Updated: December 2017
Lacrosse Helmet Reviews:The game of lacrosse can be physical, even at the youth level where players are required to wear helmets. Some of the younger girls lacrosse leagues are NON-contact so they don't wear helmets, just eye protection. All the boys leagues that I have seen do have contact so they are wearing lacrosse helmets so that no one gets hurt. Head injuries are a huge concern for parents in almost all sports, but in lacrosse (with stick checking), we don't want our children getting their heads smashed. In Oregon, lacrosse has really taken off in the last decade and now it seems that youth sports leagues are popping up everywhere with kids jumping at the chance to play. I'm originally from California were lacrosse was non-existent during my younger years and we only knew it as an east coast sport. Now that I live in Oregon, I have been introduced to the sport and it's definitely fun to watch.
Choosing a lacrosse helmet - Most lacross helmets have some kind of 4 point buckling system to keep it on your head properly and comfortably. You will find that helmets for lacrosse start at around $100 and some of the high end models go for $300. The outside is made with hard plastic while the interior often has EVA foam so that the helmet can absorb the shock when the player is hit in the head. The face mask, usually made with wire mesh, protects your face from the ball or sticks from hitting it. New requirements make all manufacturers of lacrosse helmets put a bar down the middel of the face mask for the best protection possible. They resemble a football helmet but just aren't as heavy duty. The chin strap will keep the helmet in place. Goalies helmets need to have the throat protector (just like in hockey). Lacrosse helmet sizing chart - We found lots of written descriptions online with sizing charts and options for helmets - most say anything up to 20 1/8" are considered XS, 22 1/2" Small, 23 5/8" medium, 24 1/2 inches large, and 24 5/8 inches or more is considered extra large. There is a great video you can watch online at Ehow that goes over the proper helmet fitting. See it at http://www.ehow.com/video_4909136_fit-lacrosse-helmet.html. Top brands include Brine, Cascade, Warrior, Pro Z, and Riddell. We found them carried by most sporting good stores like Dicks, Sports Authority, and even at Target or Walmart in their sports departments. You can browse the best selling lacrosse helmets here.