Here is some information to help provide advice and guidance on purchasing lacrosse gear.
All players must have mandatory equipment: Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Arm Pads, Gloves, Stick, Cup, Mouthguard.
It is not required to purchase our recommended equipment.
Lacrosse Gear for 3/4 players
1. Online Stores
The following websites offer a vast selection of gear with reliable customer service. Lax gear is typically sold at the manufacturer’s list price, so the prices are typically the same on all web sites, but sometimes they have sales as they try to clear out last year’s inventory so it’s a good thing to check and compare them.
Cascade is the top-rated manufacturer of lacrosse helmets. Select a S/M size for the helmet. The main differences in the cost of the helmets are the type of protection and the ability to adjust the fit.
Any attack/middie complete stick will be fine, but the quality of the mesh and a better stringing pattern will make a remarkable difference. As such, it’s our recommendation to stay away from the most basic sticks, which typically cost less than $50. In addition, it is unnecessary to buy a pre-strung or unstrung head and match it with a shaft. The cost-benefit ratio does not compare to the price performance of the complete sticks.
4. Starter Kit Pads
It’s our recommendation to buy a starter kit that only includes shoulder pads, arm pads, and gloves for new players. Starter kits offer a better price performance compared to buying gear separately. The gear is not the best available gear, but it’s decent, provides good protection, and will last for a couple of years. Select 10” size gloves and small for the shoulder pads and arm pads, depending on the size of the child.
5. Individual Pads
Players may want to buy gear separately as their skills advance and as they grow. The gear will also provide better protection, but it cost a lot more. As such, the information provided below will offer examples of better gear than starter kits can provide.
a. Shoulder Pads
Most shoulder pads have shoulder caps and removable bicep pads, which provide good protection but can also limit mobility. As a player’s skill set improves, they will typically remove the bicep pads.
b. Arm Protection
Arm pads provide general elbow and arm protection while arm guards provide more protection for the bicep and forearm as they are longer. Arm pads offer full upper arm protection when combined with the bicep pads connected to the shoulder pads. Players typically wear arm guards with the bicep pads removed from the shoulder pads. In general, midfielders use arm pads while attackmen use arm guards. Players at the youth level typically use arm pads. Only consider arm pads and arm guards that have Velcro straps at the top and bottom and have a full Lycra sleeve as both will be beneficial for the fit.
Gloves are the most important piece of protective gear after helmets. As such, gloves tend to be on the expensive side. Gloves should have a floating cuff as well as a flexible upper cuff.