The standards for protective equipment in lacrosse are changing. 

In 2018, NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) approved a new performance standard for lacrosse chest protection. The standard, called ND200, was developed to enhance heart safety and to reduce the risk of the potentially catastrophic injury of commotio cordis.

Based on that new standard, US Lacrosse approved changes to its boys’ and girls’ field rules in 2019 that mandated the use of goalie chest protectors that meet the new NOCSAE standard.

US Lacrosse’s implementation of the new rule requirement is effective in 2021, allowing time for product development by equipment manufacturers. The NFHS and NCAA also announced similar rule changes for high school and college players.

The good news is that parents and players don’t have to wait until 2021. 

With new chest protectors that meet NOCSAE standard ND200 now emerging into the marketplace, US Lacrosse encourages parents and athletes to buy those products now rather than wait for the 2021 rule requirement. While product designs could vary from one manufacturer to another, all products that meet the standard will be marked by the NOCSAE logo and SEI proof of certification, shown below.

All goalie chest protectors used after January 1, 2021 must be designed for lacrosse and meet the NOCSAE standard, ND200.

In addition, 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 same NOCSAE standard, ND200..

Visit the Chest Protection FAQ page to get more information.