This site is the home of Santa Barbara Lacrosse Association, a not-for-profit organization promoting lacrosse in the greater Santa Barbara area.


Lacrosse Equipment

All participants in Santa Barbara Lacrosse Association programs must be properly equipped. 

SBLA will provide loaner sticks and equipment to beginners or participants with need. 
Equipment Fee for Spring League - Boys $30, Girls $10



Required Lacrosse Equipment

Required lacrosse equipment, by age and gender:

  • U-7 Boys & Girls:  Youth stick and mouth guard (eye goggles suggested).

  • BOYS (7yrs and older):  men’s stick, helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, protective cup and a mouth guard.

  • GIRLS (7yrs and older):  woman’s stick, goggles, and mouth guard.

  • Cleats are not required but are highly recommended (no baseball cleats).

**SBLA has a limited amount of gear to loan to individuals that need support or are having difficulty obtaining gear.  Please discuss with a SBLA Board member or email:


Below Information from US Lacrosse, The National Governing Body of Lacrosse

Equipment for Boys' and Men's Lacrosse

(scroll down for info on girls' equipment)

The Crosse:
The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood or synthetic 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.

Helmets, shoulder pads and gloves are among the protective equipment requirements for boys' lacrosse.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:
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 players. All helmets and face masks should 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.


Other Protective Equipment:
All players, with the exception of the goalkeeper, must wear shoulder pads. Arm pads are required and rib pads are strongly recommended, and often required, as are athletic supporters and protective cups for all players.

The goalkeeper is required to wear a throat protector and chest protector, in addition to a helmet, mouthpiece, gloves and a protective cup.

Men's Equipment Articles and Information

Helmet Fitting and Facemask Removal
Helmet Fitting Tips
USL Position Statement on Helmets
USL Position Statement on Mouthguards
USL Position Statement on NCAA Stick Specs
Men's Rules

Below is a diagram of the body equipment and suggested price ranges. SBLA has arranged for gear packages at a discount (see below).



Click Here for Men's Lacrosse Sizing Chart

Men's Lacrosse Sticks



Most lacrosse sticks are a little over one meter in length.  The key difference between a boy’s/men’s lacrosse stick and a girl’s/woman’s lacrosse stick is the depth of the pocket.  The men's lacrosse stick has a deeper pocket to allow for greater ball retention while absorbing body checks.  Starting in middle school, boys who play defense may use sticks with longer shafts - up to five feet in length.


Equipment for Girls' and Women's Lacrosse

The Crosse:
The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood, or synthetic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. A girl's crosse must be an overall length of 35.5 - 43.25 inches. The head of the crosse must be seven to nine inches wide. The pocket of the stick must be strung traditionally; no mesh is allowed. The top of the ball when dropped in the pocket must remain above the side walls.* The goalkeeper¹s crosse may be 35.5- 48 inches long. The head of the crosse may be mesh and up to 12 inches wide.

* Modified Pocket allowed in girls youth rules

The Ball:
The game ball must be yellow and made of solid rubber, smooth without dimples for games and must be visible color, other than clear or white. The ball must be 7.75 - 8 inches in circumference and weigh 5 - 5.25 ounces.

The Mouthpiece:
All players must wear mouthguards.

Protective Equipment:
Close-fitting gloves, nose guards and soft head gear are optional and may be worn by all players. All field players must properly wear eye protection that meets ASTM specification standard F803 for women's adult/ youth lacrosse for the appropriate level of play.

See approved listings for:  Eyewear | Sticks

The Goalkeeper's Equipment:
The goalkeeper must wear a helmet with face mask (NOCSAE approved), separate throat protector, padded gloves, mouth piece, and chest protector. The goalkeeper may wear padding on arms, legs, and shoulders which does not excessively increase the size of those body parts. High school level and below must wear padding on thighs and shins. Youth level must wear some form of abdominal and pelvic protection.

Goalies are required to wear padded gloves.

Women's Equipment Articles and Information

Legal Sticks
Approved Eyewear List
USL Position Statement on Eyewear
Prevention of Eye Injuries Presentation
Research Abstract: Effectiveness of the Women's Lacrosse Eyewear Mandate
USL Position Statement on Mouthguards
Women's Rules

above information from US Lacrosse (


Women's Lacrosse Stick



Women's Lacrosse sticks have a smaller pocket but are similar to the Men's lacrosse stick.

Where to Buy Gear

The availability of lacrosse equipment in local sporting goods stores is limited.  Tell the stores when you are there that you are looking for better gear. Please consider the many various Internet vendors (see below). 


SBLA has made an arrangement with South Swell Sports, based in Southern California, to provide SBLA participants with a 20% discount on some lacrosse gear. 

Contact: Will Madrid
South Swell Sports

630 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 13B
El Segundo, CA 90245




Great Online Lacrosse Store and has free shipping.  SBLA has a team discount at SportStop




For More Companies that provide Lacrosse Equipment, Click Here.