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Z262.8-15 - Face protectors for use in lacrosse

Publication Year:

  • 2015

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  • CSA
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This is the second edition of CSA Z262.8, Face protectors for use in lacrosse. It supersedes the 2009 edition.

The companion document to this Standard is CSA Z262.1, Ice hockey helmets.

This Standard was prepared at the request of the Canadian Lacrosse Association. The development of this Standard involved consideration of the frequency and mechanisms associated with facial and eye injuries that can occur within the rules of the game of lacrosse.


This Standard specifies performance requirements and test methods for face protectors marketed, sold, and intended for box lacrosse and men's field lacrosse.

The intent of this Standard is to reduce the risk of injury to the face and eyes without compromising the form,appeal, and visual demands of the game. This reduction of risk is based on the use of the face protector

a) as intended within the rules of the game; and

b) in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

Note: Lacrosse is a sport in which hazards are intrinsic to the normal conduct of the game. Participation in lacrosse implies the acceptance of some risk of injury. Use of a face protector meeting the requirements of this Standard will not prevent all injuries.

This Standard specifies requirements for

a) materials;

b) construction;

c) design;

d) optical quality;

e) protected area;

f) penetration resistance;

g) ball impact resistance;

h) markings; and

i) instructions for use.

This Standard covers the following face protectors as intended for use by lacrosse players, goalkeepers, and certain on-field functionaries (e.g., referees, coaches):

a) Type B1;

b) Type B2;

c) Type C; and

d) Type D1.

In this Standard, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard.

Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.

Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.

Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

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