Equipment Requirements + Recommendations for MIGLAXers!
Women's lacrosse rules are specifically designed to limit physical contact between players. As a result of the lack of contact, the only protective equipment required is:
- Women's stick (different than a boys lacrosse stick)
- Colored Mouth Guard (no white/clear)
- Protective Eyewear (Goggles) US Lacrosse approved list
- Cleats are recommended but not required
Please review equipment information and recommendations from Coach Lyndsey Gillis below:
GIRLS LACROSSE STICKS
When buying a girls’ lacrosse stick, remember that you get what you pay for! There are lots of affordable options with decent string jobs coming straight from the manufacturer. However, some of the best pockets (or potential pockets) are those that are personally strung by folks that give a little extra love, care and attention to the development of leathers, nylons and string design. Below are some things to think about when purchasing sticks at each grade level. As always, if you have a daughter that is invested in the sport and will be a ‘lifer’ (play through high school or even beyond), I suggest investing in a ‘top of the line’ stick with a personalized string job, which can last through multiple seasons. Plus, if anything happens, instead of replacing the stick, you’d simply be investing in a re-stringing of the head.
Grades K-4 (Kindergarten, 8U and 10U)
Players at this level are just starting out. To set them up for success we highly recommend using the Brine Junior Warp given the fixed, built in pocket. This will enable younger players to develop good mechanics and habits when learning to catch, throw, cradle and pick up ground balls. More importantly, it will make catching and throwing a whole lot easier! New, beginner sticks tend to be a bit like tennis racquets, making it hard for our littles to build confidence catching and throwing. Since junior warp's pocket is built into the stick head, the girls are setup for success from the 'get go.' The Stringking COMPLETE JR is highly recommeded for the next level. Shaft length for all 8U and 10U players is 28 inches max, ball stopper to butt end of stick.
Brine Junior Warp (K, 8U)
Stringking COMPLETE JR (10U)
Grades 5-8 (12U and 14U)
The first thing you’ll want to do with any of these sticks* is develop that pocket! This is to help players catch, throw and cradle successfully. To develop a pocket on any stick we recommend:
-Playing lots of wall ball
-Rolling a ball along the back side of the head
-Wedging/pinning a ball in the ‘U’ (just under the shooting strings) of the pocket overnight (a butter knife works great here)
If you think you have a lifer on your hands invest in a good stick now (STX 500s or next generation – see high school level recommendations). The options below are great ‘middle of the road’ and developmental options. Remember, the better the pocket, the easier it is to handle the ball! You can buy any of the following sticks strung or unstrung. If you choose the unstrung route – see the recommendations below for having them strung professionally (as opposed to how they show up from the manufacturer).
Stringking COMPLETE (12U favorite)
(listed basic to more advanced)
STX Crux 300
Brine Dynasty II – TXP PKT
STX Crux 500
STX Exult 500
Grades 9-12 (HS) and beyond
Once a player hits this point in their career and she plans to play through HS, we would recommend purchasing the following sticks. For those serious about the sport, it is a great option to purchase the heads unstrung and then send them away to get strung by a professional. Keep in mind that if you purchased on the higher end of the previous category, those sticks are completely serviceable for grades 7-8 and early into high school!
STX Crux or Exult 500 (a favorite)
Gait Apex (also a favorite - strung with flex mesh)
Epoch (awesome stick strung with all leathers)
Stringking Complete 2 Pro (great mesh option)
UA Regime Lacrosse Stick
Dynasty Elite III
Professional Girls’ Head Stringing Options
While many of the sticks above can be purchased online or locally at LACROSSE WOLF IN BELLEVUE, below are some options for custom stringing.
Stylin’ Strings Custom heads/sticks
Stylin’ Strings – custom pocket order (for your head)
With any headgear or protective equipment, it is very important that you ensure a solid fit! It does not benefit any young player to have a pair of goggles bouncing around their face or falling off their head while playing. We recommend trying a couple of options before settling on the best fit. While all straps are adjustable (and stretchy) you want to ensure that the ‘cage’ over the eyes fits your player’s facial frame well. You know that you have a good fit if the frame of the cage makes solid contact all the way around the forehead/temples/upper cheek area. No gaps!
Youth options (geared towards 8U-14U players)
Depending on the size of your player’s face, you may want to try some of the options listed below HS. The HS options are much less cumbersome and can be more comfortable IF they fit!
Brine Vantage II
STX 4Sight Plus
STX 4Sight Form
STX 4Sight Focus
Cascade Poly Arc
Brine Dynasty II
While it should be easy enough for anyone to track down a good mouth guard here are some helpful tips:
-Molded mouth guards are always better than un-molded mouth guards! Being able to communicate clearly with your mouth guard in your mouth is the best sign of a GOOD mouth guard.
-Ask your dentist before purchasing a mouth guard. Most dentists, pediatric or otherwise, have mouth guard services at their practice. This becomes especially useful if your player has any orthodontic work.
-Avoid mouth guards with straps that connect to goggles/helmets (unless you’re a goalie, but this is still optional). For many, it’s easy to detach said strap and they can be helpful with younger players. However, we have found that they get in the way most of the time.
SISU Youth NextGen Mouth Guard
SISU Adult NextGen Mouth Guard
Shock Doctor Flavor Fusion (adult & youth)
Soccer cleats work just fine for girls lax! This is certainly a personal preference category (fit/comfort), but the following are some lacrosse options if you choose to go that route.
NB Burn X Midcut
NB Junior FreezeLX
UA Finisher Molded