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SA Lacrosse Shares Women’s Stick Rules

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In an effort to work directly with equipment manufacturers to review products in a collaborative, professional and timely manner and to avoid disruption to manufacturers and consumers, USA Lacrosse has instituted an interim process to review potential new women’s lacrosse stick heads for approval.

The ultimate objective of USA Lacrosse, along with equipment manufacturers, technology and scientific subject matter experts, is to develop an ASTM performance standard for women’s lacrosse sticks. USA Lacrosse’s goal is to have a draft standard for review at the November 2023 ASTM meeting. USA Lacrosse has put together a task force to assist in the interim review process.

Manufacturers shall submit to USA Lacrosse staff a passing lab report, along with:

An Engineering Drawing file that shows the proposed model as an overlay of an existing legal women’s head such that the task group can determine there are no innovations in the geometry of the head: the file should be inclusive of the bottom rail angle from sweet spot to scoop tip, inclusive of the plastic lines and the shooting string hole placement as well as documentation both from the side and above to show all dimensions of the head.

Among the details:

a.) Protrusions on the front sidewall are prohibited. Any other unprecedented protrusions and/or sharp points will require a physical prototype of the head for review by the task force.

b.) The task force reserves the right to review with the lab any notches on the sidewall that are potentially used to circumvent the intent of the current specifications.

All materials will be shared with the task group and a unanimous vote will be required for sticks to be certified and legal for play.