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Equipment changes for the 2021 season


  • Beginning in 2021, the use of goalie chest protectors that meet the new NOCSAE performance standard will be mandatory in the US Lacrosse boys’ and girls’ youth rules, the NFHS boys’ and girls’ high school rules, and the NCAA men’s and women’s rules.
  • Goalie chest protectors used after January 1, 2021 must be designed for lacrosse and meet the NOCSAE standard, ND200.
  • Beginning in 2022, US Lacrosse boys’ field players, NFHS boys’ field players, and NCAA men’s field players must also wear chest protection that meets the NOCSAE ND200 standard.
  • The NOCSAE standard is a performance standard, not a design standard.
  • Product designs will likely vary from one manufacturer to another.
  • Products must contain the NOCSAE logo and SEI certification mark to be legal for play.
  • There must be marking on both the packaging and product that states that the product conforms to NOCSAE

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For a list of approved products for Goalkeepers and Field Players, go to Only products that are on the SEI list and contain the proper marking are legal for play



2020 - Safety requirement for girls' lacrosse EYEwear 

Beginning January 1, 2020, all protective eyewear must be SEI certified to the current ASTM lacrosse standard F3077 to be regarded as legal for play. The rule change was made to minimize or significantly reduce injury to the eye and adnexa due to the impact and penetration of lacrosse balls.

Goggles and headgear that were bought before 2018 may not meet this new 2020 standard, and you should consider purchasing a new pair.

To see if your eyewear is already approved, you can check the list on the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) website at


Starting in 2022, all field players must wear lacrosse protection that meets NOCSAE ND200 and contain the SEI certification mark.