As we approach the holiday season and get closer to the start of the spring lacrosse season it is important to note that all shoulder pads used beginning in 2022 must meet NOCSAE standards for safety.

It is important that you do not take advantage of any sales on older models of pads which do not contain a NOCSAE warning label. The below excerpt is from the USA Lacrosse, “Lacrosse Chest Protestor Faq” sheet.

IMPORTANT:  At this time, the implementation date requiring that shoulder pads designed for lacrosse and meeting NOCSAE standard ND200 remains as January 1, 2022. USA Lacrosse is aware of concerns raised by some that there will not be enough products for the start of the 2022 season. USA Lacrosse has spoken with multiple manufacturers and retailers, and they do not expect any shortages or delays that will affect the start of next season. If there are any changes or new developments, USA Lacrosse will keep our members updated with the latest information. (posted Sept 15, 2021)

NOCSAE’s Mission

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) is an independent and nonprofit standards development body with the sole mission to enhance athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for athletic equipment.


Since its inception in 1970, NOCSAE has been a leading force in the effort to improve athletic equipment, and to reduce injuries through robust standards for athletic equipment.

NOCSAE develops voluntary performance and test standards for athletic equipment that are available for adoption by any athletic regulatory body. Numerous national and international regulatory bodies for sports require NOCSAE standards, including the NFL, NCAA, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), International Federation of American Football, USA Football, US Lacrosse and the United States Department of Defense Education Activity which oversees and regulates military base athletic programs for the children of military families around the world.

The examples below are the certification labels one should look for when purchasing new pads.

The article below provides a bit of history regarding Commotio Cordis and the rationale for the new protective equipment.

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