SPARKS, Md. — Following up on an announcement from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) regarding the suspension of printed rule books for the 2021 spring sports season, US Lacrosse is announcing that it also will not publish printed youth rule books for next year.

The 2020 rulebooks for both the youth and high school levels will be utilized until the end of the 2021 season. US Lacrosse strongly encourages individuals that have a printed 2020 rule book to hold on to their existing copies as supplies will be limited.

“Since most schools were not able to practice or play a game in these [spring] sports, we thought it was best to carry the 2020 rules publications forward to next year,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director in the organization’s press release. “Our rules committees in these sports will conduct virtual meetings this summer but will not be approving any additional rules changes.”

US Lacrosse will not be reviewing changes to the youth rules for 2021 beyond edits or minor clarifications. Any updates will be included in a digital version of the youth rule books.

This decision will not affect equipment changes, or their implementation dates, that have been announced for all levels of play. This specifically includes the following;

  • January 1, 2020 implementation date for women’s game eyewear to be SEI certified*.
  • January 1, 2021 implementation date for men’s and women’s game goalie chest protectors to meet the NOCSAE ND200 standard and to be SEI certified*.
  • January 1, 2022 implementation date for men’s game protection for all players to meet the NOCASE ND200 and be SEI certified*.

The NOCSAE ND200 standard was developed to enhance heart safety and to reduce the risk of the potentially catastrophic injury of commotio cordis.

* Click here for a list of lacrosse equipment that is certified by SEI.