We receive a lot of questions about what it costs to play lacrosse. This will give you a rough estimate and an explanation of all the fees and cost for someone starting out.
US Lacrosse Membership. Players are required to become a member of US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport, which provides liability insurance, a subscription to Lacrosse Magazine andff catastrophic health insurance. Annual membership cost is $25 for a youth membership and $35 for a high school membership.
Team Fees. The cost varies from program to program and ranges from $150-$450. This fee may cover field permits for practices, league fees, team equipment (balls, goals, etc.), professional coaches and other administrative and overhead costs each club has.
Equipment. All BCYL lacrosse players must have the necessary legal equipment to play lacrosse: stick, helmet, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, protective cup, cleats and mouthpiece. Goalies are not required to wear arm pads or shoulder pads, but must wear a chest protector and throat guard.
This cost of this equipment can vary greatly depending on the level of gear what you want to purchase. A stick alone can range from $30 to $300+. The estimated investment for all of the necessary equipment is about $450. With the exception of the gloves, the majority of this equipment will last most of the player's youth career. Some local lacrosse stores have bundled starter packages at reasonable prices.
Lacrosse is a very unique sport. In addition to the regular Beach Cities seasons, many players continue to play throughout the year with other groups as well as attend summer camps and clinics. Participation in all of these additional activities requires the same equipment. This is the primary reason why lacrosse players, unlike youth football players, for example, purchase their own gear.