Your child should bring their gear to the first practice. The club provides a game uniform / practice jersey for all players and specialty gear for goalies. All additional gear is the responsibility of the player. You have two main options for outfitting your player with lacrosse gear; renting and purchasing.
There is a wide range in quality and price for gear. We recommend that you don’t spend a lot for your introductory equipment. A starter set with a good helmet and basic set of pads will serve you well. Ask for a "lacrosse starter set" in local stores and online.
Local stores such as Dicks (most selection), Play It Again Sports (used and new), and Big 5 Sporting Goods (limited stock).
Internet suppliers such as SportStop.com, Lax.com, LacrosseMonkey.com, and many more.
There is a limited supply of loaner gear for new players to use temporarily as they get introduced to the sport. Supplies are limited and are made available on a first come first serve basis. REach out to your club contact.
Review US Lacrosse's Equipment Fitting Guide. It is designed to help provide first-time buyers, parents, and players with suggested guidelines in purchasing equipment. It is esigned to help both the boys’ and girls’ youth player by explaining how lacrosse equipment should feel when properly worn. Photographs and descriptions for both field players and goalies are featured.
Boys gear for all field players:
- Must be NOCSAE approved. Check for a stamp impression or sticker, typically on the back
- New youth players in grades 3 through 7 may either purchase an all-white helmet from Cascade (or another manufacturer) or a helmet that meets their high school's helmet design specifications (below).
- New 8th grade players should and high school players must purchase a helmet that meets their high school's specifications per WHSBLA rules.
- HS Helmet Specifications
- Bothell HS Lacrosse Helmet Specifications
- Inglemoor HS Lacrosse Helmet Specifications
- North Creek HS Lacrosse Helmet Specifications
- Mouth guard with strap for attaching to helmet
- Lacrosse stick for boys game
- Lacrosse gloves (sorry, no hockey gloves)
- Use the following sizing table as a general guide. There may be some variation between manufacturers
- Chest/Shoulder pads
- Arm/Elbow pads
- Rib Pads (optional)
- Athletic Supporter / Cup
- Cleats (football or soccer style)
- Water bottle (we recommend one with a straw so they don't need to remove their helmet to drink)
Girls gear for all field players:
- Must be NOCSAE approved
- Check the stamp impression
- Mouth guard
- Lacrosse Stick for girls game
- Lacrosse gloves (optional)
- Cleats (football or soccer style)
- Water bottle
- Headgear (optional)
Goalie Gear (Boys and Girls):
The club provides goalie gear for youth players to use (K-2 does not use goalies). By the time a player is at 7/8, they will decide if the goalie position suits them. Seasoned goalies will typically ask parents to buy their own goalie gear once they learn exactly what they expect out of each piece of goalie protective gear. If your child is looking for their own goalie gear, this is what they need to consider:
- Goalie Chestpad: Beginning January 1, 2021, goalie chest protectors must meet the new NOCSAE performance standard (ND200) as mandated by the US Lacrosse boys’ and girls’ youth rules and the NFHS boys’ and girls’ high school rules.
- Goalie Gloves: These gloves includes goalie specific additional thumb protection.
- Throat Guard: Attaches with snaps/screws/other fasteners below the face mask to protect the throat.
- Goalie Lacroose Stick: Length 40" – 72”. 10U and younger has allowances for shorter stick lengths.
- Leg Guards (optional): Covers thigh to toe.
Print the gear checklist for your child to use when getting ready for each practice/game. If your child shows up to a practice or a game without the required equipment, they may need to sit out. Please have your player arrive at the field with sufficient time to get fully dressed and ready to go when practice starts.
Correctly size the helmet for the player when purchasing. Cascade, for example, provides a helmet-sizing chart in their online Helmet Safety Book. While many helmet models are fully adjustable (one size), a few models come in multiple sizes.
Understand pocket options: There are three major types of lacrosse stick pockets available; kevlar bonded, mesh, and traditional.
- Kevlar bonded (Warrior Warp): This relatively new lacrosse pocket technology does not require any adjustments or break-in. These are recommended for new players because they build player's confidence and stick skills by providing more consistentcy and accuracy than their mesh and traditional counterparts. Options are available in both boys and girls specifications.
- Mesh: This lacrosse pocket technology has been around since the 1980's, comes in a variety of types, and needs to be broken in and periodically adjusted to ensure consistency and accuracy. The most common starter sticks come with mesh that stretches when wet. This has a tendancy to change the way that the stick throws. Simply changing to a coated mesh helps with pocket consistency in wet weather, providing more reliable ball handling and passing. Coaches can help parents select restringing options for the wet weather play we have in the northwest. Options are available in both boys and girls specifications.
- Traditional: This is the oldest form of lacrosse pocket technology still in use today. These pockets are distinguished by the four leather (or synthetic) thongs that extend from the top of the head to the bottom of the pocket. These pockets do not have the stretching issue of mesh pockets but do require some break-in and periodic adjustments. Options are available in both boys and girls specifications.