Lacrosse Head Specification Guide
NFHS is the National Federation of State High School Associations (www.nfhs.org)
NCAA is the National Collegiate Athletic Association (www.ncaa.org)
Q: What are the new NCAA Specifications?
The 2010 NCAA lacrosse specifications are a new set of standards for measuring the dimensions of a lacrosse head used during a game where NCAA men's lacrosse rules are in effect. Specifically, it outlines four points on a lacrosse head that must conform to a set of minimum dimensions found in the 2009-10 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules and Interpretations book, appendix iv, p. 108-109:
These are in addition to the current rules:
|Measurement from the throat (inches)||Minimum distance between narrowest point of head|
|1.24" up||3.0" across (all measurements)|
|3.0" up||3.0" across (all measurements)|
|5.0" up||3.5" to 4" across on front; 3.5" across back|
|Widest point||6" to 6.5" across on front; 6" across back|
From the 1.25" measurement to the top of the head, the minimum distance between the sidewalls is 3"
Q: So what does this mean for US Lacrosse youth programs?
For all youth and the vast majority of high school teams, there is no change. You can double check with your coach to find out if they play under NCAA or NFHS rules. If you are still in doubt, you can always use a universal head that meets BOTH specifications.
Pocket Rules: maximum pocket size
For the legal pocket, the top ball must be at least a bit above the bottom edge of the sidewall. Or, put another way, the pocket is illegal if the top surface of the lacrosse ball, when placed in the pocket, is below the bottom edge of the sidewall. Lacrosse heads are one of the most varied pieces of equipment. There are over 100 different models on the market today. The heads are made of a polymer and have many different features. For the beginning player, the most important factor is the mesh. A beginner should have a soft mesh and they should use a low-to-mid priced head. After playing a couple of years, they can move up to more specialized heads and to stiffer hard mesh which will give them more control with passing, catching, and shooting.
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