Safety is always the number one goal when outfitting a lacrosse player. US Lacrosse and the Sports Science & Safety Committee offer some tips to parents and players when shopping for a new lacrosse helmet.
Tips for Lacrosse Helmet Fitting
- Make sure the helmet is NOCSAE approved. The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment conducts rigorous tests and sets standards for safe athletic equipment, including lacrosse helmets.
- Always review the specific helmet manufacturer’s recommendations for proper helmet fitting either on the manufacturer’s web site or in the store.
- Helmets are measured in inches. Check manufacturers’ charts to show the proper size helmet for your child’s head.
- Padding of the helmet shall give firm and uniform pressure about the head. The skin of the forehead should move as the helmet is moved from left to right and from front to back.
- Be sure there is a four-point chin-strap attached to the helmet. The chin-strap should be tightened so that there is no slack.
- Properly fitted helmets must take into account the hairstyle of your child; if your child has a great deal of thick hair and then receives a haircut, the helmet must then be refitted.
- Proper helmet fit should never cause headaches.
- The facemask should attach cleanly to the helmet and should be replaced if it is bent.
Certified Helmet FAQ
Q1) My athlete has a head circumference that is larger than 24” and does not comfortably fit into an existing NOCSAE certified lacrosse helmet. Is there an option for my player?
US Lacrosse is only aware of the following maximum sizes for helmets which can be purchased by consumers.
Company Head Circumference
Cascade 24 inches
STX/Schutt 23 3/4 inches
Warrior 23 1/2 inches
US Lacrosse is currently collecting information to provide manufacturers with data on how widespread of an issue this is. If you or someone you know that plays lacrosse has a head circumference larger than 24-inches, please consider participating in our very brief online survey at https://bit.ly/2BH7EZZ
Q2) How do I properly measure head circumference?
Wrap a soft tape measure around the head above your eyebrows and across your temples.
Q3) What type of helmet is required for all players in the men’s game and for goalies in the women’s game?
All major rule sets require a NOCSAE certified lacrosse helmet. A list of lacrosse helmets which are NOCSAE certified can be found at https://www.seinet.org/search.htm; under the Program Tab select NOCSAE: Lacrosse Helmets w/Faceguards (ND041-11) or (ND041-15).
Q4) When is my NOCSAE lacrosse helmet no longer certified?
Each manufacturer has a certification process and some have a reconditioning process to extend the life of a helmet. For a specific manufacturer's recommendations, please contact their customer service department at the number below.