South Lyon Boys Lacrosse Philosophy
Athletic competition should demonstrate high standards of ethics and sportsmanship and promote the development of good character and other important life skills. The athletes and parents need to uphold exemplary sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship standards.
It is the belief of the entire South Lyon Lacrosse staff that the highest potential of sports is achieved when participants are committed to pursuing victory with honor. Therefore, the core values are a fundamental part of character education for all students to abide by.
The core values are:
* Treat other people the way you would want to be treated
* Exhibit good behavior
* Acknowledge the rights of others
* Be courteous and polite
* Be accountable for your own actions
* Think before you act
* Exercise self-control
* Admit mistakes and plan corrections
* Understand responsibility is the key to taking charge of your life
* Be truthful and sincere
* Keep your promises to yourself and your teammates
* Know and do the right thing
* Be trustworthy
* Be reliable
* Be true to who you are
* Act for the common good
The role of parents in sports has changed greatly in the past 30 years. What was once a joy to watch children grow and have fun with their peers has become, for many, a relentless drive to push children to become tiny sport stars destined for greatness. Although all parents have the best intentions for their children, many have lost sight of what is most important in youth sports. That is the enjoyment of the kids. Kids having fun with their friends, and learning the important lessons that sports can teach children - respect, integrity, perseverance.
As a parent of a South Lyon lacrosse athlete, your role is simple - sit back and enjoy the game. Let the coaches coach. Let the Referees ref. Cheer on your children in a respectful manner. Be respectful of opposing teams and their fans. But, most of all, just be there for your child!
Please take a moment to watch the following video. John O'Sullivan is the author of "Changing the Game" which is an enlightening book about the role parents play in their children's sports.