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BEST PRACTICES GENDER OVERVIEW


POSITION STATEMENT WITH RESPECT TO GENDER CLASSIFICATIONS IN LACROSSE


The issue of gender classifi cations has been the subject of periodic inquiries received by US Lacrosse. The Executive Committee of the USL Board voted to adopt the following position on Gender Classifi cation in Lacrosse in January of 2006:


A) Lacrosse as a sport encompasses two separate and distinct games, the women’s game and the men’s game.


B) US Lacrosse respects and supports the integrity of both the women’s game and the men’s game and the fact that both tradition and the rules of play for the women’s game are intended to limit participation in the women’s game to females and tradition and the rules of play for the men’s game are intended to limit participation in the men’s game to males.


C) It is the position of US Lacrosse that consistent with applicable laws, participation in the game of women’s lacrosse should be limited to females and participation in the game of men’s lacrosse should be limited to males. US Lacrosse therefore supports separate teams for males and females, and encourages and supports development of separate programs for both genders at youth, scholastic, non- scholastic, collegiate and post collegiate levels.


BACKGROUND


The issue of gender classifi cations in men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse is largely determined on a state-by-state basis, and the particular facts and circumstances of each situation will largely determine the outcome. As a result, it is not possible for US Lacrosse to provide defi nitive guidance on this issue to local youth lacrosse organizations. It is clear that a completely private lacrosse program with no connections to the state (including cities and towns) or federal government is not subject to the equal protection laws. Therefore, if it chooses to do so, such a private program should be able to enforce gender classifi cations in relation to men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse.


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