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Equipment Fitting Guide (to help both the boys’ and girls’ youth player)

 

EQUIPMENT FITTING GUIDE 

US Lacrosse recently published an Equipment Fitting Guide to help provide first-time buyers, parents and players with suggested guidelines in purchasing equipment. Designed to help both the boys’ and girls’ youth player, the guide explains how lacrosse equipment should feel when properly worn.

Boy's Lacrosse

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BOYS

GLOVES (Required)

  • 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

HELMET (Required)

  • Must be field lacrosse-specific
  • Statement/seal indicating it meets NOCSAE standard performance specification
  • Proper fit should be based on manufacturers’ guidelines & requirements on their website or included with helmet

RIB PADS (Recommended)

  • 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

PROTECTIVE CUP (Youth Required/HS Recommended)

  • 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

MOUTHGUARD (Required)

  • 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)
  • Proper fit 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

SHOULDER PADS (Required)

  • 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

ARM PADS / GUARDS (Required)

  • Tight as to not slide down arm; loose as to not cause discomfort
  • Elbow should be properly & completely covered
  • If pad includes straps secure comfortably for limited movement during play

BOY’S GOALIE EQUIPMENT

GOALIE GLOVES (Required)

  • 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

MOUTHGUARD (Required)

  • 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)
  • Proper fit 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

ARM PADS / GUARDS (Youth Required/HS Recommended)

  • Tight as to not slide down arm; loose as to not cause discomfort
  • Elbow should be properly & completely covered
  • If pad includes straps secure comfortably for limited movement during play

PROTECTIVE CUP (Youth Required/HS Recommended)

  • 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
  • For goalies – pads available that integrate thigh padding with protective cup

THROAT GUARD (Required)

  • Separate from helmet & required
  • 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

CHEST PROTECTOR (Required)

  • 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 flat on player’s collarbone
  • Preferably includes additional arm & shoulder protection
  • Must wear underneath jersey

HELMET (Required)

  • Must be field lacrosse-specific
  • Statement/seal indicating it meets NOCSAE standard performance specification
  • Proper fit should be based on manufacturers’ guidelines & requirements on their website or included with helmet

 

Girl's Goalie

 

GIRLS

GOGGLES (Required)

  • Must be lacrosse-specific
  • Meets the ASTM International standard performance specification; includes a statement/seal indicating compliance
  • Proper fit should be based on manufacturers’ guidelines & requirements on their website or included with the goggles

MOUTHGUARD (Required)

  • 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)
  • Proper fit 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

GLOVES (Optional)

  • If worn, they must be close-fitting & should be comfortable for player while holding a stick
  • Goalie gloves not permitted for field players

GIRLS GOALIE EQUIPMENT

GOALIE GLOVES (Required)

  • 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

CHEST PROTECTOR (Required)

  • Should cover front torso from neckline to below navel
  • Body straps must be secured to the front of pad – adjust for a snug, comfortable fit
  • Too tight – restricts player’s movement
  • Too loose – pads can move & expose player to injury
  • Collar of chest protector should lie flat on player’s collarbone
  • Must wear underneath jersey

PELVIC/ABDOMINAL PROTECTION (Youth Required/HS Recommended)

  • Generally incorporated in leg pads

MOUTHGUARD (Required)

  • 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)
  • Proper fit 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

HELMET (Required)

  • Must be field lacrosse-specific
  • Statement/seal to indicate it meets NOCSAE standard performance specification
  • Proper fit should be based on manufacturers’ guidelines & requirements on their website or included with helmet

THROAT GUARD (Required)

  • Separate from helmet
  • Attach with snaps, screws or other fasteners
  • Proper fit for helmet & guard must be done relying on manufacturers’ guidelines & requirements on their website or included with helmet/guard

LEG PADS (Required)

  • Must protect shins & thighs
  • May not use field hockey equipment
  • Tight enough so they don’t slide up or down during play
  • Tight enough not to cause discomfort

 

 

 

 

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