Girls FAQ

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Girl's/Women's Lacrosse

Did you know that the girls lacrosse game differs greatly from that of the boys? 

In fact, the only real similarities are the goal, size of the goal circle, and the fact that they share the name of LACROSSE!


Although the rules are changing, you will notice that women's lacrosse is more focused on stick skills, speed, and finesse. There are a few immediate differences that you'll notice: 

-     Less physicality- Women’s lacrosse is still a contact sport, however there is no outright hitting in women's lacrosse. 

Stick-to-stick contact is ok. Body-to-body contact is ok. Stick-to-body contact is NOT. 

Therefore, there is also less protective equipment required to play (see below)

-     Halves!

The game is played in two halves with a half-time. The duration of the haves are based on age. 

-     Miscellaneous: 

Different numbers of players on the field, goalies can't score, girls can't shoot "through" another player, etc etc etc.


As Program Director, I want all of our players to be safe. Safety starts with great coaching, referees who keep the game safe, and players who play with integrity and control. That said, it is required that each girl is equipped with the below:

Girls Specific Gear:

*The Lacrosse stick is different than a boys stick* as there is little to no pocket, the sidewalls are shorter, and the stick doesn't come in different lengths. 

Girls goalie equipment is nearly identical to that of boys. 

-     Eyewear/Headgear 

Either is fine with me as long as your daughter is equipped with it. Please note that a boy's lacrosse helmet for field players is NOT allowed.

-        Mouth guard 

MUST be worn! PLEASE do not allow your daughters to chew on their mouth guards!

Did you know that mouth guards come with supplemental dental insurance? If your daughter is wearing one and is injured in the mouth during play, your mouth guard provider will assist in the dental care (up to a specified amount, see package for details as each is different) 

-        Cleats and/or sneakers

Colorado weather is crazy so we recommend having a pair of cleats for (wet or dry) field play. 


-        Jewelry should NOT be worn during practice or games. This is an insurance and safety matter.


-        Field Size  (

The Men's field is 60 x 110 yards whereas the Women's field varies between 60-70 x 110-130 yards! (much smaller for U11 players)

-        Field Markings

The Women's field has not only restraining lines and boundary lines that are integral to the play of the game, but also a center circle, 8m arc, and 12m fan! (not to mention the hashes and extra dots that are included in those field markings). These hashes, arcs, fans, and dots are all necessary when playing and are referred to during games!


There are many sticks on the market that vary greatly in price, shape, material, etc. Below is a list of ones that I personally recommend:

Top Tier sticks (your daughter will be able to play with throughout high school) 

StringKing Complete 2 Pro (midfield or offense)

  • STX Crux Pro
  • Gait Apex
  • Gait Whip
  • Gait Whip 2
  • Gait Air (or Air 2)
  • Maverick Axiom
  • Maverick Ascent
  • EPOCH Purpose
  • Brine Krown Pro

Mid Tier sticks (that are less expensive but are great for learning and growing as a player) 

  • Brine Dynasty
  • STX Crux 400 or lower

Beginner sticks /packages - are all perfect choices for players 10 and under, but be aware that your daughter will likely grow out of this stick quickly, may become frustrated because these sticks don't build pockets well and it will be more difficult for her to catch.

There is a new stick on the market made by Signature Lacrosse, that may be a great option for your beginner.

We will work to keep this updated as the game continues to develop!

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