The Sanctioned Tournament Standards are a set of best practices for lacrosse events to maximize a positive player experience. In order to be a sanctioned tournament, events must adhere to these standards based on five areas of an event: Venue, Game Format, Risk Management, Event Administration, and Certified Officials.

  • Venue must offer full-size playing fields with a recommended 10 yards between each field
    • 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 or cautionary signage
      • Use of signage or barriers required when fields are end-to-end or when a walkway or parking lot is directly behind the goal within 20 yards of the end line
      • Netting recommendation: 4-10ft high and 10-15 feet wide
      • Signage examples: “No Walking Behind Goals,” “Proceed with Caution: Ball in Play”
    • Scorers tables and team benches
      • Scorers tables and team benches should be placed at least 1 yard off of the sideline
      • To maximize safety: place scorers tables and team benches at least 5 yards away from sidelines
      • When possible, sidelines should be split: one side for team and coaches, the other for spectators
    • Signage, fencing, buildings, and/or obstructions
      • Should be located at least 5 yards from all sidelines and end lines
  • All events must follow US Lacrosse Rules in accordance with age and gender of players
    • Age guidelines
      • 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
    • Limitations on total minutes of play per day and appropriate rest time between games to minimize risk of injury and fatigue
      • Youth Events (U15 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 changed 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
    • 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 and the venue as additionally insured
  • Must meet medical standards:
    • Must have an Emergency Medical and Safety Plan
      • 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
    • 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 should have access to golf carts and radios
    • 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
      • Injury reports should be filed per the insurance requirements
    • Ambulance coverage and on-site AED unit(s)
      • If ambulance call time is more than 5 minutes, an ambulance must be on site
      • Address and directions to nearest hospital must be in the emergency medical and safety plan and provided to coaches
      • There must be at least one AED unit readily accessible on site
      • Head athletic trainer must be certified in AED usage
      • To maximize safety, the AED should be kept with an Athletic Trainer at all times
      • It is recommended that all athletic trainers are certified
    • 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
    • Clear weather and evacuation plans must be outlined and communicated to all staff and participating teams
      • Including weather monitoring and pre-determined evacuation plan for lightning within a specific radius of the venue
      • Event communication plan must be pre-determined to keep participants informed
    • Grounded tent or permanent Indoor, non-metal facility must be available for shelter from lightning (personal vehicles are sufficient)
  • Must verify licensing and waivers for vehicle drivers ONLY IF transporting event participants
    • i.e. a shuttle transports attendees from the parking lot to the venue
  • 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 coaches must be current members of US Lacrosse for the duration of the event
    • Must be validated 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
    • 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