Lacrosse is a competitive team game governed by the World Lacrosse and NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). The organizations do not only set rules for the game, but they also define how you can design your uniform. There are many ways in which you can personalize the lacrosse uniforms for your team. Although the rules vary from league to league and team to team, you should know the following basic rules before ordering youth lacrosse uniforms for your team.
Decoration rules for high school lacrosse uniforms
All members of a lacrosse team wear the same outfits except the goalie. This basic rule is regulated at all levels, from high school to professional level. The men’s uniform consists of shorts, jerseys, shoes, cleats, stockings, mouth guards, helmets, gloves, eye shields, and shoulder pads. The women’s uniforms are similar to that of men, with the exception that they can replace the shorts with kilt. Also, they can wear soft headgear instead of the helmet. However, it is not a requirement. Teams can decorate and design their uniforms as per the following aspects.
The lacrosse jerseys should have a solid color. Sweat pants and undergarments should also be a solid color, identical for the entire team. The home team must wear an entirely contrasting color to the visiting team. If the colors are not different, the visiting team will have to adjust their uniform colors. However, the league officials have the final say in the case of color adjustments.
Numbers and trademark
Players’ numbers must be prominent on the jerseys. They should be 8” in height at the front and 12” at the back. Women’s lacrosse jerseys should be 6″ tall at the front center and 8″ at the center-back. Women’s teams can put the numbers on their kilts and shorts, but they should match the jersey numbers. Lacrosse jerseys have a trademark that should not be larger than 2.25 square inches. Teams can adorn their uniforms with US flags and commemorative patches.
Lacrosse uniform can not include any jewelry, except for religious or medical medals. The players can tape these medals to the bodies of their jerseys.
Decoration rules for college lacrosse uniforms
Men’s lacrosse uniform at college level consists of a jersey, pair of shorts, shoes, shoulder and arm pads, gloves, helmet, mouthpiece, and the face mask. Goalkeepers enhance their protection with a throat and chest protector. However, they can skip shoulder and arm pads. The rules make it compulsory for everyone to wear protective helmets, including a chin pad with a strap. There should be a center bar across the face mask, and face shields must be of transparent material, preferably plastic. Tinted shields are only allowed under medical recommendations. You can attach the manufacturer’s logo to the helmet.
While high school lacrosse teams must wear uniforms in solid colors, you can wear any color at the college level. The shorts should have a uniform team color across. Generally, the rules require home teams to wear white or light color jerseys. However, coaches can waive this rule with mutual understanding. The uniform colors of opponent teams must differ from each other, and else the home team will have to change its colors. College teams wear undergarments, sweat pants, and compression shorts in white, grey, or team color. The entire team wears matching under jerseys tucked in the shorts or pants. The same rules apply to women’s uniforms.
The number must be 10″ high on the front center of the men’s jersey and 12” high on the back. On Women’s jerseys, the numbers must be 6” tall in the front at chest level and 8” tall at the back. They should contrast the color of jerseys in both men’s and women’s uniforms for prominent visibility.
In a lacrosse team, a goalie or a goalkeeper wears a helmet, face mask, padded gloves, throat and chest protector, and a mouthpiece. Experts recommend wearing paddings at arms, shoulders, and legs. Still, most goalkeepers skip the protective paddings to avoid the increased size of the body parts that can hinder their agility. If they wear them, then the thickness of protective pads does not exceed 1 inch.
Shoes for all the lacrosse teams should have rubber soles without any spikes. However, plastic, leather, and rubber cleats are acceptable. In lacrosse, the unique aspect is that the shoes and socks are not part of the uniform. Players can wear any shoes and socks that they prefer.
Jewelry of any kind is not allowed for lacrosse players during the game. However, sweatbands and safe barrettes are acceptable.
All the above information is extracted from the 2009-10 NCAA Lacrosse Rules to help you design uniforms for your team. However, you can check out the Official NCAA 2009-10 Lacrosse Rules and Interpretations for more details.