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Women's Lacrosse Headgear FAQ

Points of Emphasis

  • Headgear use is optional in girls' and women's lacrosse.
  • 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.

Women's Headgear News Archives

- Women's Headgear Timeline & History (June 2021)
- New Research Provides Data on Women's Headgear Use (Jan. 2021)
- Pandemic Puts Pause on USL Funded Women's Headgear Research (Sept. 2020)
- USL Extends Research Funding for Girls' Injury Study (Oct. 2019)
- Two-Year Research Study is Examining Impact of Women's Headgear (March 2019)
- VIDEO: Deep Dive Into Women's Headgear (July 2017) 
 

FAQs on Women's Headgear

What does the ASTM 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. 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.

Will the 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 USA Lacrosse Youth Rule Book and in the USAL/NFHS Rule Book.

What does the headgear look like and what does it cost?

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. Products vary in cost and design.

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