An edited version of this article appears in the September/October print edition of US Lacrosse Magazine, available exclusively to US Lacrosse members. Join or renew today! Thank you for your support.

Finding a Home in Lacrosse

Fourth- and fifth-grade girls at Four Heroes Elementary School in Lakewood, Wash., show off their new sticks courtesy of the US Lacrosse First Stick Program and the University Place Lacrosse Club back in February. The equipment grants had enabled five area homeless students to join UPLC teams.

“Without the support of US Lacrosse and the commitment of UPLC to provide access, this opportunity was out of reach,” wrote B.J. Herman, coordinator of the after-school program and an educator in the Clover Park School District.

Pandemic? What pandemic?

Despite the economic challenges posed by the midseason stoppage of lacrosse due to the COVID-19 outbreak, US Lacrosse was as busy as ever this spring and summer providing leadership and resources to our members. Now more than ever, the lacrosse community needs guidance as we return to play and navigate the new normal together.

Thanks to the support of members and donors like you, here’s how we’ve met that demand.

In Case You Missed It

US Lacrosse members received via email exclusive access to an expanded 96-page digital-only edition of US Lacrosse Magazine. The July/August issue included immersive and interactive features that are loaded with rich media, in-depth reporting on current topics in the sport and coverage from each of the 10 US Lacrosse regions. Check it out at uslaxmagazine.com/julaug2020.

By The Numbers

12,340

People who registered for US Lacrosse webinars from February-July. Topics included pro tips for coaches and officials, return-to-play recommendations, youth sports in the COVID-19 era and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.

44

Medical, event and lacrosse industry professionals that worked with US Lacrosse in an advisory capacity to establish a five-stage return-to-play protocol. Visit uslacrosse.org/return-to-play. 

9:57:11

9 hours, 57 seconds, 11 seconds — the cumulative duration of virtual clinics put on by U.S. women’s national team players for US Lacrosse members. Watch at vimeo.com/uslacrosse.

7

Categories covered in the new US Lacrosse Member Organization Standards, criterion for every league to measure progress and create a plan for continued success.

3

Models the Virginia High School League proposed for reopening high school sports in the state. With lobbying by US Lacrosse, the VHSL voted July 27 to adopt Model 3, which preserves all sports with condensed schedules.

Quotable

“We want to stand for something. Having standards in place gives us credibility.” — Mike Tobin, Smithtown (N.Y.) Youth Lacrosse

“There’s so much variety out there. We need uniformity.” — Erin Massena, Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association