HAVING FUN IS THE NAME OF THE GAME
We love the sport and we want our players to have fun first. It's a game after all. It's only when the game is fun will our children continue to play the sport. Integrating fun, skills, challenge, team work, a sense of accomplishment, respect for each other, and a feeling that a player gave it their all is why we want our children to play sports. Let's not forget that!
TAKE YOUR PLEDGE TO HONOR THE GAME
We challenge all players to take the PLEDGE to Compete with Class and Honor the Game.
The pledge is below but your player can submit his or her pledge to US Lacrosse. Parents, Coaches and Players must read and understand the 2015 SNLA Code of Conduct Policy for the Spring Season (Available at Home/Documents & Forms/For All and Coaches).
Parents should read and sign the parent pledge and give to your coach, showing your commitment. Parent Pledge
This season I pledge to COMPETE with CLASS and HONOR THE GAME…
I will honor the history of the lacrosse and commit to the maintaining the core values of the game's culture.
I will recognize the value of safe and fair play by teaching, enforcing and playing by the letter and spirit of the men's game.
I will practice and encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches and officials at every game, practice or other men’s lacrosse event.
I will place the emotional and physical well-being of our players ahead of any personal desire to win.
I will support coaches and officials working with players in order to encourage a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all.
I will do my very best to make the sport fun for everyone who participates.
I will ask all family members and fans to be tolerant and inclusive by treating other players, coaches, fans and officials with high regard and respect.
ENSURING GREAT COACHES, GREAT ROLE MODELS
To ensure that our players have fun, SNLA is dedicated to the idea of positive coaching, and as part of that philosophy we ensure that our coaches are well trained in sportsmanship.
All Head Coaches MUST complete the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Double Goal Certification either on-line or in person prior to the first game of the season. We recommend that all support coaches take this valuable training.
POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE (PCA)
A PCA is a national non-profit dedicated providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Learn more in this video.
PROMOTING A POSITIVE CULTURE BY EVERYONE
SNLA is proud to continue the Sportsmanship Badge aka “Culture Keeper” Program. The Sportsmanship Card aka the Culture Keeper program is used in both the SNLA High School and Middle School programs. A person designated as the Culture Keeper at each game will help maintain a positive sideline environment AND correct unsportsmanlike behavior that has a negative impact on the game.
Goals of this initiative include:
- Eradicate the unsportsmanlike behavior that is creeping into sport
- Strengthen sportsmanship
- Contribute to the retention of officials
- Honor the game
Each team is required to designate a Culture Keeper for their fans prior to each game. Culture Keepers should wear the Sportsmanship Badge provided to the team by the SNLA. If you need additional badges,
Role of the Culture Keeper
How to develop a "Honor the Game" Culture
Maintaining a Positive Culture
Fixing "Broken Windows"
We Honor the Game Here Logo
Helpful 2 minute drills for Parents:
The Power of OPO
Responding to Challenges
You Can Help
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