Required Player Equipment
Each player is responsible for supplying their own equipment. Ballard Lacrosse will supply team uniforms and practice gear - but, does not supply individual equipment. Below is a list of the equipment required for each player. Additionally, some examples and places to purchase have been provided.
HELMET: Ballard's team helmet design is all WHITE. There are many different brands and styles (Cascade, Brine, Easton, Warrior). Any brand and any style is acceptable - as long as it is all white. There are many different price points between all the brands and styles. You have the freedom to get the one that best fits your taste and budget. The most popular styles are:
SHOULDER PADS: Any style, brand, color is acceptable.
ARM/ELBOW PADS: Any style, brand, color is acceptable. It is recommended that the color stay within the Ballard color scheme (White or Black or Gray or Maroon or Baby Blue or a combination of any of these).
GLOVES: This is probably where we see the most difference from player to player. There are hundreds of different styles and color schemes to choose from and a wide array of price points. Any style, brand, color is acceptable. It is recommended that the color stay within the Ballard color scheme (White or Black or Gray or Maroon or Baby Blue or a combination of these). Some of the most popular styles are Brine King, Warrior Mac Daddy, Reebok 9K & STX Assault.
The standard glove size for most high school players is 13". 12" gloves may be applicable for smaller players. Typically, the more you spend on gloves the more flexibility, comfort fit and range of motion you will find in the fingers and thumb. As you can imagine, more is better - hence, the increase in price point. However, there isn't always a direct correlation with higher price. This is because everyone is different in the size and shape of their hands. Get the gloves that feel most comfortable to you. Here is a look at the gloves that many players ordered through the team.
MOUTHGAURDS: It is a penalty to play without a mouthgaurd. Players are not permitted on the field without one and will be removed by the officials if it is noticed prior to the start of play. It is HIGHLY encouraged to have at least one EXTRA mouthgaurd in your bag, if not more. They are frequently lost or misplaced.
CLEATS: Lacrosse specific cleats are available. However, football and soccer cleats can also be used. Baseball cleats will not be permitted - they have a different intended use and are designed differently from cleats intended for field sports.
STICKS: Every player needs to have their own lacrosse stick. It is encouraged to have at least one "back up" stick because it is not uncommon for sticks to break through the course of a season. There are many different styles and price points available for sticks and too many to even list the most popular - everyone has their favorite. Ask teammates and/or coaches which ones they use and why. This will help you make a decision what one(s) would be best for your experience level, position and style of play.
WHERE TO BUY EQUIPMENT
Locally, there are a handful of places. On-line, there are endless options when it comes to buying lacrosse equipment. Many of the websites run sales and even clearance on styles from the previous season. This can sometimes be a nice option for saving money.
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