Wisconsin Athletic Association Sanctions Lacrosse as High School Sport

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The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved the addition of lacrosse as a sanctioned sport. 

After receiving a presentation from the committee assigned to evaluate the feasibility of adding boys and girls lacrosse to sports sponsored by the WIAA, the Board unanimously passed the proposal that targets the spring of the 2023-24 school year for the inaugural season with a tournament series. Additional details, including season regulations and tournament procedure, will be communicated when they become available.

It’s the first time an entirely new sport has been introduced for both genders since the addition of boys and girls soccer in 1982-83. Since that time, hockey and wrestling expanded to girls sponsorship in 2002 and 2022, respectively, and boys volleyball was reinstated in 2000, but those sports were already sanctioned for the other gender. 

“We commend members of the planning committee for months of work and collaboration with member schools that already sponsor the sport,” WIAA executive director Stephanie Hauser said in a statement. “Our staff and membership look forward to the new opportunity for student-athletes to participate in a sport quickly gaining popularity around the nation.”

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