Lacrosse Stick Length Rules

If you are a lacrosse player or coach, knowing the lacrosse stick length rules is an absolute necessity. There are three different lacrosse sticks and they are used by the three different positions on a lacrosse team. They are the short stick, the long stick, and the goalie stick. The short and long sticks are used by attackers and midfielders, while the goalie stick is used by the designated goalie on each team. Since the rules on stick length vary so much depending on whether you are playing in juniors, high school or college or as men or women, only the current NCAA college men's rules will be listed. These rules were effective starting on January 1, 2010.

  1. The Short Stick: This stick is used by attackers and some midfielders. The short stick must have a stick length between 40 inches to 42 inches long. This length includes the stick shaft length along with the attached head. The shaft of the short stick must be at least 30 inches long. The width of the head for a short stick must be between 6.5 and 10 inches long.
  2. The Long Stick: The second type of lacrosse stick is the long stick. This long stick is used by defenders and some midfielders. The stick length of the long stick must be between 52 and 72 inches in complete length. This includes the stick shaft length and the head length. The head of the long stick must have a width between 6.5 to 10 inches, which is the same as that of the short stick.
  3. The Goalie Stick: The third type of lacrosse stick is the goalie stick. The goalkeeper stick must have a stick length of 40 to 72 inches in length. The head of a goalie stick must be 10 to 12 inches wide. The complete goalie stick must be between 52 and 72 inches in length. This includes the shaft length along with the head length.



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