Box Lacrosse Goalie Equipment
Helmet: All Helmets MUST be CSA approved for ice hockey or NOCSAE approved. The helmet must have a chin strap and cannot be altered from the manufactured form. The Cascade Helmet is approved in Ontario (Goaltenders ONLY)
Face Mask: This must be CSA approved for ice hockey or a NOCSAE approved mask. Model #411Sr. Or #414 Jr. All masks MUST be approved for helmet model that it is mounted on.
Mouth Guard: Mandatory
Throat Guard: Made of hard plastic, attaches to goalie face shield, protects throat and neck.
Upper Body Goalie Protector: Floating shoulders for full range of motion, protection for shoulders, biceps, and forearms. Hard fibre arm guards for maximum protection.
Gloves: Box lacrosse goalie gloves offer excellent protection and flexibility. Hockey gloves can be used, but they don't offer the same protection, grip or flexibility.
Goalie Pants: Snug fitting with waist and thigh protection.
Goalie Leg Pads: Made of hard plastic allows for full range of motion, straps to legs and covers the shin, ankles and the top of the feet.
Athletic Support and Cup: (Jock or Jill)
The OMLA believes in doing whatever it takes to keep our players safe so we have all of our Jerseys and Goalie Equipment professionaly cleaned each season. We recommend players and parents to do the same. You may contact Esporta Wash Systems - 403.204.9013, in the Max Bell Arena, for more info.
Why should I wash my equipment?
Your equipment is covered with bacteria, molds, and fungus that can cause you skin rashes and serious infections. It is the active, growing bacteria that causes the unbelievable stench and also rots your equipment at the same time. You don't wear your gym clothes for 5 years without washing them so why treat your equipment any differently? Your equipment didn't smell when it was new, and it does not have to smell now.
Why haven't I heard of this before?
Do you remember when hockey players didn't wear helmets? Today, a player is not allowed on the ice without one. Why? Because research proved that the risk of head injuries could be reduced with the use of helmets, and they were made mandatory. Seat belt use is another example of how research eventually impacts society. Esporta discovered 7 years ago, through independent lab tests, that dangerous bacteria were present in equipment. Change requires research, and research takes time.
Why is it a BIG Deal?
Modern protective sports equipment, with its space age, open cell, foam padding has produced the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Of an even greater concern, the overuse of antibiotics has created a resistance to infection treatments and has allowed new strains of bacteria to evolve. They are deadly, difficult to treat, and within hours can leave a victim with permanent skin and bone damage. Some infections have even resulted in player deaths.
Who else thinks it's important?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), USA Hockey, NFL, and the NCAA for starters. In 2003, they all issued warnings to athletes and sports teams to begin the routine cleaning of sports equipment due to a dramatic increase in serious infections. Hockey Canada issued instructions two years ago to regularly clean equipment.