There’s a reason lacrosse has been called the fastest-growing sport in America. It’s fast-moving and fun to play and watch. But when everyone’s moving so fast and using sticks to sling a solid rubber ball around, it’s important to make sure you have the correct equipment and protective gear. Here is a list of the stuff you are going to want to have starting out.
The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood, or synthetic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. A girl's crosse must be an overall length of 35.5 - 43.25 inches. The head of the crosse must be seven to nine inches wide. The top of the ball when dropped in the pocket must remain above the side walls.* The goalkeeper's crosse may be 35.5- 48 inches long. The head of the crosse may be mesh and up to 12 inches wide.
For 10U and above, the game ball must be yellow, lime green, or orange, and made of solid rubber, smooth without dimples. All lacrosse balls must meet NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) standards and include the words "Meets NOCSAE Standard".
All players must wear mouthguards that fully cover the teeth. The mouthpiece shall be of a readily visible color other than clear or white and must not have graphics of white teeth. The shall be no protruding tabs for field players.
All field players must properly wear protection that meets ASTM standard F3077 for women's adult/youth lacrosse for the appropriate level of play.
Shoes / Cleats
Lacrosse shoes or lacrosse cleats give you the traction you need to fly up and down the field. Designed for different types of field surfaces, lacrosse cleats come in a variety of styles, tractions, and builds. In indoor all you need is tennis shoes but as we move outdoors you will want to have shoes with plastic cleats. Soccer shoes can be worn with little issue other than the lack of ankle support. Baseball/softball shoes, like lacrosse shoes, have toe cleats and can crossover okay as long as they are not metal (mid-level cuts work best). Dicks will have a limited lacrosse shoe selection available starting around March.