Biddeford Youth Lacrosse will use lacrosse as a vehicle to develop healthy, happy, confident, and well rounded children in the greater Biddeford community and to empower them to become better citizens through the lessons of sports, including sportsmanship

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What do I need?
There are several pieces of gear and protective equipment that are required to play youth lacrosse.  Because the girls' game has no contact, their equipment needs are substantially less.  Required equipment is defined by US Lacrosse, the governing body for our sport.  Other equipment is recommended by Biddeford Youth Lacrosse.


Each player must provide his or her own equipment as follows:

           K-2nd Grade players just need a mouthguard and a stick (we recommend a full-sized head with a shaft cut down for your player's size).
    Boys (grades 3-8):
    • Required:
    • Stick
    • NOCSAE Approved helmet with faceguard
    • Gloves
    • Arm pads
    • Shoulder pads
    • Mouth guard
    • Athletic supporter with cup
  • Recommended:
    • Rib pads
    • Cleats (soccer or football)
    Girls (grades 3-8):
    • Required:
    • Stick
    • Protective eyewear (Goggles)
    • Mouth guard
  • Recommended:
    • Cleats (soccer)

  • NO JEWELRY OF ANY KIND can be worn when playing lacrosse.  If you're planning to have your ears pierced soon, PLEASE WAIT TO DO IT AFTER THE SEASON ENDS.  We've had several VERY disappointed girls who couldn't play because they'd just had their ears pierced.
     
    Goalie:
    • helmet w/ throat protector
    • chest protector
    • cup (boys)
    • arm and shoulder pads (not required)
    • Additional girls’ (stick, helmet, throat protector, chest protector, shin pads) and boys’ (stick, throat protector, chest protector, pants, shin pads) goalie equipment is provided by Biddeford Youth Lacrosse.  

      Game jerseys and shorts are provided by Biddeford Youth Lacrosse and will be returned at the end of the season.
        

      Specifially, here are the requirements for the different BYL teams:
       
      Player Equipment, 2011
      X = Required, O = Optional
       
      Stick
      Mouth Guard
      Goggles
      Helmet
      Gloves
      Shoulder Pads
      Arm Guards
      Cup
      Cleats
      Rib/Kidney Pads
      Boys
      (3-8)
      X
      X
       
      X
      X
      X
      X
      X
      O
      O
      Girls
      (3-8)
      X
      X
      X
       
       
       
       
       
      O
       
      K,1st and 2nd Grades
      X
      (standard Girls’ stick with modified/loose pocket or standard Boys’ head with either boys’ or youth/girls’ handle cut to length)
      X
       
       
       
       
       
      O (boys)
      O
       
       
      Where do I get Lacrosse equipment?
      Leading manufacturers of lacrosse equipment include: Brine, Gait/DeBeer, STX, Warrior, and Harrow.  All of their gear is of high quality and adequate for youth lacrosse.  Complete starter packages are available to get you going at a reasonable price.  If you want to venture outside of the starter packages, the best place to start shopping for gear is online at www.laxshopper.com.  Here you can learn about the different pieces of equipment, read reviews and comparison shop.
       
      At least one supplier of equipment will attend a Lacrosse Night to offer partial and complete equipment packages at very reasonable prices.
       
      Complete starter packages are available from a number of sources, including:
       
      Lacrosse equipment is available from many sources both locally and on-line. The following southern Maine retailers carry lacrosse gear:
      • Hockey Bob's Pro Shop (Biddeford Ice Arena, good prices, local vendor)
      • Lax Pros (Portland, best selection, best educated staff)
      • Play-It-Again Sports (Portland)
      • Philbrick’s Sports (Dover, NH)
      • Dick’s Sporting Goods (near Maine Mall)
      • Sports Authority (Maine Mall)
      • Olympia Sports (limited selection - Biddeford & Maine Mall)
       
      Online suppliers also are plentiful.  Here are some good ones:
       
      Equipment Overview:
      The Crosse: The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood or synthetic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. For boys, the crosse must be an overall length of 40 - 42 inches for attack and midfield sticks, or 52 - 72 inches for defense sticks. All girls use the same crosse.  The head of the crosse must be 6.5 - 10 inches wide, except a goalie's crosse which may be 10 - 12 inches wide. The pocket of a boys’ crosse shall be deemed illegal if the top surface of a lacrosse ball, when placed in the head of the crosse, is below the bottom edge of the side wall. The pocket of a girls’ crosse shall be deemed illegal if the top surface of a lacrosse ball, when placed in the head of the crosse, is below the top edge of the side wall. New rules for men's sticks will be instituted for 2008.  It is not yet clear how this will effect the youth game.
       
      The Ball: The ball must be made of solid rubber and can be white, yellow or orange. The ball is 7.75 - 8 inches in circumference and weighs 5 - 5.25 ounces.
       
      The Helmet (boys): A protective helmet, equipped with face mask, chin pad and a cupped four point chin strap fastened to all four hookups, must be worn by all men's players. All helmets and face masks should be NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) approved.
       
      The Mouthpiece: The mouthpiece must be a highly visible color and is mandatory.
       
      The Glove (boys): All players are required to wear protective gloves. The cutting or altering of gloves is prohibited.   
       
      Protective Equipment (boys): All players, with the exception of the goalkeeper, must wear shoulder pads and arm pads.  Rib pads are also strongly recommended and often required, as are athletic supporters and protective cups for all players. The goalkeeper is required to wear a throat protector and chest protector, in addition to a helmet, mouthpiece and gloves.   
       
      Thoughts on hockey gear.
      Although Hockey helmets are fairly similar, insurance requires a NOCSAE "lacrosse certified" helmet.
      Shoulder pads are quite similar and hockey shoulder pads may work for you.  They are a bit heavier and often come farther down your body, but if this doesn't bother you, feel free to use them.
      Hockey uses elbow pads, while lacrosse uses either elbow pads or arm guards, which are longer.  Hockey elbow pads are a bit stiffer and distinctly bulkier than lacrosse elbow pads, since hockey pads protect you from landing on your elbows or hitting the boards, whereas those things don't really happen in lacrosse.  Lacrosse arm guards protect most of your arm from stick checks.  Again, you're ok using hockey elbow pads if the compromises don't bother you.
      Hockey gloves don't really work well for lacrosse because they're too heavy and they aren't flexible enough at the wrist.
      Sooo...
      You really need to buy at least a helmet and gloves.  You could start out using hockey elbow and shoulder pads and see if they work before spending the additional money for new gear.  You could also rent gear from us and put the decision off a year!
       
      Random equipment thoughts.
      If you just want to learn about the different options in gear, go online to www.laxshopper.com.  This is a GREAT information site!
       
      Some players have had good luck buying sticks and other gear from eBay.  You can often find a good selection of reasonably priced new and used gear, but be sure you know what you're buying!
       
      Some players have great fun customizing their sticks.  You can dye your head different colors or string your own pocket (only for experts!).  Additional information on these hobbies can be found at: LaxMania, Jimalax (stringing materials), Queen City (stringing materials), E-Lacrosse (dying), Lax.com (mesh stringing), www.angelfire.com/anime2/catsnmore/dyedheads.html, Lax Nation (mesh stringing), Lax Nation (dying), E-Lacrosse (traditional stringing).
       
      If your child wears braces, you may want to contact your orthodontist to see what they recommend your child use to protect their teeth.

      NO JEWELRY OF ANY KIND can be worn when playing lacrosse.  If you're planning to have your ears pierced soon, PLEASE WAIT TO DO IT AFTER THE SEASON ENDS.  We've had several VERY disappointed girls who couldn't play because they'd just had their ears pierced.
       
      It's a good idea to have a water bottle at practice. Please bring your own as sharing just leads to a team of sick players.