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Youth Boys Equipment

Boys Youth Lacrosse requires specific safety gear be worn during practices and games.  Below is a description of the required gear.

To assist with families new to the sport that are purchasing equipment for the first time, we've worked with a couple of vendors to assist with getting that initial gear in place.



Bardown Lacrosse, a store based out of Jacksonville, FL, has been a vendor at our local events in the past and is one of the few brick and mortar lacrosse stores in the South.  They have put together some starter kids for our new youth players to assist with getting geared up with the right safety gear prior to the start of the season.  Families that attended the parent meeting were able to see and/or size the gear samples they had sent prior to the meeting.  They have a variety of starter kits with combinations of pads, helmets, and sticks depending on the player's requirements.  

You can review details and purchase online by visiting their website here.   

  

StringKing lacrosse will send an invitation to a team store setup for Lower Alabama Lacrosse shortly after registration closes.  Each registered participant will be send an invitation to the team store directly from StringKing with 20% off items purchased from their store including heads, shafts, and complete sticks.  

Helmet

Cascade Lacrosse HelmetLacrosse Specific Helmet
Players are required to have a lacrosse specific helmet to wear at practice and for games.  Football helmets are not allowed.  This is the most important piece of safety equipment and it is not recommended to be purchased used unless purchased with proof of re-certification by an authorized vendor.

It is important to get the right fit for your player to ensure the highest degree of safety and protection against concussions.  There are several vendors of lacrosse helmets.  The most popular is Cascade followed by Warrior & STX.

At the youth level, players can choose any color helmet.  Many opt for white for the most versatility.   High school players are required to match the team helmet for games which is good to keep in mind if you have a 7th/8th grade player and you are considering purchasing a new helmet.  
  

Rib/Shoulder Pads

Rib/Should Pads
Should pads are required for all players and rib pads are recommended.  Typically players will purchase an all-in-one pad set that protects the shoulders, ribs, and chest.

The fit should be correct to avoid restricting movement as well as avoiding moving around during play and exposing the player to injury.  Padding will have straps to adjust the fit.

NEW: US Lacrosse has passed a new requirement for chest pads designed to protect against commotio cordis, a condition where the heart stops after being hit in the chest with a lacrosse ball.  In the 2020 season, goalies will be required to have the updated pads, which will be provided by the league.  US Lacrosse has mandated that all field player chest pads meet this requirement by 2022.  Our conference will require all field players have this new standard in their pads at that time.  Players purchasing pads for the first time or players looking to replace their pads should consider looking for this technology to meet the requirements for next year.  The appropriate pads will indicate they meet NOCSAE performance standard ND200 on a label on the inside of the pads.   

Arm Pads

Arm Pads
Players are required to wear arm pads to protect the elbow region.   For youth players, arm pads will cover more of the arm to protect against hits on the arm and the elbow region.  As players age up and become more specialized, they may opt for different sized arm protection based on their position and desire for more mobility.  Coaches recommend  longer pads to protect as much of the arm as possible.

You will want to look for arm pads that are the appropriate size for your player and can be adjusted to fit securely so they are not sliding down during practice or games.  

Gloves

Gloves
An important piece of safety equipment are the player's gloves.  If you consider that contact is frequently made with the stick and hands, you'll understand why a good pair of gloves is so important.  They should be lacrosse specific gloves with padding on the top.  Typically the underside is made of leather or a breathable material to assist with gripping the lacrosse stick.    You will want to find the right sized gloves for your player to make sure they are long enough to also protect the wrist but not too big and therefore making it hard to have a good grip of the lacrosse stick.

Protective Cup

Protective Cup
To protect the groin area of players, a protective athletic cup is required for practice and games.  Look for a cup that is large enough to provide coverage but also fitted for comfort.  Many younger players prefer to use all-in-one briefs that have a pocket to place the cup for easy protection and more comfortable fit.

Mouthguard

Mouthguard
All players are requires to wear a mouthguard for practice and games.  Be sure to follow the fit instructions to makes sure your player is protected.  There are a variety of mouthguards available on the market such as the boil and bite variety, the kind that the player wears that also protects outside of the mouth with increased air flow, or smaller self molding such as the SISU mouthguard.  Typically you'll not want a white mouthguard as it makes it harder for the refs to see and can cause a delay of game as they confirm a player is protected.  Plus, bright colors are fun.  Players will be be able to participate in games or practice without a mouthguard - this is an important safety requirement to protect against concussions.

NOTE: Players on the K-2 and 3rd/4th Grade team will be required to use a mouthguard that tethers to the helmet this season.  There were too many lost mouthguard last year...even some that were lost DURING games.

Lacrosse Stick

 Lacrosse Stick
Players are required to have a lacrosse stick to use at practice and for games.  The head should be properly strung and in good condition.  Players that participated in TryLax and were given a stick during the program can use those sticks.    Typically, d-pole (the longer sticks) are not used or encouraged below the age of 13 as the players are not typically that specialized in play, or experienced enough to control the longer pole.

Keep in mid that there are different head for girls and boys lacrosse.  Boys lacrosse has a deeper head and pocket in the mesh.  The sticks will be labeled appropriately.  Please be sure to label you player's stick with his name as there may be other players with the same or similar stick.

Cleats

Cleats
While not technically required, most players prefer to play wearing cleats for better traction when making tight turns on the lacrosse field.  Lacrosse specific cleats may not be readily available locally but football or soccer cleats are a common substitution.

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