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Equipment Tips from our CYL Coaches -

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Fitting Guide
The first essential item is an equipment fitting guide so you know what size you are looking for.  We have posted our recommended guide from Play It Again Sports in our documents section at - http://files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/10598/34050.doc

 



Stick


The cost of mesh lacrosse sticks can vary widely. They typically begin at about $30.00, but can go well into the hundreds. Be prepared, the more your child plays the game and has the opportunity to check out other players' sticks, the more likely he is to want to purchase a newer, more expensive, more "cool" stick.

We recommend these sticks for players new to the game:
 

  • STX AV8U - ***preferred choice***
    • Has a wide, open head.  Hard mesh pocket.  Light weight
    • Readily available at Dick's or online for $34.99
  • Reebox ZG3
    • Has a wide, open head.  Hard mesh pocket.  This stick is a bit heavier than the AV8U
    • Priced at about $39.99. 
  • Brine Alias
    • Has a wide, open head.  Hard mesh pocket.  This stick falls somewhere in between the STX and Reebok as far as size and weight
    • Priced at about $39.99.


Once you purchase a stick, please refer to our handout for how to break the pocket in.  It's available in our documents section at http://files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/10598/34051.docx

Helmet



Helmets are expensive and can range in price from $100 to $200 if new.  You can buy a used or refurbished helmet at Play it Again Sports for less than $100.  They must be NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) certified and approved for lacrosse. They must be equipped with a face mask, chin pad and a cupped four point chin strap fastened to all four hookups. Hockey helmets are not acceptable.

Mouth Guard


Mouth guards that attach to a helmet typically cost anywhere from $2 to $20. Regardless of how much you pay, your child's teeth are important to us. Therefore, it is required that children wear a mouth guard at all times when throwing and catching the ball. You may even want to consider having your child keep an extra one in their lacrosse bag in case something happens to the one they regularly use.

Maverik Badboy Starter Kit Lacrosse Starter Kits

Starter Set
We recommend starter sets for players who are new to the game.  The set usually includes shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves (the next 3 items on this list).  You can save alot of money with these sets.  Most sports stores carry them - here are a few links

Shoulder Pads


Boys shoulder pads range in price from about $30 to $150.

This item can be purchased as part of a "starter set" for much less than buying it seperately.  The starter set usually includes shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves.




Arm Pads



Boys arm pads can cost between $20 to $80.

This item can be purchased as part of a "starter set" for much less than buying it seperately.  The starter set usually includes shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves.

Gloves


Boys lacrosse gloves will sell for $30 to $200. When purchasing gloves, remember that you cannot use hockey gloves. They do not flex in the correct places.

This item can be purchased as part of a "starter set" for much less than buying it seperately.  The starter set usually includes shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves.

Cup





Athletic supporter with protective cup - you need one. It'll cost you less than $15. Don't even think about playing without one...

Cleats




Cleats are about $20 and up. You do not need to purchase any type of special lacrosse cleats. If your child already has a pair of rubber soled cleats that they use to play soccer, they will do fine.

Rib Pads

OPTIONAL Equipment.  Due to the no contact rule in U-9 and U-11, rib pads are not necessary, however for U-13 and above, as the games become more physical, you may want the added protection.  They cost between $30 and $80.

Lacrosse Bag

OPTIONAL Accessory.   Lacrosse bags come in all sorts of styles and price ranges. They start at about $15 and can go up to around $70. They include the shoulder bag styles, slingpacks, backpacks, and duffle bags. The type of bag you purchase and how much you want to pay is up to you. You don't need one to play in the league, but you may want to consider purchasing one. They come in handy for players carting around their stuff. (Note that some players just like to slide their helmets and pads onto the shaft of their stick when carrying around their equipment