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FOR ANY PARTICIPANT WHO IS NOT YET 18 YEARS OLD THIS WAIVER MUST BE READ AND ACCEPTED BY THE PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN OF THE PARTICIPANT ON BEHALF OF THE PARTICIPANT.

By clicking Accept {note: change "clicking Accept" to "signing to accept" on non-electronic version} below, I hereby verify that I have read and fully understand each of the following conditions for participation in any USA Lacrosse, Inc. (“USA Lacrosse”) activities and/or a USA Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned event, and I agree to and accept each of the conditions below, including but not limited to the entirety of the waiver and release and mandatory individual arbitration provisions set forth in the DISPUTE AND MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENT summarized and linked in Paragraph 7. I also verify that I have read and agreed to the terms in the Code of Conduct below. If I am a parent or guardian acting on behalf of a participant who is not yet 18 years old, I agree to and accept the conditions set forth herein on my behalf and on behalf of the minor participant.

ACCEPTANCE OF ALL TERMS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPHS 1-9 BELOW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WAIVER AND DISPUTE AND MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENT IS REQUIRED FOR ACCEPTANCE OF MEMBERSHIP

In consideration of my membership, , my participation as a player, coach, or official (including a referee or umpire) in USA Lacrosse, and my participation in USA Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned events, I agree to the following:

1. Waiver and Release: I am fully aware of and appreciate the risks, including the risk of catastrophic injury, paralysis and even death, as well as other damages and losses, associated with participation in a USA Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned event. I further agree, on behalf of myself, my heirs, and personal representatives, that USA Lacrosse, USA Lacrosse members, leagues, teams, host organizations, contractors, and/or sponsors of recognized or sponsored events, together with their respective affiliates, employees, agents, officers and directors, volunteers, coaches, officials, referees and/or umpires, shall not be liable for any injury, loss of life or other loss or damage occurring as a result of my participation in any such USA Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned event.

2. Medical Attention: I hereby give my consent to USA Lacrosse and the host organization of any USA Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned event to provide, through a medical staff of its choice, customary medical/athletic training attention, transportation and emergency medical services as warranted in the course of my participation in USA Lacrosse  recognized or sanctioned events. Notwithstanding the foregoing, I understand and agree that neither USA Lacrosse nor the host organization has any obligation to provide any such medical/athletic training attention and both the lack of any such medical/athletic training attention and the provision thereof on a voluntary basis by USA Lacrosse and/or the host organization is and shall be covered by the release set forth in Paragraph 1 above and the Dispute and Mandatory Arbitration Agreement described in paragraph 7 below.

3. Readiness to Compete: I will participate only in those USA Lacrosse competitions or activities in which I believe I am physically and psychologically prepared to participate.

4. Photographic Use Release: I grant USA Lacrosse and their officially contracted event photographers/videographers, as well as the USA Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned event photographers, the right to photograph and/or videotape me, my member child or ward and further display and use my, or my member child or ward’s name, face, likeness, voice and appearance as deemed appropriate in all media (known or hereafter) in perpetuity. I understand that all such photographs captured by USA Lacrosse staff and/or the officially contracted event photographers/videographers will forever be the property of USA Lacrosse and may be used as deemed appropriate by USA Lacrosse to include, but not be limited to: event organization publications, training/educations materials, websites, promotional materials, and/or advertisements.

5. Code of Conduct: I have read and agreed to all terms in the Code of Conduct on the second page of this form, including but not limited to my responsibilities as a player, coach, official, including a referee and/or umpire. Failure to abide by the terms in the Code of Conduct may result in termination of membership.

6. Insurance: The membership benefit of insurance is available only to residents of the U.S. International members are not eligible to receive the insurance coverage.

7. DISPUTE AND MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENT: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. I and USA Lacrosse agree that any claims or disputes arising from or relating to my membership, including but not limited to participation in USA Lacrosse recognized or sanctioned events, unless resolved informally, through mediation, or small-claims court, will be resolved by binding arbitration before a neutral arbitrator or panel of arbitrators. Arbitration will replace the right to go to court and may limit my and USA Lacrosse’s rights to discovery or appeal. I and USA Lacrosse agree that we will not be able to bring a class, private attorney general, collective or other representative action in Court, nor will I or USA Lacrosse be able to bring any claim in arbitration on a class, private attorney general, collective or representative basis. We will also not be able to be part of a class, private attorney general, collective, or other representative action brought by anyone else.THE FULL AND SPECIFIC TERMS OF THE MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENT ARE SET FORTH IN THE “INSURANCE” PORTION OF THE WEBSITE UNDER THE “DISPUTE AND MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENT” SECTION. I CONFIRM THAT I HAVE REVIEWED, ACCEPTED AND AGREED TO THE PROVISIONS OUTLINED HERE AND IN DETAIL IN THE “INSURANCE” PORTION OF THIS WEBSITE UNDER THE “DISPUTE AND MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENT” SECTION.

8. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I have read and agreed to USA Lacrosse’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, as set forth on USA Lacrosse’s website.

9. TEXT ALERTS:

            SIGN UP FOR SMS TEXT ALERTS: BY CHECKING THE BOX, you agree to receive recurrent text messages to the mobile phone number provided in your Membership Application from USA Lacrosse regarding your membership status, upcoming events and programs, and other information related to your USA Lacrosse membership. Your consent is not a condition to you becoming a member of USA Lacrosse. It is solely for your benefit in keeping up with the latest that USA Lacrosse has to offer. You may cancel USA Lacrosse SMS TEXT ALERTS at any time. Message frequency varies. Message and data rates may apply. USA Lacrosse SMS TEXT ALERTS are subject to USA Lacrosse’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at https://www.usalacrosse.com/privacy-policy. *USA Lacrosse may provide special reminders and updates by SMS TEXT ALERTS that it may not otherwise provide through another source. By enrolling in SMS TEXT ALERTS, you certify that you are eighteen (18) years of age or older and are authorized to enroll that mobile phone number into the SMS TEXT ALERT program.

USA LACROSSE – CODE OF CONDUCT

USA Lacrosse and the Positive Coaching Alliance have partnered to establish and promote positive coaching throughout the sport of lacrosse. USA Lacrosse is committed to preserve the "Honor of the Game" for all who enjoy the sport of lacrosse. To help fulfill this commitment, USA Lacrosse requires all players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators to sign and abide by a "Code of Conduct" that embodies basic common sense principles; demonstrates consideration of others; and projects a positive image to our young men and women.

Individuals and/or teams participating in USA Lacrosse events that fail to abide by this code will be subject to ejection and disqualification from future USA Lacrosse events. Thank you for your help in promoting these principles.

OFFICIALS ONLY

Officials agree that they  read, understand, and will abide by the USA Lacrosse Code of Conduct, as well as the additional Code of Conduct principles  which are set forth in the Officials’ Manuals. The Officials’ Manuals provide  the minimum standards of conduct for all officials when participating in a USA Lacrosse recognized and/or sanctioned event. These manuals are updated annually, and Officials acknowledge and agree that they will review the updated manuals upon release by USA Lacrosse and abide by the most recent version of the Manuals at all times.  

Players, coaches, spectators and parents are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials and spectators. In becoming a member of the lacrosse community an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the game of lacrosse and its participants. The essential elements in this "Code of Conduct" are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the sport of lacrosse, themselves, their team and their organization. It is only through such conduct that our sport can earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to youth sports in the United States and around the world.

USA Lacrosse supports the following behaviors for those participating or involved in any way with USA Lacrosse in general:

• The essential elements of the "Code of Conduct" must be adhered to.

• Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.

• The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, or the skills of the game.

• Derogatory comments are unacceptable. Use positive reinforcement with players and adults alike. It should be remembered that criticism once made can never be retracted.

• The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.

• Coaches must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their players. They are to strive to be positive role models in dealing with young people, as well as with adults.

• Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties, while exercising their authority on the field.

• Adults involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official.

  • USA Lacrosse believes diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of the values and culture of the entire lacrosse community. Players, Coaches, Spectators, Parents, and Officials are expected to support and promote an inclusive environment at all times.

• Knowledge of the Rules of Lacrosse must be respected and adhered to by all who participate in the game of lacrosse, both in the letter and the spirit of the game. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable conduct.

• Eligibility requirements, such as age and previous level of participation, must be followed. They have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety.

• USA Lacrosse seeks to foster a national lacrosse community that encourages understanding, appreciation and acceptance of all within its membership, volunteer base, and staff. Further, USA Lacrosse believes that broad representation and participation add significant value to the lacrosse experience of each of us, and that these valued experiences are enhanced by embracing underrepresented and underserved communities.

• USA Lacrosse does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, physical or mental ability or other protected status. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members.