SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse today added two events owned and operated by Top of the Bay Sports to its tournament sanctioning program.

Laxin’ Out Loud, set for June 17-18 in Bel Air, Md., and the Fall Lax Clash, set for Nov. 5 in Bel Air, are girls’ lacrosse tournaments entering the pilot phase of the US Lacrosse tournament sanctioning program, an initiative to raise the quality of the youth tournament experience and publicize events that meet operational criteria developed by US Lacrosse and industry experts.

“We are happy to work with US Lacrosse and appreciative of being admitted to the pilot phase of the tournament sanctioning program,” said Krystin Porcella, owner and founder of Top of the Bay Sports and a former coach of the U.S. U19 women’s team. “Laxin’ Out Loud is one of the most unique girls’ lacrosse events in that it offers great on-field competition as well as off-field fun with DJs, dance contests, spirit awards and the Dick’s Sporting Goods Coaches Sportsmanship Awards. The Fall Lax Clash represents one of the largest girls’ tournaments of the fall.”

Sanctioned tournaments have been deemed by the sport’s national governing body to meet best-practice standards in five categories: venue, game format, risk management, tournament administration, and certified US Lacrosse officials. The pilot phase represents a one-year transition period to full tournament sanctioning by US Lacrosse.

“Our tournament sanctioning program helps to give parents and coaches some assurance that a US Lacrosse Sanctioned Tournament meets certain standards for consistency and player safety,” said Kim Rogers, director of events at US Lacrosse. “We’re happy to have Top of the Bay Sports join a growing list of tournament directors committed to providing a great youth lacrosse tournament experience.”

For more information on Top of the Bay Sports tournaments, visit topofthebaysports.com

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