UHSAA Sanctions Lacrosse

May 5, 2017

MIDVALE, UT – The Utah High School Activities Association Board of Trustees voted yesterday to sanction boys and girls lacrosse starting in the 2019-20 school year.

“Our outstanding female and male student athletes will now have the opportunity to participate and succeed in yet another extracurricular activity. When so many students are already participating in this sport, it’s important to let them participate and represent their schools and earn a varsity letter or Academic All-State honors,” said Amber Shill, a member of the UHSAA Board of Trustees and Canyons Board of Education.

“We’re thrilled this has come to fruition. If you look at every state where lacrosse has been sanctioned, the sport has grown.” said Craig Morris, athletic director at The Waterford School, who has been helping represent the Utah Lacrosse Association throughout the sanctioning process.

The UHSAA Executive Committee will determine season placement for lacrosse. The 2019-20 starting date coincides with the beginning of a UHSAA realignment.

Lacrosse will be the 11th boys' sport and 11th girls' sport sanctioned by the UHSAA.

The UHSAA is the leadership organization for high school athletic and fine arts activities in Utah.  Since 1927, the UHSAA has led the development of education-based interscholastic athletic and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives.  The belief is these activities are an essential part of the high school experience and go a long way to improving academic performance and producing better citizens. 

The UHSAA reaches 149 member schools and over 87,000 participants in high school activity programs.  The organization sanctions 10 girls’ sports and 10 boys’ sports and music, theatre and speech/debate in five different classifications. The UHSAA is governed by a 30 member Board of Trustees made up of elected school board members and superintendents representing all regions and areas throughout Utah, principals from each of the five classifications and a state board of education representative.  The organization is committed to stressing educational and cultural values, improving the participation experience in activities, promoting life skills and lessons involved in competitive activities, fostering sportsmanship and mutual respect and assisting those who oversee high school sports and activities in UHSAA member high schools.