Parent and Player Participation Contract
AFALAX Guidelines for parents and players: We love our families and know that this will be an exciting and positive year for player, parents, and staff. However, we do want to review some general guidelines:
- Please remember that your most important role this summer is as a cheerleader for your daughter, her team, her coaches, and her program. Please refrain from coaching from the sidelines, speaking negatively about any athlete, coach, or official of either team, or from having conversations with the coaches about your athlete during team events. Please reach out to Coach Bagnasco or Stephanie Meurling with any concerns.
- Parents should not be present on the team sidelines during games and should not participate in practice or game warm ups unless specifically requested by the coaching staff.
- Please make sure to have your daughter at practice. We understand that there are legitimate conflicts but when absences occur there is an impact on the whole team, the quality of practices, and our success at tournaments.
- Notify Stephanie Meurling at firstname.lastname@example.org if a player absence is unavoidable (illness, family commitment, etc.)
- We have a no device policy during practice. Please make sure that your phones are put away at the beginning of practice and do not come out again until practice concludes and coaches dismiss the team.
- We are proud of our program and proud that you have all chosen to be a part of AFA. Please demonstrate your commitment to your team by wearing your AFA Lacrosse pinny to all practices and not wearing the gear of other programs when you are representing AFA at practice, camps, clinics, and public events.
- Make sure that you are present at practice. Respect the time and effort that your teammates and coaches are putting in by making practice a priority. Repeated absences from practice can result in a loss of playing time.
- Be on time to practice. Late arrivals interfere with the quality of the overall practice plan by interrupting practice and the timing of specific activities. If you cannot avoid a late arrival it is your responsibility to contact your coach directly.
- Give your best physical and mental effort 100% of the time. As individuals and as a team, we improve through maximum effort.
- We recognize that there is a social aspect to all team sports but want athletes to remember that practice is a time to work, train, improve and prepare to dominate at tournaments. You are doing yourself a disservice if you use your practice time socializing.
- Respect your coaches. Understand that they are making the best decisions for the team and the individuals on it. Each of our coaches is a highly experienced current or former player and/or coach.
- Good habits and organization are a key part of success in academics, athletics, and life. Pack your gear ahead of time, don't leave important things behind, check your email regularly, keep your supplies lined up in an orderly way on the sidelines, conform to all uniform guidelines, etc. These habits will help facilitate your success with AFA and competitive athletics.
- Respect the game officials and opponents at all times, particularly while on the field of play; set the bar for the level of sportsmanship.