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Guidelines on Assistant Coaches
effective 2013

Summary

It is assumed Assistant Coaches that volunteer to coach youth lacrosse are conscientious individuals with the best interests of the youth players in mind.  MBGLL does not wish to dicourage their participation or add extra burden to the member programs when assistance is offered.  These guidelines are in place to help protect the players and ensure the appropriate supervision at agames.  These guidelines also ensure that opponents can expect a responsible adult to interact with before and after the games.

  1.   All teams must have an adult Head Coach.
    1. The Head Coach is considered the coach for all purposes of league communication and management.
    2. The Head Coach is responsible for all pre-game communication with officials and opponents as outlined in the Home Team's Responsibilities.
    3. The Head Coach must be part of any pre-game conversation with the officials or the opposing coaches.
    4. It is recommended that the Head Coach is in attendance at all practices and team activities
  2. Assistant Coaches
    1. Assistant Coaches are adults that have been identified by their program and do not have all of the responsibilities of a head coach.
    2. Assistant Coaches may act as a Head Coach if the Head Coach must miss a game or event.
      1. In order to act as a head coach, an assistant must have met the same requirements as the Head Coach.
      2. The officials and opponents must be notified as early as possible of the use of a temporary head coach.
    3. Assistant Coaches are expected to focus on providing guidance to youth players.
      1. Assistant Coaches should refrain from addressing officials.
      2. Assistant Coaches should work through the team's Head Coach to resolve any issues affecting the other team.
    4. Assistant Coaches are to set the best example for the youth players.
      1. Engaging in or encouraging unsportsmanlike behavior is not tolerated.
      2. Assistant Coaches should try to support and explain the official's calls and avoid contradicting the call on the field.
    5. Minor Assistant Coaches must be supervised by an adult that meets the qualifications as an assistant coach.