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BEST PRACTICES SAFETY


Participants in girls’ lacrosse must be aware of the “Offi cial Rules for Girls’ & Women’s Lacrosse,” published by US Lacrosse. Participants are expected to play, coach, offi ciate and watch games according to the spirit and intent of women’s lacrosse.


Emphasis is placed on safety and good sportsmanship. Everyone involved with the women’s game must act with consideration for the safety of others.


Players must ensure that their behavior, equipment and uniform conform to all required and allowable standards, as defi ned by US Lacrosse rules.


Coaches must ensure that they are teaching their players to play by the rules. Coaches should participate in continuing lacrosse-specifi c education and training that helps them to understand and teach new rules and address safety concerns.


Offi cials must ensure fair and safe play by consistently enforcing the rules. Offi cials must take part in continuing lacrosse-specifi c education that helps them understand and interpret new rules.


Spectators must contribute to a safe-play environment by demonstrating positive and sportsmanlike conduct. Those watching girls’ lacrosse must understand and appreciate the unique rules and culture of the girls’ game.


The girls’ and women’s rules annually are voted on in September by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors, and are issued under the authority of US Lacrosse as the offi cial rules for Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (college club) team play and girls’ youth (U15 and below) play. They are endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) as the offi cial rules for girls’ and women’s lacrosse.


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