All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. We believe in clean sport and work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our International Federation (IF) World Lacrosse to ensure that the integrity of our sport is protected.
Lacrosse Scotland has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes and athlete support personnel must abide by. The anti-doping rules for Lacrosse Scotland are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport globally.
The anti-doping rules of Lacrosse Scotland are the rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. If you are a member of Lacrosse Scotland then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at, and they make all participants subject to drug Testing (including Minors). For the purposes of those rules, consent of a parent or guardian to the Testing of a Minor Is Deemed To follow automatically from the fact that the Minor has been permitted by their parent or guardian to participate in lacrosse. Therefore, any Minors participating in the sport may be subject to drug Testing. Information for parents and carers of young athletes is available here. You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here.
2021 World Anti-Doping Code
From 1 January 2021, a new version of the Code is in effect and it’s important that all
athletes and athlete support personnel are aware of how this impacts them.
For more information on the changes within the 2021 Code, visit UKAD’s website
Under the 2021 Code, an athlete may be classified as being “International-Level”,
“National-Level” or a “Recreational Athlete” based on their competition level. Further
information on these different categories is available on the UKAD website.
Anti-Doping Rule Violations
Breaking the anti-doping rules can result in a ban from all sport. The Code outlines the
Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Athletes and athlete support personnel need to
make sure they are fully aware of these violations, and the consequences of breaking
them. For more information and what this means for those individuals, click here.
For information on individuals serving a ban from sport, visit UKAD’s sanction page on
The Big Picture – Top Tips for Clean Sport
An athlete is responsible for anything found in their system, regardless of how it got
there or whether there is any intention to cheat. All athletes and athlete support
personnel should make themselves aware of the risks, so they don’t receive an
unintentional ban from sport. Useful information for athletes can be found on the
The Prohibited List
All prohibited substances and methods in Code-compliant sports are outlined in the
Prohibited List. The Prohibited List is managed and coordinated by WADA, found on
the WADA website here. The List is updated each year, coming into effect on 1st
January. It is possible for WADA to make changes to the List more than once a year,
but they must communicate such changes three months before they come into effect.
As this list is updated annually, athletes and athlete support personnel should make
sure they check it ahead of it coming into effect. More information can be found on
UKAD’s website here.
Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or purchased over the counter),
athletes must check to make sure it doesn’t contain any prohibited substances.
Medications (ingredients or brand name) can be checked online at Global DRO. It is
important to note that medications bought in one country may contain different
ingredients to the same branded medication in another country. For more information
on checking medications, visit UKAD’s website here.
Check out the video below from UKAD’s Athlete Commission member and British
Paralympic Powerlifter, Ali Jawad, on using Global DRO. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Taking Nutritional Supplements
UKAD always advises a food first approach to nutrition, as there are no guarantees
that any supplement product is free from prohibited substances. Athletes can support
their training and progress towards their targets by eating and enjoying nutritious food.
With a bit of planning, it is possible to eat a delicious and healthy diet made up of a
variety of food types at the right time, and in the right quantities.
Athletes should assess the need, the risks and the consequences before deciding to
take a supplement, and if they need to use one, visit the Informed Sport website to
check whether supplements have been batch-tested. More advice on managing
supplement risks can be found on UKAD’s Supplement Hub here.
Applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
If an athlete with a legitimate medical condition needs to use a prohibited substance or
method, they will need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). This is only
accepted if there are no other suitable permitted medications or treatments that can be
used, and there is a strict, detailed process to determine this. Athletes can find out
more information about the TUE process on the UKAD website here and use the TUE Wizard to find out whether they need to apply for a TUE and who to submit their
What happens in a test?
Athletes should feel prepared and know their rights and responsibilities when they are
notified to be tested by a Chaperone or Doping Control Officer. Check out this video
below on the testing process from start to finish.
Athletes can find out more in the Introduction to Testing section of UKAD’s website.
100% me – Supporting athletes to be clean
100% me is UKAD’s values-based education and information programme, helping
athletes meet their anti-doping responsibilities throughout their sporting journey. We
want all athletes to be clean, stay clean and believe all others are clean.
For more information on what this means, visit UKAD’s website here. UKAD’s 100%
me Clean Sport App can also be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play or Windows
Live Store, for essential anti-doping information.
Protect Your Sport
Protecting clean sport depends on everyone playing their part – athletes, coaches, or
parents – whether on centre stage or behind the scenes. Speak out if you feel there’s
something wrong – no matter how small. UKAD guarantee that your identity will always
be kept 100% confidential.
There are different ways to speak out:
• Email – When you feel something’s wrong, send an email. UKAD guarantee that
your name and email address will be kept confidential. Email at
• Online Form – Tell us what you know via our online form
on protectyoursport.co.uk. You will remain anonymous as standard,
but if you choose to share your details confidentially it could help us catch
those in sport who seek to cheat
• 24/7 Hotline – Call on 08000 32 23 32. We are here to listen. If you prefer to
remain 100% anonymous you can. Or if you share your details, they will be
kept confidential, and may help keep sport clean
Find out the more about speaking out and Protect Your Sport here.
For further information
Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking
Lacrosse Scotland and athlete support personnel, athletes may also contact UKAD directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 207 842 3450.
Regular updates from UKAD can also be found in the news section of their website, or
on their Twitter account: @ukantidoping.
Contact the Lacrosse Scotland anti-doping lead: Carrie Hughes 07555 620 344
Contact World Lacrosse: Don Blacklock via https://worldlacrosse.sport/
Annual Activity 2021
Click here for an oveview of Lacrosse Scotland’s clean sport activities in 2021