Lacrosse is the oldest American game. Native Americans have played the game long before our colonies were settled. Through the sport of lacrosse, our Native Americans celebrated their spiritual values and highest ideals. Lacrosse has been played at the club and collegiate level since the late 1800’s.

In an effort to promote the purest and best values of the game, New Paltz Youth Lacrosse (NPYL) joins US Lacrosse (USL) in supporting positive coaching and good sportsmanship throughout the sport of lacrosse. NPYL and USL are committed to the preservation of the true meaning of “Honor the Game” for all those who enjoy the sport. To fulfill this commitment, all players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are required to sign and abide by a “Code of Conduct” that embodies basic common sense principles; demonstrates consideration of others; and projects a positive image to our youth as well as men and women of all ages participating in the sport.



Players, coaches, spectators and parents are to conduct themselves in a manner that “Honors the Game” and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials and spectators. In becoming a member of the lacrosse community an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game of lacrosse and its participants. The essential elements in this “Code of Conduct” are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of lacrosse, themselves, their team and their organization. It is only through such conduct that our sport can earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to youth sports in the United States and around the world. US Lacrosse, New Paltz Youth Lacrosse and Laxology support the following behaviors for those participating or involved in any way with US Lacrosse in general:

  • The essential elements of the “Code of Conduct” must be adhered to.

  • Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.

  • The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, or the skills of the game.

  • Derogatory comments are unacceptable. Use positive reinforcement with players and adults alike. It should be remembered that criticism once made can never be retracted.

  • The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.

  • Knowledge of the Rules of Lacrosse must be respected and adhered to by all who participate in the game of lacrosse, both in the letter and the spirit of the game. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable conduct.

  • Eligibility requirements, such as age and previous level of participation, must be followed. They have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety.

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