2021 rule changesThere are two significant rule updates that go into effect for the 2021 season, and we want to ensure all of our families understand the impact.

New Grade-Based Team Structure

The Chester County Lacrosse Association (CCLA) voted this fall to transition from an age-based to a grade-based team structure.  The goal of this change is to keep players grouped with the kids they see every day in school and eliminate situations where some players are grouped with kids either a grade above or a grade below due to birthdate.  AGL will be changing its program structure to meet this rule change, and our current programs will transition to the grade-based model as follows:

  • U6 –  Pre-K / K
  • U8 – 1st and 2nd Grade
  • U10 – 3rd and 4th Grade
  • U12 – 5th and 6th Grade
  • U14 – 7th and 8th Grade

New Chest Protector Requirements for Goalies

The second rule change is in regard to goalie chest protectors.  As part of increased safety standards for equipment, all major lacrosse rules organization will require in 2021 that goalie chest protectors meet the new NOCSAE ND200 standard.  This standard reduces the force of blows to the chest and reduces the risk of commotio cordis – a sudden cardiac arrest caused by a blow to the chest.

All goalies must wear certified chest protectors that bear the NOCSAE logo and SEI certification.  A full list of certified chest protectors can be found at the SEI website.  We prefer chest protector listed under the ND200-19 as they meet updated equipment testing requirements.

Please note that in 2022, all players will be required to wear certified chest protection that meets this standard.  If you are planning on purchasing new shoulder pads this season you should refer to this list for certified shoulder pads.


If you have any questions regarding these rule changes, please feel free to reach out to us at info@avongrovelacrosse.org or via any of our social media accounts.