In Fall 2019, the US Lacrosse Board of Directors approved equipment-related rule changes designed to enhance heart protection for athletes, specifically to reduce the risk of a rare injury called commotio cordis. Starting now, January 2021, US Lacrosse boys’ and girls’ field lacrosse rules will require that all goalie chest protectors must meet the NOCSAE performance standard ND200 in order to be deemed legal for play. Here is the exact line from the rulebook which will apply for both boys and girls.
Goalies have slightly different equipment:
Goalie Lacrosse Stick
Because boys like to take turns and try out the goalie position, the coach of each team will have a goalie stick, chest pad and neck guard for the boys to use. However if your son is interested in the goalie position long term we recommend he get his own equipment that will fit him best, especially the stick.
Some parents ask if they can reuse hockey equipment for Lacrosse. If your boy is just starting you could reuse the shoulder pads and maybe arm pads. For gloves we recommend getting Lacrosse gloves. They are more flexible in the wrist (better for cradling) and have mesh palms for better ventilation. Your son must have a Lacrosse helmet to play in games with other towns. The referees will not let your son play with a hockey helmet.
Where to buy equipment
Two stores focused on Lacrosse are:
Commonwealth Lax – Connected to Pure Hockey on Wood Road in Braintree