List of Essential Lacrosse Equipment

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List of Essential Lacrosse Equipment

Here is essential lacrosse equipment that parents will have to buy for their lacrosse players. If buying new equipment, parents should shop around because many lacrosse websites will often have deals on particular brands or clearance events as they make way for new models. At no extra cost to you, we make a small commission if you buy products via these links. Your purchase helps keep this wiki free for all visitors. Thank you for your support!

  • Lacrosse Starter Kits for Beginners - Many lacrosse retailers and large sports stores sell lacrosse starter kits for beginners. This usually consists of low/moderate quality gear at cheap prices. Only good for parents who are unsure if their kid will play more than one year (i.e. why waste big bucks on your child if he is going to switch back to baseball).
  • Lacrosse Arm/Elbow Pads - Lacrosse arm pads protect your son's arms & elbows from kids who are slashing at your son's stick in order to dislodge the ball (and of course hitting your son's arm when they miss). Look for flexible but well padded (i.e. dense foam) arm pads. The cheap arm pads seem to made from thick cloth and offer only minimal protection.
  • Lacrosse Balls - These are hard rubber balls used in lacrosse. Your son will lose many lacrosse balls over the course of a season. To save money, you should do a ball hunt on a weekend around your local lacrosse practice fields (as you will find many "lost" lacrosse balls in the surrounding woods/fields).
  • Lacrosse Cleats - You can try using your son's existing soccer or football cleats in order to save money. We like high-top lacrosse cleats as they are less likely to come off in a game (versus a soccer-style cleat).
  • Lacrosse Forearm Pads - Some times, you have an open (unprotected) space between your gloves and your arm pads if you have long arms. If you want to "fill" this gap, you can buy some small lacrosse forearm pads.
  • Lacrosse Gloves - Beginners will be hit on the hands often in lacrosse. Therefore, buy well-padded lacrosse gloves versus some of the thinly padded shooting gloves.
  • Lacrosse Groin Protection (i.e. Cup) - Vital equipment when hit by a poorly aimed & hard lacrosse ball.
  • Lacrosse Helmet - Lacrosse is a tough sport with lots of contact. Buy a good lacrosse helmet as beginner is often hit in the head "by accident" by other beginners' lacrosse sticks.
  • Lacrosse Mouth Guards - Buy one that attaches to the helmet (otherwise your son is likely to lose his mouth guard).
  • Lacrosse Rib Pads - Some players love lacrosse rib pads because they protect their ribs & kidneys from vicious poke checks. Other players do not want to be encumbered by this bulky gear.
  • Lacrosse Shoulder Pads - Another key piece of lacrosse equipment. Look for lacrosse shoulder pads that fully protect your son's shoulders and extends down his chest with hard padding.
  • Lacrosse Stick - Beginner lacrosse sticks will have large heads that use soft mesh for easier catching (but with poorer control and durability than hard mesh) and aluminum shafts. These beginner lacrosse sticks are much less costly than the sticks used by more advanced lacrosse players (i.e. lacrosse sticks consisting of a premium head with hard mesh & custom stringing and a titanium shaft).
  • Lacrosse Head - Look for a wide head for beginners who usually have a hard time catching a lacrosse ball.
  • Lacrosse Shaft - Start with a simple, durable (& cheap) aluminum shaft until your son progresses in the game. If he likes the game, you can then progress to more advanced shafts (i.e. titanium).
  • Lacrosse Goal & Net - Practice shooting at home with your own lacrosse goal. This piece of lacrosse equipment is purely optional as it can be costly and requires a large backyard.
  • Lacrosse Rebounder or Bounce Back - A lacrosse rebounder allows you to practice wall ball at home. Very similar to a baseball bounce back. This is another optional piece of lacrosse equipment.
  • Lacrosse Backstops - Lacrosse backstops are generally large nets that go behind a lacrosse goal in order to stop errant shots that miss the cage. They help stop costly lacrosse balls ending up in the woods or damaging a neighbor's house!
  • Water Bottle - Your son will sweat profusely during a lacrosse game/practice. Make sure to bring plenty of water. It is cheaper for your son to have his own refillable water bottle versus buying dozens of Poland Springs bottles.
  • Lacrosse Repair Kit - Parents should carry these items (i.e. sports tape, lacrosse screws, etc.) around in order to deal with the occasional equipment malfunctions at games & practices. You can make things easier to transport by putting them in an old fishing tackle box or backpack.

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