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US LACROSSE GOLD STICK


In order to provide the best experience possible for the youth who currently or will be playing the sport of lacrosse, the US Lacrosse Gold Stick Standards of Excellence represent the Best Practices that should be incorporated by quality youth lacrosse programs, whether they are in established, well-resourced areas or serving emerging, less resourced communities. At their best, youth sports programs provide young people with a safe environment in which to have fun, build character, learn sportsmanship and develop life skills that help them become responsible adults.


US Lacrosse is currently working with a select number of leagues throughout the country to pilot the Gold Stick Program. The seven standards for leagues in the US Lacrosse Gold Stick Program are:


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RULES League must adhere to all current US Lacrosse youth rules and age guidelines,


have them publicly available and regularly communicated to program coaches, administrators, and parents.


LEAGUE ADMINISTRATION League has current, written policies for league governance that are publically


available and regularly communicated to program administrators, coaches, parents and players through a multi-faceted communication system.


SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT League has written policies and plans for safety and risk management that


are publicly available and regularly communicated to program coaches, administrators, and parents. Unless specifi cally noted, all policies are followed during all practices and games.


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