- EZGoal Professional Monster 8' x 4' Metal Spring-Loaded Rocket Back Rebounder Throwback
- Strong Camel Portable Lacrosse Practice Net 6' X 6' X 7' Quick Set Up Lacrosse Goal
- EZ Goal Lacrosse Professional Practice Rebounder
- STX Lacrosse Stallion 500 Helmet, White, Large
- Franklin Sports 6' x 6' Lacrosse Goal
- Champion Sports Practice Lacrosse Ball (12 Pack)
- Franklin Sports Youth Lacrosse Goal, Ball, & Stick Set
- Franklin Sports Youth Lacrosse 7 in. Balls 6 ct Bag
- Franklin Sports 4' x 3' Lacrosse Rebounder Steel Trainer
Guide to lacrosse equipment and gear
Lacrosse, or lax for short, is played at the high school and college levels, and younger kids get in on the action too. Whether you're a lax family or you're a coach ready to show newbies the ropes, you'll want the right tools to build strength, speed, and endurance. Lacrosse requires equipment and protective gear specially designed for the game. Our guide helps you choose gear at our low prices, every day, on everything lacrosse.
Consider what size goal you need, which type of goal you want, and whether you want a folding goal. Here's what you need to know:
- Official goals: An official goal has squared off corners, thicker steel pipes up to 2 inches in diameter, and often weighs hundreds of pounds. Netting for official goals will be a thicker, stronger, heavy-duty 3 mm to withstand lightning fast shots. Official goals measure 6-feet wide by 6-feet tall. Goals are often between 50 to over 100 pounds, so they aren't very mobile.
- Backyard goals: Also called a practice goal, this type of goal has rounded corners and 1.5-inch diameter steel piping and is much lighter than official goals. They are often 6-feet wide and 6-feet tall (or 4-feet wide and 4-feet tall for younger kids) with a practice net. Note that practice nets are thin — typically 2.3 mm polyester netting — and a fast shot can blow a hole in the string.
- Portable goals: Lightweight portable goals also fold, which allows you to practice anywhere on and off a field. If you plan on moving a goal around, even in the backyard, consider getting a folding version for convenience. Look for manageable weights of 15 to 25 pounds. Portable goals typically come with a carry bag to make it easier to tote from your vehicle to the field.
- Backstops: The sheer force of a lacrosse ball requires a lacrosse backstop net to stop the ball from sailing past the goal and slamming into an object adjacent to the field. The key to an effective portable backstop wall is its poles. Poles should bow a bit so the backstop flexes when a ball hits hard. A slight bow of the poles lets the net absorb the shock of errant shots, so they don't rip the string wide open. Consider a wheeled storage bag to move the backstop.
Lacrosse sticks and balls
A lax stick might look complex because it is. It consists of a head and shaft, purchased separately or as a unit. It has to be tough enough to whip a lax ball.
- Heads: For new players, the wider the base of the head, the easier it'll be to catch a ball. The flatter the scoop, the easier it'll be to pick up ground balls. You'll likely want to buy a pre-strung head for ease, though unstrung versions are available. Experiment with strings to see if you prefer a deeper or more shallow pocket for ball control.
- Shafts: Wood shafts are traditional, while lighter versions are made from carbon fiber and other durable alloys like aluminum, titanium, and scandium. The position you play determines the shaft length you need. Attack and midfield have shorter 30-inch shafts, goalies need 40-inch shafts, and defensive players need 60-inch shafts. Then, you'll need to add wrap or spray to achieve your best grip. Shafts are typically octagon shaped unless you find another variation you're comfortable holding.
- Game balls: You need fast balls for this fast sport. Official game balls, typically white or yellow, sometimes green or orange, differ in hardness depending on the age level of players. The younger the player, the softer the ball. Rubber balls — fast and furious at around 5 ounces and up to 8 inches in circumference — are used by higher level players. Official balls come in value packs from two to 24 pieces for greater savings.
- Practice balls: Practice balls, not approved for game play, may be the same shape and size as official balls, but they come in varied styles. There are softer practice balls to reduce shock, weighted balls to push the limits, and colored balls so you don't lose them.
Lacrosse protective gear
Whether you're a newbie or veteran lax player, you need protection from the stick. Here's the list of protective equipment you'll need, and don't forget the mouth guards:
- Lacrosse helmets: Arguably the most important piece of protection, you'll need to size the helmet so it's comfortable, is the right weight, allows field of vision, and can be customized to fit your head.
- Lacrosse shoulder pads: Look for shoulder pad liners with sternum and collarbone protection but without bulky shoulder padding so your arm and shoulder can move freely.
- Lacrosse arm and elbow guards: When worn, this type of guard may restrict movement, but players will need to determine if they want to sacrifice protection for mobility.
- Lacrosse gloves: Gloves for this sport may look over-the-top, but it's for a reason, and it's always about the stick. The bottom line: Make sure your palm is 100 percent completely covered, that you have give in the gussets (especially at the thumb), that you have grip for stick handling, and choose a glove with ventilation.
Lacrosse cleats and clothing
Cleats for different sports vary in height. Typically you need to wear your sport's cleat style during play, or you may face getting flagged during a game. Here's what you need to know so you have the right lax cleats:
- Ankle support: Lacrosse is built on side-to-side movement, almost more than other sports. That means you need high ankle support.
- Cleat position: Cleats are located on the outside portion of the sole to stabilize the foot during side-to-side movements.
- Teamwear: Your team will likely have a uniform for game play. During practice, rely on reversible tricot mesh lacrosse tanks, T-shirts, and shorts to keep you cool.