US Lacrosse announced the 2016 US Lacrosse Boys' Youth Rules on Thursday, including points of emphasis that promote safety and sportsmanship. On the subject of violent contact, the US Lacrosse rules say "there is no justification for deliberate and violent collision by any player at any youth level, especially intentional player-to-player collisions with defenseless players (so-called blind side and buddy-pass checks), checks involving the head and/or neck, and excessive body-checks." The subcommittee also said there is a concern that slashing is too common in boys youth lacrosse. While no one-handed checks are allowed, the subcommittee also noted that the only permissible check with the crosse is on the opponent's crosse or his gloved hand on his crosse. Any blow with the crosse anywhere else on an opponent is to be deemed slashing and should be called as such by officials. Further, the 3-yard rule states that all legal checks, holds or pushes must be on a player with possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball. This rule varies from 5-yard allowance within the National Federation of State High School Associations rules.