Women's Lacrosse Headgear FAQs

Points of Emphasis

  • Headgear is optional in girls' and women's lacrosse.
  • Any headgear used after January 1, 2017 must meet the ASTM standard, F3137.
  • All women’s headgear products that include integrated eyewear must meet the ASTM eyewear standard, F3077-17, in addition to the ASTM headgear standard, F3137.​
  • All protective eyewear and integrated headgear that have been certified by SEI and are legal for play are listed on the SEI website.
  • Questions regarding the compliance of specific headgear models that include integrated eyewear should be directed to the manufacturers. The primary manufacturers of integrated headgear are: Cascade (1-800-537-1702) and Hummingbird (1-888-501-1590).
  • Products must be worn with or include compliant ASTM women’s lacrosse eyewear.
  • There must be marking on both the packaging and product that states that the headgear conforms to ASTM standard F3137.

What does the standard mean?
The ASTM standard is the first-ever performance standard for women’s lacrosse headgear, developed to help reduce impact forces associated with stick and ball contact in women’s lacrosse. See the timeline of headgear development.

Who are ASTM and SEI?
ASTM and SEI are independent organizations that develop performance standards and certify products to help ensure player safety.

Will the new headgear prevent concussions?
The headgear standard was developed to decrease ball-to-head and stick-to-head impact forces. No headgear or helmet in any sport has been proven to prevent concussions.

Is the use of headgear required?
No. Headgear remains optional in the US Lacrosse Youth Rule Book and in the USL/NFHS Rule Book.

When will this headgear be available?
Products are available currently. Please visit the SEI website for a listing of models that have submitted a passing report compliant with ASTM F3137 and are deemed legal for play.

Is the headgear soft?
ASTM standard F3137 is not a soft headgear standard. The standard itself makes no mention of soft. It is based on a performance standard. However, the testing protocol does require that the product meet a certain flexibility to insure that players who are wearing the product do not injure those who are not.​

How much does headgear cost?
Products vary in cost and design. Please contact manufacturers for more information.

What does the headgear look like?
The ASTM performance standard requires the headgear to fully cover the head, thus precluding the head band type of products used by some players. Some headgear may have integrated eyewear; any headgear used must be worn with required eyewear. The standard has two options, allowing manufacturers to make their headgear with the eyewear implemented or a product that is compatible with various eyewear products currently on the market.

For further inquiries, please contact US Lacrosse
Caitlin Kelley, Women's Lacrosse Director at US Lacrosse, at ckelley@uslacrosse.org.
Center for Sport Science, at sportscience@uslacrosse.org