Equipment Basics

Lacrosse Equipment Basics
Lacrosse equipment is a fundamental component to the game, probably more so than any other sport. The equipment must protect the athlete from player and stick contact, but must also allow the athlete to move freely. For this reason, it is critical that the athlete is outfitted with equipment that meets both his or her skill level and style of play.

A typically men’s lacrosse player has at least nine pieces of equipment that are critical to the game, and at most levels required. That equipment includes:

  • Stick (head and shaft)
  • Helmet
  • Mouth Piece
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Gloves
  • Rib Pads
  • Cup
  • Cleats
  • Chest Protector (goalie only)

Because women’s lacrosse has significantly less contact, the required equipment is a little bit different.  Typical equipment in women’s lacrosse includes:

  • Stick
  • Goggles
  • gloves (light weight)
  • mouth piece

The lacrosse stick is made of three components; the head, pocket and shaft. The head of the lacrosse tick is typically constructed of molded plastic, and must meet size requirements dictated by the NCAA, NFHS, or similar organization. The shaft is typically constructed on aluminum, titanium or other lightweight alloy. Wooden shafts are rarely used today, however less than 15 years ago, a wooden shaft was not unusual. The pocket is probably the most critical stick component and comes in a variety to styles including hard mash, soft mesh, traditional and combinations of the two.

Lacrosse Helmets have come a long way in the last 20 years. Helmets of the 1980’s and early 90’s were heavy, bulky, and rarely fit well. Today’s lacrosse helmets however are extremely light weight and constructed of space aged plastics and metals and provide superior protection and hit with minimal bulk.

Lacrosse padding (gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads & rib pads) have also come a long way in recent years. Today’s lacrosse pads are lighter less restrictive and more protective than every before. Advancements in lacrosse gloves have provided a real impact on the game, allowing for greater flexibility and better feel in the fingers and palms.

The growth of lacrosse across the country has resulted in new companies offering a full range of lacrosse equipment. Even power houses like Nike and Addias have gotten into the game. As a result, the lacrosse equipment market has become extrememly competitive, forcing companies to push the limits of equipment technology. And that is a great thing for the game!

Where Can I buy Lacrosse Equipment?

Most major sporting good retailers now carry a decent line of lacrosse equipment in their stores.  In additon, several online specialty retailers also lacrosse equipment, and typically have a much better selection.  Like any purchase online, it’s important to research the piece of equipment you want prior to purchase. (Hopefully our site will help that!).  Here are a few of the top online lacrosse equipment retailers:


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