The following policies and procedures have been instituted by the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse
Association (GBYLA) in an effort to promote good sportsmanship for our teams & fans on game day.
Home team ALWAYS wears WHITE. Opposing team must have contrasting color jerseys.
Duplicate jersey numbers on the same team are not allowed and may result in offending team sustaining a penalty.
Ensure Home Field Set Up Instructions are properly followed by the Home team.
Walk field to ensure playing surface is free of debris & safe for play.
Place end line balls on either end of playing field approximately 2-3 yards beyond the end line.
Set up Timer’s table w/necessary equipment ie horn, score flip board.
Place cones as diagramed
Coach introduction to one another with handshake.
Identify Team Captains and review roles with players (if applicable).
Officials Engagement Policy:
Coach introduction to Officials with handshake.
Rule clarification & review, if needed, by either Home or Away Coach or both.
Communications to Officials during the game are made by HEAD COACH only.
Game Sportsmanship Message(to be read prior to game start):
We expect that all spectators, coaches, officials, & players will ‘Honor the Game’ by supporting all participants with positive thoughts, actions & words. As you support your team today, show respect and courtesy for all spectators, players, coaches & officials before, during & after the game regardless of the outcome.
Sideline Conduct Policy:
Game and Table Volunteers
Table workers or those assisting at the table shall refrain from outburst or engaging with the opposing team. Engaging with the opposing team should be done only in a manner that encourages the ideals of Honor the Game.
Table interaction with the opposing team Head Coach should be engaged only if a direct question is asked of the timer or scorer.
Interaction to Officials should be limited to questions related to the individual’s role and should only be done prior to the start of the game or during halftime.
All fans MUST sit or stand on the opposite side of the field from the players.
Photographers must refrain from engaging players during play or loitering at the end line or goal.
Visitor Team – No more than two (2) persons at the sideline table
Do not represent an official capacity during the game.
Home Team – No more than three (3) persons at the sideline table
Home Team Coach is responsible for identifying the table officials.
Officials communicate with five (5) people on the sideline ie two (2) Head Coaches (Visitor & Home) and three (3) table officials (represented by the Home Team).
Maximum persons at the table is five (5).
Playing Time Policy:
8U/10U: Two (2) quarters equivalent.
12U: One (1) quarter equivalent.
14U: No minimum required.
JV and HS: No minimum required.
The GBYLA places a high priority on superior sportsmanship being exhibited by its players, coaches & fans. Our Sportsmanship policy will be promoted & enforced at all GBYLA competitions & sponsored events.