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New to Lacrosse?

WDM LAX can help you get into the game

Most of our players were in the same situation you might be in  -- you have no experience with the sport and aren't 100% sure the sport is for you.  While lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America, it is relatively new to Des Moines area and the state of Iowa. 

WDM LAX can help you try the sport with no cost or obligation.  Simply let us know of your interest and we'll invite you to a couple of practices to try lacrosse.  You can borrow equipment from the coaches.  They'll be happy to work with you and answer your questions.

If you like the experience and want to become part of the club, we'll ask that you register with US Lacrosse and our program.  We accept all boys and girls (grades 4-12), and many with no prior experience.

We find new players pick up the sport quickly and love the game! Send us an email and we'll get you involved.

Required Equipment

Players are responsible for providing their own equipment*! Uniforms and practice jerseys are provided by the club.

Boys Equipment

  • Colored mouth guard - White and clear are not allowed under league rules!
  • Cleats - Do not have to be lacrosse-specific; soccer & football cleats work just fine. Black, white, or orange cleats are preferred.
  • The following must be Lacrosse-specific gear; hockey equipment is not allowed!!!!
  • Helmet: All varsity players must have a black lacrosse helmet. Non-varsity players may use another color if they already have a helmet. New helmets should be solid black with a black chinstrap, and a chrome mask. The brand and model do not matter, but the top recommendation is the Cascade CPX-R.  Goalies also need a throat protector.
  • Gloves: varsity players are required to have black and white gloves
  • Shoulder Pads.   Goalies use a position specific chest protector instead of shoulder pads.
  • Elbow Pads - please purchase black or white pads.  Goalies are not required to wear elbow pads.
  • Lacrosse stick- Must be NFHS Legal
Boys Recommended Equipment
  • Protective cup
  • Extra Lacrosse sticks can break during games; it's best to have one ready to go
  • Gear Bag
  • Lax Balls
  • Goalies may opt to wear soccer shin guards during games.

Girls Equipment

  • White or colored mouth guard - Clear is not allowed under league rules
  • Girl's stick - Must be certified legal for play under NFHS rules for girls lacrosse
  • Lacrosse goggles
  • Spandex under shorts
Girls Recommended Equipment
  • Cleats - Do not have to be lacrosse-specific; soccer cleats work just fine. Black, white, or orange cleats are preferred.
  • Extra sticks- Sticks can break during games; it's best to have one ready to go
  • Gear Bag - Available through team store
  • Lax Balls
Girls Goal Keeper Required Equipment
  • Lacrosse helmet with a throat protector
  • Chest pad - A goalie chest pad is required
  • Gloves - Protective goalie gloves should be black, white, and/or orange
  • Shin guards
  • Thigh pads/goalie pants

* The club does have equipment that you can borrow.  Please contact us if you would like to borrow equipment for the season.

Lacrosse equipment is available from Slapshot Hockey and Lacrosse Shop - see link on home page.