Good padding protects players from broken collarbones and dislocated shoulders.
Male lacrosse players are required to wear arm guards and shoulder pads.
Female players aren’t required to wear any padding. Female goalies, however, are required to wear a chest protector, and can opt to wear minimal arm, leg and shoulder protection.
Good shoulder pads are lightweight and flexible. They provide excellent protection, while also being breathable and not too bulky. Arm guards cost about $45, while shoulder pads can cost more than $80.
As with every sport, good shoes can make all the difference.
Lacrosse shoes or cleats have the same look and feel as soccer shoes, but have an extra cleat at the center of the toe. They’re designed to be light and provide plenty of ankle support for a player.
Different shoes are made for different surfaces. Some shoes are made for turf, while others are made for natural grass, so be sure to find out what surface your child will be playing on before buying a pair.
You can find a cheap pair for $40, but more expensive shoes can cost more than $100.
Aside from the essentials, a young player might also need a mouth guard, rib pads, eye protection (for girls) and an equipment bag.
Advanced players or players hoping to play at the collegiate level might also spend money on club teams, traveling and coaching, but the average player typically won’t have these expenses. Also, if your child is playing for their school, some of this equipment might be provided for them.
The price of playing lacrosse is comparable to other popular team sports. Keep in mind these are just the bare necessities, though. You may find expenses for your laxer add up to much more.
Additionally, these aren’t things you’ll only buy once. Your child may grow or switch positions, or their gear may experience regular wear and tear. This will require you to buy items over and over again, and as any parent knows, those numbers can add up quickly.
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