Shoulder pads with Chest Protector (must meet NOCSAE Certification requirements)
NEW “CARDIAC” APPROVED SHOULDER PADS REQUIRED FOR ALL BOYS (K-8th grade) AT START of THE 2022 SPRING SEASON.
As mentioned previously, GLC is extremely focused on the safety of our athletes. A major focus of USA Lacrosse and GLC is the prevention of cardiac related events. A key concern and focus as related to boys lacrosse is the potential of a “Commotio Cordis Injury” which results from a ball/shot hitting a player in the chest, potentially resulting in cardiac arrest.
While these events are rare, the lacrosse community is focused on mitigating the potential of this cardiac event occurring and being able to treat if/when possible.
- Last season, USA Lacrosse required that all goalies (boys and girls) wear Cardiac Approved Chest Protectors.
For the Spring 2022 Season, USA Lacrosse and in turn GLC are requiring all boys to wear shoulder pads that meet NOCSAE standard, ND200 and are certified by the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI). The label below must be visible on each player’s shoulder pads.
GLC and our league, CVYL (CT Valley Youth Lacrosse) are at extreme risk from a liability perspective if all players are not fully compliant. In addition, officials will not allow games to be played if all players are not wearing approved shoulder pads.
That said, GLC is requiring all players to be in compliance prior to participating in our Spring Season. You must have these in place prior to taking the field. Uniforms may not be distributed for boys (K-8th grade) until they’re in compliance.
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. Provisions in length can be made @ the developmental level
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.
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. Rising Stars may use a Hockey style helmet
The mouthpiece must be a highly visible color and is mandatory.
All players are required to wear protective gloves. The cutting or altering of gloves is prohibited.
Rib pads & Cleats are also strongly recommended
ALL PLAYERS MUST WEAR AN ATHLETIC SUPPORTER WITH PROTECTIVE CUP TO PARTICIPATE