SOUDERTON AREA BOYS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION CODE OF CONDUCT
Players and Coaches of the Souderton Area Boys Lacrosse Association (SABLA) are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will reflect the high standards and ideals of their team and community. It is only through the observance of these standards that individuals and teams can successfully learn the game of lacrosse. SABLA supports this Code of Conduct for its participants and agrees to abide by the conditions of this code.
The following rules have been established by the SABLA Executive Board of Directors to support the SABLA coaching staff and players in fairness to all who may choose to participate in this organization. The SABLA Code of Conduct addresses the most relevant issues to SABLA player participation. If issues arise that are not covered in the SABLA Code of Conduct, the issue will be handled at the discretion of the Executive Board. It is the responsibility of the coaches, players, and parents to read and understand this document. We support an open dialogue with the parents of our organization to ensure these guidelines are followed.
1. Drug/Tobacco/Alcohol Policy
The SABLA is committed to a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free environment. All facilities used by SABLA, whether home or away, follow the same guidelines. Any drug/alcohol/tobacco incidences will be reviewed and handled by the Executive Board.
It is understood that throughout the course of a season player absences will occur. Please understand that multiple absences, communicated or not, can affect playing time due to lack of preparedness.
Players should be on time for practice. On time means fully dressed and ready to play when the whistle blows to begin practice.
Players should be on time for games. On time means fully dressed and ready to play at the time communicated by the coach.
Coaches are also expected to be clear in communicating times and are expected to be on time as well.
Players need proper equipment to play in practice and games. Equipment should meet US Lacrosse standards for safety.
- Discipline Policies and Procedures
As a member of SABLA, your actions on and off the field are viewed as representative of the entire program. Actions detrimental to the integrity of SABLA will not be tolerated. Examples of these actions include, but are not limited to, failure to refrain from drugs/alcohol/tobacco, getting in trouble with the law, unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting, taunting, foul language, and any disrespect to referees, fellow coaches or fellow teammates.
Whenever infractions of this Code of Conduct occur, the incident will be reported to the Executive Board. The Executive Board has the discretion to determine the necessary discipline for the infraction. Any decision handed down by the Executive Board will be final.
We support an open dialogue to ensure this Code of Conduct is followed.
SABLA POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
- Player Participation Requirements
-Players must be registered through the SABLA on-line registration system.
-Players must be a member of US Lacrosse.
-Full payment received.
-If a player is injured, a medical release may be required to return to play.
2. Coaching Participation Requirements
-Coaches must be registered through the SABLA on-line registrations system.
-Coaches must be a member of US Lacrosse and complete Safesport training and complete background check.
-Coaches must submit PA Criminal and PA Child Abuse Background Checks
-Coaches will submit FBI Fingerprint check if they have not lived in PA for the past 5 years.
3. Governing Body
-SABLA is a member of the South Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association. SEPYLA
-SEPYLA determines the dates of the season, the options being offered for teams at each level and is the central scheduler for the season. SABLA has a representative in the organization to keep informed and be a voice for our organization.
SABLA teams are set up following the SEPYLA guidelines and our community needs. The following is a breakdown of how teams are organized.
Little Scoopers- Players in Kindergarten. First graders may also participate if they are new to lacrosse. These players do not wear full lacrosse gear but are being introduced to the game.
Mini-Warriors- Players in First and Second Grade. Players are on a shortened field, wear full gear and participate in game play.
C Level- Players in Third and Fourth Grade. Players wear full gear, participate in regulated game play and games are officiated by referees.
B Level- Players in Fifth and Sixth Grade. Players wear full gear, participate in regulated game play, games are officiated by referees and playoffs are held within the level.
A Level- Players in Seventh and Eight Grade. Players wear full gear, participate in regulated game play, games are officiated by referees and playoffs are held within the level.
All players participating in SABLA will play in their current grade level with no exception. This is for the continuity of the program and the safety of all players as well as respect to fair play in the league.
4. Parent Participation Requirements
-Parents are asked to volunteer when possible. This could be in the form of fundraising, helping with the clock, working at the snack stand or other opportunities that arise
-We ask that parents support all teams on the field and set and example of good sportsmanship.
-When questions arise, we ask parents to follow the 24-hour rule. In respect to volunteer coaches, please do not approach a coach on the field before, during or after a practice or game. Please contact the coach after 24 hours to discuss and find a resolution to any issue.
5. General Information
-SABLA is a community organization dedicated to teaching the game of lacrosse. It is meant to be fun and competitive. The goal is to grow the love of the game and the organization.
-All members of SABLA are volunteers. Please respect the time and effort put into making the organization successful.
-Coaches and Board Members are always striving to make SABLA a success. These volunteers are available to help players and their families. Open dialogue is appreciated and encouraged.
-If any family is experiencing hardship, the President can be contacted for discussion.