Lacrosse Equipment

Lacrosse equipment is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of lacrosse. Having the right equipment can mean the difference of scoring the game-winning goal, winning the faceoff, or even protecting your body.

Below is a list of the lacrosse equipment that you will need, and how much it will cost you: (the prices are an approximation on new products of average to good quality)

a. Helmet - $90-$150

b. Shoulder pads - $50-$130

c. Elbow pads - $20-$50

d. Gloves - $40-$200

e. Lacrosse shoes - $50-$150

f. Chest protector (for goalie only) - $40-$70

g. Complete Lacrosse Stick - $50-$250

As you can see, there is a very wide range of prices. Most prices depend on the brand of the equipment and how old it is.

lacrosse head diagram

The Lacrosse Head is often purchased unstrung.

The Lacrosse Stick

There are different size lacrosse sticks that players from different positions should be playing with. Middies, especially those who take faceoffs, have an advantage if they have the correct stick.

Attackmen usually prefer sticks with pinched heads, to make it harder for the ball to fall out. They also will usually want a stick with a quick release to get the shot off faster.

lacrosse helmet

The Lacrosse Head is often purchased unstrung.

Although stick selection varies with each position, it is all based on personal preference. What ever you feel comfortable using, use it.

Once you get a new lacrosse stick, you have to break in the pocket to meet your specifications. There are a ton of different ways to do this, but I am going to tell you my favorite.

If the head is unstrung: Before you string it, put the mesh in a bucket of water for one day. When you take it out, it should be pretty loose and easy to work with.

After this, use your hands to stretch out the mesh even more. When you are completely satisfied... String It.

If the head is strung: It is a little more difficult if you bought the head already strung. I would advise against this (unless you are a first year player), because you may not get the feel that you want.

Take your already strung head, and put it into a bucket of water for one day. Take it out, and pound the pocket down with a ball. Put it in the water for another day, then pound the pocket down.

After the second day, it should be good-to-go.

Other Equipment

Other lacrosse equipment includes pads. Lacrosse pads, like stick selection, is also based on personal preference.

Many lacrosse players have been using the same pads for their entire life. This can be a little dangerous, because outdated pads do not protect as well as newer pads.

Lacrosse shoes have recently become very popular with lacrosse players. However, a lot of companies still aren't up-to-par with the major shoe companies such as: Nike, New Balance, etc.

Many players wore soccer or football cleats before Warrior and Brine made their cleats. It is your decision whether or not to buy a pair of lacrosse shoes, or keep your old soccer cleats. Personally, I try to support the rise of lacrosse, and bought some of the new lacrosse cleats.

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