BYL Youth Travel Team Commitment Policy
Branford Youth Lacrosse teaches our players about the great game of lacrosse in a fun, safe and supportive environment. We strive to instill in our players the critical values of hard work, dedication, team orientation, unselfishness and sportsmanship.
As a program, we believe that travel equals commitment. Participation on a BYL travel team requires enthusiasm, focus and 100% effort, both during practice as well as games. All travel players are expected to make lacrosse their PRIORITY sport for the spring season; attending all practices and games in their entirety, including rescheduled games and practices. Players who miss practices or games without good reason (school, religion, family or health) may lose playing time or their position on the team. Other extracurricular activities will NOT be considered a "good reason" for missing practices or games, as any successful team relies on all its members giving their best at ALL events, and missing practices or games during the spring season does not help the team succeed.
We expect and encourage all of our athletes to play other sports during the rest of the year, as it both increases athletic development and, more importantly, adds to players' enthusiasm for all the sports they play. It is important to recognize however, that the BYL spring lacrosse season is relatively short at 10-11 weeks. Outside of the spring travel lacrosse season, we do not as an organization ask or expect travel lacrosse athletes to commit to lacrosse activities at the expense of other in-season sports they participate in. We respectfully ask for the same consideration during the spring travel lacrosse season, and expect that when there is a conflict, girls will choose lacrosse over the other event.
Final decisions regarding unexcused absences will be dealt with on a case by case basis, based on the facts and circumstances, including the impact on the affected team and its players.