Mission Statement: Victor Girls Youth Lacrosse (“VGYL) is an all inclusive town team and Not-for-profit organization. Our mission statement is to introduce the sport of lacrosse to our community and advance the development of all athletes, at all levels.
1. The goal for all coaches is to create an atmosphere on the field that is FUN, where all players, at all skill levels receive positive coaching and feel they are contributing to the team. This goal will be measured by the players that return to our program each season.
2. “Winning games” is not the ultimate goal of our program; improving our players’ performance and confidence through hard work, sportsmanship and team play is how our program wins.
3. Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught at all levels and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games. We must teach our players how to “win” and “lose” with respect.
4. Coaches must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their players. They are to strive to be positive role models in dealing with young people, as well as adults. Your players are watching you – please be a good example.
5. Coaches should always demonstrate positive behaviors and reinforce them to players, parents, officials and spectators alike. Players should be specifically encouraged and positively reinforced by coaches to demonstrate respect for teammates, opponents, officials and spectators.
6. The safety and welfare of our players on the practice and game field is the programs #1 priority. If our coaches do not feel that safe conditions are being exhibited or enforced, it is the coach’s responsibility to remove the team from the field.
7. No verbal or physical arguments with officials, coaches or spectators will be tolerated – Zero Tolerance. Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials or any other parties involved with the sport should be communicated through the Lacrosse Board, never on or about the field of play in view of spectators or participants.
8. Coaches should provide a basic knowledge of the rules to both players and spectators within his/her program. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable conduct.
9. Coaches, players, parents and spectators are expected to demonstrate the utmost respect for officials / opponents and reinforce that respect to players/teammates. Coaches are also expected to educate their players as to the important role of lacrosse officials and reinforce the ideal of respect for the official to players/teammates.
10. Repeat issues with unsportsmanlike conduct from Victor parents or spectators should be escalated to the Lacrosse Board immediately for further action.