PLAYER & PARENT BEHAVIOR POLICY
- Understand you are a student first and an athlete second. All homework and school work must be current to participate in WCAA activities. If you are struggling in school, you are responsible for speaking to your parents and your coach. They will work with you to come up with a plan to get back on track.
- Players will show their parents and families respect on and off the field at all times.
- Represent WCAA, themselves and their parents with values and principles of the highest standard both on and off the field.
- Refrain from using foul language, alcohol, nicotine or illegal drugs of any kind.
- Treat all teammates, opponents, parents, officials, and coaches with courtesy, respect, and good sportsmanship. This includes talking back to the officials or coaches if you are not in agreement with feedback you have been given.
- I will not bully or haze any teammate or other person involved with club. All players, regardless of their skill level are to be treated with respect.
- Honor all commitments to the team and be on time with all of your equipment. Players are responsible for ensuring they have all of their equipment including safety equipment and sticks.
- Players will be on time and on task at all practices and games. Goofing around in lines and horseplay will not be tolerated.
- Understand playing time is not guaranteed during Competitive (Summer and Fall) season and is earned. During Recreation Season playing time is evenly distributed between all players.
- Accept that the club reserves the right to move players between teams and allows players to “play up” based on their developmental level.
- Understand that improvement in a players game is directly related to the amount of work they are willing to do.
- Ensure that the player abides by the Player agreement.
- Support the player in a positive manner. All players will make mistakes during the game and in practice. They are still on a learning curve.
- Allow the coaches to manage the players and refrain from offering additional instruction during games or practices.
- Treat all players, opponents, parents, officials, and coaches with courtesy, respect, and good sportsmanship. Parents are not permitted to talk to the referees. If a you are unhappy with the referees, complaints must be discussed with the coach who will then work with the organization to determine any course of action.
- Refrain from behavior that causes public embarrassment or that brings the club into disrepute including using foul language, alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs of any kind at program events.
- Respect the need for a cooling off period immediately after games and not attempt to offer critiques to coaches until sufficient time has passed (at minimum 24 hours). All critiques will be approached in an adult, positive way and not occur in front of youth players.
- Accept that any parent or guardian that is removed from a game by an official or field marshall may results in a suspension from future games or possible the program, depending on the severity of the infraction. If a parent or player is referred to the Executive Board for disciplinary consideration, will be given notice and an opportunity to speak on their own behalf. Refunds will not be given and fees not prorated if a player is suspended from any games or discharged from the season.
- Commit to not recruit players to transfer to another lacrosse organization.
- Pay all fees in full. Refunds will only be given at the direction of the Director of Lacrosse.
- Understand the parents primary insurance will be billed before WCAA’s insurance. WCAA’s insurance is always secondary.
- If an injury occurs on the field, the parent will notify the coach immediately and complete an incident report.
- Notify parents of any changes in health status or medications for the player.
- Support your player as a student first and athlete second. Communicate academic issues to the coach.
WCAA reserves the right to initiate disciplinary proceedings to include:
- Issue a letter of reprimand
- Place on probation with such special conditions as are deemed appropriate
- Program suspension
- Trespassed from the property
Disciplinary action may be extended to include all family members depending on the severity of the infraction.
All Participants in Wesley Chapel Athletic Association (WCAA) Programs are required to comply with the approved Code of Conduct. Violations in the Code of Conduct are subject to the disciplinary action as outlined in this procedure.
WCAA Lacrosse subscribes to a method of progressive disciplinary action whenever possible. Disciplinary actions range in severity and are based on the infractions as outlined in the Program Code of Conduct. Disciplinary actions are designed to fairly hold all participants accountable for their actions that could negatively impact other players, parents, coaches, referees and the program as a whole.
Whenever possible, discussion of the infraction will all parties should be the first intervention used. At no time is the disciplinary policy to be used as a punishment. Sanctions can be carried from one season to another.
Enforcement of the rules and communication of disciplinary actions shall follow the following chain of command: Coach, Assistant Director of Lacrosse, Director of Lacrosse and the Executive Board of Directors.
Progressive discipline includes:
- Removal from practice or a game, aka “benched”. Any removal beyond a partial practice or game is considered a suspension. Infractions for this level of discipline can include:
- Disrespect to other participants, bullying or teasing when no other warning has been given, unsportsman like conduct or refusal to wear safety equipment.
- Suspension from a practice or game. Recommendations for suspensions are to be immediately reported to the Director of Lacrosse who shall bring the recommendation and any information related to the infraction to the Sport Committee. The Sport Committee will keep a log of disciplinary issues, the intervention and the resolution.
- The Sport Committee will meet to discuss the issue to determine how to move forward. All relevant parties will be provided an opportunity to present their argument to the committee. Witnesses may be called to provide additional information, as appropriate.
- The Sport Committee is responsible for making a finding based on the information provided. Finding include:
- No disciplinary action is needed
- Disciplinary action is needed. Disciplinary action can include a formal letter of reprimand up to and including a 3 game suspension.
- Referral to the Executive Board with a formal written recommendation of a more formal disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the program.
- All parties will be provided, verbally and in writing, information regarding the decision, reason and appeal procedures within 48 hours from the formal finding by the Sport Committee.
- The party subject to the disciplinary action, excluding any formal reprimand, will have 48 hours from the date/time of the written disciplinary action to notify the Executive Board of the desire to appeal the decision.
- If a timely appeal is filed, the disciplinary action will be suspended until the Executive Board is able to hear the appeal. Once the Executive Board has issued a finding.
- Based on the information provided, the Executive Board can reject the Sport Committee’s recommendations, impose a one year suspension from the program or issue a multi-year suspension from one or all WCAA Programs.
- If a sanction imposed is more severe than what was recommended by the Sport Committee, the party subject to the disciplinary action will be provided information regarding the appeal process and the appeal will be referred to the Grievance Committee.
- The General Board will consider recommendations by the Executive Board for suspension or removal from all WCAA Programs or multi-year suspensions. or All players will demonstrate good sportsmanship while representing WCAA on and off of the field. Players will maintain a positive attitude. Bullying, obscene language of gestures toward players on their team, an opposing team, coaches, parents or referees will not be tolerated. Those demonstrating these or other disruptive behavior is subject to disciplinary action including immediate dismissal from practice or more severe action as outlined in the WCAA Disciplinary Policy.
- Ejections: Any coach, player or parent ejected by a game official shall receive an automatic one game suspension. Two ejections in a season will disqualify the player, coach or other participant for the rest of the season. This sanction shall not prevent the applicable Sport Committee from taking additional action pursuant to the disciplinary procedures set forth herein.
- Engagement in flagrant and/or egregious conduct that places jeopardizes the safety of any player where the intent is to injure another.
Generic Volunteer Agreement
I understand this is a non-paid volunteer position. If, during the term of my involvement as a volunteer, I am charged with any crime, I will immediately notify the Director of Lacrosse. A charge doesn’t automatically preclude you from volunteering, however failing to disclose any arrest or charge may, regardless of the charge, preclude you from continued involvement as a WCAA volunteer.
All volunteers are expected to represent WCAA and Pasco County appropriately. Volunteers may not engage in any behavior that would be reasonably deemed detrimental to the community we serve, including the parents, players and other volunteers, the organization or Pasco County. Volunteers are expected to use good judgement at all times and refrain from the use of drugs and alcohol. Additionally, volunteers are expected to remain unbiased when volunteering to act as a field marshall or as a scoring table volunteer and to refrain from cursing or engage in derogatory or defamatory speech toward coaches, referees, attendees, administrators or players regardless of their affiliation.
All volunteers are representatives of WCAA in the community. Volunteers will refrain from using alcohol or illicit substances before or during program sanctioned activities. Any volunteer using or appearing under the influence will not be permitted to continue with their responsibilities during the sanctioned activity and may be asked to step down from their role, depending on the severity of the infraction.
Coaches/Team Parent Conduct Agreement
Code of Conduct for Coaches & Volunteers
I will never place the value of winning before the safety and welfare of all players.
I will always show respect for players, other coaches, and game officials.
I will lead by example, demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship at all times.
I will be knowledgeable of the rules of the game, and teach these rules to my players.
I will never use abusive or insulting language. I will treat everyone with dignity.
I will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, regardless of the situation.
I will not allow the use of anabolic agents, stimulants, drugs, tobacco, or alcohol by my players.
I will never knowingly jeopardize the eligibility and participation of a student-athlete.
Youth have a greater need for example than criticism. I will be the primary sport role model.
I will at all times conduct myself in a positive manner.
I realize that coaching is motivating players to produce their best effort, inspiring players to learn, and encouraging players to be winners.
I will conduct myself on sidelines during games in the spirit of good sportsmanship at all times.
Profanity, profane gestures, arguing, inciting disruptive behavior by spectators and or players, or any conduct not in the spirit of good sportsmanship will require disciplinary action.
Alcohol, illegal drugs and unauthorized prescription drugs shall not be possessed, consumed or distributed before, during or after any game or at any other time at the field and or game complex.
If I do not fulfill any of these responsibilities my team risks forfeiture of games while I am not in compliance and I may not be allowed to continue to coach or volunteer with my team until I fulfill these responsibilities.
- Coaches and volunteers working with players will submit to a complete background check in accordance with Florida law.
- Coaches will place safety and sportsmanship above winning.
- Coaches are to ensure all players are wearing protective safety gear including mouth gear, pads, helmets and jockstrap.
- Coaches will show all players, parents, coaches and referees with respect.
- Coaches will adhere to the US Lacrosse Rules and will maintain membership with the organization.
- Coaches are to maintain positive interaction with all participants. Inappropriate language, gestures, demeaning, discriminatory or bullying behavior will not be tolerated.
- Coaches are to model respect and problem solving skills when resolving differences.
- Coaches will not engage in illegal behavior. If a coach observes or is informed of a parent or players illegal behavior, they will immediately notify the Lacrosse Director.
- Coaches are not to use alcohol or illicit substances while representing WCAA on or off the field. Coaches are prohibited from providing any illicit substances, alcohol or performance enhancing drugs to any players.
- Coaches are expected to partner with parents to ensure players are able to meet the demands both on and off the field.
WCAA CODE OF CONDUCT
All Participants in Wesley Chapel Athletic Association (WCAA) Programs are required to comply with the approved Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is to ensure all participants are able to develop sportsmanship, integrity and to ensure the safety of everyone participating in WCAA programs.
Participants are defined as parents, step or biological, legal custodians, family, coaches, players and siblings.
Participants are expected to review and understand the rules. Parents/Custodians are expected to review the rules with their child to ensure their understanding.