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 most youth girls starter sets. Girl's 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 or with mesh. Mesh was introduced to the women's game in 2018, and since then has become much more popular as the manufactures create mesh tailored to fit a women's lacrosse head. 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 get a starter set. The complete sticks included in these sets are good for the first few years of youth play, until your child is starting to advance their skills, and has decided to play at the next level. Another option would be to buy everything separately which most importantly will give you the option to get a stick with a better pocket. A good suggestion would be the Maverik Erupt ST youth complete lacrosse stick. The better pocket will help your player enjoy the game, making learning to catch and throw much better without the pain of adjusting a lower quality pocket. After she has played for a year, she will be ready to upgrade to a more advanced complete stick which offers even better pockets, with more options, to increase her catching, passing and shooting accuracy. Every year our Pro's pick out what they think are the top women's complete lacrosse sticks.
Like we mentioned above a girl's starter set is going to be the quickest and most cost-efficient way to get your player on the field. It has everything you need besides footwear and a mouthguard, which you might have already if she plays another sport. Our favorite starter set is the Maverik LX Starter Package because it comes with a well-stung pocket and the new girl's lacrosse helmet for extra protection and is required in some states or programs. An added bonus is the bag to carry all your gear to practice.
Starter set lacrosse sticks work for younger players just starting out in the game. If your player continues to play beyond her first few years, you will want to look at upgrading her stick so that it has a better pocket, which increases feel on the ball. This will immediately improve her catching and throwing ability and her love for the game.
The STX Rookie goggles are smaller than the 4Sight and designed for a younger player. The oval wire design enables superior visibility and the vented silicone padding does not absorb sweat or moisture, which minimizes breakouts and makes the goggle easy to clean. The cage is made of steel. This goggle meets ASTM F3077 requirements for women's lacrosse and ASTM F2713 requirements for field hockey.
All new women's lacrosse helmets have been mandated in Florida and we expect many other states to follow shortly. The Cascade LX Women's Lacrosse Helmet is a holistic girl's headgear solution with an integrated goggle that meets the new ASTM standard for goggles and headgear. This women's lacrosse helmet was specifically designed for the girls lacrosse game by Cascade. This women's lacrosse helmet offers a customizable fit system, and has a lightweight, ventilated design that makes it easy to increase the level of protected on the field. To learn more about women's lacrosse helmets and headgear read our blog post.At the moment there are only the basic color patterns available from Cascade for these girl's helmets. We expect them to have the ability to be customized at a point in the future when they can catch up with demand.
All field players must wear proper footwear - girls can wear boys cleats, which run true to youth sizing. Many female players actually wear men's lacrosse cleats so don't feel limited in what choices are out there. Most manufacturers now offer unisex sizing in cleats. 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. One of the best selling unisex cleats that we offer is the Nike Huarache 7.
Its always nice to have some balls around the house to practice with. Girls play with yellow balls instead of the white balls that the boys use. All girls love a good bag to carry their gear and you will definitely want to start out with a bucket of balls so she can practice hitting the wall, and ripping those corner shots. Welcome to lacrosse!
12 NOCSAE lacrosse balls certified for game play. We only source the highest quality balls here at Lax.com. If you but cheapies from the local lacrosse store or big box store.. leave them out in the yard a few times and they will turn into hard pool balls in no time. The kids call the "greasers" and they are terrible for practice or wall ball because they behave way differently than a ball that you use in practice or in a game. So do yourself a favor and buy only quality balls that are sourced right. For an extra 10-20 cents why not buy a product that will last and behave just like those game balls that you play with. These lacrosse balls come in yellow, white and orange. White lacrosse balls are primarily for men's youth and high school practice and game balls Orange lacrosse balls are primarily for men's youth and high school and gym practice, or those darker days when it is hard to see the ball. Yellow lacrosse balls are primarialy for the ladies.
The Lax.com bucket of lacrosse balls is perfect for backyard tosses or practice. The customized Lax.com bucket of lacrosse balls contains 40 NOCSAE/SEI approved lacrosse balls. The lacrosse balls come inside a Lax.com custom carrying bucket. This is the perfect gift for any laxer.
If your daughter decides she wants to be a goalie, she is going to need a lot of the same padding as the boys use. The goalkeeper wears additional padding on their arms, legs, and shoulders. If your daughter is a goalkeeper we suggest you meet with your coach to learn what is required and find out their suggestions.
LAX.com offers a wide variety of youth girls lacrosse equipment for every player's ability. If you have any questions about what might be the right equipment for 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.
See you on the fields!
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