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SCLA Presents Updated Participant Code of Conduct

SCLA Participant Code of Conduct

The mission of Southern California Lacrosse Association (SCLA) is to provide an opportunity for boys and girls to learn and play competitive lacrosse in a safe environment in which athletes learn the value of teamwork and balanced competition.

To support this mission, SCLA has adopted a “Participant Code of Conduct” that applies to all players, coaches, parents, and spectators.

The core tenant of the Code of Conduct is that all participants assume the responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates the utmost respect to other players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators (collectively referred to as “Participants” in this Code).

 

The following essential elements of the "Code of Conduct" must be followed:

  1. The safety and welfare of the youth players are of primary importance.
  2. Coaches, parents, spectators, and officials must be aware that he or she has tremendous influence, both positive and negative, on the youth player and shall never place the value of winning above the value of instilling the highest ideals of character. All Participants are to strive to be positive role models for the young athletes as well as participants.
  3. Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game, must be taught at all levels, and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.
  4. The value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, and the skills of the game should always be placed above winning. Encourage fair play. Recognize and applaud good effort from either team. Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
  5. Lacrosse is not football. Do not cheer “big hits” or incite retaliation.
  6. All Participants shall unequivocally reject racism and bigotry in all forms, and support diversity and inclusion for Participants. SCLA has a zero-tolerance policy for behavior that contradicts these values.
  7. All Participants must never permit anyone to criticize openly or maliciously, badger, harass or threaten another participant. Profanity, whether directed at another player or not is not acceptable. It is essential that no player is harassed, threatened, or intimidated physically, verbally, or by any obscene or symbolic gestures. SCLA has a zero-tolerance policy for behavior that contradicts these values.
  8. Participants should always demonstrate positive behaviors and reinforce them. Players should be specifically encouraged and positively reinforced to demonstrate respect for teammates, opponents, officials, and spectators.
  9. The coach should meet and exchange cordial greetings with the opposing coach to set the correct tone for the event before and after the contest.
  10. Players should always demonstrate positive behavior and respect toward teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators.
  11. Coaches, players, parents, and spectators are expected to demonstrate respect for officials and educate their players on the important role of officials and need for respecting their role and direction.
  12. The coach shall not indulge in conduct which would incite players or spectators against the officials.  Public criticism of officials or players is not acceptable. Verbal abuse of officials will not be tolerated.
  13. Coaches coach, referees officiate, players play, and spectators cheer.
  14. Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials or any other parties involved with SCLA events should be communicated through the proper channels and procedures, never on or about the field of play in view of players, spectators, or other Participants. Parental discussions with coaches should be handled in private, not at the game or on the practice field.
  15. Coaches must be able to demonstrate a solid knowledge of the rules of lacrosse and should adhere to the rules in both the letter and the spirit of the game. Parents and spectators will work to learn the rules of the game and support officials on and off the field.
  16. Non-players or coaches shall stay off the field and player sideline. The field is for players, coaches, and officials only. Remain on the spectator side of the field.
  17. Attempts to manipulate rules to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is unacceptable and unethical conduct.
  18. Eligibility requirements must be followed. Registration rules and residency requirements have been established to encourage and maximize participation, fair play and to promote safety.
  19. Attendance at SCLA games, team practices and use of our fields is a privilege. Do not throw any items on the field. This could result in an injury. Pick up trash on the sidelines when leaving the field.
  20. SCLA events are substance free. There shall be no consumption of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco at any SCLA event. SCLA has a zero-tolerance policy for violation of this rule.

 

 

SCLA Adopts US LAX Rules

The SCLA is excited to announce that it has unanimously voted to adopt certain US Lacrosse
Rules that will be effective for the 2021 spring youth lacrosse season.

Read more here:

 

 

What is US Lacrosse?

US Lacrosse is the governing body for youth lacrosse in the United States; providing
national leadership (80 full-time staff members and more than 300 volunteers), structure
and resources to fuel the sport's growth and enrich the experience of participants.

Why change?

Since 1998, US Lacrosse has invested more than $1 million in funding for
lacrosse-specific research to make the game safer. The Center for Sport Science at US
Lacrosse is devoted to research, education, collaboration, policy development, and best
practices guidelines that benefit the safety and wellness of lacrosse players.

US Lacrosse youth rules are based on the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model, a
researched based approach that focuses on development and fun.

US Lacrosse youth rules use smaller fields and fewer players for younger players; keeping
kids engaged, creating more touches that lead to better skills, generating more goals
scored/more players able to score - all of which makes the game more fun for kids.

Smaller teams means it’s easier for Towns to field a team(s) at younger age groups

Southern California Lacrosse Association ("SCLA")

The SCLA is a premiere non-profit youth recreational lacrosse league based in Southern California. We support nearly 1,500 youth Boys and Girls lacrosse players across greater Los Angeles.

We strive to provide a safe and fun playing environment for the sport of lacrosse to grow and thrive.

The SCLA includes playing levels for Beginners and more experienced players.

Divisions include Boys and Girls U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, teams.

SCLA coaches include former college lacrosse players, experienced parents, and high school varsity players

Download the TeamSnap Tournaments app to get schedule information, alerts and real-time scores.

To download the TeamSnap Tournaments app, go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to find app:

1. After signing in, follow our tournament, 2021 SCLA Spring Season

2. Now you can see favorite your team, see division schedules, and can receive real-time scores, updates, and notifications.

You can also see results on the web here. Please note that you will not receive real-time alerts unless you are on the app.

Follow us on Twitter @SCLAlax for the latest announcements and field updates as well

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SCLA Player Registration Guidelines

Before registering take a minute to review SCLA Registration Guidelines below. Once you have read the guidelines you can register now for the 2020 Spring Season.

SCLA Player Registration Guidelines:

The SCLA has clear guidelines for registration boundaries for players and families. The league requires players to register in Participating Towns based on high school zoned boundaries. For the neighboring communities of Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake please confirm your zoned High School in the CVUSD Street Index.

Participating Towns of Agoura, Oak Park, Simi Valley, Ventura, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and Pasadena can utilize My School Locator to confirm your zoned High School district boundaries.    

When a player and/or family’s primary home residence is not located in a local participating town, the league guidelines allow families to register for the program most convenient for their family; pending SCLA approval.

If your primary home residence is located in an SCLA Participating Town but you have substantial and verifiable circumstances precluding registration with your local participating town, then you can request a waiver to play for another program. In this instance please contact the other program and they will submit a waiver request to the SCLA on your behalf. If you plan to request a waiver, do not register with either program until a final waiver decision has been made by the SCLA.

All waiver requests will be determined no later than January 15th. If a waiver request is approved then the player must remain in that program for the duration for their playing eligibility. If you plan to request a waiver, then do not register in either program until the waiver has been decided, then register in that program.

Please note that the SCLA usually does not grant a waiver for reason of wanting to play with friends. But the league will consider all requests and we follow up with them to make sure you know what the outcome is.”

Go to your Participating Town website to register. Click here 

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Learn More About The SCLA

The SCLA is a premiere non-profit youth recreational lacrosse league based in Southern California. We support nearly 1,500 youth Boys and Girls lacrosse players across greater Los Angeles. We strive to provide a safe and fun playing environment for the sport of lacrosse to grow and thrive.

The SCLA includes playing levels for Beginners and more experienced players. Divisions include Boys U9, U11, U13, U15, and Girls Elementary School and Girls Middle School teams.

SCLA coaches include former college lacrosse players, experienced parents, and high school varsity players”.

The SCLA is making an impact!

You may be a new parent to the SCLA and just finished a spring season.  After seeing your player pick up a stick and run up and down the field,  you might think it's such a fun game. But for many who have played year after year in the SCLA, it's made a difference in their lives and in their communities. 

Chris Reilly, one of our tireless and dedicated board members has seen his kids, and many others, come up and go through the SCLA program . He has compiled a list of some of  those kids and what happened to them in their journey playing the game they love. Check out our wall of fame and click on the news links and see what future your son or daughter could have playing the game they love. 

The History of the SCLA

If you'd like to find out more on the history of the SCLA, click on this link and enjoy the story on how we started.

http://www.socallaxassoc.com/about-us/

Communities

Our league is made up of local community lacrosse programs with dedicated parents and local leaders. We work together to help provide recreational lacrosse programs that support their community.

Level Playing Field

In our U11, U13 and U15 divisions, we level the field of play by dividing up teams based on experience level. The more experienced teams play in the Stars division and the other in the Stripes division.

 

Safety First

We believe in safety first and align our rules with US Lacrosse's guidelines and their recommendations to keep the sport fun and safe.

 

Game & Practice Schedules

Practice schedules are provided by each team at the community level and games are scheduled by the league. They practice during the week and play games on Saturdays from the February to May.

Objectives & Expected Level Of Play By Division

Boys & Girls U6 Division

U6 lacrosse is when many players first experience the sport.

With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize:

  • FUN
  • Introduction of basic lacrosse concepts
  • Explore competition in lacrosse
  • Basic rules of play
  • Good sportsmanship
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Boys U8 Division

U8 lacrosse is when many players first experience the sport.

With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize:

  • FUN
  • Introduction of basic lacrosse concepts
  • Explore competition in lacrosse
  • Basic rules of play
  • Good sportsmanship
Learn More

Boys & Girls U10 Division

U10 lacrosse is when players begin developing fundamental skills.

With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize:

  • FUN
  • Trying new skills in a team setting
  • Learning and exploring overall play of the game
  • Good sportsmanship
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Boys & Girls U12 Division

U12 lacrosse is where players are honing technical skills and building tactical skills needed in lacrosse while preparing to be competitors.

With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize:

  • FUN
  • Using technical skills in game situations
  • Exploring and applying new tactical skills
  • Good  sportsmanship
Learn More

Boys & Girls U14 Division

U14 lacrosse is where players are emerging into a competitive environment.

With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize:

  • FUN
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Using technical skills in game situation
  • Exploring and applying new tactical skills
Learn More

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