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Sierra Foothills Lacrosse

Sierra Foothills Lacrosse Club's MISSION STATEMENT: to create a positive environment for local youth to learn and improve skills in the game of Lacrosse.

 

Sierra Foothills Lacrosse Club (SFLC) is a nonprofit, volunteer based organization that supports youth lacrosse in Loomis and the surrounding areas. SFLC's goal is to offer youth an opportunity to develop their appreciation and skills of the game through two levels of play: Recreational (City League) or Competitive play (U8- HS Varsity). The club was established by the Robinson Family in 2007 and strives not only to provide a fun, competitive atmosphere, but to teach our youth the value of sportsmanship and how to compete with class.

 

TEAM SUPPORT STRUCTURE:

  • Board Members (Elected)

  • Coaches (Applied)

  • Volunteers

    • Team Managers:

    • Scoreboard Managers:

    • Club Equipment Managers:

    • Team/Club Field Set-Up Crew:

    • Sideline Managers

**** If you would like more information regarding the above position, descriptions can be found in the documents selection of SFLC home site.

 

COACHING LICENSES & REQUIREMENTS:  

  1. Cleared background check

  2. Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) online course or workshop

  3. US lacrosse Level 1 online course (City League & Assistant Coach)

  4. US lacrosse Level 1 and 2 online course Or Level 1 with High School Varsity/Collegiate level play (Head Coaches)

  5. US Lacrosse membership

  6. Up to date CPR, 1st Aid and Concussion Awareness Training

  7. Signed Coaches Code of Conduct

  8. Signed KidsPower form and adhere to the Mandatory Reporter policy set by the State of California



 

Only NCJLA certified coaches with a valid and visible coach’s card may stand with the team during a league or tournament game.

 

Only certified and fingerprinted coaches may run practices for SFLC teams.

 

 

COACH INTERVIEWS & SELECTION:

Coaches for SFLC must apply for coaching positions each season. Whether a coach is selected is entirely within the Board’s discretion. No coach is guaranteed a coaching position. Many criteria are considered during the selection process, including but not limited to the following:

·       Coaching evaluations from previous season

·       Head Coaching Experience: recreational, collegiate, professional, high school varsity and JV

·       Playing Experience: recreational, competitive, collegiate, professional

·       Assistant Coaching Experience: recreational, competitive, collegiate, professional, High School, junior varsity,

·       Coaching philosophy: Agree with being in compliance with the NCJLA, SFLC and US Lacrosse Code of Conduct Policy and commit to ensure players and parents also comply

·       Availability and commitment

·       License Level

·       Personal References

 

The SFLC Board will have final approval of all Coaches

 

TEAM FORMATION:

It is the goal of the SFLC Program to keep all players in age group teams. (i.e. U9, U11,  U13, JV and Varsity). However, special circumstances may occur in certain age groups that may prevent SFLC from having age group teams.

 

  • U9 and U11 teams will not exceed 18 players and must have a minimum of 14 players to field a team. However, U11 7v7 teams may have minimum of 10.

  • U13 and U15 teams will not exceed 22 players and must have a minimum of 15 players to field a team.

  • High School JV and Varsity teams must have a minimum of 18 players to field a team and will not exceed 38 players. If the total number of High School players is less than 38, SFLC board and coaches staff will determine if there will be a JV or Varsity team offered.

  • The number of teams within an age group will be contingent upon the number of qualified coaches (e.g., if there is only one qualified coach in a specific age group,( i.e.U9, U11, U13, U15, JV and Varsity) there will ONLY be one team in that age group.

  • In the event that are enough qualified coaches and players for two teams within an age group, the SFLC will offer a “Gold” team and a Grey” team.

  • In the event that SFLC has more players than coaches, some players will be placed on a waiting list.  If no coach is found by November 24th, there will be no second team offered for the upcoming season.

  • SFLC follows the US Lacrosse guidelines to determine which age level bracket a player falls in. For youth players U15 and below eligibility is determined by the age of the player as of August 31st.

  • Players wanting to “play-up” an age group must have consent from the parents, coach and SFLC board (this decision should not be made lightly.) If all parties agree, a petition will be submitted to NCJLA Board of Directors by SFLC President for final approval.

  • Team(s) must be formed by December 1st (see the section below regarding Player Evaluations)


 

SPECIFIC PLAYER EVALUATIONS PROCEDURES:

  • All players will sign-in prior to tryouts.

  • Players trying out should wear a plain shirt and wear a provided number.

  • There will be at least two days of player evaluations.

  • Any player not able to tryout, due to injury, illness, new to the area, or other reasons, may request to the SFLC Board to be considered for any team. Following President’s approval, the coach may ask the player to attend 1-3 practice or tryout sessions to determine if the player is a good fit for the team.  The coach shall then have the final decision. No player previously notified of team acceptance shall be dropped to make room for this player.

  • Returning SFLC players must tryout each season. These players are not guaranteed a spot on an SFLC team.

  • All SFLC coaches are required to spend the entire day at tryouts for each hosting day of tryouts. This includes helping with set up and takedown each day.

  • Coaches will NOT run their own teams’ tryout drills.  Coaches, along with assent coaches, will evaluate each player trying out for that specific age group.

  • In the event that after tryouts have begun and there is sufficient talent and numbers to warrant a second or third team in any age group, a coach may step forward  and be allowed to participate in the tryout process as an “Evaluator” ONLY pending approval by the SFLC Board.

  • When a second or third team is formed in any age group, the SFLC Board may draft special tryout rules for coaches to select their teams. If, in the judgment of the SFLC Board and evaluators for that group, the second team lacks the ability to compete at the Competitive level, then no second competitive team will be formed; however, every attempt will be made to create a  “City League” team for those players.  

  • If no coach is found for an age group, the SFLC Board will determine if there is sufficient need to tryout a team, and every attempt will be made to find a qualified coach. If a qualified coach is not found, no team will be formed.

  • The SFLC coaches will help select players for each age group team.  Player selection will be based on but not limited to lacrosse skills, attitude, and ability to fit within the framework of the team. The coach shall have the final decision on team selection.

 

UNIFORMS:

Each SFLC teams shall adhere to the NFHA  Boys Lacrosse Rules Book on uniform regulations. Each team will wear SFLC Board approved uniforms at all league games and all tournaments. SFLC Colors are Gold, Grey and Black. Teams will be required to purchase their uniforms from the vendor chosen by the SFLC Board of Directors.

Players must wear the SFLC Board approved uniform to compete in any league games or tournaments.


 

PRACTICE/SEASON:

  • Teams may start practicing when field(s) come available; sometime after the first of the year and all of the following is completed per player per team:

    • US Lacrosse membership

    • SFLC registration

    • Code of Conduct (Players and Parents)

    • Team roster has been submitted to the SFLC Board


 

GAME PARTICIPATION:

Playing time for U9-U15 will be awarded based on:

  • Practice and Game Attendance

  • Participation

  • Skill

  • Attitude

 

  • Every player is guaranteed to play in each game, but the percentage of time played in any given game is at the discretion of the coaching staff (pending requirements being met.)

 

  • Players who miss practice the week of a league game will get no more the 50% of the playing time and will not be on the starting line-up.

 

  • Players are not guaranteed their desired positions; the coaches are free to play the players in the position he/she feels benefits the team the best.

 

  • Players who violate the Code of Conduct set forth by SFLC and NCJLA will have a 1 game suspension. Further violates will be reviewed by the SFLC board and may result in expulsion from the team.

 

  • Players who fight will have a 2 game suspension. The second offense for fighting will result in that player not being allowed to return for the remainder of the season (practice or games).

 

Playing time for High School will be awarded based on:

  • Practice and Game Attendance

  • Participation

  • Skill

  • Attitude

 

  • Players who miss practice the week of a league game will get no more the 50% of the playing time and will not be on the starting line-up.

 

  • Players are not guaranteed their desired positions; the coaches are free to play the players in the position he/she feels benefits the team the best.

 

  • Players who violate the Code of Conduct set forth by SFLC and NCJLA will have a 1 game suspension. Further violates will be reviewed by the SFLC board and may result in expulsion from the team.

 

  • Players who fight will have a  2 game suspension. The second offense for fighting will result in that player not being allowed to return for the remainder of the season (practice or games)

 

GAME PROTOCOL:

SFLC follows the NCJLA guideline for pre-game protocol. The protocol can be found online or in the “Hey Coach” section of SFLC home website.

 

SAFETY AND SPORTSMANSHIP REPORTING POLICY:

  • In order to improve the safety of the sport, SFLC must follow all of NCJLA guidelines for injury reporting. NCJLA requests that all teams report any injuries that happen during practices or games that cause the player to visit a doctor. (Go to the NCJLA website Coaching tab to report such injuries.)

  • CDC Pocket Guide for On-Field concessions (can be found in “Hey Coach” sections of SFLC home website or on NCJLA website.)

  • Good and Poor sportsmanship by (players, coaches and parents) can be reported to NCJLA; please send all information to Club President.

 

DISCIPLINE:

  • All teams shall follow all policies stated, rules, procedures and bylaws set forth by the SFLC, NCJLA,  US Lacrosse, and State Organizations.

  • Each coach shall be responsible to ensure that all assistant coaches, parents, players, and other persons associated with each team follow approved policies, rules and procedures.

  • Each coach shall be responsible to ensure that all assistant coaches, parents, players and other persons associated with each team conduct themselves in a manner deemed appropriate by the SFLC, NCJLA and US Lacrosse Code of Conduct Policy.

  • Failure to follow the guidelines set forth in these Policies could place a team or coach in poor standing.

  • The SFLC Board and NCJLA are the governing bodies that determine if a team/club is to be placed in poor standing.

  • A team, coach or club placed in poor standing will be subject to appropriate discipline as set forth by the SFLC and NCJLA Boards.

  • Any coach or team placed in poor standing shall be notified immediately by the SFLC President.

  • The SFLC Board reserves the right to discipline any coach, assistant coach, parent, or player(s) for conduct detrimental to the SFLC up to and including termination of his or her role on the team.

 

PARENT/PLAYER CONCERNS:

It is recommended that any team/coach related issues or concerns be addressed with the coach first, thereafter any concerns should be brought to the Club President.

 

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Each team is responsible for team registration fees, official fees and any additional fees for tournament play.

  • Each team is responsible for NCJLA fees (team registration, officials and any additional dues/finds). Payment is due the 1st week in December. All fees to NCJLA will be paid through the SFLC Treasurer promptly after SFLC registration closing date of November 30th.

  • Upon making the team each player is responsible for:

    • Paying club registration in full or making the first payment by November 30th.

    • Becoming a US Lacrosse member ($30 fee).

    • The cost of uniforms and individual equipment.

    • Possible additional monthly dues to fund team trainers and/or tournament play.

  • Partial refunds for player registration are available upon written request before the first practice date. No refunds after the first practice.

 

TEAM SPONSORSHIPS/FUNDRAISING: Each team is responsible for obtaining sponsor(s) or fundraising the following dollar about per season:

  • U11 & U13 $300 minimum

  • High School $600 minimum

After minimum amount is raised, 50% of each additional sponsor/fundraiser will go back to the team; those funds can be used for team equipment, tournament's and end of the season team party. If the additional money is not spent at the end of the season, those funds will be moved into the scholarship fund.

 

The sponsor(s)/fundraising will help supply SFLC team(s) with : equipment, players scholarships, additional insurance, storage and Coaches with US Lacrosse membership, classes, 1st aid training, clinics and club shirts/sweatshirts.

 

***These Policies were created June 2014. The Club policies are intended to convey expectations and to establish rules of conduct. SFLC board will do our best to communicate what we know at the time the policies are published. As circumstances change or needs evolve, the policies are also subject to change.

Revised June 2015