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For new players we do not suggest buying the most expensive, or "latest" equipment.  Locally, Dicks offers the most equipment immediately.  Under the Links page there are several lacrosse specific websites listed.  If you go to those sites look at what is on clearance, or in their "outlet."  Right now you can pick up great deals on last year's equipment.  During the summer and fall they offer even deeper discounts - just in time for the holidays. 

Dick's has clearance or inexpensive equipment and on their websites they offer what is known as "Starter Packages."  You can also purchase these in the store.  Equipment includes shoulder pads, arm (elbow) pads, gloves, and a stick.  Some packages also include a helmet.  This also includes girls - a stick, eye protection.    



HELMETS:  Boys are required to wear a helmet and it must be a lacrosse specified helmet.  Hockey helmets are not permitted.  If you are going to purchase a helmet get a white helmet, or a white helmet with green visor and chin.  Cascade is the prominent helmet manufacturer, and the only one that can be customized with the green visor and chin.  See: http://www.cascadelacrosse.com/ 

For young boys (grades 3/4), the Cascade CS is the recommended helmet.  This helmet cannot be customized.

STARTER PACKAGES
At Dicks:
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=lacrosse%20starter&origkw=Lacrosse Starter&sr=1

Also, there are several lacrosse websites that offer starter sets:
http://www.lacrosse.com/Navigation.process?N=0&Ntk=Search&Nty=1&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchall&Dx=mode%2Bmatchall&Ntt=Starter Set&x=0&y=0

http://www.laxzilla.com/index.php?pn=default_category&category_id=81

http://www.lax.com/shop/beginners-equipment.phtml


http://www.comlax.com/lacrosse-protective/starter-packages


Equipment for Boys' and Men's Lacrosse

(scroll down for info on girls' equipment)

Crosse (Stick):
The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood or synthetic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. The crosse must be an overall length of 40 - 42 inches for attackmen and midfielders, or 52 - 72 inches for defensemen. The head of the crosse must be 6.5 - 10 inches wide, except a goalie’s crosse which may be 10 - 12 inches wide. The pocket of a crosse shall be deemed illegal if the top surface of a lacrosse ball, when placed in the head of the crosse, is below the bottom edge of the side wall.

Ball:
The ball must be made of solid rubber and can be white, yellow or orange. The ball is 7.75 - 8 inches in circumference and 5 - 5.25 ounces. 

Helmet:
A protective helmet, equipped with face mask, chin pad and a cupped four point chin strap fastened to all four hookups, must be worn by all players. All helmets and face masks should be NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) approved.  Hockey helmets are not permitted.

Mouthpiece:
The mouthpiece must be a highly visible color and is mandatory.  We recommend the mouthpiece with a strap that can be attached to the helmet. 

Gloves:
All players are required to wear protective gloves. The cutting or altering of gloves is prohibited.

 

   

Other Protective Equipment:
All players, with the exception of the goalkeeper, must wear shoulder pads, and arm/elbow pads. Rib pads are strongly recommended, and often required, as are athletic supporters and protective cups for all players.

 
 
 
 

Equipment for Girls' and Women's Lacrosse

Crosse:
The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood, or synthetic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. A girl's crosse must be an overall length of 35.5 - 43.25 inches. The head of the crosse must be seven to nine inches wide. The pocket of the stick must be strung traditionally; no mesh is allowed. The top of the ball when dropped in the pocket must remain above the side walls.* The goalkeeper¹s crosse may be 35.5- 48 inches long. The head of the crosse may be mesh and up to 12 inches wide.
* Modified Pocket allowed in girls youth rules

 

Ball:
The game ball must be yellow and made of solid rubber, smooth without dimples for games and must be visible color, other than clear or white. The ball must be 7.75 - 8 inches in circumference and weigh 5 - 5.25 ounces.

Mouthpiece:
All players must wear mouthguards.

Protective Equipment:
Close-fitting gloves, nose guards and soft head gear are optional and may be worn by all players. All field players must properly wear eye protection that meets ASTM specification standard F803 for women's adult/ youth lacrosse for the appropriate level of play.

See approved listings for:  Eyewear | Sticks

The Goalkeeper's Equipment:
The goalkeeper must wear a helmet with face mask (NOCSAE approved), separate throat protector, padded gloves, mouth piece, and chest protector. The goalkeeper may wear padding on arms, legs, and shoulders which does not excessively increase the size of those body parts. High school level and below must wear padding on thighs and shins. Youth level must wear some form of abdominal and pelvic protection.

Goalies are required to wear padded gloves.


Reprinted from US Lacrosse