TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/8/13
Lacrosse Magazine has reported that Maryland General Assembly Delegate Dana Stein has withdrawn House Bill 1123, a failed attempt to required headgear for all girls’ lacrosse players under the age of 19 in Maryland.
The bill had originally been introduced by Stein and co-sponsor Jon Cardin in February and had been scheduled for a committee hearing on March 13. After discussion with US Lacrosse on its increased emphasis on safety and the goal of standardizing head gear specific for women’s lacrosse as well as a plan to improve safety education for umpires, Stein decided to pull the bill from the House floor.
“We allayed their concerns that nothing was happening with [regard to] safety in the women’s game, and we were able to explain the infrastructure and funding of our Sport Science and Safety Committee,” US Lacrosse president and CEO Steve Stenersen said to Lacrosse Magazine.
“Once they were aware of that, the conversation expanded, and more important than equipment intervention, which we are doing, we think it’s more fundamentally important to focus on the education of players, coaches and officials.”