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Boy's/Men's Lacrosse Equipment

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

Whenever possible, SBLA will provide loaner sticks and equipment
to new players or players who cannot afford gear.


Required Lacrosse Equipment

Required boy's lacrosse equipment, by age:

  • U-7 Boys:  Boy's youth stick and mouth guard (eye goggles suggested).

  • Boys (7 yrs. and older):  boy’s stick, helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, protective cup, and a mouth guard (rib pads optional but recommended).

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

**SBLA has a limited amount of gear to loan to players who cannot afford to purchase their own equipment.  Please contact an SBLA representative or email:


Equipment for Boys' and Men's Lacrosse
Below Information from US Lacrosse, The National Governing Body of Lacrosse

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 (scroll to bottom of page).



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.


Men’s Lacrosse Equipment Sizing


There are various companies that manufacture helmets for lacrosse.  Average price $100 - $150
"Cascade" is just one example.  Please refer to sizing chart below when ordering.

Helmet sizing chart:

Cascade Lacrosse Helmet Sizing Chart

Cascade CPV

Size Head Size
X-Small 20 15/16"  to 21 7/8"
Small/Medium 21 3/4" to 22 1/2"
Medium/Large 22 3/8" to 23 1/8"

Cascade CPX

Size Head Size
Standard 22" to 23 5/8"

Cascade CS (Youth)

Size Head Size
Standard 19 3/8" to 20 9/16"

Cascade CLH2

Size Head Size
XXX-Small Up to 20 1/2"
XX-Small 20 1/2" to 21 3/16"
X-Small 21 3/16" to 21 1/2"
Small 21 1/2" to 22 3/16"
Medium 22 3/16" to 22 1/2"
Large 22 1/2" to 23 3/16"
X-Large 23 3/16" to 23 1/2"

Cascade PRO7

Size Head Size
Standard 22 3/8" to 23 5/8"



Lacrosse gloves are a very important piece of equipment. For kids just starting out, the lower-price gloves are fine to see if they really like the game or not. If they stick with it, upgrading the gloves is a great investment. The higher-end gloves offer more protection, flexibility, durability, and comfort, which leads to better play. There really is a difference between $50 and $150 gloves... it’s not just color and flash.

Arm Pads

There is a large variety of arm protection in the market. Each is designed to balance protection and mobility. Some players want a lot of protection and are willing to have a bit less comfort and mobility, others want to have minimal protection so they can have maximum mobility and comfort.

Shoulder Pads

Lacrosse shoulder pads vary in size and protection. Some players, such as defenders, want the pads to be as light and minimal as possible. Other players, such as aggressive attackmen, want as much protection as possible. Pads with more protection will be longer in the arms and will go down further on the chest and back.

Ribs Pads

Rib pads are optional in lacrosse, but many beginning players and players that are exceptionally aggressive should wear them.

Goalie Pads

Men and women can both use the goalie chest protection pictured in this section. Like most protective gear, you are paying more money for greater protection and comfort.


*Above chart compliments of