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Vienna Youth Inc. (VYI) Lacrosse is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization which offers boys and girls in the greater Vienna area (grades K through high school), an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of lacrosse in a safe, respectful and fun environment.  With the input of parents, VYI endeavors to foster the following:

  • Sportsmanship
  • A sense of individual achievement
  • A sense of the value of teamwork
  • Positive self-esteem

We encourage and are committed to provide this opportunity to as many young people as possible.


Many people talk about sportsmanship or what it means to be a good sport.  What does it mean to you to be a good sport?  Answers to this question vary widely.  Sadly, many coaches, players, parents, and spectators equate being a good sport with being weak or soft.

VYI believes in “Honoring the Game.”  Coaches, parents, and athletes need to realize that an "Honoring the Game" perspective needs to replace the common win-at-all-cost perspective.  If a coach and his team have to dishonor the game to win it, what is this victory really worth, and what sort of message is this sending young athletes?

"Honoring the Game" goes to the “ROOTS” of positive play.  Each letter in ROOTS stands for an important part of the game that we must respect.  The “R” stands for Rules.  The first “O” stands for Opponents.  The second “O” stands for Officials.  The “T” stands for teammates.  The “S" stands for Self.

R is for Rules
Rules allow us to keep the game fair. If we win by ignoring or violating the rules, what is the value of our victory?  VYI Lacrosse believes that honoring the letter and spirit of the rules is important.

O is for Opponent
Without an opponent, there would be no competition.  Rather than demeaning a strong opponent, we need to honor strong opponents because they challenge us to do our best.  Athletes can be both fierce and friendly during the same competition (in one moment giving everything to get a loose ball, and in the next moment helping an opponent up); coaches showing respect for opposing coaches and players sets the tone for the rest of the team.

O is for Officials
Respecting officials, even when we disagree with their calls, may be the toughest part of "Honoring the Game".  We must remember that officials are not perfect. 

T is for Teammates
It’s easy for young athletes to think solely about their own performance, but we want athletes to realize that being part of a team requires thinking and respecting one’s teammates.  This respect needs to carry beyond the field into the classroom and social settings.  Athletes need to be reminded that their conduct away from practices and games will reflect back on their teammates and VYI Lacrosse.

S is for Self
Athletes should be encouraged to live up to their own highest personal standard of "Honoring the Game", even when their opponents do not.  Athletes’ respect for themselves and their own standards must come first.