Forum Purpose & General Guidelines
The purpose of the Back of The Cage (BOTC) Forums is to provide a platform for coaches, parents, players, and fans to post information, share ideas, express opinions, provide feedback, ask questions, and have discussions among other things pertaining to the sport of lacrosse. For anyone who decides to post messages that are of a controversial in nature, and for those people who may reply in response to those posts, please show your respect for others who may have a difference in opinion by not using derogatory, belittling, and profane language when you post. It is our intent to both provide a reasonably free and open forum for all and to protect the real-world identity and privacy of those who wish to maintain online anonymity.
With these rules and guidelines, our intent is to reduce or eliminate abusive, inflammatory, obscene, libelous, illegal, and otherwise problematic posts and to enhance the experience for site visitors by maximizing the amount of worthwhile material made available for viewing.
Registered Forum Members Features
Registered & Non Registered User Agreement
Posting messages as either a registered or unregistered (anonymous) user is permitted. Note that unregistered postings will be more closely scrutinized for objectionable content by our moderators. Back of The Cage (BOTC) Moderators have sole discretion in the content approval and acceptance process.
Referral Program: Members who refer others to join the BOTC Message Board will receive referral points in which each point equates to a Free piece of lacrosse gear/equipment. You may wait to accumulate more points to earn a high valued item at any point or redeem your points to receive an item immediately. 2 referrals equals a free t-shirt while 5 referrals equate to an unstrung head, shaft, pair of gloves or shoulder pads.
Top Posters: 4 times a year, members that are the top poster in that quarter will earn a discount to the BOTC Lax Store or a Free piece of lacrosse equipment/gear. The top poster of the quarter will be announced on the top of the site via the marquee scrolling message and a private message will be sent to you.
Featured Recruits BOTC lists players that are top recruits and uncommitted spotlights across our different mediums. Being a registered member allows you to submit an athlete, along with their highlight recruiting video, accolades, club team, school team and other key information for a chance to be featured on our website under the Featured Recruits forum, in addition to our weekly newsletter & our social media platforms that are visited/followed by thousands of college coaches and programs.
Webinar Access: Being a member will give you access to join private webinars that are held by companies to receive consumer feedback, or to share their expertise such as recruiting tips and much more.
Named Individuals : Identifying youth players in a negative or attacking manner by name will not be permitted. Be mindful that such posts will be removed and/or edited by the BOTC Moderators. Identification of adults and/or clubs in posts should be accompanied with substantiated facts, sources and details.
Abusive or Obscene Language
Language that is abusive or obscene will result in the editing of the message or removal of the post. If the message is flagrantly abusive, contains obscene language, or is otherwise blatantly unacceptable, the user may be also have posting privileges temporarily or permanently suspended
Protection of Privacy :
No personal information about other people that could be considered private should be posted on the site without permission of the person whom the information is about. This will often apply to coaching job openings before they are announced publicly. People's e-mail addresses and telephone numbers should almost never be posted.
Advertisements : Do not post any commercial material for you or your friends website, services or products. Advertisements for lacrosse services, products and websites should only be posted following the approval by Back of The Cage (BOTC) administrators. Please send an e-mail via the BOTC e-mail or via the 'contact us' tab to learn how to advertise the appropriate way. Any advertisement posted without prior permission is subject to deletion without notification.
Job Postings : Do not post listings for coaching or other job openings. Those should be submitted on our 'Jobs Directory' page.
Remediation Process: Actions taken by forum moderators and/or administrators, such as the removal of the post, should be taken as a warning even if an official warning is not issued. Continued objectionable postings or violation of the Board Rules can result in banning of a user, user name, or IP address.
Back of The Cage (BOTC) reserves the right to modify these rules at any time without prior notice and by registering, you acknowledge these rules.