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.

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.

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.

Field Layout Diagram

Click here for a printable 'Girls' Field Diagram'.  PDF format

Girls' Glossary of Terms

Any action taken by a goal keeper from within the goal circle to pass or carry the ball out of the goal circle.

Critical Scoring Area:
An area 15 meters in front of and to each side of the goal and nine meters behind the goal. An eight-meter arc and 12-meter fan are marked in the area.

Crosse (stick):
The equipment used to throw, catch, check and carry the ball.

Crosse Checking:
Controlled stick-to-stick contact in an attempt to dislodge the ball from the crosse.

A player who enters the goal circle when the goalie is out of the goal circle and her team is in possession of the ball.

A technique to start or resume play by which a ball is placed in between two sticks held back to back and drawn up and away.

Eight-Meter Arcs:
A semi-circular area in front of the goal used for the administration of major fouls. A defender may not remain in this area for more than three seconds unless she is within a stick's length of her opponent.

Free Position:
An opportunity awarded to one player when a major or minor foul is committed by a player from the other team. All players must move four meters away from the player with the ball. When the whistle sounds to resume play, the player may run, pass or shoot the ball.

Free Space to Goal:
A cone-shaped path extending from each side of the goal circle to the attack player with the ball. A defense player may not, for safety reasons, stand alone in this area without closely marking an opponent.

Goal Circle:
The circle around the goal with a radius of 2.6 meters (8.5 feet). No player's stick or body may "break" the cylinder of the goal circle.

Refers to any part of the goalkeeper's or deputy's body touching the ground for support outside of the goal circle when she attempts to play the ball from inside the goal circle.

Indirect Free Position:
An opportunity awarded to the offense when a minor foul is committed by the defense inside the 12-meter fan. When the whistle sounds to resume play, the player may run or pass, but may not shoot until a defender has checked her crosse or she passes to a teammate.

Being within a stick's length of an opponent.

Penalty Lane:
The path to the goal that is cleared when a free position is awarded to the attacking team inside the critical scoring area.

Scoring Play:
A continuous effort by the attacking team to move the ball toward the goal and to complete a shot on goal.

All players, except the goalkeeper in her goal circle, must remain stationary following the sound of any whistle.

An imaginary area, approximately 18 cm (seven inches) which surrounds a player's head. No stick checks toward the head are allowed to break the sphere.

12 Meter Fan:
A semi-circle in front of the goal used for the administration of minor fouls.

Warning Cards:
A yellow card* presented by an umpire to a player is a warning which indicates that she will next receive a red card and be suspended from further participation if she continues to play dangerously and/or conduct herself in an unsportsmanlike manner. A green card is presented by an umpire to the team captain indicating a team caution for delay of game.

When a yellow card is given, the player must come off of the field for three minutes of elapsed playing time.

Major & Minor Fouls

Major Fouls

Occurs when contact is initiated by a defender who has moved into the path of an opponent with the ball without giving that player a chance to stop or change direction.

Occurs when a player charges, barges, shoulders or backs into an opponent, or pushes with the hand or body.

Dangerous Propelling:
Occurs when a player propels the ball without control in the direction of another player.

Dangerous Shot:
Occurs when a player shoots the ball dangerously and without control and is most often called when the ball forcefully contacts the goalkeepers helmet or facemask.

Occurs when a player conducts herself in a rough, dangerous or unsportsmanlike manner, persistently causes infringement of the rules, or deliberately endangers the safety of opposing players.

Occurs when a defender swings her crosse at an opponent¹s crosse or body with deliberate viciousness or recklessness, whether or not the opponent¹s crosse or body is struck.

Three Seconds:
A defender may not stand within the eight-meter arc for more than three seconds unless she is closely marking an opponent within a stick¹s length.

Obstruction of Free Space:
Occurs when a defender is not closely marking her opponent, within a stick¹s length of an opponent and is in the free space to goal of the attack player with the ball. The attack player must have the opportunity and be looking to shoot.

Minor Fouls

Goal Circle Fouls:
Occurs when any part of an offensive or defensive player¹s body or crosse, except that of the goalkeeper or deputy, enters the goal circle.

Warding Off:
Occurs when a player guards a ground ball with her crosse or foot, removes one hand from the crosse and uses her free arm to ward off an opponent.

Empty Crosse Check:
A player may not check or hold an opponent¹s cross unless the ball is in contact with the opponent¹s cross.

Body Ball:
A ball that rebounds off of a field player¹s body to her or her team¹s distinct advantage.

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