New US Lacrosse Rule Change For Men's & Women's Lacrosse Chest Protection

Mar 1, 2021

In Fall 2019, the US Lacrosse Board of Directors approved equipment-related rule changes designed to enhance heart protection for athletes, specifically to reduce the risk of a rare injury called commotio cordis.  Starting now, January 2021, US Lacrosse boys’ and girls’ field lacrosse rules will require that all goalie chest protectors must meet the NOCSAE performance standard ND200 in order to be deemed legal for play.  Here is the exact line from the rulebook which will apply for both boys and girls.

IMPORTANT: BEGINNING IN JANUARY 2021, A GOALKEEPER CHEST PROTECTOR DESIGNED FOR LACROSSE THAT INCORPORATES THE NOCSAE ND200 WILL BE LEGAL FOR PLAY AND SHALL CONTAIN AN SEI CERTIFICATION MARK.

In addition, beginning in January 2022, all field players in boys lacrosse must wear protection for commotio cordis that also meets the same NOCSAE performance standard and contain an SEI certification mark. The following manufacturers, Maverik, STX & Warrior, have all rolled out versions of goalie chest protection that meet the new NOCSAE performance standard and all contain an SEI certification mark.


“This EKG Pad provides the protection and this type of protection is long overdue… So impressed that it this has not compromised flexibility and weight.”

COACH TAMBRONI HEAD COACH, PENN STATE


Maverik has rolled out their EKG protection series.  This protective line includes both field players and goalie coverage.  The Maverik Max EKG goalie chest pad is built for both men and women goalies and meets the new NOCSAE performance standard ND200.  The progressive design of this pad allows for maximized movement with minimum bunching.  Maverik also created two forms of chest protection for male field players, the Maveirk Max EKG shoulder pad and the Maverik Max EKG speed pad.  Both meet the new NOCSAE performance standard ND200.  For newer players and advanced youth the Maverik MX EKG shoulder pad is the right choice, with the proper protection to help them reach their highest potential.  Many players are already using these pads and love the extra safety without sacrificing mobility and comfort.

SHOP MAVERIK EKG GOALIE CHEST PADS

MEETS NOCSAE ND200 REQUIRED FOR PLAY STARTING IN JAN 2021
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Maverik
The Maverik Max EKG goalie chest pad features EXTERNAL KARDIAC GUARD (EKG) which is a revolutionary chest pad that runs down the middle of the protector that meets the new NOCSAE performance standard ND200 to help address commotio cordis.
119953
$169.99

Recommeded For High School Or Older

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Maverik
The MX EKG Goalie Chest Pad allows for newcomers and intermediate players to join the game and play with confidence in the toughest position on the field.
148296
$99.99

Recommeded For Youth To High School

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SHOP MAVERIK EKG FIELD SHOULDER PADS

MEETS NOCSAE ND200 REQUIRED FOR PLAY STARTING IN JAN 2022
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Maverik
The Maverik Max EKG Speed Shoulder Pad provides experienced players with a lightweight, comfortable fit while maintaining the External Kardiac Guard feature. This pad is a trimmed down version of the Maverik Max EKG Shoulder Pad.
119925
$109.99

Recommeded For High School Or Older

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Maverik
The Maverk Max EKG is the first shoulder pad to meet the new NOCSAE standard to enhance heart protection in youth & men's lacrosse,
119922
$139.99

Recommeded For High School Or Older

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Maverik
The Maverik MX EDG shoulder pad is a perfect fit for youth lacrosse players. Maverik's External Kardiac Guard (EKG) their revolutionary pad that meets the new NOCSAE performance standard ND200 to help address commotio cordis.
119928
$84.99

Recommeded For Youth (10-13Years Old) To High School

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Maverik
The Maverik Charger EKG (External Kardiac Guard) shoulder pad provides revolutionary chest protection for youth lacrosse players
119938
$64.99

Recommeded For Beginners (Less Than 10 Years Old)

 


 

STX has quickly upgraded their popular Shield Goalie line of chest protectors. This line is built for both men and women goalies and meets the new NOCSAE performance standard ND200. STX has 3 offerings for goalies. The STX Shield 600 chest protector is used by advanced high school and collegiate level players. It has a back strap fitting system that keeps the pad in place and in the right position. The STX Shield 400 is for youth and advancing players, and is very comfortable, and offers a strap system that allows for vertical adjustability for all sizes of players. The STX Shield 200 is for tenders just starting out in goal. To the naked eye, these pads look practically the same as their predecessor but contain the extra protection required with the new safety rule. We also hear they will be releasing their new line of field protection in early 2021 that will add another option for players. Also just released for field players is the new STX Cell V Line of protection which includes a speed pad and full shoulder pad that will include the upgraded protection required for the performance standard ND200. The STX Cell protective has always been a huge hit with all ages and abilities of lacrosse and the new version will not disappoint fans of the older pads.


SHOP STX SHIELD GOALIE CHEST PADS

MEETS NOCSAE ND200 REQUIRED FOR PLAY STARTING IN JAN 2021
STX
The STX Shield 600 lacrosse goalie chest protector is one of the best lacrosse chest protectors on the market and is used by advanced high school and collegiate level players.  STX upgraded this chest protector to meet all NOCSAE standards for chest protection. 
120873
$169.99

Recommeded For High School Or Older

STX
The Shield 400 chest protector is for youth & advancing players who tend goal.  STX designed the Shield series to meet all NOCSAE standards for chest protection.  This chest protector has a very comfortable fit and is designed with a bit of upgraded protection from the Shield 200.
120877
$129.99

Recommeded For Youth To High School

Recommeded For Beginner To Youth


SHOP STX FIELD SHOULDER PADS

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STX
STX designed the STX Cell 5 shoulder pad liner to simply be the best of the best for advanced youth, high school and collegiate players.
149212
$114.99
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STX
The STX Cell 5 Shoulder Pad is simply the best of the best for advanced youth, high school, and collegiate players. STX added GeoFlex II, which adds more flexibility in the pads without sacrificing protection.
149206
$139.99
STX
STX Stallion 200+ Shoulder Pad - For Beginners Or Advancing Youth Lacrosse Players <div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.shoulder"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
120862
$59.99

Warrior Lacrosse improved on their goalie chest protector, the Nemesis Pro Chest Pad 19, which meets the new standard and is tested to reduce the likelihood of commotio cordis. The new product is an upgrade of Warrior’s traditional Nemesis protector and now includes a foam chest plate with inserts that provide enhanced impact absorption at both high and low speeds. The new Nemesis 19 has been certified by the independent Safety Equipment Institute (SEI).  Warrior intends to have smaller sizes, suitable for younger players, certified soon. “In regards to product design, we wanted to keep it in the same family,” said Rick Janisse, the product engineer at Warrior Sports. “The biggest change was to the sternum area and the pads.”


SHOP WARRIOR SHOULDER PADS & CHEST PAD

MEETS NOCSAE ND200 REQUIRED FOR PLAY STARTING IN JAN 2022
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Warrior
Warrior Evo Shoulder Pad
145880
$119.99
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Warrior
Warrior Burn Next Shoulder Pad
145884
$59.99
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Warrior
The Warrior Nemesis Pro Goalie chest protector is new for 2017. This Chest Pad combines D30 technology and IMPAX foam to provide superior flexibility and protection. The flexibility on this pad was designed to minimize any restriction when crossing over your arms for off-stick shots.
109203
$149.99

As a reminder, ALL GOALIE PLAYERS, men and women, will be required to have NOCSAE approved chest protection NOW. ALL MEN FIELD PLAYERS will be required to have NOCSAE approved chest protection starting in January 2022. If you have any questions and want to talk to a Pro email questions@lax.com or call 855.255.5294. We look forward to seeing you on the fields!

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