Due to concerns related to the recent spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases in some states, US Lacrosse has determined that large-scale lacrosse events held in these areas carry greater risks for its members at this time and has decided to withdraw the US Lacrosse sanctioned event status from select tournaments.

“This decision was not made lightly and in no way reflects our confidence in any operator’s ability to operate tournaments, or their ability to implement COVID-19 risk mitigation at their events,” said Ann Kitt Carpenetti, VP of Lacrosse Operations for US Lacrosse. “However, we have been advised that running large-scale lacrosse events in these select states presents significantly greater risks for participants, where an elevated status of positivity rates for COVID-19 is reported.”

Following the shutdown of the majority of lacrosse activities due to the COVID-19 outbreak this spring, US Lacrosse issued a set of Return to Play recommendations for the sport in late May. The recommendations include five stages of progression with the final stage including the highest-risk category, multi-day events with teams from various geographic regions.

Given the higher risk status for stage five, US Lacrosse is continually evaluating steps it can take to mitigate risk for its members and will monitor this fluid situation. States that have rising rates of virus spread may be added to the list, which could lead to a decision to withdraw our sanctioning mark from additional events.  

The states currently included due to high positivity rates for testing are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas.

The US Lacrosse sanctioning program provides best practices for tournament operators in order to create a safer and consistent event experience for participants. For a full list of sanctioned events, please visit: https://www.uslacrosse.org/events/sanctioned-tournaments/tournaments