COVID Update 2020-10-10


Team-based training and competition restrictions

Effective from 10 October 2020 – All team-based Lacrosse activities are suspended in Scotland until 23.59hrs on 25 October for participants 18yrs and older. 

For all Clubs, Teams, Players, and Supporters


Organised sporting activities can now be undertaken, providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene – you will also need to make sure that your club, facility and participants are made aware and can adapt to changes in guidance at short notice.

People who are symptomatic should self-isolate for 10 days; household members for 14 days as per info on NHS guidance. No one who is self-isolating should attend a sports facility/activity.

To manage a safe return to sport and leisure activities, it is a mandatory requirement that all clubs, facility operators and deliverers put in place Test and Protect procedures to help break chains of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Further information is available within this guidance and at Scottish Government: Test and Protect.

Clubs and participants should be aware that the easing of restrictions does not mean that all facilities/venues will open immediately. Likewise, Sports Governing Bodies (SGBs) may have to take stricter guidelines than the national guidelines as a condition for returning to training and competition. These guidelines have been approved with the intent of providing a safe environment for all participants. Participants should be aware that local restrictions may also be in place and should be considered as part of risk assessment planning. Further information on guidance which should be followed in areas which the Scottish Government has identified as requiring additional local measures and restrictions.

If you reside in an area of Scotland with increased restrictions, you will NOT be allowed to train and/or compete with anyone outwith the restricted areas nor will anyone from areas outside the restricted areas be allowed to travel to a restricted area to train and/or compete. Only intra-squad training within the guidelines will be allowed in the restricted areas until the restrictions are lifted.

All participants of Lacrosse in Scotland are REQUIRED:
  • to be members of their SBG in good standing;
  • sign the participant COVID declaration;
  • register with their SBGs (Lacrosse Scotland) Track and Trace online form before every lacrosse activity.
  • to wear a mask and sanitise hands when away from the playing field; including during arrival, changing, on breaks, and departure.

Failure to complete the above will prohibit you from playing lacrosse in Scotland nor considered eligible for team competition selections, as per requirements imposed by the Scottish Government. Knowingly violating the guidelines WILL result in forfeiture of lacrosse participation eligibility in Scotland until compliance with the government-approved guidelines. All clubs and players NOT registered and in good standing with Lacrosse Scotland are not covered by the approved governmental exceptions to training and competition roaster sizes and MUST adhere to the Scottish Government guidance on the Rule of Six and social distancing of 2m.




  1. The guidance within this appendix is applicable to sport and physical activity facilities and activities where the Scottish Government have identified the requirement for local measures and restrictions to be applied.
  2. Local measures and restrictions will come into force for licensed premises from 18:00 on Friday 9 October, with all other restrictions applying from 00:01 Saturday 10 October and run until midnight on Sunday 25th October 2020.
  3. The enhanced restrictions from the Scottish Government and in consultation with sportscotland:
    1. The suspention of all lacrosse team-based activity in Scotland from 00.01hrs on 10 October to 23.59hrs on 25 October for participants 18 years old and over.
    2. All competitions and friendlies are also temporarily suspended.
    3. Under 18s and individual training will be permitted as long as the existing RTP3 guidelines are followed. U18s are asked not to travel outside their immediate area to attend training.
  1. The information outlined below should be used in conjunction with, and where appropriate supersede, the ‘Phase 3: Return to sport and physical activity guidance’ to inform the development of sport-specific guidance which will be shared with participants, clubs, local authorities/trusts, third sector and other sports facility operators within local areas identified by Scottish Government as requiring additional measures/restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection.
  2. It is the responsibility of the relevant facility operator / COVID officer to ensure that full risk assessments, processes and mitigating actions are in place before any sport or leisure activity takes place and to check if the activity is in an area which is subject to additional Scottish Government localised measures and restrictions.
  3. Where a local outbreak has been reported, sports facility operators and deliverers should review their facility/operational risk assessment and consider if additional mitigating actions should be put in place to reduce risk. This may, for example, include; suspending activity, enhancing hygiene and physical distancing measures or introducing additional activity restrictions.
  4. Travel to or from an area with Scottish Government local measures or restrictions in place to undertake sport or physical activity should where possible be avoided.
  5. People living in areas with Scottish Government local measures or restrictions should not participate in an outdoor contact sport in any location (unless they are under 18 years of age).
  6. Be aware that the Scottish Government may update or change measures and restrictions at any time, including the local areas subject to them. Therefore COVID officers should regularly check Scottish Government advice and guidance relating to local outbreaks and measures at Coronavirus (COVID-19): local advice and measures.

Outdoor Sport & Leisure Activity – local measures

  1. Facility operators in areas subject to local measures and restrictions may continue to open all outdoor sports areas, courts and pitches if documented risk assessments are undertaken and all appropriate mitigating actions including the guidance herein is put in place to ensure the safety of participants, staff and volunteers. Please also refer to additional guidance produced by sportscotland at: Getting Your Facilities Fit for Sport.
  2. Children and young people under 18 years of age can continue to take part in organised outdoor non-contact and contact sports training, competition or events if all relevant guidance is followed.
  3. Adults (18 years of age or older) can take part in organised outdoor non-contact sports training, competition or events if all relevant guidance is followed.
  4. Adults should not take part in any form of contact sport in areas which are subject to Scottish Government local measures or restrictions.
  5. Where outdoor sports training, competition or events are planned and include multiple bubbles; facility operators, organisers and deliverers should, as part of their risk assessment, consult with relevant local authorities, environmental health, the police or other body responsible for the safety of the public. Agreement must be reached with these bodies before the training, event or competition takes place.
  6. Facility operators, organisers and deliverers should note that the situation around COVID-19 is fluid and activities may need to be cancelled at short notice should there be a change in local or national restrictions. In such circumstance’s plans should be in place to notify participants of event cancellation and to ensure they do not attend the venue or activity.
  7. Outdoor group coaching for organised sport and leisure activities including aerobics and fitness classes can continue to take place with up to 30 people at any one time, including the coach as long as physical distancing is maintained at all times.

Indoor Sport & Leisure Activity – local measures

  1. Indoor sport and leisure facilities can remain open if Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for the opening of indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities is fully implemented.
  2. Children under 12 years of age can continue to take part in organised indoor contact and non-contact sports training, activity and competition.
  3. Young adults under 18 years of age can continue to take part in indoor non-contact sports training, activity and competition.
  4. Adults (18 years of age or older) should not take part in any indoor group activity such as exercise classes, any form of contact sport, group competitions or group coaching/training.
  5. Adult group activity for the purposes of this guidance is activity, involving adults, from more than 2 households / 6 members of those households who take part in an activity.
  6. Recreational activity, such as gym use, 1:1 personal training, swimming, ice skating and indoor snow sports activity where physical distancing can be maintained is permitted.
  7. Coaches can take multiple sessions per day, but each session should not include more than one other household if adults are involved (maximum of 6 people in total).
  8. The number of participants allowed to take part in indoor sport or leisure activity must be risk assessed by the sports facility operator following Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the opening of indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities and sport-specific SGB Guidance.
  9. Guidance for coaches, leaders, personal trainers, and instructors (referred to as coaches) is available at Getting your coaches ready for sport.


  1. Additional restrictions are in place for hospitality businesses. Sports facility operators providing catering or bar services should refer to Scottish Government guidance for details of these restrictions.   Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance. 



Be aware guidance can change and restrictions may be reintroduced – ensure you have checked the latest version of your governing body Covid-19 guidance.

The above guidance has been produced to allow a phased return to Lacrosse in Scotland, where practice individually or games with members of your household or between members of designated households can take place. All players and clubs have a responsibility to take care of themselves and their members. We are working hard with Sportscotland and the Scottish Government on moving to the next phases and will keep members up to date as soon as we know the next policies.

Please refer to the LS website and social media for further updates and enjoy getting back on the field or in the box safely and with consideration to others around you[1].

Neither sportscotland, nor any contributor to the content of this guidance, shall be responsible for any loss or damage of any kind, which may arise from your use of or reliance on this guidance note. Care has been taken over the accuracy of the content of this note, but sportscotland cannot guarantee that the information is up to date or reflects all relevant legal requirements. We recommend that you obtain professional specialist technical and legal advice before taking, or refraining from, any action based on information contained in this note.