For new members of the club you will be offered the use of club equipment as well as being expected to provide your own mouth guard and protective box. The club kit, despite not being flashy, provides a good filler until you are able to invest in your own equipment.
We do encourage new members to invest in their own stick, composed of a head and shaft (short or defensive), as early as possible. Lacrosse sticks have a lot of different qualities which benefit each individual's play differently. Attackers and Midfielders will generally use a 'shorty' or short stick, at 42"" this is the standard lacrosse stick you will see. Defenders on the other hand use a 6ft long "D-Pole" in order to better mitigate offensive capability, although teams are limited to 4 on the field at any one time. After a member makes it into the Second Team you will be expected to invest in your own stick.
Elbow Pads/Guards and Gloves
Pads and gloves are required to play the men's sport as you will no doubt receive many checks and hits which make good quality protection a great investment. Attackers and Midfielders will often wear 'guards' which offer full arm protection, with Defenders wearing 'pads' which only cover the elbows as they are often laying the pain not receiving it. If you are entering your 2nd year with the club you are expected to provide your own pads.
The most expensive piece of kit and the last essential item needed is the helmet. The most popular helmets are made by a US company called Cascade, with prices ranging from £90->£200 for a new lid, although second hand helmets are often available for £50 off eBay. You will only have to provide a helmet if you are entering your 3rd year with the club.
Shoulder/Rib Pads (Optional)
Many midfielders and attackers invest in additional protection to better face the physical nature of the game. Rib pads are often more useful than shoulder pads for the short stick players with shoulder pads providing a great deal of benefit to defensive players. The club does own shoulder and rib pads which will be available to members on request.
If you are unfamiliar with current equipment we would advise any player to contact a member of committee or their captain before making any decisions.
The established UK shops include UKLacrosse, Northern Soul and Hattersleys but there are up and coming lacrosse equipment suppliers such as Pioneer Sports or Monster Mesh.
Second hand lacrosse heads are often ill advised due to the possibility of breaking but for the rest of your equipment eBay is a solid choice, especially if you look at american sellers.
While you don't want to be that player with all the gear but no idea, you do get what you pay for so if you have the cash feel free to go beyond beginner level equipment, it's an investment!