In the wake of the global pandemic and the resulting suspension of sport, a number of national sports organizations have issued return to play guidelines in an effort to provide informed direction on activity risk and graduated resumption of sport participation. 

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) recently published its “Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities”, which classifies boys’ lacrosse as a higher risk sport and girls’ lacrosse as a moderate risk sport relative to the potential for COVID-19 infection. 

US Lacrosse and the NFHS enjoy a strong, collaborative relationship, however US Lacrosse and its Sports Science & Safety Committee disagree with the NFHS classification of boys’ lacrosse as a higher risk for disease transmission. The Sports Science & Safety Committee has reviewed the matter and shared its belief that both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse are more appropriately placed in the moderate risk category.

US Lacrosse recently published its “Return to Play Recommendations for Lacrosse” and encourages the national lacrosse community to review and adhere to these guidelines in the months to come in an effort to appropriately balance infection and injury risk with the desire to return to the field.