New York Votes No on Helmets
from staff reports
A motion that would have required men's lacrosse helmets to be worn in women's lacrosse was defeated, 7-2, Thursday in a vote by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYPHSAA), much to the relief of the sport's advocates.
"Congratulations to all. Everyone's efforts were rewarded," Jacquie Gow, head varsity coach at Glen Cove (N.Y.) High School and New York State girls' lacrosse coordinator, wrote in an e-mail.
The vote, conducted by the NYSPHSAA's Safety & Research
Committee, had been cause for consternation in recent weeks and met
opposition from lacrosse leaders. The proposal came about due to
the desire to reduce the number of concussions in girls' lacrosse.
The topic was discussed in New York last year as well, but it was
not brought up for a vote, as it has been this year.
US Lacrosse has been at the leading edge of addressing the concern over concussions, but does not support this particular approach.
"I think the idea of making girls wear helmets that were specifically designed for a different game is irresponsible," said Ann Carpenetti, managing director for game administration, in a Nov. 18 article on Lacrosse Magazine Online.
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