Lacrosse season is upon us. Sticks are out and players are ready to run! While they take to the field though, us parents take to uncomfortable bleachers (if we’re lucky!) or try to make ourselves at home in the grass once bleacher space runs out. Seriously, is it a rule that youth fields have no good seating? Am I alone in my field experience? I love watching my player, but is it too much to ask to get some shade on the sidelines?
My family recently moved from Florida to Texas. My husband and I have been lacrosse parents for the past 3 seasons in South Floridaand in that time I’ve been to exactly one field that had a reasonable number of bleachers for the parents. When we moved to Texas, where everything is rumored to be bigger, I had high hopes that this meant we’d find long rows of bleachers and plentiful shade for the lacrosse field. I was sadly mistaken.
Our first youth practice was last week, and as the players were trying on their gear, and testing their pads, I looked around and laughed—it was a familiar scene. There were no bleachers, no shade, and a ton of gear to lug around. While the kids practiced, all the parents stood awkwardly on the sidelines. Great fun.
If you are one of the lucky ones, and your lacrosse field has a great set up, I would LOVE to hear about it. If you would be willing to share a picture with our league it can serve as an inspiration for our local area’s improvement. I’m sure other parents would appreciate seeing it as well. I feel like many parents would be willing to contribute financially towards improving our local parks.
Until that times comes though, most of us will have to look out for our seats and our own shade. If you are new to the world of Lacrosse the best recommendation I can give you is to invest in three things: A chair, a shade tent, and a sports wagon to carry everything. Investing in these three items will make your life a hell of a lot easier and practices way more fun.
I’ve put together a list of some of the best options out there. And once you’ve found the chair, shade tent, and sports wagon that’s right for you, don’t forget sunscreen!
3 years ago, during our first few practices I brought a blanket to sit on. As it turns out, I don’t love sitting on a blanket for 2-3 hours at a time, so I upped my parent game and bought a chair.
Since then we’ve invested in 3 more chairs to make sure everyone has a place to sit. There are so many chair options these days—but here are the MUST HAVES—if you’re going to invest in a chair is should have a cup holder and a carry bay.
Here are my top 3 recommendations:
If you are looking for a low cost option, this is a chair that we own and have gotten good use out of. It is a great basic chair. It’s easy to carry and it even has a cupholder. The best part? It’s only $12 bucks.
If you want a chair that’s a little more comfy, this is the one to choose. It’s priced at $34.84, but you’re getting a lot more chair for your buck. This chair comes with a built-in cooler that will hold up to 4 cans. It’s also light-weight and easy to carry.
Introducing the MACK DADDY chair! This one is great for tournaments where you’ll be watching multiple games over a period of days—lots of sitting. If you have to spend 12 hours in a chair, it should be one that rocks. All that luxury will cost you $59.99. Treat yourself!
If you’ll be attending games or practice with your children, you may consider buying them their own shaded seat. This one is $29.99
Did I mention that sitting in the sun for full days is tough? Do yourself a favor and invest in a shade tent. I don’t recommend any of the high end, heavy shades. You’ll just have to haul them across the field and set them up EVERY. SINGLE. GAME. As someone who is usually carrying all the gear and setting everything up by myself, I prefer the lighter shade tents.
Here are some light weight options that are easy to set up, even if you are party of one. These are all under $100 and well worth the investment!
This shade tent is great for a basic set-up. It’s lightweight, so carrying it is a breeze, and it’s slant legs make for an easy set up! $64.61
This shade tent won’t let you down. It’s a sturdy option that won’t be too heavy to carry. Even better? It offers 99% UV ray protection! And isn’t this all about avoiding the sun? If you’ve got a long season ahead of you, this may be the shade you need. $74.99
Do you want to watch your player in style? This shade tent is an elegant option that’s still light weight enough to carry to practice and easy enough to set up yourself. It provides 99% UV protection, and also has a back panel for additional shade options! $84.99
Okay, so I am a woman who carries as many grocery bags as I can to get everything in my house in one trip. In my first Lacrosse season I applied that same “can-do” attitude to lacrosse equipment. What did I quickly learn? DON’T DO THAT! It’s totally not worth it to try to carry all of your equipment—avoid the muscle strain and the balancing act by purchasing a sports wagon. By the time you add your chair(s), the tent and any water you’ve brought with you to practice, you’ve got a small village to set up—and that’s not even counting Lacrosse equipment. It’s just easier to pack up a sports wagon!
This is the wagon I have. It has a pop up table with drink holders, it’s easy to fold, and it’s not super heavy to pull or maneuver in and out of the car. I’d highly recommend this option! $81.99
This compact and light-weight Sports Wagon carries up to 150 pounds! It’s easy to pull and easy to transport. It’s not only strong enough to carry all your gear, it’s small enough to leave room for everything else you need to take to the field. $107.60
I like to call this wagon, THE BIG ONE. The downside is that it’s heavier than the other ones, weighing in at 27 pounds. However, if you have multiple players or a big family attending games, this is the sports wagon for you! The double-decker storage will give you even more room to fit your shade tent, chairs, and lacrosse gear. $136.00
Speaking of water bottles, I have one last tip! Bring water bottles for you and your players. I know, I know, you already know this. Who would ever forget water? Oh, that’s right, me! There’s nothing worse than making it out to the field on a hot day and realizing you won’t’ be able to hydrate. Invest in a few water bottles. This season I picked this one up for my player, and this one up for myself.
Now that you know what you need in order to comfortably enjoy the next practice or game, here is a comprehensive list of Lacrosse terms to brush up on while you’re sitting out there!