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Boys Equipment Needs

Welcome to the Dulles South Lacrosse. We look forward to seeing you and your player on the Lacrosse field. Below is a list of required/recommended equipment for all boy players and hopefully a little knowledge for the new player parent. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your Youth Age Group Coordinator for more information. All players will need all of their equipment for their first practice.

All players except Goalkeepers:

  1. Lacrosse Helmet (Required) - All players are required to wear a helmet at all times. Football, baseball or other helmets will not work for Lacrosse. We suggest you purchase a quality helmet with a 4-point chin strap as your player will probably use it for 3 or more seasons. Note: most helmets carry a 3 year certification, not to be confused by a warranty.
  2. Lacrosse Stick (Required) - This item and comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and costs. Note: Parents of Youth & New Players, we encourage you to purchase an inexpensive stick. Sticks can easily cost over $100. Please make sure your player is fully commitment to the sport before spending a lot of money on a stick.
  3. Lacrosse Gloves (Required) - All players are required to wear a Lacrosse Gloves at all times. Again, baseball, golf or other sporting gloves will not work. A good pair of Lacrosse Gloves should last your player several seasons and comes in 4 sizes, 8, 10, 12 and 13 inch.
  4. Shoulder Pads (Required) - All players are required to wear a Lacrosse Shoulder Pads. Football pads will not work. A good pair of Lacrosse Shoulder Pads should last your player several seasons.
  5. Arm Pads (Required) - This item protects the forearms and elbows between the gloves and shoulder pads upper arms.
  6. Protective Cup (Required) – This item is often wore with an athletic supporter and is required for all boy players.
  7. Mouth Guard (Required) – This item is required for all boys at all times. We recommend having several in your bag as they frequently disappear at game time and your player will not be allowed in the game without one. Most players have several mouthpieces in their bags.  The cost of mouthpieces run between $2.00 and $20.00.

Goalkeepers:

  1. Lacrosse Helmet with Throat Protector (Required) - A throat guard attaches to the bottom chin piece of a helmet to provide essential protection for a lacrosse goalie.
  2. Goalie Stick (Required) - This item and comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and costs.  Goalie sticks have a much larger head.
  3. Gloves with thumb protector (Required) - All players are required to wear a Lacrosse Gloves at all times. Again, baseball, golf or other sporting gloves will not work. Goalie lacrosse gloves have unique hard shell thumb protection.
  4. Chest Pad (Required) - A chest protector covers from the bottom of your neck and shoulders all the way down to your waist to protect against shots that may not be stopped by a stick.
  5. Arm Pads (Optional) - This item protects the forearms and elbows between the gloves and shoulder pads upper arms.
  6. Protective Cup (Required) – This item is often wore with an athletic supporter and is required for all boy players.
  7. Mouth Guard (Required) – This item is required for all boys at all times. We recommend having several in your bag as they frequently disappear at game time and your player will not be allowed in the game without one. Most players have several mouthpieces in their bags.  The cost of mouthpieces run between $2.00 and $20.00.

Optional Equipment for All

  1. Cleats (Recommended) – Even though cleats are not required, they are highly recommend.  Lacrosse cleats provide support to a player’s foot and ankles. 
  2. Water Bottle (Recommended) - Lacrosse is a fast-paced sport and hydration is important. Water bottles are necessary at all levels and should be brought to every practice & game.
  3. Lacrosse Balls - these are not required and will be provided for practices and games however your player will want some in his/her bag for play around the house, 'wall-ball' and pick-up games. We suggest you have a couple (white is the standard) as they tend to disappear into bushes, shrubs and the occasional street gutter.
  4. Lacrosse Bag - not required but very nice to have to keep your equipment organized and in one place. Many boy players have the duffel style bag while most girls have a lacrosse backpack to carry their things in. That said, two of my boys prefer the backpack and many of the younger players learn to carry all their gear on their sticks.
  5. Chair for Mom & Dad - many of the fields we play on may not have bleachers. We suggest you have a folding chair to take to your games.
It is recommended that each player have a practice pinnie that they can to bring to practices. All of this equipment can be purchased at the following sites: