SYLA Player Policies
Attendance and Commitment Policy for Spring Travel Teams
SYLA Spring lacrosse programs offered to the 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8 grade levels are fun and
competitive Travel Teams. Commitment levels are expected to be high for this travel program.
We provide professional coaching and tons of game experience. Spring is in-season for
lacrosse and players and parents are expected to make Travel Lacrosse a priority over other,
off-season sports. Players are expected to:
● Be on time for practices and games
● Be excited to play and strive to be better lacrosse players
● Work hard at practice and play hard in games
● Treat teammates, coaches, officials, and opponents with respect and good
The coaching staff expects that players show up to practices. Practices are when skills and
team concepts will be taught. The coaching staff is cognizant that conflicts can arise during the
course of the season and it is the responsibility of the player and/or parents to let the coaches
know if a player will miss a practice or game. Attendance at practices and games is mandatory
and will be tracked throughout the season. Unexcused absences or missed practices or games
will directly result in reduced playing time during games and tournaments. Please make your
team managers aware of the conflicts you have so that playing time can be administered fairly
for all players by the coaches.
Managing practices, games, and tournaments for 8 Travel teams across 6 grades is a massive
effort for the SYLA Coaches and Managers. Our website is helpful in that it allows parents
and/or players to RSVP to each event with an easy click of a button. This year we ask that you
RSVP by the deadline provided for each practice, game, or tournament. To the extent that you
do not RSVP by the deadline, your child will not be rostered for the event. If your child then
shows up for the event, his/her playing time will be impacted.
At the youth level, it is important for all players to learn to play and gain exposure to all
positions. In particular, the position of goalie is important to understand and try. All players will
share the responsibility of goalie. It will be mandatory for each player on each team to take at
least one turn, but possibly more than one turn, in the cage unless that team has a player willing
to be a dedicated goalie.
Sportsmanship & Teammate Policy
SYLA expects its players, parents, and coaches to be exhibit good sportsmanship and be good
teammates. Please refer to the SYLA Code of Conduct. All players, parents, and coaches
must abide by this code. Remember to be respectful to all those you encounter when you are
playing, cheering, or coaching for SYLA.