PYLAX Sportsmanship Statements


  • Treat players, parents, referees and opponents with respect.
  • Teach and inspire lacrosse players to love the game and to compete fairly.
  • Demonstrate by example the type of person he/she wants the players to be.
  • Have control and command discipline at all times.
  • Respect the interpretation of rules and judgments by the officials.
  • Realize that as a coach he/she is a teacher and therefore must understand the game and proper techniques to teach his/her players.
  • All players are to be given the maximum opportunity for quality participation in all aspects of the game in a safe and secure environment.
  • All players should be made to feel that they have contributed to, or are making a contribution, however small, to the team effort.
  • All players are entitled to quality instruction toward the development of lacrosse skills and tactics.


  • Treat opponents with respect.
  • Treat coaches and fellow teammates with respect.
  • Play hard and within the rules of the game of lacrosse.
  • Demonstrate self-control.
  • Respect officials and accept their decisions without gesture or argument.
  • Win without boasting, lose without excuses and never quit.
  • Remember that it is a privilege to represent PYL and your community.
  • All players should be aware that encouraging and supporting all teammates is essential to success.
  • All players should be aware of the rules of the game of lacrosse and be encouraged to abide by these at all times.


  • Cheer constructively for the team at all times.
  • Do not coach the team players, including your own youngster, from the sidelines during games.
  • Respect the judgment of the officials and do not criticize them during games.
  • Decrease the pressure to win.
  • Communicate with the coach and create a positive, supportive working relationship.
  • Understand and respect the different roles of parents and coaches.
  • Control negative emotions and actions.
  • Show patience for the younger, developing lacrosse players.