Sportsmanship is an integral part to the growth of the game both on and off the field. The NCJLA has identified the educating, promoting and encouraging of good sportsmanship as a priority, in an effort to continue the development of the proper culture and spirit of the game.
As the sport continues to grow throughout our region, the NCJLA believes it is important to always instill the best values in and set positive goals for players. In doing so, our lacrosse community must reward those that “Compete with Class and Honor the Game” as well as enforce the rules and promote sportsmanship; otherwise, the integrity of the game will suffer.
The NCJLA welcomes reports of incidents which honor the game of lacrosse such as players and coaches extending a helping hand, spectators at a host venue making an extra effort to welcome opposing fans, etc. These positive incidents can serve as an inspiration to all of us. We also track and respond to reports of inappropriate sportsmanship.
The NCJLA strives to respond to serious claims of inappropriate sportsmanship in a timely manner and in some cases may take action against individual(s) including penalties ranging from verification of a signed Code of Conduct, to suspension from a game, to expulsion from the league.
The claims of inappropriate sportsmanship in this policy are independent of an ejection of a player, coach, or fan by an official during a lacrosse game. The consequences for an ejection by an official are covered in Section 15, Code of Conduct, in the NCJLA Operations Guide and are separate from this NCJLA process.
Any complaint regarding the inappropriate sportsmanship of a coach, player, official, or fan should be submitted to the NCJLA by the Monday morning following the date the incident occurred. Click here for the Sportsmanship Incident Report (SIR) form. The NCJLA cannot respond until an SIR has been submitted. SIRs may be filed by anyone participating in or observing an NCJLA game, including players, parents, coaches, or club officers.
Once submitted, the SIR will be read and acknowledged by the NCJLA recipient by Monday evening.
Depending on the nature of the SIR, the NCJLA may ask for further clarification from the filer before bringing the SIR to the attention of the accused club. The NCJLA may require additional witness reports to confirm the nature and details of the incident.
If the NCJLA deems that action against the accused individual is warranted, the club president of the accused club will be informed of the incident report and pending decision. This communication will occur by both phone and email. The club president, along with other witnesses with first-hand experience, will be given an opportunity to respond in writing to the filed SIR, within a specified amount of time.
After a response is received from the club president, the NCJLA will evaluate all collected responses and may go back to the original SIR filer to confirm that he or she still adheres to their original statement. Once the NCJLA is satisfied that it has gathered all of the facts and relevant information necessary to make a decision regarding the appropriate action(s) to be taken, the NCJLA will inform the club president and the original SIR filer of any actions taken or further steps required before the player, coach, parent, or fan can return to NCJLA lacrosse.
The club president may appeal the action to the NCJLA board. In these situations, the NCJLA board may vote to uphold, reject, or modify the appeal. Any decision by the NCJLA board is final.
Weekly Schedule for SIR Processing
Examples The following are types of Inappropriate Sportsmanship with typical penalties from the NCJLA (irrespective of any actions by officials):
Player Sportsmanship (conduct, handshake issues, etc.) – produce signed and dated Player Code of Conduct form; coach to address behavior with player
Coach Sportsmanship (conduct towards players, opponents, junior officials, adult officials; coaching or rewarding dangerous play, etc.) – present signed and dated Coach Code of Conduct form; club president to address behavior with coach or possible suspension from the next game(s).
Parent/Fan Sportsmanship (conduct toward players, opponents, or officials) – A variety of consequences, up to and including requiring the offending club to pay for additional officials, or barring specific individuals from attending future games
Offensive Language (confirmed ethnic, gender, hate speech, or other slurs; profanity; threats of violence) – minimum 1-game suspension
Fighting – minimum 1-game suspension
False Representation (lying, changing jerseys to avoid suspensions, impersonating another player, etc.) – minimum 2-game suspension
Intentional dangerous play on the field (multiple incidents regarding the same player or coach) – minimum 2-game suspension
Repeated offenses (3 or more) do not have to be for the same infraction and can warrant more severe consequences up to being suspended from participating in theleague.
The SIR committeereviews all reports on an individual basis and may rule differently based on the factors surrounding the report.
Three separate incidents resulting in suspension may result in expulsion from the league.