New to lacrosse? Here are some commonly asked questions to get you started. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
What equipment do I need to get started?
In Lower Bucks lacrosse we offer the Cradle Lacrosse program for boys and girls from grades Pre-K through 2 who are just getting started with lacrosse. In Cradle Lacrosse no equipment is needed as everything you child needs will be provided.
Boys who are on our teams in grades 1-8 are required to wear a helmet, mouth guard, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, a protective cup and often ribs pads. Girls on teams for grades 3-8 wear a mouth guard and protective eyewear, but (with the exception of goalies) no helmets or padding. Check out our BOYS and GIRLS equipment pages for even more details for boys equipment and girls equipment.
How much does the equipment cost?
Here is a rough breakdown of the cost of equipment for a player who is new to lacrosse. You will see equipment that is much more expensive than the prices listed below but that is designed for the more advanced player. Your best value is to get a starter set that bundles all the required gear together at a nice discount.
- Stick ~ $50
- Helmet ~ $140
- Gloves ~ $50
- Shoulder Pads ~ $50
- Elbow Pads ~ $40
- Mouthguard ~ $15
There are also several companies who provide good discounts on starter packs which include all the needed gear. One example is the Warrior Youth Rabil Next 5-Piece Lacrosse Package 2016 available from Dick's Sporting Goods for $249 at the time of this posting.
- Stick ~ $50
- Goggles ~ $40
- Mouthguard ~ $15
Many of the packages for girls include a lacrosse stick bag which is really not needed.
What if my child wears glasses? How do they fit under the goggles or helmet?
Most glasses/RecSpecs will fit with the boys helmets.
For girls, the eye guard must meet the US Lacrosse ASTM 3077 standard. There is a list of approved eye ware on the US Lacrosse website.
What is the total cost to play?
Your total at checkout during registration will be comprised of the following items: Registration + US Lacrosse + Uniform
- Registration - depends on the program you are registering for, check each program on our registration site
- US Lacrosse - $30 per player per season
- Uniform - depends on the program you are registering for, check each program on our registration site
Why do I need a US Lacrosse membership?
All players are required to sign up for US Lacrosse anually in order for the club to take advantage of the additionnal insurance provided with the membership. More info on US Lacrosse membership and the member benefits is avilable at the US Lacrosse website.
When is the lacrosse season?
Practices begin in early March and run until about Memorial Day in May. Games usually start at the end of March or early April depending on field conditions based on the weather. The only exceptions are Cradle Lacrosse which starts in April.
What if my child has never played?
No problem! Lower Bucks Lacrosse offers opportunities for players at all levels. Our teams are divided up based on skill level and placed in the appropriate division in their respective league. We encourage new players to come out and give lacrosse a try!
What day does Cradle Lacrosse take place?
Cradle Lacrosse runs on Saturday mornings starting in April. Specific times are determined once registration is closed.
When and where are practices?
Girls teams will practice at Charles Boehm MS in Yardley, PA on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Exact days will depend on the team you are on.
Boys teams will practices at Middletown Community Park in Langhorne, PA. Exact days will depend on the team you are on.
When are games?
- Girls 3/4 - Saturday afternoons
- Girls 5/6 - Satuday mornings
- Girls 7/8 - Saturday mornings
- Boys 1/2 - Saturday mornings
- Boys 3/4 - Saturday mornings
- Boys 5/6 - Saturday or Sunday
- Boys 7/8 - Saturday or Sunday
What are the differences between boys and girls lacrosse?
- Physical contact: The main difference between boys and girls lacrosse comes is the amount of contact permitted. As a result, there is far less protective equipment in the girls game
- Sticks: While the sticks look very similar, they are indeed quite different. Visit the following links for more details for boys equipment and girls equipment.
- Number of players: In the boys game, ten players are on the field — 3 attackmen, 3 midfielders, 3 defensemen, and a goalie. In the girls game, there are 12 players on the field — 3 attack players, 5 midfielders, 3 defensive players and a goalie.
- Field size: In boys lacrosse, the field measures 110 yards long and 60 yards wide. In girls lacrosse, the field is a bit bigger: 120 yards long and 70 yards wide. Many times the fields will be the same size in rec programs like LBL so we can use the same fields.