Colorado Springs, Colo., USA – World Lacrosse has named Brent Nowicki its new Chair of Rules, a move that will help the organization increase its broad-based performance across the various disciplines of the sport as it continues to grow internationally.
Nowicki is currently Managing Counsel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He joined the CAS in 2013 after 7 years as an attorney with the law firm of Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, New York. Mr. Nowicki has extensive and unique experience in the field of international sports law. He has represented various parties while in the private practice of law, and served as a consultant for several clients in the sports industry.
“Consistency in the development of rules in the sport of lacrosse is paramount to its continued success on an international basis,” said Nowicki. “Not only do consistent and harmonized rules ensure clarity in a player’s approach to the game, but they also ensure player safety, integrity, and spectator comprehension. I look forward to working with players, coaches, administrators and spectators to ensure this consistency.”
Nowicki will work closely with World Lacrosse Technical Director Don Blacklock and World Lacrosse CEO Jim Scherr.
“Brent will be a great asset as the first World Lacrosse Chair of Rules and will oversee rules for the game of lacrosse. His understanding of lacrosse, as well as his experience as a lawyer within sport and the IOC, make him extremely well suited for this role,” said Blacklock. “Brent will be instrumental to ensure that we continue to modernize the rules across all the approved forms of the sport, to make certain that lacrosse remains the fastest game on two feet, while not losing the uniqueness of each of our formats.”
While in private practice, Mr. Nowicki represented various parties in contract negotiations, rights of publicity, as well as legal representations of grievances, hearings, and appeals. On an international level, Mr. Nowicki is active in the anti-doping movement in Olympic sports, handling several major doping cases in his role as counsel to CAS. His current work at CAS exposes him to virtually every sporting dispute between the IOC, international and national federations, associations (FIFA and UEFA), leagues, teams, and players. Notably, Mr. Nowicki was the head of the CAS Anti-Doping Division for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016) and PyeongChang (2018). He now manages the permanent CAS Anti-Doping Division (CAS ADD).
“Lacrosse continues to grow at a great pace. We must consistently look at our rules to keep up with the changes and demands in the sport,” Nowicki said. “This could not be truer than at a time when lacrosse positions itself as a leading candidate for inclusion on the Olympic program.”
Mr. Nowicki serves on the International Committee of the Sports Lawyers Association and is currently a member of Switzerland’s National Lacrosse Team following his role as Assistant Coach of the Swiss National Team for the FIL World Championships in 2014 and 2015. He received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University, where he was a member of the Division I lacrosse program, and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo.
The World Lacrosse federation is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, representing 62 member-nations worldwide. WL is responsible for the governance of lacrosse and provides support to the overall development of the sport worldwide.
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About World Lacrosse
World Lacrosse, formerly Federation of International Lacrosse, is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The WL currently has 62-member nations and holds five World Championships: Men’s Lacrosse World Championship; Under-19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship; Men’s World Indoor Lacrosse Championship; Women’s Lacrosse World Cup; and Under-19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championship. Each event is held on a quadrennial basis. The WL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world. The WL is newly-relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, the home to more than 50 international or U.S. nationally-governing bodies for sport.
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31 May 2019