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Sports Gear Costs

How expensive is it to equip your kids to play?

Anyone who’s ever signed a kid up for a rec league or a school team knows that you’ve got to pay to play ball. Athletic equipment comes with a big-league price tag, especially when you’re suiting up for impact sports that require serious padding and concussion protection. To give you the advantage in the sporting-goods store, we’ve broken down the gear budgets of the major kid sports by item; prices given are a median. Cut costs by going to a shop that resells gently used equipment or asking a friend to pass down gear that’s still in good shape.




Football | Soccer | Field Hockey | Basketball | Ice Hockey | Wrestling


Baseball | Softball | Tennis | Boys' Lacrosse | Girls' Lacrosse | Swimming


Helmet with face mask: $200
Chin strap: $19
Shoulder pads: $175
Hip and tailbone pads: $15
Mouth guard: $30
Gloves: $72
Cleats: $115
Cup: $35

TOTAL: $561


Cleats: $150
Shin guards: $65
Gloves: $20
Socks: $16

TOTAL: $251

Field Hockey

Field hockey stick: $220
Cleats: $60
Shin guards: $22
Face guard: $65
Mouth guard: $30

TOTAL: $397


Basketball shoes: $135

TOTAL: $135

Ice Hockey

Skates: $230 
Helmet with cage: $100
Hockey stick: $100
Padded hockey pants: $72
Hockey gloves: $100
Elbow, shoulder & shin pads: $100
Velcro garter shorts: $40
Socks: $30
Cup: $35
Mouth guard: $30

TOTAL: $837


Wrestling shoes: $100
Head gear: $50
Mouth guard: $30

TOTAL: $180


Bat: $280
Glove: $90
Batting helmet: $60
Cleats: $85

TOTAL: $515


Bat: $230
Glove: $160
Batting helmet: $60
Cleats: $90

TOTAL: $540


Tennis shoes: $100
Racket: $125

TOTAL: $225

Lacrosse (boys)

Helmet with face guard: $160
Stick: $105
Shoulder pads: $105
Gloves: $40
Cleats: $85
Mouth guard: $30

TOTAL: $525

Lacrosse (girls)

Stick: $120
Goggles: $45
Gloves: $35
Cleats: $60
Mouth guard: $30

TOTAL: $290 


Boys’ practice suit: $160
Girls’ practice suit: $105
Goggles: $25
Cap: $16

TOTAL: $201, boys; $146, girls

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