What Are Lacrosse Balls Made Of?

By Jeff Nowak

While certain sports feature balls with interesting interior designs, lacrosse doesn't fall into that category; what you see is what you get. The ball used in the sport played commonly at the high school, collegiate and professional levels consists of rubber through and through, with the National Operating Committee of Standards for Athletic Equipment setting its specifications.

Building the Ball

The requirements for the ball used in league-sanctioned lacrosse play, according to US Lacrosse, are the same for both men and women. The ball must be solid rubber, weigh 5 to 5.25 ounces and have a circumference of 7.75 to 8 inches. As of 2014, all three main governing bodies -- US Lacrosse, the NCAA and the National Federation of High Schools -- agreed that only balls marked "Meets NOCSAE Standard" can be used in games.

Color Palette

Men's and women's balls differ only in color. In women's lacrosse the ball must be yellow, whereas in men's the ball can be white, yellow or orange, U.S. Lacrosse states.


About the Author

Jeff Nowak has worked as a sports reporter for The Hartford Courant and The Daily Voice, and a copy editor for Bleacher Report. He is currently a sports editor for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.

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