Every kid should play box lacrosse
The gear required for box lacrosse is slightly different than what is required for the field game. Lax.com offers a wide variety of box lacrosse gear for every type of player. Box lacrosse is a faster-paced game, played in a smaller space than the spread-out field version. You will need all the normal lacrosse gear that you use for field lacrosse but you will also need to use both kidney and bicep pads. If you are a middie or defensive guy you might also want to consider increasing your arms protection to an arm guard, instead of a pad or cap. Our Pro's can help you understand the difference between different types of arm protection in this video. Box lacrosse is more physical, and you will need more arm protection that you normally have in field lacrosse. Other than normal field gear you will also need to consider the following items:
Due to smaller playing space, box lacrosse is more physical than the field game and because of this, you should consider wearing kidney pads when playing. While kidney and rib pads may look extremely similar, there are differences between the two. Rib pads offer more mobility while sacrificing some protection. If you have field rib pads and feel that they are protective enough, you can wear those. If you want more protection use kidney pads as they offer more coverage and protection.
These rib pads from Under Armour have been a favorite among elite and professional box players. The hard plastic outer gives you a lot of protection and the shape of the panels gives you good flexibility and movement.
These pads are made to protect ad keep you fully mobile. Adjustable strapping system keeps these pads locked down and secure. Learn About The Epoch Integra X Protective Line - Made For Box Lacrosse
A big difference in box lacrosse compared to the field is that you almost never use your off-hand. Due to the speed of the game and how small the playing area is, you do not have the time to switch hands. Using just your dominant hand means that your off-hand shoulder takes a bigger beating. When you’re carrying the ball you need to protect your stick with your other shoulder. The bicep pad will absorb the beating that this shoulder and upper arm will take. You only need to wear one bicep pad, but we’d suggest having both if you are looking for the most protection. Here are some suggestions for bicep pads for box lacrosse.
The FATBOY line is designed specifically for box lacrosse. These bicep pads attach under shoulder pads to give extra protection from cross-checks and slashes.
Designed and tested for the NLL, these pads are specfically built for the box lacrosse player. Designed for mobility and don't sacrifice on protection.
Under Armour bicep pads are for the younger player and offer more protection than standard shoulder flaps. These attach to the tops of teh shoulder pads to keep them safe.
Under Armour Pro bicep pads can be used by older players in box and on the field. They attach to the tops of the shoulder pads and really give you confidence going to the cage.