Lacrosse Rules for Goalie Sticks

By Hilary Atkinson

Men's lacrosse sticks have specific regulations depending on the position for which they are used. Goalkeepers are allowed to have a slightly deeper mesh pocket and a wider head because they use the stick to prevent the ball from entering the net. Goalies are the only players that are allowed to use this type of stick. Other players will either use a short stick or long stick with a smaller head and pocket.

Measurements

A men's lacrosse goalkeeper's stick should have a shaft that is a maximum length of 40 inches. The complete stick, including the head, must measure between 52 and 72 inches. The width of the head must be between 10 and 12 inches. The shaft must be straight and the handle cannot be more than three-and-a-half inches in circumference. The head of the goalie’s stick cannot be more than 16.5 inches in length.

Ball Stops

If a goalie decides to use a ball stop on the head of their stick, it must be no more than two inches in length, one-and-a-half inches in width and one-quarter inch in thickness. Ball stops are not required and are optional depending on the goalie’s personal preference.

Materials and Construction

All sticks used by a lacrosse player, including the goalie, must be constructed from wood, laminated wood or synthetic material. The head must be perpendicular to the handle. The inside wall of the head cannot be more than two inches wide. The side wall of the head opposite a wood wall should be made by weaving gut lacing from the top of head to the handle; alternately, both side walls can be made of synthetic material, wood or laminated wood.

The net is attached to the side walls and should be made of gut, rawhide, linen or synthetic material and be formed in a triangular shape. Weaving should be done in a longitudinal design. Finally, any weave that appears to aid in capturing the ball is considered illegal.

Appearance

The mesh weaving on a lacrosse stick must be all one color and any goalie that paints his stick to mislead another player will be assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct, three-minute, nonreleasable penalty.

Any hanging or loose string, longer than two inches on the stick must be removed. If the player does not remove the strings, he will be assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct, one-minute, non-releasable penalty.

Adjustable-length handles are prohibited. Any fashion additions to sticks or items used to increase hand-grip, other than taping or butt-end coverings, are considered illegal.

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