Youth Boys Lacrosse Gear Guide
So what does your child need to get started in youth boys lacrosse? Here are some helpful links about what is required and optional gear every new player needs.
Every player starting out in lacrosse needs a complete lacrosse stick which includes a strung lacrosse head and shaft. Shafts are made of laminate or synthetic material with a head (or pocket) at the end.
Sticks can be purchased separately as a shaft and head, or as a complete piece. Sticks will vary based on experience, position, style of play and preferences. The length of the stick is 40 – 42 inches for attackmen and midfielders and 52 – 72 inches for defensemen. All new players should start with attack length sticks. The head is 6.5 – 10 inches wide. A goalie uses a stick with a larger head: 10 – 12 inches.
Youth Boy’s lacrosse equipment checklist.
Complete Lacrosse Stick – required for all players. Purchase head and shaft separately or as a complete stick. Some starter sets include sticks and helmets. Learn more and watch our video about the LAX.com complete stick for beginning youth players.
Helmet - With a face mask, chin pad and chin strap. A helmet is required by all players. Here are some versions of a youth helmet.
Mouthguard - Required for all players.
Gloves – All players are required to wear gloves for protection. We offer a lacrosse glove sizing and fitting guide to help you decide which size to choose. See our blog post for our Pro recommendations for lacrosse gloves for advancing youth.
Shoulder Pad – All players are required to wear shoulder pads for protection. See our blog post and video to understand how to size and fit lacrosse shoulder pads properly. For younger players, starter sets include shoulder pads.
Arm Pad/Arm Guard - Most younger players will start out with an arm pad. As a players grows, and depending on their position, they may require an arm guard. You can learn the difference between lacrosse arm guards and arm pads by watching our video.
Rib Pad – Optional but recommend under age 12.
Athletic Supporter/Cup - Required for all players
Youth Lacrosse Cleats - Proper footwear is required for all lacrosse players. Men’s lacrosse cleat sizes can drop down to as low as size 5, in case your son does not fit into a youth lacrosse cleat. Men’s sizing is not as narrow as a youth cleat.
Throat Protector - Required for goalies – check with your coach to see what is required if your player is a goalie.
Chest Protector – Required for goalies. Different then shoulders pads, this protection provides full chest protection.
Practice Balls - Best to start out with a bucket
If you would like to speak to one of our Pro’s about lacrosse and what beginners should know, feel free to give us a call at 855.255.5294. We are a company of lacrosse players, current and past, and can offer advice on any topic. To learn more valuable information about the game of lacrosse visit our LAX Insider page. Welcome to the game of lacrosse, we will see you on the fields!