Lacrosse is a fast-paced, exciting sport that combines the best aspects of many other sports. Some highlights of what you need to know are featured on this page, and our youth guidebooks linked below feature a comprehensive look at the sport to get you up to speed.

Equipment

Field Player:

Stringing: 4-5 leather or synthetic strings, 8-12 stitches or cross-lacing or mesh, max
Pocket: depth is legal when the top of ball remains above the bottom of the head’s wall when placed in the pocket of a horizontal stick
Head: triangular piece affixed in same plane as shaft
Shaft: wood, composite or metal alloy

  • Must be field lacrosse-specific
  • Statement/seal indicating it meets NOCSAE standard performance specs
  • Proper fit should be based on manufacturers’ guidelines & requirements on their website or included with helmet
  • Variety of materials, sizes, colors & fitting options
  • Must be visible color other than clear or white
  • Self-molding (from manufacturers) or custom-molded (from dentists)
  • Allows players to talk, cover the upper jaw of teeth & not cause discomfort
  • May not be altered to decrease protection; can cut if too large for athlete’s mouth
  • Covers top of shoulder, collarbone & sternum
  • Shoulder caps must rest on top of shoulders
  • Collar should lie flat on collarbone
  • Straps tightened - bicep pad sits high on arm so to not interfere with arm pads; sternum plate must cover sternum
  • Should fit comfortably; adjust by loosening/tightening straps
  • Too tight - may restrict movement; too loose - can move during play & expose player to injury
  • If included - straps secure comfortably for limited movement during play
  • Tight as to not slide down arm; loose as to not cause discomfort
  • Elbow should be properly & completely covered
  • Hand must be fully inserted in glove
  • Includes additional thumb protection
  • Should cover 2”-3” above the wrist
  • Too short - cuff won’t protect wrist; too long - cuff will limit mobility
  • Fitted for comfort & protection
  • Large enough to provide coverage but not cause discomfort while running
  • Garments to improve comfort include: supporters, all-in-one briefs & combinations of both
  • Must cover ribs and kidneys; adjust by loosening/tightening straps
  • Should fit comfortably, not restricting breathing
  • Tight enough to so they do not move excessively during play
  • Try on rib pads prior to adding shoulder pads to ensure proper fit

 

Goalie:

Length: 40” to 72” maximum
Width: 6” plus
Stringing: 6-7 leather and/or synthetic thongs and cross lacing should be mesh
Pocket: legal when ball moves freely in pocket and stick meets specifications outlined in the boys rule book
Head: extra-wide triangle in same plane as shaft
Shaft: wood, composite or metal alloy

  • Must be field lacrosse-specific
  • Statement/seal indicating it meets NOCSAE standard performance specs
  • Proper fit should be based on manufacturers’ guidelines & requirements on their website or included with helmet
  • Variety of materials, sizes, colors & fitting options
  • Must be visible color other than clear or white
  • Self-molding (from manufacturers) or custom-molded (from dentists)
  • Allows players to talk, cover the upper jaw of teeth & not cause discomfort
  • May not be altered to decrease protection; can cut if too large for athlete’s mouth
  • Separate from helmet; attach with snaps/screws/other fasteners
  • Proper fit for helmet & guard must be done relying on manufacturers’ guidelines & requirements on their website or included with helmet/guard
  • If included - straps secure comfortably for limited movement during play
  • Tight as to not slide down arm; loose as to not cause discomfort
  • Elbow should be properly & completely covered
  • Hand must be fully inserted in glove
  • Includes additional thumb protection
  • Should cover 2”-3” above the wrist
  • Too short - cuff won’t protect wrist; too long - cuff will limit mobility
  • Fitted for comfort & protection
  • Large enough to provide coverage but not cause discomfort while running
  • Garments to improve comfort include: supporters, all-in-one briefs & combinations of both
  • Covers front torso, neckline to below navel
  • Body straps secured to front of pad – adjust for snug, comfortable fit
  • Too tight – restricts player’s movement
  • Too loose – pads can move & expose player to injury
  • Collar of chest protector should lie at on player’s collarbone
  • Preferably includes additional arm & shoulder protection
  • Must wear underneath jersey

 

Common Signals

Cross-Checking

Holding

Illegal Body Check

Non Releasable

Personal Foul

Slashing

Technical Foul

Tripping

 

Common Terms

Body Check
Contact with an opponent from the front or side (but not a blind side check) — between the shoulders and waist — when the opponent has the ball or is within 5 yards (high school) or 3 yards (youth) of a loose ball. Not permitted at U9 and U11 levels.
Box
An area drawn in both ends of the field surrounding the crease area. Also called the goal area or defensive area.
Clear
Transitioning the ball from the defensive half to the offensive half.
Crease
A circle around the goal with a radius of 9 feet into which only defensive players may enter.
EMO
A man advantage resulting from an opponent's time-serving penalty. Also known as "man-up."
Faceoff
This technique is used to put the ball in play at the start of the game, each quarter, half, or after a goal is scored.
GLE
Goal line extended
Hole
Another name for the area outside/in front of the crease area, the imaginary box, 10 yards by 10 yards in front of the goal
Ride
The defending team will try to prevent their opponent from advancing the ball, thereby creating a turnover.
Slash
A poke into the ribs, chest, neck or back. A vicious uncontrolled swinging of the stick whether contact is made or not. The gloved hand on the stick may be legally checked.

 

Field Diagrams