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All Coaches must use girls lacrosse sticks for teaching girls lacrosse. Boys and mens lacrosse sticks may not be used at practices, games and coaching clinics. MBYLL – along with women's college and high school coaches associations – agree that using and demonstrating with the proper equipment is critical for teaching field players and goalies strong stick skills.
Approved eye protection and mouth guards are required for all players. Mouth guards shall be of any readily visible color other than clear or white.
Close fitting gloves and US Lacrosse approved headgear are permitted.
No jewelry is allowed on the field – including earrings in newly pierced ears.
Goalie must wear a helmet with face mask, separate throat protector, chest protector, abdominal and pelvic protection, goalie gloves, and leg padding on the shins and thighs. The protective helmet, designed for lacrosse, must meet the NOCSAE test standard. All protective devices used should be close fitting, padded where necessary, and not be of excessive weight.
What does your child need to get started in youth girls lacrosse? Here are some helpful links about what is required and optional gear every new player needs.
A girls youth lacrosse player needs a starter stick, which is included in most youth girls starter sets. Girl's lacrosse sticks are made of laminate or synthetic material with a head (or pocket) at the end. The length of the stick is 35.5 - 43.25 inches with the pocket 7 - 9 inches wide and strung traditionally or with mesh. Mesh was introduced to the women's game in 2018, and since then has become much more popular as the manufactures create mesh tailored to fit a women's lacrosse head. The goalie stick is 35.5 - 48 inches and the head can be up to 12 inches wide.
When first choosing a stick for a new player, you can choose to save some money and get a starter set. The complete sticks included in these sets are good for the first few years of youth play, until your child is starting to advance their skills, and has decided to play at the next level. Another option would be to buy everything separately which most importantly will give you the option to get a stick with a better pocket. A good suggestion would be the Maverik Erupt ST youth complete lacrosse stick. The better pocket will help your player enjoy the game, making learning to catch and throw much better without the pain of adjusting a lower quality pocket. After she has played for a year, she will be ready to upgrade to a more advanced complete stick which offers even better pockets, with more options, to increase her catching, passing and shooting accuracy. Every year our Pro's pick out what they think are the top women's complete lacrosse sticks.
WHAT DO YOUTH GIRLS NEED TO PLAY LACROSSE
Like we mentioned above a girl's starter set is going to be the quickest and most cost-efficient way to get your player on the field. It has everything you need besides footwear and a mouthguard, which you might have already if she plays another sport. Our favorite starter set is the Maverik LX Starter Package because it comes with a well-stung pocket and the new girl's lacrosse helmet for extra protection and is required in some states or programs. An added bonus is the bag to carry all your gear to practice.
Starter set lacrosse sticks work for younger players just starting out in the game. If your player continues to play beyond her first few years, you will want to look at upgrading her stick so that it has a better pocket, which increases feel on the ball. This will immediately improve her catching and throwing ability and her love for the game.
The STX Crux 400 girls lacrosse complete stick is designed for players that are just starting in lacrosse. The STX Crux 400 lacrosse head is an upgraded starter lacrosse head, made of quality material, that will elevate a younger players game. The Crux 400 girls lacrosse head is made for attack and midfield players, and is designed with a signature Runway Pocket. The signature Crux face shape offers a tight pinch that transitions into a wide catching area. It has a pointed scoop which allows for accurate shots and passes. The minimum side wall height allows for the deepest legal pocket and increased ball retention. The STX Crux 400 composite lacrosse handle offers Constant Flex technology for added snap on shots and passes. It is thinner in diameter which allows for quick and easy handling for a younger player. The 1andquot; flare creates a direct head-to-handle connection without the need for an additional insert. The Teardrop profile offers an ergonomic grip. The soft, rubberized finish allows for players to have an excellent grip. This complete girls lacrosse stick offers one of the most advanced beginner level girls complete sticks in the game.
The STX Rookie goggles are smaller than the 4Sight and designed for a younger player. The oval wire design enables superior visibility and the vented silicone padding does not absorb sweat or moisture, which minimizes breakouts and makes the goggle easy to clean. The cage is made of steel. This goggle meets ASTM F3077 requirements for women's lacrosse and ASTM F2713 requirements for field hockey.
All new women's lacrosse helmets have been mandated in Florida and we expect many other states to follow shortly. The Cascade LX Women's Lacrosse Helmet is a holistic girl's headgear solution with an integrated goggle that meets the new ASTM standard for goggles and headgear. This women's lacrosse helmet was specifically designed for the girls lacrosse game by Cascade. This women's lacrosse helmet offers a customizable fit system, and has a lightweight, ventilated design that makes it easy to increase the level of protected on the field. To learn more about women's lacrosse helmets and headgear read our blog post.At the moment there are only the basic color patterns available from Cascade for these girl's helmets. We expect them to have the ability to be customized at a point in the future when they can catch up with demand.
This mouth guard case will keep you from losing your mouthguard while keeping it nice and clean in the process. No one wants dirt from the cleats on their mouth guard.
All field players must wear proper footwear - girls can wear boys cleats, which run true to youth sizing. Many female players actually wear men's lacrosse cleats so don't feel limited in what choices are out there. Most manufacturers now offer unisex sizing in cleats. When it comes to sizing for women if choosing a men's cleat, a good general rule is to size down 1 ½ sizes. A woman who wears a female size 8.5 would likely fit into a men’s size 7. Unless they are lacrosse-specific, girls opt for the men’s cleats because they offer more ankle support. One of the best selling unisex cleats that we offer is the Nike Huarache 7.
Close fitting gloves protect your hands from cross-checks and assist with a better grip on your stick.