SCLA 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.