2016 East Coweta High School
Lacrosse Code of Conduct
The contents of this guide are designed to help establish standards of behavior and provide direction for the student-athletes, coaches, and parents during their participation in lacrosse at ECHS. The student-athletes’ learning and development will always be the central focus throughout all aspects of their educational experience. ECHS student-athletes have an opportunity to challenge themselves through sport and to build upon characteristics of leadership and citizenship, while cultivating teamwork, self-discipline and physical fitness.
The Coaches’ Roles
The professional behavior of each coach continues from the classroom to the athletic fields and courts. ECHS lacrosse coaches strive to:
- Provide a safe, positive environment for all athletes.
- Communicate team goals, schedules, and expectations to players and parents.
- Possess current knowledge and skill to instruct players competently and to assess their progress.
- Treat athletes consistently and fairly – especially in administering consequences for failure to follow policy.
- Be positive role models as examples for players, parent and other coaches to follow.
- Assist and counsel athletes and parents in the college recruiting process.
The Athletes’ Roles
Young people who elect to participate in athletics at ECHS are voluntarily making a commitment to be student-athletes. This commitment to a team, coach, school and community is a great responsibility, yet provides immense personal rewards. ECHS lacrosse student-athlete specific rules:
- Commit to academics while fulfilling their commitment to Indian athletics.
- Represent their team, family, ECHS, and community in a positive manner at all times.
- Abide by the sport’s training guidelines and ECHS student handbook.
- Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
- Communicate with their coaches regarding any issues of team obligations or rules.
- If your son ever has to miss practice, the coaching staff should be informed ahead of time. This can be done in person, email, or telephone.
- Players are expected to be on time for both school and practices.
- Player are expected to comply with the Team Concept.
- No vulgar language.
- No fighting during practice or games.
- Game uniforms should be washed prior to the game.
- Complaining (this includes body language) is unacceptable.
- The use of cell phones is prohibited by players on the field during practice or games.
- Players are expected to wear ECHS Boys Lacrosse clothing to school on game days to promote the games.
The Parents’ Roles
ECHS parents have an opportunity to observe their children in an athletic setting and be supportive fans of their children, team, sport and school. In addition, ECHS parents:
- Guide their children as these students take on tasks of time management, sport-specific skill development, and responsibility.
- Support the coach and team from the stands.
- Encourage their children to communicate with the coaching staff.
- Encourage their children to commit to a team and program.
- To promote team unity, players are required to ride the bus to all games. If a player does not ride the bus back to ECHS, the parent must see Coach Crider to sign a check-out sheet.
Player Conduct and Attendance
Any issues that may come up over the course of the season will be handled on an individual basis by the coaches. Any rule broken by the athlete will be addressed in a manner that is deemed appropriate by the coaches. Regular attendance is expected of every athlete and missing practice is a serious issue. Unless the athlete informs a coach ahead of time and it is determined to be a viable reason, any practice missed will result in laps at practice for the first missed practice. If a second practice is missed it will result in a half game suspension, and if a third practice is missed there will be a one game suspension. Anything after three practices will result in the player being dismissed from the team.
One of the primary sources for conflict in athletics is the issue of playing time. Please keep the following distinctions in mind as you consider your athlete’s experience.
Every student-athlete at the sub-varsity level, who fulfills his or her academic and team commitments, will be given the opportunity for competition playing time. The amount and time of play will always be determined by the coach as there is no guarantee in each game, but the focus will be on developing skills and fundamentals necessary to be successful on the varsity level.
On varsity teams, there are no guarantees of playing time for any student-athletes. Playing time will be determined by the coaching staff with the focus on competing for championships. Athletes at all levels should have an expectation that their development will be evaluated and coaches will communicate areas for improvement.