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Features and Functions of a Women’s Lacrosse Head

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Women’s Lacrosse Head
Women’s Lacrosse Heads differ widely from the men’s version to better fit the needs of the women’s lacrosse game. While the men’s stick has a deep mesh pocket to ease catching and carrying the ball, the women’s stick has a tighter pocket that requires proper technique to keep possession while cradling.

Curve of the Scoop
The scoop is the widest part of the women’s lacrosse head and is used to pick up the ball and also can improve accuracy when passing and shooting. Scoops vary in width and curvature. They range from a flat design where the scoop has a little curve at the top, to a more “U” shape, where the scoop has a lot of curve at the top. Heads with a flatter scoop are designed for developing players because it makes it more suitable for picking up ground balls.  The “U” shaped scoop will channel the ball better during a pass or shot, making it perfect for improving shot accuracy.

The Sidewall and Angle of the Scoop
Sidewalls, like the rest of the head, are made of plastic mold and connect the strings to the lacrosse head. They vary in flexibility and depth. The shape and depth of the sidewalls directly affects ball control. A lower sidewall allows for a deeper pocket, which increases ball control. Most elite heads have dropped sidewalls for this reason. Beginner sticks tend to have flatter or straighter sidewalls to help teach younger players proper technique. The angle of the scoop from the sidewall area determines the way the ball will be released from the head. An extreme angled scoop provides more whip and accuracy when shooting. A flatter scoop will have less whip and not as advanced ball control.

Weight of the Head
The weight of the head is usually due to the head having more plastic, which not only increases the weight, but also makes it stiffer. This is beneficial to defenders, midfielders, and other players who are often stick-checking and aggressively going after ground balls. A lightweight head usually has thinner sidewalls and is more flexible. Many attackers, or midfielders that shoot, like having a head that is lightweight because it makes them feel like they have more control. A light head will make it more flexible, which can make them ineffective on ground balls and landing hard checks. It also makes the head more susceptible to breaking.

Width of the Head
Narrow heads are good for ball retention and accuracy, while wider heads have more surface area for blocking and catching the ball. Wide heads tend to be more desirable to defensive players. Attackers tend to like the more narrow heads, and midfielders look for a balance depending on whether they are more offensive or defensive.

Ball Stop
This thin piece of rubber or foam that is meant to cushion the ball as it sits in the pocket. Women’s lacrosse heads feature a larger ball stop area since the pocket is not as deep as the men’s and the ball comes in contact with the ball stop more often.

The Pocket 
The pocket is where the ball resides. Pockets include the center piece, nylon stringing around the center piece, and leathers or thicker nylons on either side of the center piece. There is also a top string at the top, which may need to be replaced depending on what surface you play on and how often. The sidewalls strings, in conjunction with the top string, help to secure the pocket to the head. Sidewalls strings are also susceptible to breaking and are usually easy to repair. The last strings in the pocket are the shooting strings. They can be strung into a head in different shapes and positions, as long as they meet the stringing requirements. The most common shape and combination is a shooting string at the top threaded straight across, and then a U or V-shaped string below.

Visit http://www.longstreth.com for details on the huge selection of women’s lacrosse sticks, heads, and gear. Longstreth Sporting Goods specializes in bringing the best of the best equipment to the female athlete. Check out the great selection of women’s lacrosse equipment at Longstreth.

What is the Best Women’s Lacrosse Stick

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2017 Women’s Lacrosse Sticks
Each year, lacrosse vendors roll out their new selection of women’s lacrosse heads and sticks for the upcoming season. Most equipment is designed with specialized technology that helps players get the most of their game. Some are constructed for players who are great defenders; while others have attributes that are best for a player who plays offense. Of course, goal keeper sticks have their own unique features.

This year, two sticks rise to the top of selection. Both have new technology that set them apart from the rest of the collection.

Under Armour Glory
Under Armour was inspired by the University of Maryland when creating this head. They constructed the Glory with the new Rail Elite Pocket , making it ideal for the elite player. The Rail Elite Pocket is unbeatable compared to any other pocket in the market. The high-quality nylons are built to withstand extreme temperatures and reduce weight. It also features Glide Scoop Technology that guides players to the ball no matter what direction they approach it. The Maximum offset offers superior control and feel, especially in the sweet spot. Lastly, the Poron XRD ballstop absorbs ball impact to minimize the chances of the ball bouncing out of the pocket. The Under Armour Glory with Rail Elite Pocket is available as a strung or unstrung head or as a complete stick with the Under Armour Composite Handle. These features make this stick the preferred choice of many college women’s lacrosse programs.

STX Crux 500
Another top choice of the season is STX’s Crux 500. This lightweight 10-degree lacrosse head comes with the Launch Pocket. 10 degree technology shifts the center of gravity, pushing the ball to the sweet spot, thus releasing the ball quicker. The unique Launch pocket features a design where the middle Chevrons widen near the sweet spot to flex out and hug the ball for better control and feel. The STX Crux 500 can also be purchased as a strung or unstrung head or as a complete stick with the STX Composite 10 handle.

2017 Women’s Lacrosse Heads and Handles
There are many other sticks and brands to choose from. Each brand offers a complete line of lacrosse heads that fit the needs of players of each level. Longstreth Sporting Goods specializes in bringing the best of the best equipment to the female athlete. Check out the great selection of women’s lacrosse equipment at Longstreth.

My Daughter is Starting Lacrosse – What Equipment Does She Need?

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Congratulations!  Your daughter is going to play an intense and exciting game which will challenge her to develop physical stamina, hand-eye coordination and the ability to work with her team. Here is what she is going to need to play well and keep safe:

Lacrosse Stick

Of course, the most important and personal piece of equipment for each player is her stick which has two parts: the handle, and the head. Both pieces come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes that give young women different advantages depending on the position they play and how they like to handle the ball.  However, without knowing all the ins-and-outs of the game, how is a beginning player supposed to choose? Here are some guidelines:

  • Heads with flat scoops and wide faces help beginners catch and pick up the ball.
  • Stick head choice can depend on position: narrow throat for offensive player wanting increased accuracy; stiff, flat head for defenders for hard checks and stability on groundballs; sturdy head for goalies to withstand hard shots.
  • Stick length can be between 35.5 and 43.25, but beginners often opt for a shorter stick for better control.
  • Handle material advantages differ: alloy is strongest in moderate weather, composite is softer and more flexible in extreme weather; titanium is lightest and strongest but can make a stick top-heavy.

ASTM Approved Lacrosse Goggles

Safety is first and wearing goggles that meet the current ASTM International standards is a must to protect your daughter’s eyes. Lacrosse goggles:

  • Are made with soft padding, rubber, plastic, and wire.
  • Should fit snugly on the face, be comfortable and provide good side and ground vision.
  • Can be made for girls who wear glasses.
  • Should be tried on before buying.

Mouth Guard

Available in a variety of fun colors, shapes, and flavors, lacrosse mouth guards protect teeth but are lightweight and comfortable.  In addition:

  • Girls like to show their style with their mouth guard colors.
  • Mouth guards allow girls to breathe, talk, and even drink.
  • You can buy them for girls who have braces.
  • Flavors include: bubble gum, mint, fruit, and lemon-lime
  • Mouth guard cases are a good way to store them.

Lacrosse Cleats

The right lacrosse footwear will help players have good traction on grass, mud, or turf. The cleats are usually designed with 4 studs on the heel and 6-8 on the front.  Choose cleats that are:

  • Lightweight and breathable for flexibility and comfort.
  • Stiff enough to absorb impact and protect from foot fatigue and injury.
  • Not too tight or too loose, with about 1/2 inch of space between toe and shoe.

Optional Lacrosse Equipment

For protection or cold weather comfort, some players like to wear gloves.  In addition, players often want to have their own balls for individual practice. One inexpensive but important piece of lacrosse gearfor beginners is the Cradlebaby, a lacrosse training ball attached to an lanyard-type band which allows players to practice stick work, cradling, and improve wrist strength.

Worthwhile Investment

Yes, buying your daughter lacrosse equipment will be an investment, but the total cost will probably be less than private lessons in many sports. Better yet, you will get the enjoyment of watching her grow in confidence, agility, and pride in her sport and her team.

Lacrosse Equipment 101

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There is always room for more hustle in female lacrosse. Having the right equipment can make that extra effort more profitable. Here is a short course in Lacrosse Equipment 101:

Stick

Which is the best lacrosse stick?  In truth, there is not just one good choice. Choice also depends on:

  • Experience in playing.
  • The level of skill.
  • Age and height.

Handles

When choosing a handle, the most important thing to consider is how well that handle feels to the player. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Does this handle feel comfortable in the player’s hands?
  • Does the player feel she has good control while catching and cradling?

A wide variety of materials are used in constructing handles and each material has advantages:

  • Scandium/Titanium: Very light weight and very strong material but this can make the stick feel top heavy.
  • Composite: Not as strong but are more flexible and have a softer feel. This material can be better if the player often faces extremes of temperature.
  • Alloy: Strong but less temperate in more extreme weather conditions.

Other considerations in choosing a stick are:

  • Diameter: Choose between the 7/8″ traditional for women, a mid-size (between 7/8″ and 1″) or men’s 1″.
  • Shape: Many choices including octagon, concave octagon, rounded octagon, teardrop, and tapered.
  • Finish: alloy, mild-sandblast, soft feel and smooth rubberized.

Heads

The kind of Lacrosse Stick Heads players choose is often based on position:

  • Offensive players need a narrow throat to help minimize ball control.
  • Defensive players usually prefer a stiffer, flatter head to hold up against checks and on groundballs.
  • Goalies need a sturdy head.

Goggles

Because women’s lacrosse rules are designed for increased safety, female players are not required to have a lot of protective gear.  However, eye protection is crucial.  In choosing goggles, look for:

  • Tight  but comfortable fit around the face.
  • Clear vision all around so that player can make clear passes, maneuver around opponents, and see groundballs easily.
  • Strong and protective for eyes.

Upgraded titanium cage goggles are lighter weight but still very strong and are able to prevent injury.

Gloves

Young female lacrosse players do not have to wear gloves but may want to have a pair. Gloves are typically worn when a player:

  • Wants to keep her hands warm in winter playing conditions.
  • Prefers to protect her hands from injury.
  • Likes the increased grip that gloves provide.

Especially when a player is just starting out, having the right lacrosse stick, goggles, gloves and can make the difference in whether they feel confident in play. That is why Longstreth specializes in helping young female lacrosse players choose the best equipment, uniforms and footwear for their individual playing needs.

What is the Best way to store your Lacrosse Equipment?

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After investing some good cash purchasing for your lacrosse equipment, you need to keep them clean and disinfected. We have made efforts to help lacrosse players remain healthy, clean and maintain their lacrosse gear. It is a rule to never leave your lacrosse equipment dirty or sweaty. Dirty equipment will be a rampant breeding hub for fungi and bacteria.

Lacrosse stick upkeep

Lacrosse players want their lacrosse sticks always in a perfect working condition. Take extra precaution to keep your stick in ideal condition and avoid breakage.

  • Maintain your pocket and stick – negligence can alter the shape of your lacrosse head pocket and keeping the pocket’s shape is the most important. Always ensure that the pocket is in pristine shape.  To ensure great performance from the stick, keep its shape, and structure in the best form. Although warping and bending is inevitable, some adjustments could minimize the damage. Always rinse your stick in cold water when it’s dirty and wipe it using dumb cloth or newspaper.
  • Weather conditions – Extremely dry conditions, rain, or blazing heat can alter the mesh in the pocket. Dry condition tightens up the pocket causing it to be shallow. This will make you release the ball quicker. When playing in dry conditions, put water in your mesh and beat the pocket a little to give it back the depth lost in heat. Wet weather will cause your pocket to deepen and loosen. Deepened pocket will cause your stick to throw the ball lower and slow. If the pocket is wet, ball up some newspapers; put them in the pocket to absorb excess moisture in the mesh.

Lacrosse pads and gloves

Use disinfectant detergents to hand-wash lacrosse arm pads, gloves and shoulder parts. When using washing machine, ensure gentle cycle with cold water. Spray the gears with clear gear sports spray when they dry up.

When cleaning your helmet, spray both inside and outside parts. Use clear gear sports spray and clean cloth to wipe it dry. Make sure the sanitizing sprays are anti-bacterial.

Your gloves are made of leather parts. Do not use a washing machine. Just spray them in and outside then use a dry clean cloth to wipe and then allow them to air dry. Using a leather cleaner will keep the palms smooth and reduce chances of cracking.

Lacrosse cleats

For lacrosse cleats, remove the pads and the inner sole lining. Use clear disinfectants to spray the inner side of the cleats. Do not use hot water on them to avoid shrinking. Leave them to air dry and return the inner soles back to your shoes after they are completely dry.

Before putting your lacrosse gears to your bag, turn your bag inside out, and spray it with sanitizing spray. If it is dirty, use a clean cloth to wipe it and then dry it using newspaper to ensure no moisture left, and then pack back your equipment. At Longstreth, we are committed to ensuring you maintain your lacrosse gears and enjoy your game.

How to Decide on the Length for your Lacrosse Stick?

Lacrosse sticks should be a length that is legal for play, and the right length for each player’s position and preference. Here are is a guide to help you to find the perfect length for you.

The length of a stick is officially measured from the lacrosse heads to the end caps. Using this, the stick must fall into a certain size range depending upon regulations that shift as players get older. NCAA regulations for women state that the stick must be a minimum of 35 1/2 inches, and a maximum of 52 inches. If you are unsure of your leagues’s regulations, check with your coach or a league official to be sure that your stick length meets the rules of play.

Beyond regulations regarding stick length, there are many other factors that you should consider when choosing the length of your stick. These include your height and the position that you play.

In general, young players should opt for a stick length that feels comfortable for them. While STX does offer a stick that comes with a shorter shaft, all sticks are able to be customized for your preference by shortening the stick with a normal household hacksaw. However, if you do so, be sure to remove the end cap before cutting, as it can be quite difficult to remove the end cap after a cut has been made.

The majority of lacrosse players want to adapt their lacrosse equipment to the position that they play, and with sticks this is especially important. In general, defenders choose longer sticks, midfielders choose a stick length that allows them to play both defense and offense well, and attackers usually have close to the shortest length stick allowed under regulations. Goalies usually prefer to have a stick length comparable to those of a midfielder.

Defensive players should choose a stick length towards the maximum length allowed by their league. A longer stick allows a defender to increase her reach, and make passes that can not be defended by offensive players from the other team. This aids in clearing the ball and advancing it up the field. A typical length for a defender’s stick is around 43-44 inches.

Midfielders need the versatility to play as defenders and attackers at times. A stick length that is neither too long or too short allows a midfielder to develop this ability. Because of this, most midfielders in high school or college choose a stick length around 40 inches.

Attackers choose to have the shortest length sticks allowed under regulations, and this usually means that an attackers stick measures 36 inches. This shorter stick allows them to make sharper passes, maneuver around defenders more easily, and take precise shots at the goal.

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No matter what your needs and preferences, Longstreth has the sports equipment that you need to take your game to the next level. From Lacrosse to Softball to Field Hockey, Longstreth is the sporting goods store that provides you all that you need to keep playing the game that you live for.

How the right Lacrosse Equipment can help you Improve your Game

At any skill level from junior high school beginner through Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and National Lacrosse League (NLL), the right player equipment can help you improve your game. Five attributes in equipment—head shape, sidewall, center piece, stringing and handle weight—can amplify your existing skills and help you gain new ones.

Head Shape

By far the biggest impact on player performance from lacrosse equipment comes from the shape of the lacrosse stick head. Head width comes down to two opposing needs: Continue reading