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Follow these steps to achieve a safe, accurate fit in your goalie mask:
Cages come in two designs: standard and cat eye. Standard designs offer maximum protection with a full-wire cage—they’re the most common choice. Cat-eye designs have twin cutouts in the cage and provide a little less obstructed vision. Most youth leagues do not allow cat-eye goalie masks, whereas adult recreational, junior, and pro-level leagues do. The exception is the HECC-certified cat-eye mask, which includes bars in the cut-out areas, and is acceptable for use at all levels of play.
Though goalie masks are designed differently from player helmets, they’re sized the same way. Goalie helmets come in three basic sizes for three different age groups:
Players and parents should be aware that these are general size categories—each manufacturer constructs their masks differently and thus they may not align precisely with these categories. Find a sizing guide for the manufacturer of your choice, if necessary.
As with any piece of protective gear, a perfect fit is essential to ensure the equipment performs as designed. Take the time necessary to find the helmet that provides you the cage style you prefer and that gives you completely unobstructed movement.
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