To cap off my son’s long, hard fought lacrosse season, we traveled to Maryland for a tournament. When I asked him what he enjoyed most about the weekend, he said ‘getting my goodie bag and trying on the swag!’
Not the games?
Not the team dinner?
Nope- the lacrosse swag that came in the team goodie bag.
Well, if that doesn’t tell you what motivates a tween boy then I don’t know what does!
So grab some snacks and drinks, throw in some lacrosse swag, and let’s create one awesome lacrosse goodie bag that your athlete is sure to brag about!
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Key Components of a Lacrosse Goodie Bag
While you can easily mix and match the contents of each bag, there are 4 main elements of any sports team goodie bag
- Snack and drinks
- Practical items
- The bag itself
Clearly categories #1 and #4 are the most exciting, but I’ll give you a few good options for each component that allow you to be creative with your own lacrosse goodie bag!
The best kind of goodie bag snacks are ones that kids love, but are also healthy and practical. And by practical I mean can fit in a goodie bag and don’t need to be refrigerated. While that seems like a long shot, there are great options out there that check both boxes. Protein bars like these are a great option. Fruit bars are also good because they’re hydrating and sweet. For those who prefer salty snacks, my kids love these dried edamame packs. And so do I- they’re borderline addictive!
Other options to throw in there include:
For drinks, I always look for ones that fuel my kids with electrolytes rather than sugar. Gatorade Fit and Prime are always crowd pleasers at lacrosse tournaments. I also throw in IV hydration packets because they’re small and don’t spill.
Practical Lacrosse Items
How many times has your athlete gotten a blister or cut, and you can’t find an extra band-aid? Or your lips are so chapped that you’d give anything for some lip balm? Travel band-aids and lip balm are perfect lacrosse goodie bag stuffers. Eye black is another great option because kids seem to think that the more eye black they smear on their face, the more intimidating they appear. Am I right?
Other practical items are hair accessories. Boys are required to helmets that help keep hair out of their faces, but girls can either wear eye protection or helmets.
While you could easily buy a regular party bag, those tend to rip or get stepped on before they make it back to the car. And, they eventually end up in the trash anyway. Therefore, I recommend these reusable clear zip up bags that are multi-purpose. The goodie bag that my son received at his tournament came in one, and it’s fantastic. I fill it with band aids, sunscreen, lip balm, extra socks and eye black and throw it in his lacrosse backpack where he can easily find those small items.
Swag is arguably the most important part of the lacrosse goodie bag. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve winning swag. Lax sak or swax balls make great lacrosse swag. If you’re unfamiliar with these balls, they are soft sacks filled with beads that mimic real lacrosse balls without the bounce. Crazy lacrosse socks are also crowd pleasers for both boys and girls. And, if you really want to kick the lacrosse goodie bag up a notch, customized T shirts and faux Pit Viper sunglasses are always popular choices.
Other ideas for lacrosse swag:
- Croc jibbitz
- Personalized lacrosse ball (also a good coach’s gift)
- Personalized socks (these make me laugh!)
More than Just a Goodie Bag
Travel lacrosse is more than just games and practices. It’s a chance for your young athlete to bond with friends who share a common interest. And what better way to show your team spirit than with matching swag in a goodie bag! So whether you choose to fill it with candy and socks or load it up with Prime and eye black, get creative and have fun with it. No matter what you put in the goodie bag, rest assured that your child and his teammates will remember bonding over its contents a lot more than they will the score of their game.