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Lacrosse Equipment Buying Tips...
The cost to outfit a beginner with lacrosse equipment varies between $150-$50. Look for youth package deals when possible. Listed below is the equipment you need to get started and some optional equipment to consider. Visit your local used and new equipment retailers and the online sites listed below. Be sure to talk to coaches and parents of existing players to see if they know about any equipment deals and find out what their preferences are and where they shop for equipment.
For photos of equipment use this link to the US Lacrosse Equipment Fitting Guide: Click Here
Boy's lacrosse players need the following equipment:
- Lacrosse Stick - I can't say it enough, but a well strung stick is preferred if you can afford it. There are only short sticks used in Box (40-42" in total length). In field lacrosse the defenders use a longer shaft (52-72" in total length). Gialies sticks are the same in Box & Field. (See the How to buy a stick section below) New sticks cost between $200 -$35. Used$ 100-$25. Getting an old pocket re-strung is around $30
- Mouth Guard - with or without a strap to attach to your helmet (Can not be clear). Cost: $25-$2
- Helmet - USL requires the use of an approved lacrosse helmet. (no hockey helmets) The color white is preferred. Youth Helmet Cost: $106-$79 NEW or $50-$30 USED)
- Elbow and Shoulder Pads - Lacrosse shoulder and elbow pads are better than hockey pads because they are not as bulky and cover more of your shoulder and elbow. (Hockey pads can be used) The color black is preferred.
Elbow Pad Cost: $40-$25 NEW or $around $20 USED
Shoulder Pads Cost: $55-$35 NEW or around $25 USED
- Gloves - Lacrosse gloves are better than hockey gloves because the thumb is more flexible. (In Box Goalies can use hockey gloves)The color black is preferred. Cost: $150-$55 NEW or around $45 USED
- Jock or compression pants with a built in jock/pouch – Compression shorts with the built in jock pouch & cup are superior and prefered, but the standard jock starp and cup work too. Cost: $45-$8 NEW
- Shoes - soccer, football or lacrosse cleats (no steel) for field and basketball or turf sneakers for YBL (box indoor).The color black is preferred. Cost $80-$35 NEW
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT FOR BOYS...
- Dry-Wick Undershirt – Any moisture wicking t-shirt is a good thing under pads and these shirts do keep you drier (we prefer royal or gray).
- Rib Guard Pads – If you play offense, especially attack you will want to have the extra protection rib guards provide.
- Goalie Pants - These are padded pants that protect the thighs and hips from shots.
- Slash Guard Wrist Pads - If you play offense, especially attack you will want to have the extra protection wrist guards provide.
- Equipment Bag - There are specially made 44" long by 12" wide bags for carrying your boys lacrosse equipment. (we prefer black)
Girl's lacrosse players need the following equipment:
- Lacrosse Stick - different than boys with almost "No Pocket". See the How to buy a lacrosse stick section below for more details. Complete Stick (shaft, head and pocket) Cost: $180-$55 NEW or around $50-$35 USED Getting an old pocket re-strung is around $30
- Mouth guard - cannot be clear or white. Cost: $25-$2 NEW
- Eye protectors/goggles - many different styles or colors, we recommend to try them on then look down at your feet. Avoid protectors with bars that obstruct your vision looking down or straight ahead. Cost: $50-$25 New or around $25 USED
- Shoes - soccer or turf cleats, depending on the surface used. (no steel cleats). Cost $80-$35 NEW
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT FOR GIRLS...
- Dry-Wick Undershirt – Any moisture wicking t-shirt is a good thing as these shirts do keep you drier.
- Gloves – If you play offense you will want to have the extra protection girls lacrosse gloves provide.
- Slash Guard Wrist Pads - If you play offense, you will want to have the extra protection wrist guards provide.
- Equipment Bag/Backpack - There are specially made bags for carrying a girls stick, some come in the form of a backpack.
What boys' and girls' goalies wear...
Because goalies have to face a ball that's being shot at them, they wear some different protective equipment, in addition to some of the pieces detailed above, to help them play their positions safely:
- Chest protector: This garment protects the player's upper body.
- Chest & Pelvic Protector for goalies - There are chest protectors made especially for girls field lacrosse goalies. The boys field version can also be used, but it does not cover as much of the pelvic area as the girls version
- Shin guards: These items are worn to protect the shins.
- Knee pads: Knee pads come in handy, because goalies often must drop to the ground to block shots.
- Goalie stick: These sticks are larger than the other players' sticks, which helps the goalie block the opposition's shots.
- Helmet: In both boys' and girls' lacrosse, goalies wear helmets with a throat protector.
- Throat Guard: This plastic guard attaches to the goalies facemask and protects your neck.
- Leg/shin Guards for girls goalies: These are just like the leg gurads used by softball ctachers or yoiu can use soccer style shin guards .
- Leg Pads for boys box goalies: These leg guards are specifically made for Box and protect te goalies legs from shots.
NOTE: Most goaiie equipment is supplied by the team/association
WHERE TO BUY NEW EQUIPMENT...
Most local sports retailers sell lacrosse equipment: Dicks Sporting Goods in Mtka is a sponsor and has a wide variety of beginner packages and higher end equipment. Other local retailers include Play it again Sports on Hwy 7 & Hopkins Cross Rds (new & used ), Sports Authority in Mtka, Sports USA in EP, General Sports in Edina and NorthStar Lacrosse right here on Main St. in Hopkins. Check them all out and find the equipment that suits your style and budget. The advantage to locals stores is that you can try things on and buy custom stick stringing and unique stick, gloves, bag, and helmet colors and styles. We have been offered discounts at Northstar and at HYLA sponsor Dick's Sporting Goods (which usually has a 20% off sale in mid March).
You can also shop online, Goggle lacrosse retailers and see what you find. Some of the more well known online retailers are: Lacrosse.com, Sportstop.com, Longstreth.com (Girls) and LacrosseUnlimited.com.
WHERE TO BUY USED...
There is an alternative to new equipment. Play it Again Sports in the Village Shopping Center near Lund's on Hwy 7 in Mtka and Way to Go Sport in Golden Valley on Hwy 55. Both have used lacrosse equipment. They usually have good deals on both new and used stuff for new players looking to get started on a budget. There is also Craig's List and ebay.
How To Buy A Lacrosse Stick...
The lacrosse stick is an essential piece of equipment for the lacrosse player, and the type of stick you buy depends on a number of factors, including your position, skill level and whether you are a boy or a girl.
Types of sticks
Lacrosse sticks come in a variety of lengths and styles according to position and type of game played, with cost and durability a factor as well.
- Men's sticks generally have an aluminum, wood or mixed alloy handle/shaft
- All manufacturers now make more technically advanced sticks made of carbon, graphite or even titanium
- These styles are generally more lightweight and durable than aluminum sticks, but more expensive
- The plastic head has an overall length of 10-12 inches and width of 6 ½ for all sticks except the goalie’s
- Men’s stick pockets are deeper than women’s. To determine a legal mens' pocket depth, hold the stick head at eye level. If you can see the top of the ball below the bottom side-wall it’s illegal. If you can’t see the top of the ball the pocket is legal depth.
- Men use either a traditional leather or mesh pocket depending on their position and playing style.
- Women's sticks have either a wood, aluminum or mixed alloy handle/shaft
- Wood sticks, like wooden baseball bats, are prone to damage and breaking, but are great for defense because they have bigger heads on them they are better at intercepting passes.
- Women’s sticks only use a traditional leather pocket (no nylon mesh)
- The plastic head has an overall length of 10-12 inches
- Women's stick pockets are shallower than men's. To determine a legal pocket depth, hold the stick head at eye level. If you can see the top of the ball above the top of the sidewall it’s legal. If you can’t see the top of the ball the pocket is to deep and illegal.
- The pockets must have 4 or 5 leather thongs and no more than 2 shooting strings.
Kids' (K-2nd grade)
- Plastic sticks are primarily used by younger players just learning the sport. They shaft is shorter and narrower for the younger players to grip.
- These are lighter, easier to break in and more durable than the models for more advanced players
- They usually utilize a mesh netting/pocket
- The plastic stick's pointed mouth makes it easier for younger players to pick up the ball and throw it accurately
- The type of handle/shaft you buy is very much a matter of preference
- Some players like lighter, stronger alloy handles for defensive purposes
- Attacking players generally prefer lighter alloy handles for better faking and maneuverability. Some players prefer a rounder shaped handle for a better feel.
Lacrosse sticks come with either a traditional leather woven pocket for more experienced players or a nylon mesh pocket especially for wet areas of the county like MN. The head of a stick can also be bought strung or unstrung.
- Traditional pockets
- These consist of nylon laces woven around 4 adjustable strips of leather
- The leather strips can be adjusted to fit any type of shot. They do need to be replaced after repeated use.
- A stiffer pocket is more accurate but gives less control while running and moving
- Mesh pockets “Soft & Hard”
- They are made of a nylon webbing woven into the side of the pocket, require little or no adjustment and hold up to wet weather much better than traditional leather pockets
- Soft Mesh pockets are looser and give less accuracy on passes and shots, but make it easier for the novice player to control the ball when cradling and running
- These require less maintenance than traditional pockets
- The Hard mesh netting with a V shooting string does control the ball as well as leather netting
- Goal keepers tend to prefer mesh netting because it reduces rebounds
- Pocket depth
- Pocket depth is mostly a matter of preference and playing style
- Generally, a deeper pocket provides more feel and ball control, while a shallower pocket gives you a quicker release but sacrifices ball control
- Ball-control players(attack and goalies) who do a lot of passing and cradling should use a fairly deep pocket at the bottom of the stick head
- Defensive players and midfielders who tend to scoop-up the ball and pass the ball over longer distances should use a deeper pocket in the middle of the stick head
- Sidearm and underhand shooters who prefer a whip in their shot and like to do a lot of stick fakes should have a deep pocket at the top of their stick head
- Crease attack players who need a quick realease should have small depth pocket in the middle of the stick head
- Shooting strings
- Shooting strings, positioned horizontally near the top of the stick's head, affect the ball's balance and direction
- Overhand passers usually put in 3 or 4 shooting strings to make a smooth path for the ball to run out of the pocket. Heavy skate laces are best used for this.
- The shooting strings determine whether your shot will have "whip,"which occurs when the ball is released smoothly and gradually. Experienced players prefer a whippy release.
Proper handle/shaft length according to position
The length of your handle/shaft depends almost entirely on the position you play.
- Attackers should buy a handle/shaft that is close to the minimum length of 30 inches to allow for more control and maneuverability. The legal length for an attackers stick (shaft and head) is between 40”- 42” long.
- Midfielders should buy a slightly longer and stronger handle/shaft to allow them to play both offense and defense. The legal length for a midfielders stick (shaft and head) is between 40”- 42” long.
- Defenders should use the longest, strongest and lightest handle/shaft they are comfortable with, usually around 52-60 inches, for greater reach. Titanium and mixed lightweight alloy sticks are all the rage. They are expensive and lighter and do last longer then aluminum. The legal length for a defenders stick (shaft and head) is between 52”-72” long.
- Goaltender sticks are generally 42 inches long. The legal length for a goalie stick (shaft and head) is between 40”- 72” long.
- Younger players should make sure they choose a stick that fits them comfortably, regardless of position. It is more important to be able to handle the stick and ball comfortably. Most youth leagues allow the players to alter the length of the handle/shaft below the legal standard lengths used for high school and college.
- Women's sticks range only from 36 to 44 inches. The exact length depends on the position and the length of the player’s arms. The general rule is you want a longer (43-44 inches) shaft for defenders, shorter (36 inches) for attackers.