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GYL Player Commitment Policy
Greenwich Youth Lacrosse
Guidance on Player Commitment Policy
As we begin another season of lacrosse, our children’s schedules – not to mention our own – are increasingly strained. Between school, family, and other activities, conflicting obligations are inevitable during our short season.
To provide our members with additional guidance on GYL’s Player Commitment Policy (http://greenwichyouthlacrosse.org/#451874) and its enforcement, we have developed the following rules and reminders:
- Players who anticipate missing a practice or game must call or e-mail their coach in advance. This requirement not only helps coaches plan appropriately, but teaches our young men and women about responsibility and accountability. They really are ready for it – it’s empowering!
- Players who miss practices or games without good reason (school, religion, family or health) may lose playing time or their position on the team.
- GYL and its coaches will enforce the Player Commitment Policy as follows:
First absence without cause will result in the player sitting out for ½ game.
Second absence without cause will result in the player sitting out 1 full game.
Third absence without cause will result in the GYL Board reviewing the player’s status with the program.
These policies are not in place to punish our already over-committed kids. They are instead designed to reward those who have made a full commitment to GYL, and to ensure that those who have made lacrosse their priority this spring receive the playing time they have earned and deserve.
In light of the tremendous growth of youth lacrosse, in particular the increasing number of playing options for elementary and middle school children in Greenwich, GYL is repeating here its standing policy on Player Commitment. In addition, US Lacrosse provides the following article, 5 Big Things Every Lacrosse Parent Should Know as guidance in raising your young athletes.
GYL Statement on Player / Family Commitment and Guiding Principles
Greenwich Youth Lacrosse teaches our players about the great game of lacrosse in a fun, safe and supportive environment. We strive to instill in our players the critical values of hard work, dedication, team orientation, unselfishness and sportsmanship. In service of these objectives:
Participation on a GYL Travel team requires enthusiasm, focus and 100% effort, both during practice as well as games.
We expect players on every GYL team (House League and Travel) to attend all practices and games in their entirety.
Players who anticipate missing a practice or game for any reason must email or call their coach prior to the practice or game.
Players who miss practices or games without good reason (school, religion, family or health) may lose playing time or their position on the team.
Lacrosse is expected to be your PRIORITY during the spring season. Other extracurricular activities will NOT be considered a “good reason” for missing practices or games. Any successful team relies on all its members giving their best at ALL events, and missing practices or games during the spring season doesn’t help the team succeed.
The “Tom Coughlin” rule applies to players and parents alike: “If you’re 5 minutes early, you’re late.” Prompt arrival and pick-up is part of the program.
Our officials do a spectacular job, but they are human and will make mistakes from time to time. We expect that players, coaches and parents, will accord officials respect no matter what the situation, and no matter what the call. That behavior is consistent not only with good sportsmanship but the core principals of GYL.
Similarly, coaches are committed to doing the best they can to support player and team growth and success. As with officials, they are human and will also make mistakes from time to time. If parents have any questions or constructive feedback for coaches, which we welcome, please use good judgment as to when and how to approach the coach. Immediately after a game is generally speaking the wrong time. Perhaps the next day or so by email or after the next practice might allow for a more thoughtful discussion of the issue in question.
While clearly an important team goal, winning isn't the only thing we care about at GYL. We stress good sportsmanship at all times. We win games with humility and we lose with class. Above all, we strive to learn from our collective mistakes that will inevitably be made in order to improve.
GYL is a long time participant of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Our coaches take a PCA training course each year and we encourage parents to review the PCA’s "Tools for Parents" section, which includes tips for a positive parent/coach partnership. There are also "Tools for Athletes" section which provides valuable information such as learning how to compete. These are all great tools for GYL athletes and parents that will contribute to a better positive, character-building youth sports experience.