Starting a new sport at any age is hard enough but youth lacrosse can be one of the most confusing sports to start up with trying to figure out pads, helmet, mouthguards, cleats and sticks. Sometimes parents don't want to get the padding and helmet right away because they know their players going to grow a ton before the spring season starts, so we try and recommend getting a beginner stick so that the basic skills are being learned right away; cradling, ground ball pick ups, passing, catching and shooting. Here are a few tips on what to look for in beginner sticks as well as a few names of ones we recommend: -Sticks should be lightweight. Usually the shafts will be made out of a simple aluminum (alloy 6000). -The scoop at the top of the stick should be very flat to make scooping up ground balls easier. We have all been there and know that as a beginner, you will be constantly scooping up ground balls. -The heads are going to be wider than most of the upgraded heads. This allows for a larger target to catch in. The head will also be strung with a softer type mesh which allows for easier catching/ball retention when playing. Harder mesh may cause the ball to bounce out when first learning. 3 great beginner sticks are the Maverik Badboy, Maverik Beast and the Gait Bedlam. All 3 of these sticks have the qualities you would want for young beginners: lightweight, flat scoop and wide face. And don't forget to check out these 3 sticks amazing graphics...you have to look good to play good!!!