Lacrosse Youth Starter Kit Guide

Oct 11, 2018

Youth lacrosse starter packages are a great option for a player just starting to play the sport. As an example, LAX.com offers the Premier Maverik Charger 2 Youth Lacrosse Equipment Set, which includes the 3 essential pieces of padding, along with a strung stick and premium white Cascade helmet. LAX.com Pro's review all of the starter sets that are available through each manufacturer and choose only the ones that we think will offer the best technology, at the best price. Everything is hand selected each year, so your player will be provided the best in protection, mobility and technology. The goal of a starter set is to introduce a new player to the game, keeping them as safe as possible, and allowing them the flexibility to enhance their skills.  

What is included in a lacrosse starter set:

Gloves

Need to be mobile and have thinner palms so new players can get a good feel for the stick. Even in the backyard, when not at practice, new players should practice in their gloves.    

Arm Pads/Guards

Must have a top velcro attachment - most younger players have trouble with pads sliding down the arms. These Maverik pads have nice, adjustable straps that close on the tops of the biceps and keep the pads secure.    

Shoulder Pad

Good sternum protection and plastic coated caps. Must have nice material to wear next to skin, not cheap stuff. Full range of arm motion and ability to have helmet mobility.    

Complete Lacrosse Stick

Some lacrosse sticks come with the sets and they are fine for players that are just starting out in the game.  But if you want to provide an advantage to your younger player, and don't want him to be frustrated we suggest you upgrade your stick from the factory strung completes that usually come with the sets.  A list of the best complete lacrosse sticks for beginners can be found here. 

Helmet

Helmets are available in some starter sets or you can buy one separately.  This is not the spot to be economical. You need a quality helmet from a reputable brand like Cascade or STX.  

So here is the real deal with lacrosse starter sets. Except for the helmet and shoulder pads, you can expect to replace the stick in 3-4 months if your player is at all into the game. If you just want to start with an upgraded stick you can see some options here.  He will need new arm pads in 6-12 months for better protection. You will also want to upgrade those gloves after the first season. They are critical to the development of your player as they are the contact point on the stick. Bad gloves equal bad hands.  Gloves, lacrosse stick and the helmet are the critical components of the game, and if your player is intereested in advancing his career these are the three key components.   Epoch, a very well known manufacture produces a complete line called Epoch ID which includes: gloves, shoulder pads, arm pads and a complete stick which would be an upgrade to the starter set.  You do need to buy each piece indvidually, but if your player is U10 or older you may want to consider it, since the equipment will last a little longer.
 
Starter sets are designed to get your player started in the game. THEY WILL NOT BE SUFFICIENT if your new player decides they want to continue with lacrosse. There are several other choices, other then a starter kit that are perfect for younger players looking to advance their games. If you have any questions, just reach out to one of our Pro’s at 855-255-5294 or email us at questions@lax.com.  

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