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Fair Play Policies - Player and Parent


Fair Play Philosophy:

  • Fair Play is an attitude, a sway of thinking. It can be taught and it can be learned.  Once it’s learned, it can apply to every aspect of a person’s life.  That’s why fair play is so important and that’s why all of us are responsible.  At Fair Play Canada, they believe that the fair play philosophy becomes reality through the creation of a more ethical sport system, one that is democratic, open to all Canadians, and grounded in the principles of integrity, fairness and respect.  Through sport, athletes learn about setting goals, working hard on having fun. They learn to respect their own abilities, and those of their competitors, and to value the effort of all participants, regardless of ability.  When guided appropriately, athletes begin to realize that the joy of sport is as much in the effort as in the result.

  • Developing a more ethical sport system means addressing tough issues like violence and equity. In turn, both of those issues include difficult areas such as sexual harassment, the principles of team selection and participant involvement.  Through fair play resources, advocacy, communications and training, we’re working with partners at the national, provincial and municipal levels to create an atmosphere in which coaches, athletes, administrators and educators can make every athlete’s sport experience a positive experience.  They believe in an alterative and positive sport-model, one that closes the gap between fair play as a vision and fair play as a reality.  We welcome your involvement.

Fair Play Issues:

  • To ensure a Fair Playing Field, everyone involved in sport must support the principles of fair play – fairness, integrity and respect. When consistently applied, they not only provide a clear ethical framework for competition, but greater opportunities for getting the       most out of the game.  That’s because they help participants focus on the achievement rather than the desire to conquer an opponent.

  • Violence – Any physical aggression outside the rules of a sport is violence. Violence in sport reflects violence in our society; on television or the evening news, so too may we come to accept it as a fact of life in sport.  It shouldn’t be.  The sport system must look at minimizing sources of frustration and at using the appropriate tools to control inappropriate behavior.  Officials must be empowered to enforce the rules.

  • Doping & Other Methods of Cheating – Winning is a reward for effort, will, discipline and talent. Violating the rules by taking performance-enhancing drugs or gaining nay other unfair advantage over a competitor has nothing to do with winning; it’s a form of cheating. It means that the participants are no longer all playing the same game; it demeans the efforts of every other participant, the integrity of the game and the essence of sport.

  • Respect – Unhealthy attitudes are just as harmful to the value and purpose of sport as unhealthy play. When opponents are viewed as enemies, officials are treated with contempt, and rules are seen only as obstacles to be overcome, nobody wins.  Respect for the rules and for everyone involved is fundamental to the quality of sport and the integrity       of the game.

  • Equal Opportunities & Fair Access – Sport is for everyone, regardless of age, sex, race or ability. Sport can have numerous benefits for everyone.  All Canadians should have a range of choices and opportunities to be involved in sport.


Fair Play – An Athlete’s Role

Everyone involved in sport, from parents and spectators to athletes, officials and coaches, can and should play a part in promoting fair play.  And the easiest way to do this is to lead by example; to always respect the written and unwritten rules of the game.  It is also essential to learn how to constructively manage stress so that fair play skills and instincts will not be lost in the heat of competition.  Here are some examples of how you can incorporate fair play into your sport or recreation activity.


As an athlete you have an opportunity to get the best out of sport.  You can:

  • Participate because you want to, not just because your parents or your coach wants you to.

  • Co-operate and respect your coach, teammates and opponents, because without them, there would be no game.

  • Always try to control your temper.  Competition is stressful and can provoke powerful emotions, but fighting and mouthing off spoil the game for everyone.

  • Remember that winning isn’t everything.  While it’s great to win, it should always be fun to lay.

Fair Play Codes for Athletes:

  • I will participate because I want to, not just because my parents or coaches want me to.

  • I will play by the rules, and in the spirit of the game.

  • I will control my temper – fighting and mouthing off can spoil the activity for everybody.

  • I will respect my opponents.

  • I will do my best to be a true team player.

  • I will remember that winning isn’t everything – that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are also important.

  • I will acknowledge all good players / performances – those f my team and of my opponents.

  • I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me.  I will accept their decisions and show them respect.


Fair Play – A Parent’s Role:

Everyone involved in sport, from parents and spectators to athletes, officials and coaches, can and should play a part in promoting fair play.  And the easiest way to do this is to lead by example; to always respect the written and unwritten rules of the game.  It is also essential to learn how to constructively manage stress so that fair play skills and instincts will not be lost in the heat of competition.  Here are some examples of how you can incorporate fair play into your sport or recreation activity.

As a Parent, you have significant impact on how your child feels about his / or her achievements in sport, and in all aspect of life.  You can:

  • Avoid forcing your child to participate in a sport and remember that your child is playing for his / her enjoyment, not yours.

  • Discuss Fair Play issues openly with your child.  Encourage him / her to play by the rules and resolve conflicts without resorting to violence.  Help them understand that violence is unacceptable in professional sport. Teach your child that although it is fun to win, trying hard and doing one’s best is really the name of the game.  Never ridicule or get angry at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.  Offer constructive advice and assurance that continued effort will make for improved performance the next time out.

  • Remember that children learn best by example.  Be a supportive and fair spectator.  Applaud good plays by members of both teams.

Fair Play Codes for Parents:

  • I will not force y child to participate in sports.

  • I will remember that y child plays by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility and violence.

  • I will teach my child that doing one’s best is as important as winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of the game / event.

  • I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.

  • I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition.

  • I will remember that children learn best by example.  I will applaud good players/performances by both my child’s team and their opponents.

  • I will never question the officials’ judgment or honesty in public.

  • I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s sporting activities.

  • I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for my child.

Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association and its member Associations reserve the right to ban any individual, who breaks the above code of conduct, from attending sanctioned Lacrosse games.



Code of Conduct - Player/Parent

Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association

Code of Conduct


  1. The following terms have these meanings in this Code:

  2. “Association” – Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association

  3. “Individuals” – All categories of membership defined in the Association’s Bylaws, as well as all individuals engaged in activities with the Association including, but not limited to, athletes, coaches, referees, officials, volunteers, managers, administrators, committee members, and directors and officers of the Association

  4. “Harassment” – Behaviour that constitutes harassment is defined in Section 7(b)

  5. “Workplace Harassment or Workplace Violence” – Behaviour that constitutes workplace harassment and workplace violence is defined in Section 7(c)

  6. “Sexual harassment” – Behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment and workplace violence is defined in Section 7(d)


  1. The purpose of this Code is to ensure a safe and positive environment by making Individuals aware that there is an expectation of appropriate behaviour consistent with this Code. The Association supports equal opportunity, prohibits discriminatory practices, and is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and fairness.

Application of this Code

  1. This Code applies to Individuals’ conduct during the Association’s business, activities, and events including, but not limited to, competitions, practices, tryouts, training camps, travel associated with the Association’s activities, the Association’s office environment, and any meetings.

  1. This Code also applies to Individuals’ conduct outside of the Association’s business, activities, and events when such conduct adversely affects relationships within the Association and/or its Members (and its work and sport environment) and is detrimental to the image and reputation of the Association. Such jurisdiction will be determined by the Association at its sole discretion.

  1. An Individual who violates this Code may be subject to sanctions pursuant to the Association’s Discipline and Complaints Policy.

  1. An employee of the Association found to have breached this Code will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action subject to the terms of the Association’s Human Resources Policy, as well as the employee’s Employment Agreement, as applicable. Violations could result in a warning, reprimand, access restrictions, suspension and other disciplinary actions up to and including termination of employment/contract.


  1. Individuals have a responsibility to:

  2. Maintain and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of the Association members and other individuals by:

  3. Demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation

  4. Focusing comments or criticism appropriately and avoiding public criticism of Individual or the Association

  • Consistently demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship, sport leadership, and ethical conduct

  1. Acting, when appropriate, to correct or prevent practices that are unjustly discriminatory

  2. Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably

  3. Ensuring adherence to the rules of the sport and the spirit of those rules

  1. Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes harassment. Types of behaviour that constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:

    1. Written or verbal abuse, threats, or outbursts

    2. The display of visual material which is offensive or which one ought to know is offensive

    3. Unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendo, or taunts

    4. Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures

    5. Condescending or patronizing behaviour which is intended to undermine self-esteem, diminish performance or adversely affect working conditions

    6. Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’s safety, or negatively affect performance

    7. Any form of hazing

    8. Unwanted physical contact including, but not limited to, touching, petting, pinching, or kissing

    9. Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, requests, or invitations

    10. Physical or sexual assault

    11. Behaviours such as those described above that are not directed towards a specific individual or group but have the same effect of creating a negative or hostile environment

    12. Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment

  1. Sexual violence

  • Any attempt to engage in the type of conduct outlined above

  1. Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes Sexual Harassment, where sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual comments and sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or conduct of a sexual nature. Types of behaviour that constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

  2. Sexist jokes

  3. Display of sexually offensive material

  • Sexually degrading words used to describe a person

  1. Inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life

  2. Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions

  3. Persistent unwanted contact

  1. Abstain from the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance-enhancing drugs or methods. More specifically, the Association adopts and adheres to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. The Association will respect any penalty enacted pursuant to a breach of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program, whether imposed by the Association or any other sport Association

  1. Refrain from associating with any person for the purpose of coaching, training, competition, instruction, administration, management, athletic development, or supervision of the sport, who has incurred an anti-doping rule violation and is serving a sanction involving a period of ineligibility imposed pursuant to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and/or the World Anti-Doping Code and recognized by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)

  1. Refrain from the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another person to engage in inappropriate activities

  1. Refrain from consuming alcohol, tobacco products, or recreational drugs while participating in Association programs, activities, competitions, or events. In the case of adults, avoid consuming alcohol in situations where minors are present and take reasonable steps to manage the responsible consumption of alcohol in adult-oriented social situations associated with the Association’s events

  1. Respect the property of others and not wilfully cause damage

  1. Adhere to all federal, provincial, municipal and host country laws

  1. Comply, at all times, with the Association’s bylaws, policies, procedures, and rules and regulations, as adopted and amended from time to time

  1. When driving a vehicle with an Individual:

    1. Not have his or her license suspended

    2. Not be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or substances

  • Have valid car insurance

  1. Refrain from engaging in deliberate cheating which is intended to manipulate the outcome of a competition and/or not offer or receive any bribe which is intended to manipulate the outcome of a competition.


Board/Committee Members

  1. In addition to section 7 (above), Association’s Directors and Committee Members will have additional responsibilities to:

    1. Function primarily as a member of the board and/or committee(s) of Association; not as a member of any other particular member or constituency

    2. Act with honesty and integrity and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the nature and responsibilities of the Association’s business and the maintenance of Individuals’ confidence

    3. Ensure that the Association’s financial affairs are conducted in a responsible and transparent manner with due regard for all fiduciary responsibilities

    4. Conduct themselves openly, professionally, lawfully and in good faith in the best interests of Association

    5. Be independent and impartial and not be influenced by self-interest, outside pressure, expectation of reward, or fear of criticism

    6. Behave with decorum appropriate to both circumstance and position

    7. Keep informed about the Association’s activities, the provincial sport community, and general trends in the sectors in which they operate

    8. Exercise the degree of care, diligence, and skill required in the performance of their duties pursuant to the laws under which the Association is incorporated

    9. Respect the confidentiality appropriate to issues of a sensitive nature

    10. Respect the decisions of the majority and resign if unable to do so

    11. Commit the time to attend meetings and be diligent in preparation for, and participation in, discussions at such meetings

    12. Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of all Association governance documents

    13. Conform to the bylaws and policies approved by Association



  1. In addition to section 7 (above), coaches have many additional responsibilities. The coach-athlete relationship is a privileged one and plays a critical role in the personal, sport, and athletic development of the athlete. Coaches must understand and respect the inherent power imbalance that exists in this relationship and must be extremely careful not to abuse it, consciously or unconsciously. Coaches will:

  2. Ensure a safe environment by selecting activities and establishing controls that are suitable for the age, experience, ability, and fitness level of the involved athletes

  3. Prepare athletes systematically and progressively, using appropriate time frames and monitoring physical and psychological adjustments while refraining from using training methods or techniques that may harm athletes

  4. Avoid compromising the present and future health of athletes by communicating and cooperating with sport medicine professionals in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of athletes’ medical and psychological treatments

  5. Accept and promote athletes’ personal goals and refer athletes to other coaches and sports specialists as appropriate

  6. Support the coaching staff of a training camp, provincial team, or national team; should an athlete qualify for participation with one of these programs

  7. Provide athletes (and the parents/guardians of minor athletes) with the information necessary to be involved in the decisions that affect the athlete

  8. Act in the best interest of the athlete’s development as a whole person

  9. Comply with the Association’s Screening Policy, if applicable.

  10. Report to the Association any ongoing criminal investigation, conviction, or existing bail conditions, including those for violence, child pornography, or possession, use, or sale of any illegal substance

  11. Under no circumstances provide, promote, or condone the use of drugs (other than properly prescribed medications) or performance-enhancing substances and, in the case of minors, alcohol and/or tobacco

  12. Respect athletes playing with other teams and, in dealings with them, not encroach upon topics or actions which are deemed to be within the realm of 'coaching', unless after first receiving approval from the coaches who are responsible for the athletes

  13. Dress professionally, neatly, and inoffensively

  14. Use inoffensive language, taking into account the audience being addressed

  15. Recognize the power inherent in the position of coach and respect and promote the rights of all participants in sport. This is accomplished by establishing and following procedures for confidentiality (right to privacy), informed participation, and fair and reasonable treatment. Coaches have a special responsibility to respect and promote the rights of participants who are in a vulnerable or dependent position and less able to protect their own rights

  16. Not engage in a sexual relationship with an athlete under 18 years old, or an intimate or sexual relationship with an athlete over the age of 18 if the coach is in a position of power, trust, or authority over the athlete

  17. Refrain from using their power or authority to coerce another person to engage in or tolerate sexual or harmful activities.

  18. Refrain from conduct that causes physical or emotional harm to Individuals

  19. Prevent the use of power or authority in an attempt, successful or not, to coerce another person to engage in or tolerate sexual activity.


  1. In addition to section 7 (above), athletes will have additional responsibilities to:

  2. Report any medical problems in a timely fashion, when such problems may limit their ability to travel, practice, or compete; or in the case of carded athletes, interfere with the athlete’s ability to fulfill their carded athlete requirements

  3. Participate and appear on-time, well-nourished, and prepared to participate to their best abilities in all competitions, practices, training sessions, tryouts, tournaments, and events

  4. Properly represent themselves and not attempt to participate in a competition for which they are not eligible by reason of age, classification, or other reason

  5. Adhere to the Association’s rules and requirements regarding clothing and equipment

  6. Act in a sportsmanlike manner and not display appearances of violence, foul language, or gestures to other athletes, officials, coaches, or spectators

  7. Dress in a manner representative of the Association; focusing on neatness, cleanliness, and discretion

  8. Act in accordance with the Association’s policies and procedures and, when applicable, additional rules as outlined by coaches or managers


  1. In addition to section 7 (above), officials will have additional responsibilities to:

  2. Maintain and update their knowledge of the rules and rules changes

  3. Work within the boundaries of their position’s description while supporting the work of other officials

  4. Act as an ambassador of the Association by agreeing to enforce and abide by national and provincial rules and regulations

  5. Take ownership of actions and decisions made while officiating

  6. Respect the rights, dignity, and worth of all individuals

  7. Not publicly criticize other officials or any club or the Association

  8. Act openly, impartially, professionally, lawfully, and in good faith

  9. Be fair, equitable, considerate, independent, honest, and impartial in all dealings

  10. Respect the confidentiality required by issues of a sensitive nature, which may include ejections, defaults, forfeits, discipline processes, appeals, and specific information or data about Individuals

  11. Honour all assignments unless unable to do so by virtue of illness or personal emergency, and in these cases inform the assignor or the Association at the earliest possible time

  12. When writing reports, set out the true facts

  13. Dress in proper attire for officiating


Parents/Guardians and Spectators

  1. In addition to paragraph 7 above, Parents/Guardians and Spectators at events will:

    1. Encourage athletes to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence

    2. Condemn the use of violence in any form

    3. Never ridicule a participant for making a mistake during a performance or practice

    4. Provide positive comments that motivate and encourage participants continued effort

    5. Respect the decisions and judgments of officials, and encourage athletes to do the same. Feedback on competition performances is provided by officials only to the coaching staff, so parents are encouraged to discuss any questions with your athletes coach

    6. Recognize that officials, executives and staff act in good faith, and in the best interests of the athletes and sport as a whole.

    7. Respect the decisions and judgments of officials, and encourage athletes to do the same

    8. Never question an officials’ or staffs’ judgment or honesty

    9. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse, coercion, intimidation and sarcasm

    10. Respect and show appreciation to all competitors, and to the coaches, officials and other volunteers

    11. Refrain from the use of bad language, nor harass competitors, coaches, officials, parents/guardians or other spectators


Harrassment Policy - Player/Parent

Harassment Policy (Posted in the SLA Operations Manual as well)


The Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association is committed to promoting a sport environment in which the terms and conditions of participation are equitable and non-discriminatory. Every participant has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to work, train and compete in a milieu conducive to productivity, self-development and performance advancement based upon individual interest and ability.  The SLA will foster a sport environment free of harassment n the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital/family status or an offense for which a pardon has been granted.

Harassment means any behavior by a person engaged in any paid or volunteer capacity, role, or function with the SLA that is offensive to any person or group of people and which the individual knew or ought to known would be unwelcomed.

Harassment may be intentional or unintentional and can take many forms, but generally involves conduct, comment, or display which is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, hurtful, demeaning, belittling, malicious, degrading, or otherwise causes offense, discomfort, or personal humiliation or embarrassment to a person or group of people.

The following types of harassment are intolerable, whether or not individuals complain:

  • Sexual Harassment – includes, but is not limited to, unwelcomed sexual behavior such as inappropriate sexual comments about a person’s body or appearance, use of derogatory sexual terms, inquiries or comments about an individual’s sex life or sexual preferences, unwanted touching, petting, or leering; sexual advances or requests for sexual relations by any person in a position of authority; or reprisal by any person in a position of authority against an individual who has rejected a sexual advance or unwelcomed sexual behavior.

  • Racial Harassment – includes, but is not limited to, racial slurs, jokes or name calling based upon race, ancestry, place or origin, colour, ethnic origin, and creed(or religion), use of terminology which reinforces stereotypes, derogatory nicknames.

  • Abuse of Authority – includes, but is not limited to, improper use of power and authority inherent in a person to endanger or undermine another’s job, position, membership or participation on a team, or in any way interfere with or influence the performance or advancement of any person engaged in any such function; intimidation, threats, blackmail or coercion.


  • It is the overall objective of the SLA Policy on Harassment to create and maintain a work and sport environment free from harassment. Individuals who experience harassment are encouraged to take the appropriate actions to put an end to the harassment and seek adequate redress.

  • Harassment, which is unintentional, may be stopped by informing the harasser(s) that the behavior is offensive. If the behavior continues, the individual should file a Complaint Review Procedure.

  • If an individual feels uncomfortable or threatened about confronting the harasser(s) on their own, a complaint should be filed directly in accordance with the SLA Complaint Review Procedure.

  • The SLA takes any complaint seriously, and will investigate and respond in a sensitive, effective and timely manner.

  • The SLA believes that harassment is a serious offense. It is also a serious offense to falsely accuse someone of harassment.

  • If the results of the investigation find that there has been harassment or that there has been an intentional false accusation of harassment, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the SLA Code of Conduct Policy.


Disciplinary Action


  • The SLA has ZERO TOLERANCE for any form of Harassment Employees, members or registrants of the SLA against whom a complaint of harassment is substantiated may be severely disciplined, up to and including employment dismissal, termination of membership or registration, or a lifetime suspension from all SLA activities.

  • Any individual(s) accused of Harassment will be suspended immediately until the SLA Discipline Committee can investigate the allegations.

  • Minimum suspensions Racial / Harassment

  1. First Offense – Automatic 3 games and/or additional $300 team fine.

  2. Second Offense – Automatic 5 games and/or additional $500 team fine.

  3. Third Offense – Automatic 1 year suspension up to a lifetime suspension and/or additional $1,000 team fine.



Liability Waiver - Player

Liability Agreement. I hereby certify to and agree to carry out fully all rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Minor Lacrosse Association, the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association (SLA), and the Canadian Lacrosse Association.  In consideration of this application I agree to play under the auspices of the SLA, its officers, successors, member associations and anyone acting on their behalf, and hold them free and clear from all manner of litigation, damage claims or demands in law or in equity which may have legal recourse by reason of personal injury (including death) to myself, loss or damage to myself or property resulting from anyone acting on their own behalf, which may occur during or by reason of my participating in games under its jurisdiction. This certificate has been issued at the discretion on the Association and may be suspended by them for cause.


Insurance. The AON Insurance provides the SLA athletes with Extended Medical/Dental Benefits and $5 Million Liability insurance coverage. More information on the AON Insurance provided is available through the SLA.


I acknowledge that I have read the Liability Agreement, Fair Play Policies, Code of Conduct, Harassment Policy and Photo Release.


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