The Hopewell Valley Lacrosse (HVL) Code of Conduct (CoC) is designed to protect the integrity of every individual within our organization while holding us all to the standards set forth by our organization and USA Lacrosse. As such, it is required of every parent, player, and coach to read and sign the document. Failure to do so will disqualify an individual from participating in any HVL events with NO EXCEPTIONS (practices, games, tournaments, etc.)

The ultimate arbiter of violations of the CoC will be the HVL Board of Directors. In the case of an infraction, the Head Coach should be notified first, or any HVL Board Member in the case of a Head Coach violation. More serious infractions will be elevated to the Board President for consideration. Given the subjective nature of potential violations, each case will be reviewed individually. Player 

 

Player Code of Conduct

As an HV Lacrosse Player:

  1. I will be on time to practice and games (30 minutes before start time), and if for some reason I cannot be on time I will communicate with the appropriate person. I will have my equipment on and be ready for practice at the practice start time.
  2. I will be respectful of the person and property of every other HV Lacrosse member.
  3. I will respect the game and its officials and will not complain about or argue with an official’s calls or decisions made during a game.
  4. I will not tolerate or participate in bullying or hazing of any form. I understand that if I engage in an act of bullying, I will first be warned and my parents will be notified. If the warning is not heeded, I will be removed from the team without any refunds being issued.
  5. I will be coachable and respectful to our coaches.
  6. I understand that improvement comes through continual practice and I will work on my game outside of HV Lacrosse practices.
  7. I will be a good citizen in the community working to better the various areas in which I live. Because I am a representative of HV Lacrosse and my community, I understand that I will be expected to behave as the responsible individual that I am.
  8. I will support and encourage my teammates. I understand that lacrosse is a team game and will strive to be a “team player” who places team above personal glory.
  9. I will have fun, be passionate, learn from my coaches, and adhere to the spirit of the game both on and off the field.
  10. I will NOT engage in any activity that would bring any form of disrepute to the club or my family including the use of drugs or alcohol.
  11. I will be a good sport on and off the field and not participate in any conduct, including foul and abusive language and/or gestures, taunting, fighting, trash talking, boastful celebration, damage to property or belongings, or any other conduct that reflects poorly on myself or HV Lacrosse.

 

A violation of the CoC may result in the following depending on its level of seriousness. If a player or coach violates the code of conduct then the penalty is as follows: 

  • 1st offense, apology to all affected and suspended for one game. 
  • 2nd offense, apology to all affected and suspended for the remainder of the season. 
  • 3rd offense, apology to all affected and suspended indefinitely from playing/coaching for HVL. 

Parent & Extended Family Member Code of Conduct

As an HV Lacrosse Parent:

  1. I will support and encourage my child as he/she participates in HV Lacrosse and understand that my role as a parent is critical to the success of my child.
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  3. I understand that lacrosse is a team game and shall support and encourage both my child and his or her teammates.
  4. I understand that specific rules guide each activity and that necessary discipline of the participants by the coach is part of the activity.
  5. I will let the coach do the teaching/coaching, and will respect the coach’s decisions regarding participants and participation. I will save all questions and comments regarding the activity, participants, or participation for a time when the atmosphere is conducive to problem solving and in particular I will not approach or contact the coach immediately before or after a game. If I feel I have a concern that was not addressed by the Coach, I understand that I should contact the Boys or Girls Director first and then the HV Lacrosse Board President.
  6. I will be a positive role model for my child and will refrain from public displays of anger.
  7. I will accept officials’ decisions and understand that verbal abuse or harassment of an official could be detrimental to my child, the game, and the team.
  8. I will watch the action away from the players’ benches and will not coach players, including my child, from the sidelines.
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  10. I will respect the game of lacrosse and all participants (the officials, the opposing players and their fans, and the coaches, who give their time for the benefit of my children).
  11. I will emphasize the FUN and effort involved in playing the game, not wins and losses.
  12. I will NEVER criticize players regardless of the circumstance.
  13. I will be a good sport on and off the field and not participate in any conduct, including foul and abusive language and/or gestures, taunting, fighting, trash talking, boastful celebration, damage to property or belongings, or any other conduct that reflects poorly on myself or HV Lacrosse.
  14. I understand that these standards apply to myself and my spouse, partner and/or other family members.

 

If a parent or any extended family member attending a HVL event violates the Parental code of conduct the penalty is as follows: 

  1. 1st offense – parent or extended family member may not attend the next game 
  2. 2nd offense – parent or extended family member may not attend any games for the remainder of that season 
  3. 3rd offense – parent or extended family member is suspended indefinitely from attending any HVL game or function