Code of Conduct
The AILA Heritage Cup (the “Tournament”) requires all players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators to abide by a “Code of Conduct” that embodies basic common sense principles, demonstrates consideration of others, and reflects well on our participants and on the great game of lacrosse. Individuals and/or teams participating in the Tournament that fail to abide by the Code of Conduct regrettably may be subject to ejection and disqualification from the Tournament and future events.
The Code of Conduct
- GENERALLY – Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that “Honors the Game.”
- Sportsmanship and fair play are essential to the overall success of the Tournament. Emphasis on winning is secondary.
- Poor sportsmanship, taunting, trash talking, fighting, “jawing” officials, or other unbecoming behavior will not be tolerated.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct will penalized, and officials are authorized to handle such conduct in their judgment based on the circumstances (including ending the game, which may be treated as a forfeit by each team regardless of “who did what”).
- PLAYERS – I agree to:
- Play by the rules and show respect for the game, the officials, coaches and other players.
- Show good sportsmanship, convey a positive attitude, control my emotions, be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.
- Never address remarks to officials, taunt opposing players, use foul language or retaliate even if I disagree with an official.
- COACHES – Head coaches are ultimately responsible to ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct during the Tournament.
- Communicate these expectations to your players, assistant coaches, parents and spectators and promote behavior consistent with the Tournament philosophy.
- Understand and abide by Tournament rules, particularly as they pertain to conduct and the rules regarding checking.
- Only head coaches are permitted to address the officials. They are expected to do so in a courteous manner. Derogatory comments made to criticize, badger, harass or threaten an official are not unacceptable.
- OFFICIALS: Officials are also expected to conduct themselves as professionals and demonstrate courtesy and fairness to all parties while exercising their authority on the field.
- AGE/ELIGIBILITY – Eligibility requirements have been established to optimize play and promote safety. The Tournament relies on the good faith of coaches and players as well as their representations regarding age during the registration process.
- Tournament directors reserve the right to adopt and implement such other rules or regulations as it determines are necessary or appropriate to further the goals and objectives of the Tournament.
Thank you for your help in promoting these principles and the Tournament’s “Honor the Game” philosophy.