In order to provide the best experience, the US Lacrosse Tournament Standards represent the best practices that should be utilized by tournaments and events. When adopted in their entirety, these standards, based on high yet attainable goals, will help ensure the safest and most positive player experience for lacrosse tournaments

  • Venue must offer full-size playing fields and follow diagram shown in current rule book 
    • Women's: Recommended field size:  120x70 yards
    • Men's  Recommended Field Size:  110x60 yards
    • Youth: Field sizes vary and can be found in the US Lacrosse Youth Rules Book​
  • Allocations for safety:
    • Minimum distance between fields and the use of safety barriers and cautionary signage
      • Use of signage required on all fields at and near the end line
      • Use of signage and barriers required when fields are end-to-end or the space behind the end line is occupied with barriers being located at least 5 yards off of the end line
      • Signage examples for endlines: “No Walking Behind Goals,” “Proceed with Caution: Ball in Play at all Times”.
    • Scorers tables and  team benches
      • Scorers tables and team benches must be placed at least 6 yards off of the sideline
      • When possible, sidelines should be split: one side for team and coaches, the other for spectators, with no one located behind end lines, benches or scorers tables at any time.  
    • Signage, fencing, buildings, and/or obstructions
      • Should be located at least 5 yards from all sidelines and end lines
  • All events must follow the US Lacrosse Rules set appropriate to the age/grade level of play.
  • Age Segmentation
    • Teams should be organized by single birth year or single grade year, but if grouping Is necessary, the maximum age difference between players in a youth game should be no more than 24 months
    • The following expectations are in place for youth level player segmentations:
      • 2017-2018 Season – 9U
      • 2018-2019 Season – 9U, 10U
      • 2019-2020 Season – 9U, 10U, 11U
      • 2020-2021 Season – 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U
      • 2021-2022 Season – 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U
      • 2022-2023 Season – 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U
  • Limitations on total minutes of play per day and appropriate rest time between games to minimize risk of injury and fatigue
    • Youth Events (14U and below) should limit participants to 200 minutes of game play per day with a minimum of 60 minutes between game times
    • High School Events should limit participants to 240 minutes of game play per day with a minimum of 60 minutes between game times
  • All games timings and format should comply with US Lacrosse Guidelines
    • Length of games can be shortened to accommodate schedules, weather, etc.
  • All players, head coaches, officials, and tournament operators must have a current US Lacrosse membership in order to obtain the appropriate insurance through US Lacrosse and RPS Bollinger. Digital Membership Ping must be incorporated into player roster/waiver process for automated membership verification for all participants.
    • Event Operator will receive certificate of insurance after providing US Lacrosse with venue insurance requirements and signing the sanctioning agreement  
    • Vendors/Exhibitors: Must have certificates of insurance for general liability and workers compensation, naming the event owner, US Lacrosse and the venue as additionally insured
  • Must meet medical standards:
    • Must have an Emergency Action Plan
      • EAP should meet all requirements of the NATA Position Statement: Emergency Planning in Athletics 
      • Describe how many athletic trainers, where the athletic trainers will be located and what to do in the case of a medical emergency
      • List the name and address of the closest hospital or emergency facility
      • Provide local authorities and emergency services with the EAP in advance of the event
    • Use of certified athletic trainers
      • Athletic Trainers must be certified within the state they are providing care and must have a valid certificate of personal liability insurance
      • Based on location and accessibility, there must be at least one certified athletic trainer for every three fields in play
      • To maximize safety, athletic trainers must have access to radios
      • If facility spans more than 1,000 yards, athletic trainers must have access to a golf cart
    • Clear documentation of all injuries and treatments
      • Documentation of injuries must be catalogued by the event organizer in the event a member wishes to file for secondary insurance
      • Use and submit USL Injury Surveillance Form
    • Ambulance coverage and on-site AED unit(s)
      • Response time should be considered when creating the EAP and determining if an ambulance is required on site
      • Address and directions to nearest hospital must be in the emergency action plan
      • There must be at least one AED unit readily accessible on site. AED must be located within 2 minutes to each field. If the venue is large, a secondary AED may be required at a secondary athletic trainer location in order to meet the 2 minute standard.
      • All athletic trainers must be certified in AED usage
      • To maximize safety, the AED is recommended to be kept with an Athletic Trainer at all times
    • Inclement weather and evacuation plan must be on-file and available on site
      • Planned water breaks should occur in the event of extreme heat and/or humidity
        • Indicated by excessive heat warnings and watches issued by the National Weather Service
        • Women's: Should occur at the closest ball stoppage to the midway point of each half
        • Men's: Running clock play the water break should occur at the closest ball stoppage to the midway point of each half; for quarter play, water breaks are not required
    • Weather and evacuation plans must be outlined and communicated to all staff and participating teams   
    • Grounded tent or permanent Indoor, non-metal facility must be available for shelter from lightning (personal vehicles are sufficient)
    • Must verify licensing for event vehicle drivers, including golf cart
    • Third Party busses or shuttles will need to provide certificate of insurance for transporting event participants and attendees (naming USL and Event Operator as additional insureds
  • One-to-One Interactions
    • There is a general prohibition on one-on-one interactions between an athlete who is a minor and an adult (who is not the minor’s legal guardian) at a lacrosse facility without being in an observable and interruptible distance from another adult, except under emergency circumstances. An example of an appropriate one-on-one interaction within observable and interruptible distance from another adult could be a necessary individual meeting to address an athlete’s concerns, goals, or academic performance
  • Security should be provided when necessary
    • Recommended for events that have a vendor village
  • Information Tent with a staff member or volunteer present at all times  
  • Clear refund or cancellation policy
    • Refund or cancellation policy should be outlined at the time of registration and available on the event website
  • Players, officials, and head coaches must be current members of US Lacrosse for the duration of the event 
    • Must be validated through the Member Ping in to guarantee event insurance
  • Mandatory on-site check-in process, includes membership verification
    • On-site check-in process to ensure teams arrive, verify rosters and membership, and there are no outstanding documents
      • Remind coaches of tournament rules, weather policy, and other important information
    • Coaches Meetings are recommended (but not required) to discuss rules, answer questions, and address concerns
  • Minimum game number guarantee with clear and available communication of schedules, brackets and updates
    • Minimum number of games should be guaranteed during the registration process
    • Bracket boards or event schedules to be posted on site or online through an app
    • Clear communication of all schedule changes
  • Mandatory use of US Lacrosse certified officials with a minimum of two officials per game
    • Tournament director is responsible for holding assignors accountable for using the appropriately   rated officials based on level of play and age of participants
  • Possession of a signed contract with the officials assignor
    • Indicating tournament name, dates, rules, pay, and number of games assigned