Choosing a lacrosse stick for both youth and beginners can be hard for a parent. With all the various brands and combinations of shafts and heads, choosing a stick can be difficult.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite sticks that will help better educate you on your lacrosse stick buying decisions.
What Is The Best Lacrosse Stick For Youth & Beginners?
The way we rank our lacrosse sticks is based upon:
- Durability and long lasting
- Easily Interchangeable
Each of these sticks we list will aim to provide you with the best value for your buck and withstand the entire season. Lacrosse sticks maintain a heavy workload – catching and throwing the ball, getting hit by other sticks, and getting bent from contact with other players.
Our goal is to find the best sticks that can withstand the contact and still be effective throughout the lengthy season.
Below, we’re going to show you attack sticks, defensive sticks and goalie sticks. These are our picks for sticks that you can get at a bargain price, as well as durable enough to last many years to come.
STX Lacrosse Stallion 50 Youth Lacrosse
Description: This stick is great for beginners as it has a strong, forgiving head that is made with softer material. The stick is made from a shorter and thinner handle for easier handling – helping players develop proper fundamentals.
CAKLOR Lacrosse Complete Attack/Midfield Stick with Shaft & Head
Description: The CAKLOR lacrosse stick comes professionally strung for the perfect catch and throw. The pockets are easily adjustable in case you want to deepen or tighten the pocket. This stick comes standard with a ball stop and an end cap.
Warrior Evo WARP Lacrosse Stick
Description: Standard with a kryptonite shaft, this stick is great for players under 14. A tighter face shape and all-around pocket, this stick helps refine skills and eliminate bad habits!
Warrior Evo NEXT Complete Defensive Stick
Description: The Evo head has been retooled for defensive players. With the deepest possible pocket and ball control, the Evo NEXT stick a great beginner defensive stick. The length of this stick is roughly 5 ft.
STX Shield 100 Goalie Stick
Description: This stick is great for rec-level goalies. Standard with a 30-inch handle, the 12-diamond semi-hard mesh webbing. Getting started for a relatively cheap price is great for newer goalies.
Parts To A Lacrosse Stick
Before we purchase a lacrosse stick, we first must understand all of the necessary part to a lacrosse stick. That way if anything breaks, you can fully understand how to repair the stick at home.
The lacrosse stick is made up of two main parts; the head and the shaft. Let’s look closer at each individual part, that way if anything happens to your stick, you’ll understand where to start fixing.
The lacrosse head is top of the lacrosse stick which will ultimately catch the ball. The head will take the most brunt of the lacrosse stick, consistently catching and throwing the lacrosse balls.
The head, as shown in the picture above, is often purchased without the string. Meaning, there isn’t a stringed net that comes with just buying a head.
In order to complete the lacrosse head, the stick must be strung up. There are purchasing options where you’re able to buy a head with a stringed pocket, but it’s always good to understand how to string a lacrosse stick in case of emergencies.
String for a lacrosse head can be purchased separately from the stick and can be used to alter, reconstruct or fix broken pockets.
Mesh Stringing Kit
Typically heads that are bought will be automatically strung. However, if you’re buying your lacrosse stick in pieces, there’s a good chance you may have to string the stick up yourself.
Stringing the stick may seem difficult for parents that have no relation to the game of lacrosse. We recommend purchasing this stringing kit and watching the video below on how to to get started.
The lacrosse shaft is the hard part of main “handle” part of the lacrosse stick. These two pieces are connected via screws. If the screw, or connecting piece is knocked off, the shaft will be removed and the stick will be unusable.
Here is a visual of a lacrosse shaft. It’s pretty simple as it’s often made from carbon fiber. The shaft itself is lightweight and can be easily interchanged to match up other lacrosse heads.
The shaft however, is one of the most expensive parts of the entire stick. We recommend if you’re going to replace the shaft, it may be worth replacing the lacrosse head.
Tape isn’t mandatory but we highly recommend buying athletic tape for your stick. This is mostly for grip purposes and as a training reminder on where to put the bottom hand.
Lacrosse tape is very important for both grip and control purposes. Taping your lacrosse stick can not only improve your shot, it will help with passing and defense as your grip will be enhanced. We highly recommend you read this article here about taping your lacrosse stick and why it’s important.
Athletic tape will typically do the trick, but as mentioned isn’t mandatory for new or youth players, although we highly encourage it.
Ultimately, the best stick for youth players is whatever the youth player feels comfortable with. The sticks we’ve listed above are great lacrosse sticks that will get you the best quality for your money.
The lacrosse sticks we featured above are the best available sticks that you can get quickly and that will be most reliable for this upcoming season.
After purchasing a lacrosse stick, break it in by playing catch or punching it with a lacrosse ball. As long as the youth player can control and catch the ball, skills can be developed overtime.
Let us know what your favorite lacrosse stick for the best price is in the comment section below.