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GYL Statement on Player  / Family Commitment and Guiding Principles

 

Greenwich Youth Lacrosse teaches our players about the great game of lacrosse in a fun, safe and supportive environment.  We strive to instill in our players the critical values of hard work, dedication, team orientation, unselfishness and sportsmanship. In service of these objectives:

  • Participation on a GYL Travel team requires enthusiasm, focus and 100% effort, both during practice as well as games. 
  • We expect players on every GYL team (House League and Travel) to attend all practices and games in their entirety.  
  • Players who anticipate missing a practice or game for any reason must email or call their coach prior to the practice or game. 
  • Players who miss practices or games without good reason (school, religion, family or health) may lose playing time or their position on the team.
  • Lacrosse is expected to be your PRIORITY during the spring season.  Other extracurricular activities will NOT be considered a “good reason” for missing practices or games.  Any successful team relies on all its members giving their best at ALL events, and missing practices or games during the spring season doesn’t help the team succeed. 
  • The “Tom Coughlin” rule applies to players and parents alike: “If you’re 5 minutes early, you’re late.”  Prompt arrival and pick-up is part of the program.
  • Our officials do a spectacular job, but they are human and will make mistakes from time to time.  We expect that players, coaches and parents, will accord officials respect no matter what the situation, and no matter what the call.  That behavior is consistent not only with good sportsmanship but the core principals of GYL.
  • Similarly, coaches are committed to doing the best they can to support player and team growth and success.  As with officials, they are human and will also make mistakes from time to time.  If parents have any questions or constructive feedback for coaches, which we welcome, please use good judgment as to when and how to approach the coach.  Immediately after a game is generally speaking the wrong time.  Perhaps the next day or so by email or after the next practice might allow for a more thoughtful discussion of the issue in question. 
  • While clearly an important team goal, winning isn't the only thing we care about at GYL.  We stress good sportsmanship at all times.  We win games with humility and we lose with class.  Above all, we strive to learn from our collective mistakes that will inevitably be made in order to improve.

GYL is a long time participant of the Positive Coaching Alliance.  Our coaches take a PCA training course each year and we encourage parents to review the PCA’s "Tools for Parents" section, which includes tips for a positive parent/coach partnership.  There are also "Tools for Athletes" section which provides valuable information such as learning how to compete.  These are all great tools for GYL athletes and parents that will contribute to a better positive, character-building youth sports experience.