THUNDERBIRD LACROSSE PARENT CONDUCT
Parents and players must understand that winning is not the highest priority. Success on the field is measured in many ways: coaches look for improved skills, well-executed offensive and defensive plays, an increasing understanding of on-field awareness, and team cohesiveness. You are expected to support these priorities.
Excellent sportsmanship is the cornerstone being a Thunderbird. We expect you and your player to be gracious when we win and respectful when we lose on the field. Bragging and taunting are prohibited.
You are expected never to use rude, abusive, or obscene language or gestures toward coaches, referees, competitors, or other spectators. If you do this, you will be removed from the practice, game, or event.
You should NOT coach your athlete from the sidelines of practices or games: this undermines your athlete’s ability to develop unity with the coach and the team.
You are expected to cheer and encourage your athlete and all team players on the sidelines in a positive way. Please don’t criticize your athlete or other players.
You are expected never to berate your athlete for poor performance after a practice or game. Your athlete is working hard, learning new skills, trying new things. Understand that everyone has “down” days, and berating them is counter-productive.
Please do not bribe your athlete as a reward for goals at games. Players who are offered money by their parents for goals become players who are not good teammates.
If you have a complaint resulting from a situation at a game or practice that you feel is not appropriate for your athlete to handle, please contact the coach or director. We are ready to listen to what you have to say and value your opinion.
Acknowlegement and acceptance of the following Terms & Conditions of Service, including but not limited to the Player Code of Conduct and Parent Code of Conduct are required for participation in the Club. Online Registration and payment of the appropriate fees acknowlege your agreement and acceptance of these club's terms and conditions.
Registration & Payments: Registration and payments are online only. Please register by the announced deadline -- this allows us to accurately plan for uniform orders and team logistics.
Membership fees are non-refundable.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation by email within 24 hours.
Tournament fees are included in your membership. Your only additional costs will be your personal travel to the tournaments, hotel, and meals. For most tournaments, we will have a team hotel with group rates available to you. (We really do have a great time staying together at one hotel). However, it’s totally ok if you choose to stay at another area hotel or with relatives -- as long as you are able to attend required team meetings and arrive at the fields at your expected time.
We will announce tournaments and dates for your team as soon as we can. As parents, we know that planning your travel calendar is important, and as coaches, we want you to be fully aware of the upcoming competition schedule. However, from time to time we may need to make changes to a schedule or add an additional opportunity to the schedule, and we will be sure to communicate these changes in a timely way.
Please make every effort to attend tournaments. Being part of a competitive lacrosse team means that the team depends on you. Of course, we know that family schedules have conflicts, and knowing ahead of time allows us all to plan. Please let us know in advance if you will not be able to attend scheduled tournaments.
We use E-MAIL as our communication tool. Please make sure you enter both the athlete's email AND parents' email. If you don’t do this, you will not receive the regular team email communications.
Please check your email DAILY. Regular practices and travel can be affected by weather and unforeseen circumstances, and we make every effort to keep you up to date.
Teaching athletes to assume responsibility for their actions, decisions, and game-play is an important part of our Thunderbird program.
Athletes are required to bring all required gear to every event. (Uniform for tournaments/games; pinney for practices; protective equipment, water, shoes, stick at all times on the field.)
Communicating with the coaches is the PLAYERS’ responsibility. Any time a player has to miss a practice or a game, the player needs to let the coach know in advance. Players should call or text the coach to communicate any last-minute practice- or tournament-related absences. (Handling this responsibility helps the athlete develop a sense of confidence and the ability to communicate with adults.) Any problems or questions regarding playing time, positions, or anything field-related should be addressed by the athlete with the coach first. Any unresolved issues can be addressed with Thunderbird management.
Athletes are expected to arrive at all practices and games on time. All teams should arrive at games and tournaments in full uniform ready for warm up 1 HOUR before the scheduled start time of their first game and 30 minutes before the start of each subsequent game.
THUNDERBIRD LACROSSE PLAYER CONDUCT
Excellent sportsmanship is the cornerstone being a Thunderbird. As a player on our team, you must respect the Bird and respect the game on and off the field --
You may not use alcohol or illegal drugs. If you are caught at a practice, game, tournament or event -- on the field, at team dinners, or during tournament or camp hotel stays -- with alcohol or illegal drugs, you will be dismissed as a Thunderbird for the remainder of the season with no refund of any membership fees.
You may not use rude, abusive or obscene language toward teammates, coaches, referees, competitors, or spectators. If you do this, you will be removed from the practice, game, or event.
We expect you to be gracious when we win and respectful when we lose on the field. Bragging and taunting are prohibited.
Anyone wearing a Thunderbird uniform is your teammate, whether they are on your team or on another Thunderbird team. You don’t blame your teammate for mistakes, and you don’t belittle your teammate for not having skills as sharp as yours.
You must respect other people’s property and keep all areas clean at all times, including tent areas, park properties, hotels, restaurants, etc.
You are expected to pick up your trash and other people’s trash before leaving an area.
You are expected to treat your body as a proper athlete should. Get plenty of sleep, stretch properly after exercise, eat healthy foods, and keep yourself well-hydrated.
As a Thunderbird, you are encouraged to go one extra step toward good sportsmanship. Compliment a competitor on a good play when they deserve it; tell the opposing coach that you respected their game play if the game was good; thank the referee personally if you think he called a fair game; be kind to the teams’ families who are set up next to our tents.