Youth Girls Lacrosse Checklist For Parents.
So what does your child need to get started in youth girls lacrosse? Here are some helpful links about what is required and optional gear every new player needs.
A girls youth lacrosse player needs a starter stick, which is included in a youth girls starter set. Girls lacrosse sticks are made of laminate or synthetic material with a head (or pocket) at the end. The length of the stick is 35.5 – 43.25 inches with the pocket 7 – 9 inches wide and strung traditionally rather than using mesh except for keepers (goalies). The goalie stick is 35.5 – 48 inches and the head can be up to 12 inches wide.
When first choosing a stick for a new player, you can choose to save some money and just get a starter set. These are fine for the first year of play until your child is starting to throw and catch, and has decided to play for the next year. Then she will be ready to upgrade to a more advanced complete stick which offers a better pocket, to increase her catching and passing accuracy. See what three time Tewaaraton award winner, Under Armour Lacrosse athlete, and Team USA member Taylor Cummings says about essentials for a girls lacrosse bag in this video.
Youth girls’s lacrosse equipment checklist:
Complete Stick – Required for all players. Starter set lacrosse sticks work for younger players. Taylor Cummings, Team UA athlete and Team USA women’s lacrosse player sits down with LAX.com to discuss how girls should maintain and repair their lacrosse stick in this video.
Goggles - All field players must wear eye protection.
Mouth Guard - Required for all players
Cleats or Turfs - All field players must wear proper footwear – girls can wear boys cleats, which run true to youth sizing. Here are some recommendations of youth girls lacrosse cleats and turfs from our Pros.
Gloves (optional) – Close fitting gloves protect your hands from cross-checks and assist with a better grip on your stick
Headgear (optional) – Emerging, but not mandatory at the moment. To learn more about the newly released women’s lacrosse helmet be sure to read our blog post.
The goalkeeper wears additional padding on their arms, legs and shoulders. If your daughter is a goalkeeper meet with your coach to learn what is required.
A Note About Cleats: Many female players actually wear men’s lacrosse cleats so don’t feel limited in what choices are out there. When it comes to sizing for women, if choosing a men’s cleat, a good general rule is to size down 1 ½ sizes. A woman who wears a female size 8.5 would likely fit into a men’s size 7. Unless they are lacrosse-specific, girls opt for the men’s cleats because they offer more ankle support.
LAX.com offers a wide variety of girls lacrosse equipment for every players ability. If you have any questions about what might be the right cleat for you or your player, feel free to give our Pro’s a call at 855-255-5294. We will be able to tell you what we think is right based on your age, ability and position.
If you want to learn more about women’s lacrosse be sure to check out our LAX Insider page. Also, be sure to download the LAX.com FREE mobile app. We push our most amazing deals there and you will also gain access to the newest gear as soon as it hits the market.
See you on the fields!
The Lax.com Pro Staff
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