Lacrosse equipment needs and costs are similar to baseball and softball. For boys and girls uniforms are typically the responsibility of the school team, while individual protective equipment, cleats, gloves, helmet and stick or “crosse” (like cleats, glove and bat in baseball and softball) are the responsibility of the student-athlete.
The Crosse: The “crosse” (lacrosse stick) has a shaft made of lightweight aluminum, titanium, or composites, the head is made of a plastic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. The “crosse” must be an overall length of 40 – 42 inches for attackmen and midfielders, or 52 – 72 inches for defensemen. The head of the “crosse” must be 6.5 – 10 inches wide, except a goalie’s “crosse” which may be 10 – 12 inches wide. The pocket of a “crosse” shall be deemed illegal if the top surface of a lacrosse ball, when placed in the head of the “crosse”, is below the bottom edge of the side wall.
The Ball: The ball must be made of solid rubber and can be white, yellow or orange. The ball is 7.75 – 8 inches in circumference and 5 – 5.25 ounces.
The Helmet (Men’s Only): A protective helmet, equipped with face mask, chin pad and a cupped four point chin strap fastened to all four hookups, must be worn by all men’s players. All helmets and face masks must be NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) approved.
The Mouthpiece: The mouthpiece must be a highly visible color and is mandatory.
The Glove: All players are required to wear protective gloves. The cutting or altering of gloves is prohibited.
Protective Equipment: All boy’s players, with the exception of the goalkeeper, must wear shoulder pads. Arm pads and rib pads are also strongly recommended and often required, as are athletic supporters and protective cups for players. The goalkeeper is required to wear a throat protector and chest protector, in addition to a helmet, mouthpiece and gloves. Girl’s equipment includes eye protection, mouth guard, gloves, cleats and a crosse.