A quick and easy way to get a full set of gear (minus cup and mouth guard) is to order a starter set. Many lacrosse stores sell starter sets at a savings of 30-40% (google "lacrosse starter set"). Below are 2 of the more popular "complete" starter sets:
Your best bet is to try on protective gear in a store so you can see what size fits you the best. You can also use an online sizing chart likethis one.
Narrowing down your choices:
The internet is your friend! If you choose from gear that has several positive user reviews (at online lacrosse stores like SportStop, LacrosseMonkey, etc), then you'll end up buying quality gear. And cheap doesn't mean bad, especially since models from previous years will be marked down significantly!
Stick ($20+ new):
Any boys stick should work just fine as long as it's a real stick, not a "mini" stick. The price, brand, and model of the head and the shaft don't really matter (especially for beginners) - the key is to make sure you have a high-quality, well-strung pocket. Most factory-strung sticks come with a bad pocket due to the use of cheap, non-weatherproof materials and improper stringing technique. A bad pocket will hinder skill development/playing success significantly. Our recommendations for a good stick/pocket are:
Semi-soft or semi-hard 10-diamond performance mesh is a great choice (good ball control, easier catching, weatherproof, etc):
Any head that's both NFHS and NCAA legal should be fine
Any metal, composite, or wood shaft should be fine for most players
More aggressive, older players (U13 and above) should avoid the weaker 6000 and 6065 alloy series shafts
Legal stick lengths:
U10 and younger: 37-42"
U11: 37-42”, 47-54”
U12 and older: 40-42”, 52-72"
Gloves ($20+ new):
Choose gloves that are comfortable and provide good protection, grip, and flexibility. A somewhat snug fit is preferable, just make sure the tips of your fingers don't extend beyond the ends of the padded glove fingers.
Shoulder pads ($15+ new):
Choose a comfortable shoulder pad that includes deltoid/biceps protection. Don't buy a "liner" (they don't have deltoid/biceps protection).
Elbow pads ($15+ new):
Get arm guards, not arm pads, since they're longer (covering more of the upper arm and forearm) and offer more protection.
Helmet ($110+ new):
The brand/model helmet you choose doesn't matter as long as it is a NOCSAE-approved lacrosse helmet (look for the NOCSAE label). Be sure you get a helmet that's comfortable and fits your size head (measure your head!). Most players get a white helmet. If you're about to go into high school, you might want to check with your high school program to see if they require a certain color/brand/model of helmet.
Cup ($10+ new):
Pick a supporter and cup that's comfortable. Goalies should get a hockey goalie cup/supporter for extra comfort and protection.
Mouth guard ($2+ new):
Get a colored mouth guard (makes it easier for referees to see that you're wearing one).