Updated: May 29, 2015

Practice Lacrosse Goal Reviews:

Lacrosse has become a popular sport nationwide. Just a few years ago when I moved from California to Oregon I was introduced to the sport that always seemed like something people did only on the East coast. Our kids have been involved now for a few years and they love it. I like that they are out getting regular exercise and enjoying themselves. The gear isn't cheap, you have to buy lacrosse sticks, gloves, goggles, and in some cases helmets are necessary. My kids like to practice, but most schools don't have the lacrosse size goals setup in their playgrounds, so the kids are always firing shots at targets - like our wooden fence. We looked into buying a lacrosse practice goal so that our 2 children could be productive when practicing. Which practice lacrosse goal is the best? How much are they? We answer all those questions and more down below.
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Choosing a Lacrosse Practice Goal - Let's start with what 'regulation lacrosse goals' are - for youth/high school/college - the goal should measure 6' x 6'. Forget the plastic goal materials, only go with heavy galvanized steel tubing. Most goals are easy to setup and breakdown once you do it a few times. The first time assemblying a new lacrosse practice goal and net could take over an hour. The netting is the real issue as many owner comments we read online note that the nets are hard to attach properly with the manufacturers guidelines. The nets typically are sold with 2.5MM or 3MM netting. The higher the number the better quality and from our research, the 4MM and 5MM get the best feedback. The problem is that all lacrosse players shoot at different speeds and if the net is lessor quality, you will find that it tears apart or rips open with excessive use. The STX High School Game Goal gets nearly perfect reviews online simply because the goal holds up well and the net is made with 5MM netting. Some of the other backyard practice goals from STX or BSN with 2MM netting or similar break down much easier and owners had to replace the nets more often. Also, just getting the net to attach to the goal can be a hassle with some models. The velcro ties that come with many of these goals are supposed to attach the net properly, but many of these products simply don't work. Lots of owners ended up rigging the net with their own ties. Nets will become more fragile if left out for months during bad weather. We suggest taking down the netting during the winter months and putting it in your garage or stored in a dry place. Price - Ok, you are looking at spending at least $60 and upwards of $150. Sports Authority, Walmart and online at Amazon.com you will find the lacrosse nets and goals available. Do some basic price comparison to see where the best deals are. You can browse the best selling lacrosse practice goals online here.

Best Practice Lacrosse Goal:

RECOMMENDED - The top rated goal/net combination for practicing your lacrosse shots is the STX High School Game Goal with 5mm Net Included which sells for about $185. It's a regulation size high school lacrosse game goal with 1.75 inch steel pipe frame with rounded edges. The feature we like best is the 5mm polyester net. When you compare nylon to polyester on lacrosse nets, there is no better product than polyester. The polyester net will hold up better to harder shots and rough weather. The goal measures 6 feet by 6 feet. Assembly is needed - one owner mentions needing 1 1/2 hours to do it - mostly because stringing the net on was hard. The STX practice lacrosse goal is perfect for serious lacrosse players that want to get that extra practice in their yard. The Practice Lacrosse Goal (EA) is another excellent choice with 3mm braided poly white net for under $140.


Budget Lacrosse Goal:

RECOMMENDED - If your kids are just learning the game of lacrosse, then perhaps the less expensive Park & Sun Steel Lacrosse 6-Feet Goal would be a good purchase. At $90 it's a good value buy for recreational lacrosse players. Yes, the netting on a model like this may not hold up with harder shots over time, but it's fine for younger players. The Park & Sun lacrosse goal comes with 2 ground anchors to keep it in place and the push-button safe-lock assembly makes for a solid fit. Parents mention that the velcro ties aren't the best, but there are options if you don't use them when putting up the net. This is the goal/net we bought and my kids (aged 9 and 12) like it alot. We usually place it in our backyard, but it's easy enough to move out front and put it on the street so that other neighborhood kids can use it. I will agree that the net is likely to fall apart after a few seasons of use, so we'll have to look into replacement nets. Overall a good buy for lacrosse players between the ages of 8-12.