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GYL Core Values


The following core values will guide Greenwich Youth Lacrosse in programming and play, now and in the future.  GYL believes its programs have the potential to develop not only lacrosse skills but, more importantly, character values that will benefit today’s players in later years and other endeavors.  It’s not just about lacrosse.

SPORTSMANSHIP - Foremost of all values is to learn a sense of fair play. We will not gloat in victory, and we will be gracious in defeat. We will promote friendship with teammates and opponents alike, and we will respect officials.

RESPECT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL – We will treat all others and all players as we would want to be treated and as we would want our children to be treated. 

INTEGRITY - Each member of GYL, whether player, coach, parent or volunteer should be honest in all aspects of play on and off the field, including honesty in the registration process. We seek to foster good character and fair play in accordance with the rules of the game.

EFFORT - Each member of GYL, whether player, parent or volunteer staff should try to do his or her best.  We recognize that young athletes develop at different rates and stages, and not everyone may have the same ability in any given age group, but everyone can try to perform to the best of his or her ability.

ENJOYMENT – We want the lacrosse experience to be fun, satisfying and rewarding for all participants. We want each child, at the end of every season, to look forward to playing lacrosse again the following year.

TEAMWORK - We value the strength of learning to work together. Teamwork is reinforced and rewarded by success in the lacrosse experience.  We will not value individual exploits over team success and we will promote trust in teammates over selfish play.

LOYALTY – We are loyal to teammates and to other parents because we understand that teamwork and overall success cannot be achieved without mutual appreciation and a desire for all players to do well and
enjoy success.