BOYS EQUIPMENT TIPS
Here’s what you will need and some tips on what to buy:
Heads: Save your money on your plastic head – the differences are small and will have little impact on your play.
Shafts: Middle price range is best – low cost are the most heavy and can bend after a wicked check - most expensive are light and strong (think titanium). Buy in Tahoma colors (Black, Royal, Gold) to look more custom.
Pocket Mesh: Request hard mesh. Stay away from soft it won’t hold your pocket in the rain. Mesh comes in lots of colors - trick your pocket out with royal, gold, black and white to look like a true Bear.
Length: Includes head when measuring
Short crosse 40″ – 42″ for Attack and Midfield players
Long crosse 52″ – 72″ for Defenders
- Defenders: 5/6 should have 60" total length
- Defenders: 7/8 and above should have 72" total length
Goalie crosse 40″ – 72″ for Goalies
Helmet: Chin pad and chin strap are required for all ages.
Mouth Guard: Must be colored – clear or white are illegal. 1 attached to helmet + 1 extra in bag
NOTE: Helmet policy for all high school teams. The detailed specifications for the model can be found here. We will have this helmet model for the years to come until we have to transition to another model (this is how many teams do it) Bottom line; buying this helmet will last through your high school career.
Total Sports in Buckley carries our helmets or you can obtain online from Cascade Lacrosse.
Helmet Color: Black (not matte)
Chin Guard: Athletic Gold (athletic gold is a color)
Face mask: Black
Chin Strap: Royal Blue
Mohawk: Athletic Gold (athletic gold is a color)
For our youth players, we require an "All black" helmet. If your player is a 7/8 and needing a new helmet, we'd recommend moving to the High School helmet now.
Gloves: Typically in three sizes (10 / 12 / 13). Rule of thumb - the older the player, the harder the hits, the more protection required for the hands.
Shoulder pads: Good snug fit. Buy a pair that extend down over the chest as much as possible to protect against errant shots or checks.
Arm pads: Wrists and arms take a beating but are easily protected with good pads. Defenders can typically wear smaller arm pads.
Moderately priced pads can be bought in a package and provide good protection and mobility.
Cleats: Rubber sole cleats (soccer/football cleats are fine). We often will play on artificial turf fields, but traditional cleats will work on turf and grass. Tennis/street/skate shoes will not work.
Socks: Team socks will be available for purchase online. Otherwise, players should wear a comfortable sock with dri-fit technology that will help keep their feet dry. Crew style are recommended.
Cup: Athletic supporter with protective cup (important for boys and good to get them used to wearing a cup as early as possible)
Under T-shirt: Long or short under pads (dri-fit recommended)
Water bottle: Label and bring to every practice and game
Goalies: Goalie equipment (includes stick, chest pad, helmet and throat protector).
Back up stick: If you have it (for defenders and goalies it is a great idea to have a short stick to try other positions)
Rib pads: Personal choice – they can be bulky but protects ribs and mid-section especially for attack.
Goalies: Padded protective pants worn under lacrosse shorts are a good addition. Shin guards can also be worn but are a matter of personal choice.
Equipment bag: Doesn’t have to be a big one which is a pain to carry - just something to keep all your equipment together. Equipment is required at every practice & game!
GIRL'S EQUIPMENT TIPS
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