A PARENT'S GUIDE TO PURCHASING LACROSSE GEAR
The prospect of buying lacrosse equipment for the first time can be daunting for anyone. But if done right, shopping for lacrosse equipment can be both painless and cost-effective! In most cases, lacrosse equipment is quite durable, and the initial investment in gear will pay off, as it will last your player several seasons. If you have any questions about equipment, please email us at
Here is a list of what each DC Lacrosse player, 3rd grade through 12th grade, needs to play lacrosse:
- Stick: comprised of the shaft (handle), the head, and the mesh (stringing)
- Shoulder pads
- Elbow pads
- Mouth guard
- Protective cup
Now let’s look at the details for each piece of equipment:
Stick (a.k.a. the Crosse)
There are three types of lacrosse sticks used on the playing field:
- Offensive (Attack) stick – ranges from 40” to 42” in length (including the head)
- Defensive stick – ranges from 52” to 72” in length (including the head)
- Goalie stick – ranges from 40” to 72” in length (including the head)
DC Lax recommends that younger players start with an attack stick regardless of their position on the field. All 3rd and 4th grade players are required to use an attack stick. Defensive players in 5th through 12th grades may use defensive sticks.
Official Deer Creek Lacrosse helmets can be purchased through Deer Creek Lacrosse. Email
if you are interested. The DC Lax helmet is a one-size-fits-all helmet that is adjustable for 3rd graders all the way up to HS seniors. This could be the only helmet you have to buy.
You may also purchase a helmet through local or online sporting goods stores. Helmets not purchased through DC Lax must be white, black, or navy, and cannot have any other team decals. All helmets must be NOCSAE certified.
Players must wear shoulder pads specifically made for lacrosse. Football pads may not be used.
Elbow pads vary in size and style. Any lacrosse-specific elbow pads will work. Find the size/style that is most comfortable for your player.
Any lacrosse-specific gloves should work.
Lacrosse is a field sport played on natural or artificial turf. Cleats are essential for players to get traction when running, cutting, and dodging on the field. Lacrosse-specific cleats are often hard to find locally but can be purchased online. Soccer or football cleats will work equally as well. Low top or high tops can be worn. No metal cleats are allowed.
Tennis shoes can be worn in lacrosse if necessary.
A mouth guard must be worn at all times while on the lacrosse field. Mouth guards cannot be clear or white. Any other color is acceptable.
A protective cup should be worn by lacrosse players at all times! There are many options and sizes to choose from, so find the one that works best for your player.