San Francisco Riptide Lacrosse Club is a non profit youth lacrosse organization serving boys and girls ages 6-14 in the greater San Francisco area.

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Where to Purchase

The SF Riptide recommends Sling-It Lacrosse for purchases of both boys and girls equipment but stores such as Play-It-Again Sports and Dick’s Sporting Goods also carry lacrosse gear.

Sling-It is a retail store chain dedicated to lacrosse that has 3 stores outside the city and provides online ordering via their website.  Their store personnel will provide recommendations based on the age and skill level of the player.  The Riptide also works with Sling-It Lacrosse for uniforms and spirit wear.  

Sling-It offers “Starter Packages” for boys players that are just starting and need all new equipment.  The Starter Packages are especially useful for younger players that may outgrow their equipment quickly and generally start in the $200 range.    If you do utilize this package, we ask you to get the Starter Package with a stick that has hard mesh (see below) for U11 players and above.  Additionally, when you order the helmet, please make sure it is all white (see below for additional info)

http://www.slingitlax.com/

Boys Lacrosse

Boys lacrosse is a contact sport so there is a considerable amount of equipment required.   Your sons will need a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, athletic supporter, mouthpiece, cleats, and a lacrosse stick.    We would also suggest purchasing an equipment bag to carry all the gear and we have team bags on the Riptide online store tab.   Costs for equipment can range from $200 - $450 if all new equipment is required.

Recommendations

Helmets – There are several manufactures, including Cascade, Warrior, and Brine.  It is important to choose the correct size of the helmet.  It should fit firmly on the head and the 4 point chin strap should be adjusted evenly and the chin pad should be firm against the chin providing additional support.   After the chin straps are adjusted and buckled, there should be minimal movement of the helmet when the player shakes his head from side to side.  Try to get it correct before you leave because many places will charge a restocking fee for returned helmets.  We would like our players to buy all White helmets so we can add our team decals.  Helmets start at about $100 and can range up to $250.

Stick Recommendations – There is a huge selection of sticks and shafts on the market and our youth players are required to use sticks that meet  NFHS specifications.   The heads cost anywhere from $50-$115 for a “strung” head and another $20-$90 for a shaft.   Most of the sticks on the market are for high school players so we would like to offer our recommendations for the Riptide organization, especially U11 and U13.  There are also “mini” sticks on the market that are not for official play.

Heads – For younger players, we would like to see them use sticks with wider heads / throats that will enable them to catch the ball easier.   This is easier to see when you are at a store and can compare the various styles.   The Throat should be at least 3” wide and the Scope 6.5”.

Stringing – We would like all of our players to use “Hard” mesh throughout the entire head without any additional special stringing style.  Mesh is basically small diamonds with no vertical leather in the stringing.   There are two types of mesh, soft and hard.   Soft is just as it means, it is very loose and flexible.  Hard mesh, sometimes called durable, is much more firm and takes a little more time to break in.   It will form a better pocket after several weeks of use, tends to throw better and is low maintenance.

Shafts – There is an array of shafts on the market.  It is usually easiest to buy the same shaft as the manufacturer of the head.   Any type of alloy shaft will suffice and titanium shafts for youth lacrosse are overkill.

 

Girls Lacrosse

The following equipment is required for all girls players:

Lacrosse Stick that meets NFHS Specifications

Goggles for eye protection

Mouthpiece

Cleats are also suggested.