This summary of girls lacrosse equipment is for parents of new players just getting started. Each player will need a lacrosse stick, goggles, mouth guard, and cleats. You should plan on spending at least around $100 total.
First off, boys and girls sticks are different. More than once I have had to break that news to a parent with a brand new stick on the first day of practice. Sticks range from $29 on up to as much as you want to spend at $250 or more. I recommend spending between $60 and $80 on a beginner stick so you get the quality and durability to survive the season and enable the player to play effectively. Sticks are available at the local sporting goods shops and there are other lacrosse specialty stores around the metroplex and online for a broader selection. Look for deals and closeouts. What was a high end stick three years ago may still be hanging around one store’s shelf with a big red tag on it. Going too cheap on a stick will just lead to frustration in the long run.
Update: I did some research and wrote this about finding bargains here.
The goggles are important to evaluate in person and try on. The player will be wearing the goggles for an entire practice twice a week and an hour long game, so in addition to safety, the goggles need to be comfortable for the player. Each brand (STX, Brine, Cascade, Under Armour) varies slightly between how the bars are positioned and how the shape fits so it is best to try on a few different brands to see which one is most compatible with the players face. If they don’t have the color you want then you could buy online once you know what will fit best. Prices range from $29 to $60 for kids’ models. The STX 4Sight+ Youth Goggle is probably the most popular and they are included in this stick and goggle STX Lacrosse Girl’s Starter Pack.
Mouth guards can be found at local sporting goods stores. Careful consideration should be taken in selecting a mouth guard. Not only is it a critical piece of protective equipment for your player, but there are other important factors. By rule mouth guards must be colored and cannot be clear. This is so coaches and officials can see them. Also, there are specific mouth guards for braces. You could also consult your dentist or orthodontist. Often they give them out to their patients upon request.
I get asked about “lacrosse cleats” often. There is such a shoe, but it is not required by rule, unlike soccer and softball that have specifications for cleats. Soccer or other similar type cleats will do. We will play on grass and turf type surfaces. Almost all girls wear soccer cleats.
Some girls like to wear lacrosse gloves (similar to golf gloves or batting gloves). Gloves are not required equipment and simply a matter of personal preference.