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For those of you that are new to lacrosse, the boy's and girl's games are very different both in terms of rules and equipment.    An overview of the girls' game can be found at: https://www.usalacrosse.com/girls-game-overview.  An overview of the boys' game can be found at:  https://www.usalacrosse.com/boys-game-overview

IN BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS SOFT TOSS, WLC USES A BEANBAG SWAX LAX OR OTHER SOFT BALL THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE FULL EQUIPMENT.  

FOR BOYS SOFT TOSS, THE PLAYERS ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO HAVE A STICK AND MOUTHGUARD.  THERE IS NO CHECKING OR GAME PLAY IN SOFT TOSS.  SOME PLAYERS WILL WEAR GLOVES, ARM PADS AND/OR A PROTECTIVE CUP.  HELMETS SHOULDER PADS ARE NOT PERMITTED/REQUIRED.

FOR GIRLS SOFT TOSS, THE PLAYERS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A STICK AND MOUTHGUARD.  MANY PLAYERS WILL WEAR PROTECTIVE GOGGLES (WHICH WLC RECOMMENDS) AND SOME WILL WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT GLOVES (PARTICULARLY IN THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON WHEN THE TEMPERATURES ARE LOW).

Following soft toss, USA Lacrosse rules apply and the USA Lacrosse equipment guide can be found at https://www.usalacrosse.com/sites/default/files/documents/Safety/USAL-equipment-guide-low.pdf.  The fit of a players' equipment is extremely important and euipment can be found at most sporting goods stores, Universal lacrosse in Westfield and through various online retailers.  WLC recommends that the players try on all equipment before purchasing.

Equipment summary

Boys

Girls

Mouth guard

Mouth guard (cannot be white, red or clear)

Helmet (NOCSAE compliant) -- should be White OR Royal Blue and must be NOCSAE compliant.  Please refer to Club Policies for Helmet Rules.

Goggles or ASTM approved headgear with goggles.

Stick

Stick

Gloves

Optional: thin gloves – not the same as Boys lacrosse gloves. 

Protective Cup 

 

Arm Pads – protective material for biceps, elbows and forearms.

 

Shoulder pads -- Effective 1/1/22, the shoulder pads must be NOCSAE compliant with chest protector

Goalies -- must have NOCSAE compliant chest protector, helmet, leg protection and gloves.

Goalies -- must have NOCSAE compliant chest protector

 

Sticks: If new, they may need to be cut shorter.  Talk to your players' coach before cutting the shaft.

  • Girls: minimum field stick is 35.5" (measured end to end including head), which is extremely short.  While grasping the shaft just below the head, and extending the shaft along the outside of her outstretched arm, if the stick extends past her shoulder, then it's probably too long for her to handle and should be cut shorter.  For Goalies, a girls goalie stick must not exceed 48" from end to end.  If your player is new to the game, a starter stick designed for youth player is appropriate.
  • Boys: If you put the butt end on the ground and stand the stick in front of the boy, it should not be higher than this nose.  Minimum length is 40" butt to end of the head.  For attack/mid, max length is 42".  For defense, the max length is 72 inches.  However a 'long pole' is not recommended below 5th grade and even then it should be cut so that it is no longer than the boy is tall.  If your player is new to the game, a starter stick designed for youth player is appropriate.
    Watch out for narrow throated or 'pinched' heads - new 3" rule - see USLax info.