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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.

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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.

Anatomy of a Lacrosse Stick – All you Need to Know!

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The most important equipment decision for you is your choice in lacrosse sticks. The right choice will help you to play your position better whether you are in goal, on defense, in the midfield, or on attack. The wrong choice can make it more difficult to keep up with your competition. When you visit your local sporting goods store next time, use this guide to stick anatomy to be sure that you know what to look for in your next stick.

The Handle

The handle is the part of the stick that you grip, and it can be made from a variety of materials. Even though you can find all-wood shafts, or reinforced wooden shafts, most shafts are now made from a metal alloy or composite material. These non-wooden handles have the advantage of being lighter, stronger, more flexible, and more uniform.
The different types non-wooden handles have characteristics that vary by material. For example, aluminum shafts are some of the lightest available, and are a very economical choice, if you are on a tighter budget. Titanium shafts are much stronger, though, and have the strength to potentially last longer than an aluminum one. Composites are generally made from carbon fiber. These can be extremely light, which can give a considerable advantage Most top-of-the-line lacrosse sticks have composite shafts. All non-wooden shafts need an end cap, since they are hollow. The endcap helps you keep your grip and maintain stability of the stick, as well as serve as a reminder how to position your hands correctly.

Throat

Below the ballstop on your molded head is the throat, which allows connection between these two main parts of lacrosse sticks: the head and the handle/shaft.

Head

The key piece of the stick is the head;  where you catch, carry, cradle, and release the ball. This must meet certain regulations specific to the women’s game. According to the NCAA, women’s lacrosse heads should measure between seven and nine inches, while goalie lacrosse heads can be as wide as twelve inches. Men’s heads typically do not meet specifications for women’s lacrosse, and are therefore not legal in the women’s game. The head is divided into different parts.  These are:

  • The pocket;  which includes the crosslace, thongs, centerpiece, shooting strings, and the sidewalls. If you are a beginning or intermediate player, you will probably choose a basic pocket with nylon mesh and thongs. Advanced players may prefer leather thongs with a more contoured centerpiece because it can help make passes and shots more accurate by keeping the ball centered in the head. How the pocket is set up also greatly affects ball control and feel. The shooting strings at the top of the pocket can be adjusted to change ball speed and release point, while the sidewall strings and the tension of the crosslace control pocket depth and ball placement.

 

  • The scoop:  which you can think of as the top of the head. This can range from totally flat, for easy scooping, to dramatically curved, which helps improve groundball control and shot accuracy.

 

  • The sidewalls: where the pocket attaches. These can be low, mid or high, depending upon a player’s preferences and needs. Higher pockets are typically found in beginner sticks. As players improve their cradling and ball handling, they can upgrade to a medium or low pocket. This means the top of the ball will be less and less visible above the sidewall. To be legal, the top of the ball needs to be visible above the sidewall when looking at the head at eye level from the side. Having a lower or deeper pocket allows the ball handler to cradle in more creative and dynamic ways.

Without a doubt, lacrosse sticks have come a long way from when they were made of hickory sticks and leather. Today’s top players use sticks that offer all of the latest innovation in materials and design, customized to each of their needs. Longstreth offers you a large variety of lacrosse equipment from the biggest names in the sport to help you customize your lacrosse sticks to the demands of your own game.

 

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

Essential Lacrosse Equipment for Beginners – what parents need to know

Your young daughter returns home from school to announce that she made the lacrosse team. Celebration is in order, and then reality sets in: what lacrosse player equipment does your budding star goalie, center or attack wing need? And then that other reality: what is all this going to cost?!?

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All Players

Every lacrosse player needs three pieces of lacrosse equipment:

  • stick
  • goggles
  • mouth     guard

These are mandatory pieces of lacrosse equipment; your beginning athlete cannot take the field without them. The goggles should meet the ASTM International standard for eye protectors for women’s lacrosse, F803. Goggles are available for eyeglass wearers, in wire frame styles and with full plastic lenses. Do not skimp on this vital piece of protective eyewear, because a lacrosse ball packs a mighty wallop.

Do not purchase lacrosse goggles without trying them on the player’s head. Adjust the fit with the straps; ensure comfort and visibility. Remind your young player to check peripheral as well as forward vision.

Mouth guards come in many styles, too:

  • Mouth     guards are available for girls wearing braces
  • Mouth     guards are available in flavors, so your dedicated daughter at first,     second or third home can still enjoy the wild tastes of spearmint, fruit     punch, blue raspberry, lemon lime or even bubble gum on the field
  • Lightweight,     open mouth guards that allow easy talking, breathing and drinking during     the game

The Stick

The stick (head, handle or complete stick) is perhaps the most personal piece of lacrosse equipment. Veteran players become very selective in choosing their sticks for the features they like best, but how do beginning players, with no experience, select their stick? Beginners will find a stick that has a flat scoop at the top to be easier for groundball pick-up; a wide face helps with catching.

In shopping for lacrosse equipment, how do you select the ideal length of a stick? You can buy a long stick and cut the handle to suit (that is legal, but remember, you can only cut a stick shorter, not longer). The stick’s overall length should be between 35.5 inches (minimum) and 43.25 inches at the most.

Beginners and younger players do well with shorter handles, which allows for greater handling control. Remember, though, opponents’ sticks may be longer, giving the opponent a stick advantage as well as the possible advantage of more playing experience against your beginner.

Optional Equipment

Most players purchase their own balls so they can practice stick handling skills on their own. Gloves are also advisable, especially if your daughter plays in a region of the country where lacrosse and cold weather go together. Goalies have additional lacrosse equipment: padding, protective gloves, special goalie sticks and helmets. it is also worth it to invest in quality cleats for lacrosse to improve her grip on the field.

Handy to Have

Beginners will generate muscle memory and improved game performance by practicing often and at regular intervals. This means practicing skills outside of formal team practices. Boost your young player’s confidence and possibly improve her game play by considering special individual practice tools.

One learning tool is the Cradle Baby, an inexpensive lacrosse-ball-on-a-band that attaches to the stick by a clove hitch and allows for cradling, ball control and stick work practice. It is not useful for catching and throwing, but can improve player wrist strength. It also helps teach cradling, fakes and switches.

Worth It

Paying for proper safety equipment, a quality beginner’s lacrosse stick and some supplemental equipment to help support your daughter’s efforts will cost no more, all together, than a decent set of golf clubs or a few nights’ stay at a hotel. Your investment returns to you in a more confident, more agile daughter.