guests at all times when in or around games or practices as a member of the PCLA.
During a tournament or game when you are away, you represent your team and PCLA. Any conduct such as destruction of property or any other activity will not be tolerated. This rule applies for the entire time one is away for a game or tournament.
All game and practice facilities, including parking lots, are alcohol and drug free zones.
The Directors of PCLA will deal with unacceptable conduct at its sole discretion, imposing warnings, suspension or expulsion, as it deems appropriate.
I will coach with the goal of creating a positive learning experience for all athletes. Winning games is secondary to building a positive youth sports experience for my players, parents of my players, and opposing teams.
I will follow all safety protocols of the league.
I will under no circumstances engage in an argument with a referee or official. Any discussions or conversations with officials or referees will be in a respectful tone.
I will treat opposing coaches and athletes with respect.
I will report any violations of the code of conduct by parents, athletes, or other coaches to the league or PCLA Directors.