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Once you have passing and catching down, shooting is one of the best ways to take your offensive game to the next level. 

It can be extremely frustrating, however, to shoot on a goal and either have to chase down all of your misses or slow down your shot so you don’t break a neighbor’s window. 

Luckily, there’s a solution to this pesky problem: lacrosse backstops. 

Lacrosse backstops are large nets that go behind your goal to stop any misses from flying far, far away. They save time in collecting balls, allowing you to get more reps in, and allow you to not hold back from shooting hard since you don’t have to worry about breaking anything.

This guide takes a look at the best lacrosse backstops available today and what to consider when choosing one.

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Best Lacrosse Backstop Nets

I’ve spent 10 hours analyzing lacrosse backstops to find the 9 best options that you should consider. 

When analyzing these backstops, I considered type, size, the difficulty of assembly, collapsibility, customer reviews, and the material of the frame and net. 

Below you will find 2 backstops that connect directly to your goal and 7 backstops that stand behind your goal of varying sizes.

9 Best Lacrosse Backstops:

Smart Backstop for Lacrosse Goals, Gen 3

Best Backstop That Connects to Goal — My #1 Choice 

Drip Level: 5/5

Details

  • Size: 14 ft wide x 10 ft tall
  • Frame material: Not disclosed but likely steel
  • Net material: Heavy-duty, UV-resistant, 45-ply polyethylene
  • Shipping weight: 22 lbs
  • Assembly notes: Takes just minutes and requires no tools. Comes with assembly instructions.
  • Collapsibility: Backstop folds down behind goal when not in use
  • Warranty: 1 year

If I were buying a lacrosse backstop today, this is the one I would go with. The best part about it is that it connects directly to the goal (as opposed to standing separately behind it), making it less likely that balls will get by it. 

The backstop has a high-quality frame and strong net, and it easily collapses down behind the goal when not in use.

On the downside, this is a lacrosse-specific backstop and is harder to use for other sports such as soccer.

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EZGoal Monster Lacrosse Backstop

Budget Backstop That Connects to Goal

Drip Level: 4.4/5

Details

  • Size: 11 ft wide x 8 ft tall
  • Frame material: Powder-coated, 12-gauge steel
  • Net material: Not specified
  • Shipping weight: 23 lbs
  • Assembly notes: EZGoal claims assembly only takes minutes but some customers report that it can be difficult despite it coming with instructions.
  • Collapsibility: Sides fold in when not in use
  • Warranty: 1 year

If you prefer a backstop that attaches to your goal but have a lower budget, this EZGoal backstop is a good option. It is not as large as the Smart Backstop but still does a decent job at stopping missed shots.

On the downside, it is smaller than the Smart Backstop (listed above), the net tends to rip quickly, and there's a relatively difficult assembly process.

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Champion Sports Lacrosse Backstop Net (30 x 10 ft)

Best XL Behind-Goal Backstop

Drip Level: 4.6/5

Details

  • Size: 30 ft wide x 10 ft tall
  • Frame material: 1.25 in steel with T-bar construction
  • Net material: 2.5 mm high-extension nylon
  • Shipping weight: 75 lbs
  • Assembly notes: Should take most under 30 minutes. The entire backstop snaps together easily.
  • Collapsibility: Quickly collapses and folds down
  • Warranty: Not disclosed

This is the largest backstop on the list measuring in at a ridiculous 30 ft by 10 ft. If you take a lot of shots from far away, at low angles, or shoot hard, this is a great option to consider given the huge surface area. 

Despite its size, this Champion backstop is pretty easy to break down and transport. Having an extra person or two will make setting it up and taking it down much easier. Another great benefit of it is that's it's freestanding so you don't have to stake it into the ground.

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Champion Sports Lacrosse Backstop Net (21 x 11 ft)

Best Large Behind-Goal Backstop

Drip Level: 4.8/5

Details

  • Size: 21 ft wide x 11 ft tall
  • Frame material: Steel ground frame with flexible composite bow poles
  • Net material: High-quality knotless netting
  • Shipping weight: 60 lbs
  • Assembly notes: Only takes minutes and requires no tools
  • Collapsibility: Collapses down to fit into a travel bag
  • Warranty: Not disclosed

Another Champion backstop makes our list, this time the smaller (yet still very large) 21 ft by 11 ft version. It shares many of the same features as the XL version—such as being freestanding and having a thick net—and comes with a carrying case for transportation. 

The assembly, setting up, and taking down processes are easier with this backstop than the above option. Also, at 60 lbs, it is light enough for most players to carry alone.

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Lacrosse Scoop 20 x 10 ft Sports Backstop

Best Large Behind-Goal Backstop

Drip Level: 4.8/5

Details

  • Size: 20 ft wide x 10 ft tall
  • Frame material: Steel frame with flexible vertical poles
  • Net material: Not disclosed
  • Shipping weight: 32 lbs
  • Assembly notes: Takes under 10 minutes and comes with instructions. Can be done by one person.
  • Collapsibility: Collapses down easily and comes with a travel case
  • Warranty: 100% satisfaction guarantee

The Lacrosse Scoop 20 x 10 ft Sports Backstop is another large behind-goal backstop net that should stop almost all of your misses. It is easy to set up and break down, and comes with a traveling case for transportation. You do have to stake this backstop into the ground unlike the other options but it's easy to do so.

Another great part of this backstop is the 100% satisfaction guarantee. If anything breaks or otherwise goes wrong with the backstop, Lacrosse Scoop will work to make it right—something that many customers noted in reviews.

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PowerNet 16 x 10 ft Sports Barrier Net

Best Medium Behind-Goal Backstop

Drip Level: 4.8/5

Details

  • Size: 16 ft wide by 10 ft tall
  • Frame material: Steel frame with fiberglass bow poles
  • Net material: Knotless polyester with polyurethane coating
  • Shipping weight: 41 lbs
  • Assembly notes: Takes less than 3 minutes and requires no tools
  • Collapsibility: Collapses down easily and comes with a travel case
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty on frame and composite parts

If you have less room or don’t need a huge backstop, this product from PowerNet is a great option to consider. It is medium-sized but should still stop most of your shots.

Out of the box, it can be assembled in under 5 minutes with no tools. Also, it's very easy to set up and take down, and it comes with a carrying case for easy transportation.

The 1-year warranty on the frame and composite parts is nice incase anything goes wrong early on.

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Rukket XL 16 x 10 ft Barricade Backstop Net

Best Medium Behind-Goal Backstop

Drip Level: 4.8/5

Details

  • Size: 16 ft wide x 10 ft tall
  • Frame material: 1 in steel frame with flexible fiberglass poles
  • Net material: 7-ply knotless net
  • Shipping weight: 43 lbs
  • Assembly notes: Easy setup that takes under 15 minutes for most
  • Collapsibility: Collapses down easily and comes with a travel case
  • Warranty: 100% lifetime warranty

This is another medium-sized backstop you may want to consider if you don’t have the room for or don’t need a larger backstop. 

What makes this option stand out is that you can purchase an extra backstop and connector should you ever want to make it larger or a different shape. If you start practicing at a new spot with more room or decide you want more protection, you can easily add another backstop.

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Rukket 12 x 9 ft Barricade Backstop Net

Best Small Behind-Goal Backstop

Drip Level: 5/5

Details

  • Size: 12 ft wide x 9 ft tall
  • Frame material: 1 in steel frame with flexible fiberglass poles
  • Net material: 7-ply knotless net
  • Shipping weight: 24 lbs
  • Assembly notes: Should take 15 minutes or less and can be done by one person
  • Collapsibility: Collapses down easily and comes with a travel case
  • Warranty: 100% lifetime warranty

This Rukket backstop is very similar to the medium-sized option from Rukket listed above but is slightly smaller. It comes with a carrying case and you purchase an extra backstop and connector should you want to make it wider or change the shape.

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GoSports Portable 12 x 9 ft Sports Barrier Net

Budget Small Behind-Goal Backstop

Drip Level: 4.8/5

Details

  • Size: 12 ft wide x 9 ft tall
  • Frame material: Reinforced steel bow frame
  • Net material: High-density polyester
  • Shipping weight: 24 lbs
  • Assembly notes: Takes under 10 minutes and can be done by one person
  • Collapsibility: Collapses down easily and comes with a travel case
  • Warranty: 100% lifetime warranty

The GoSports Portable 12 x 9 ft Sports Barrier Net is another smaller option for those who don’t have the space for or don’t need a large backstop. It is also the cheapest option on this list but still has great customer reviews. It collapses easily and comes with a travel case for transportation.

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What to Consider When Choosing Your Lacrosse Backstop

If you still need help deciding on which lacrosse backstop to buy, here are some things that you may want to consider before making a purchase:

Behind goal vs. attached

Backstops that attach to your goal decrease the chances that balls get by them but cannot usually be used for other sports as behind-goal backstops can. 

If you only need a backstop for lacrosse, then I recommend going with an attached backstop. If you or your child plays other sports, a behind-goal backstop is the way to go and should work just fine.

Size

How large of a backstop do you need and how much space do you have? 

If you are a hard shooter or plan on taking low-angle shots, you may want to consider a wider backstop. Any backstop that is 20 ft or larger should be able to stop the majority of lacrosse shots.

If you have a younger child who doesn't shoot very hard or if you don't have much room, a smaller backstop should be good. Keep in mind that a lacrosse goal is 6 ft wide so a 10 ft wide backstop would only really protect a 2 ft on each side.

Collapsibility

Are you planning on leaving your backstop in your backyard or wherever else you practice or are you going to move it around regularly? 

If you do plan on transporting it, look for a backstop that collapses down easily and comes with a travel bag. Not having to connect the net to the frame every time you set up and break down the backstop is the most important part when it comes to collapsibility in my opinion. 

Assembly

You should also look for a backstop that isn’t too difficult to assemble. Backstops can be very easy or very, very hard to put together out of the box depending on how it is shipped. Try reading customer reviews to get a sense of how difficult assembly is. 

Speaking of which…

Customer Reviews

It’s important to read customer reviews (as I have done to create this guide), so you can get an idea of how durable and sturdy the backstop is among other things. Real customers' experiences can give you a much better idea of how good a backstop is than the marketing material the company selling the product uses.

Wrapping It Up

When I got my first lacrosse backstop in high school, I was thrilled to not have to worry about shagging balls or hitting my neighbor’s house.

I’m confident you’ll find that having a backstop allows you to take your game to the next level since you’ll be able to get in more reps and shoot as hard as you like.

I hope this guide helped you find a lacrosse backstop that fits your needs, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Here are some other products you may want to consider alongside your new backstop:

  • Goal: Need a goal to actually shoot on? Check out our recommended lacrosse goals here.
  • Rebounder: A rebounder is a great way to simulate receiving feeds as you shoot. Check out our recommended lacrosse rebounders here.
  • Balls: You can’t shoot without balls! Check out our recommended lacrosse balls here.
  • Targets/Shot blockers: If you want to practice shooting on smaller spaces, targets and shot blockers can be really helpful.
 
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Dave

Dave is the founder of Lax Drip. In his 15+ years of playing lacrosse, he always had trouble figuring out which gear to buy without a reliable and trustworthy gear review site—so he created the resource he always wished he had. Dave has played lacrosse at the high school, college, and adult levels and continues to play to this day.

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