There are several things to look at when buying a pair of lacrosse gloves – you want to look for protection, ventilation, weight and flexibility. They have to deliver great stick feel while offering protection. Lacrosse is a fast-paced game. Running up and down the field can be an intense work out, and having gloves that are well ventilated, allowing air to circulate in and around your fingers is crucial. All gloves take a little while to break in, though some take longer than others.
NCAA collegiate rules require that men’s gloves have palms covered, other leagues, including post-collegiate club lacrosse, the National Lacrosse League, Major League Lacrosse, and international play, permit players to cut out the palm area for greater grip and control of the lacrosse stick. You can often see professional lacrosse players cut out the palm of the gloves so that they have a more hands on feel and control of the stick but all levels of play outside the pros (MS, HS, College) all require the palms to be left in.
In the highly customizable world of lacrosse, gloves now come a large variety of colors to allow the individual player and teams to stand out and be unique on the field.
Women’s lacrosse does not require glove use, except for goalies.
Gloves sizes range from 8”, 10”, 12”, and 13”. Your size can usually easily found based on your age and weight:
The size of the glove is an important factor to consider, as well as protective features, what material it is made out of, ventilation, and dexterity. The are made with split fingers and mesh palms to contribute to flexibility and feel.
Lacrosse gloves are designed to fit snuggly to deliver the ideal combo of proaction and stick feel. It’s essential to have adequate protection on the wrist and thumb, as those are the two areas most prone to injury during lacrosse. Manufacturer’s have been focusing on designing their gloves to increase air flow in the glove to reduce the heat and sweat.
Gloves are covered in thick padding on the fingers, backhand, and wrists to protect against checks. Most gloves have a synthetic/ventilated palm now instead of leather although leather has been known to be used in high impact spots on the palm such as the area between the thumb and index finger.
Many gloves now offer a wrist cuff which can be adjusted by various means to fit securely to your wrist and provide you with maximum comfort and protection.
Goalie gloves are slightly different that field player gloves. On goalie gloves, the thumb is completely different with reinforcements as with goalies the thumb is the most exposed part of the hand when you’re in the box. Goalie gloves also tend to have more padding on the backhand. Some goalies still choose to wear field player gloves, but we recommend choosing gloves specifically designed for the box.