On January 1, 2010, a new rule which applies to lacrosse head
dimensions will go into effect for all men's games officiated under
NCAA rules. The rule affects NCAA Varsity, MCLA teams and select
In games where NCAA rules are in effect, such
as NFHS (high-school) and youth lacrosse, the new head dimensions
are NOT required, and heads currently on the market are legal for
play. In some parts of the country where high schools follow NCAA
rules, teams will be required to adhere to these new head
To find out which head specs you will be required to follow in
2010, you should contact your coach, local official or you local US
Lacrosse representative. Visit insidelacrosse.com for a downloadable
spec sheet that details the new rule dimensions.
Starting this summer, Warrior and Brine will be manufacturing
three distinct series of lacrosse heads:
Traditional spec heads are legal for NFHS (high school)
and youth lacrosse.
X specs are universal, meaning they are legal for play at
all levels of lacrosse (NCAA/High School/Youth). These heads
meet both the NCAA 2010 and the current NFHS width measurements.
X6 spec heads are legal under NCAA rules only. These heads
meet the minimum width measurements allowed by the NCAA, and are
not legal under NFHS and youth lacrosse rules.
The following is a sample of Warrior and Brine head
Helmet: A lacrosse helmet must be worn, not
(mouthpiece): A mouth guard protects your teeth but more
importantly helps in the prevention of concussions. Shoulder pads: Lacrosse shoulder pads are very similar to
hockey shoulder pads. It is important that the shoulder pads cover the
sternum, clavicle, and shoulders properly.
Rib Pads: Rib pads are not mandatory in lacrosse but are
highly recommended at the youth level. Elbow Pads (arm pads): Lacrosse elbow pads are similar to
hockey arm pads and should cover directly below the side deltoid all the way to
the middle of the forearm. Good elbow pads have a hard shell
directly over the elbow for added protection. Gloves: Lacrosse gloves are also similar to hockey
gloves. The cuffs of the gloves should cover the wrist area and reach the
bottom part of the elbow pads. The palm side of the glove is
usually made of leather and has ventilated areas to give the player a more
tactile sense when holding the lacrosse stick. Athletic Supporter and Cup: The athletic supporter
should fit snugly around the waist and the cup should cover the entire genital
region. Cleats: Cleats give you more traction on grass and
dirt. Although they make lacrosse cleats, football and soccer cleats
are okay to use as
Grades 3 thru 6: Midfield/Attack Stick: A midfield/attack stick can be 35"
to 42" in length. Defense Stick: A defense stick can be 52" to 60"
in length. The advantage of a defense stick is its reach. Only
4 defense sticks per team may be on the field at one time.
Grades 7 thru 8: Midfield/Attack Stick: A midfield/attack stick can be
40" to 42" in length. Defense Stick: A defense stick can be 52" to
72" in length. The advantage of a defense stick is its
reach. Only 4 defense sticks per team may be on the field at one
Goalie Stick: A goalie stick resembles a large fishing
net. A goalie stick is much larger than an attack/midfield stick or