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Lacrosse Stick Buyers Guide

Selecting a Lacrosse Stick

This guide will be your easy to use tool for finding your perfect lacrosse stick. We will walk you through the different parts of the stick; explain what pocket depth is best for your playing style, and size you up to the ideal stick.

First, establish which position you will be playing. Positions include attack, midfield, defense, and goalie. Next, determine your skill and experience level. The stick you choose will ultimately be the one that fits with your playing technique and specific league guidelines.

Understanding Lacrosse Stick Makeup

  •      >Heads: top part of the lacrosse stick. They can be purchased strung or unstrung.
  •      >Shafts: bottom part of the stick, sometimes referred to as the handle.
  •      >A "Complete Stick": features both the strung head and the shaft.

 

Proper Stick Length by Player (Complete stick with head and shaft)

Men:

  •      >Attack/Midfield: A short stick which measures between 100 cm and 107 cm long.
  •      >Defense/Midfield: A total of four players per team may carry a longer shaft which is 132 cm to 182 cm long.
  •      >Goalie: Allowed to have a stick from 101 cm to 182 cm long.

 

Women:

      >Sticks range may from 90cm to 110cm. The exact length depends on the position-longer for defense, shorter for field players.

Youth players:

  •      >The ability to handle the stick comfortably is the most important factor when buying for a youth player. Choose a stick that fits them comfortably, regardless of   position.

 

                                                       Links to Lacrosse Information by Player
Men's Sticks Women's Sticks Beginner Tips
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Men's Sticks

A short stick is used by both attack and midfield players and is much easier to control than a long stick. Its short length makes it easier to dodge defenders and score in a "tight" situation. The long stick is primarily used by defenders, which makes it much easier to poke check and keep the offensive player further away. Goalie sticks have a much larger head that makes it easier to assist in blocking shots.

More advanced players will want to use a lacrosse head that allows for more intricate adjustments. This will allow the player to adjust the stick to fit a changing playing style. One aspect of the lacrosse stick that can be changed from player to player is pocket depth. Deeper pockets allow for better ball control and shallower pockets are best for quicker release. A player's pocket depth is up to their personal preference.

Shaft

                            76 cm                         152 cm                     101 cm

  • >Modern shafts, sometimes referred to as "handles," are typically made of hollow metal.
  • >Most shafts are made of aluminum, titanium, scandium, alloys, or carbon fiber composite.
  • >They are usually octagonal and some come with texture to provide a better grip.
  • >The open end of the hollow shaft must be covered with tape or an end cap made of rubber.
  • >The head of the stick is usually attached to the shaft with a screw to keep it in place.
  • >Choosing the shaft material comes down to personal preference. Titanium shafts are typically the strongest and aluminum shafts usually are the most lightweight. Scandium shafts offer a balance between the two.
  • >Composite shafts stay at a consistent temperature outdoors.

 

Head

 

  • >NCAA Head: Legal under NCAA rules only. These heads meet the minimum width measurements allowed by the NCAA, and are not legal under NFHS and youth lacrosse rules.
  • >NFHS Head: Legal for NFHS (high school) and youth lacrosse.
  • >Universal Head: Legal for play at all levels of lacrosse (NCAA/High School/Youth). These heads meet both the NCAA 2010 and the current NFHS width measurements.
  • >The head of the goalie's stick is much larger and may be 25 to 30 cm wide under US Lacrosse and NCAA rules.
  • >The side portion of the head may not be more than 5 cm tall in any league.
  • >In order to be deemed legal for play, the pocket depth must pass the following test: when a lacrosse ball is placed in the pocket, the top edge of the ball must not sit deeper than the lowermost edge of the sidewall.

 

 

Pocket types

Lacrosse sticks come with either a traditional woven pocket or a mesh pocket. Heads can be bought strung or unstrung.

  •      >Mesh pockets: are the most commonly used pockets made of nylon webbing woven into the side of the pocket and require little adjustments.
  •      >Goalies tend to prefer mesh because it reduces rebounds.
  •      >A stiffer pocket is more accurate while shooting or passing, but gives less control while running and moving.
  •      >Traditional pockets: consist of nylon laces woven around 4 adjustable leather straps which can adjust to fit any type of shot.
  •      >Pocket depth: deeper pocket provides more feel and ball control, while a shallower pocket gives you a quicker release.
  •      >Ball-control players who do a lot of short passing and dodging should use a fairly deep pocket.
  •      >Fast-break players who tend to pass the ball over longer areas should use a shallower pocket.

 

When using a new lacrosse head, make sure the pocket is broken in before play. In the men's game, breaking in the pocket is up to personal preference. For an ideal fit, adjust the shooting strings and throw it a few times until it feels right with your release and then retie shooters.

Shooting strings

Shooting strings are positioned horizontally near the top of the stick's head, affecting the ball's balance and direction. Three or four shooting strings, commonly hockey skate laces, are used to make a smooth path for the ball to run out of the pocket while Nylon strings are used for a "Crisper" feel. The shooting strings determine whether your shot will have "whip," which determines the angle of the ball leaving the head. The more whip in your stick, the lower the ball goes when you throw it. Typically attack would want more whip.

Build Your Own Stick

Mix and match a lightweight shaft handle and an advanced-design head. When building your own stick keep in mind the following:

  •      >What position are you playing?
  •      >Do you want a pocket with more ball control or greater accuracy on passes and shots?
  •      >What is your preference-Shaft: Lighter for speed or heavier for strength?
  •      >What are your league rules and regulations?

 

Women's Sticks

Understanding Lacrosse Stick Makeup

Before you make a purchase, it's important to understand the components of your stick:

  •      >Heads: top part of the lacrosse stick. They can be purchased strung or unstrung.
  •      >Shafts: bottom part of the stick, sometimes referred to as the handle.
  •      >A "Complete Stick": features both the strung head and the shaft.

 

When playing with a new lacrosse head it is important to make sure the pocket is broken in before play. Women's lacrosse typically requires a higher pocket. Some heads come with the pocket already broken in so be sure to ask your coach if you are unsure if the head is ready for competition.

Complete Sticks

  •      >The proper complete stick can be 90 cm to 110 cm long.
  •      >A goalie stick may be 90cm to 135 cm max.

 

Shaft

  •      >Most are made of composite, aluminum, titanium, scandium, or alloys.
  •      >Diameter can be 2 to 2,5 cm, some are also tapered.
  •      >They are usually octagonal and some come with texture to provide a better grip.
  •      >Tapered shafts help with hand placement and cradling.
  •      >The head of the stick is usually attached to the shaft with a screw to keep it in place.
  •      >Composite shafts stay at a consistent temperature outdoors and come in a variety of textures and grips.

 

Head

  • >FIL rules dictate that the head of a women's stick must a minimum of 16 cm wide, and must be strung traditionally.
  • >Nylon mesh stringing, permitted in men's sticks, is not permitted in women's sticks; however, the goalkeeper's stick head is allowed to be strung with nylon mesh.
  • >The legal depth of a women's stick pocket is determined by the following test: the top of the lacrosse ball, when placed in the pocket, must remain above the top edge of the sidewall.

 

 

The right lacrosse head will make a difference in your game. Defense will want a stiffer head to stand up to checking and a flat scoop to allow for easier ground balls. Attack/midfield will want a lighter weight head for switching hands and quick shooting, with a narrower throat to help with ball control. Look at the chart below for a breakdown by skill level:

Build Your Own Stick

When building your own stick keep in mind the following:

  •      >What position are you playing?
  •      >Do you want a pocket with more ball control or greater accuracy on passes and shots?
  •      >What is your shaft preference: (weight, shape, grip, size/diameter)?
  •      >What are the FIL rules and regulations?

 

See http://www.filacrosse.com for approved sticks.

 

Beginner Tips

Helpful Hints for Beginners

  • >To learn how to throw properly, find a stick that has a wide face for easier catching and flat scoop for ground ball pickups.
  • >Wide head makes it easier to master the fundamentals.
  • >Aluminum shafts tend to be more durable.
  • >New players should check with their coach to see if their head needs to be broken in before play.

 

How to Buy a Stick
Head: New players benefit from a head with a wider throat area, which makes it easier to catch the ball. Experienced players may prefer heads that are narrower at the throat to aid in ball retention but can make catching the ball more difficult. An offset head allows for a deeper pocket, which helps maintain control of the ball.
Shaft: Lighter shafts allow the player to generate more speed for quicker stick handling and shooting. This is especially important for players in attack positions. Heavier, thicker shafts increase the strength of the stick, which is often preferred by defense.
For youth boys only: Soft mesh in the lacrosse head is more forgiving, making it easier to catch the ball. Stiff mesh provides more power on your shots and passes. Mesh is not allowed in most girls play.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the differences between Men's, Women's, and Youth sticks? In addition to length, men's and women's lacrosse sticks differ in the following ways: Most men's sticks have a pocket composed of a synthetic interwoven mesh and hockey laces. In women's lacrosse, the top of the ball must remain above the top of the sidewall after pressure has been applied to a ball dropped into the pocket, to be considered a legal pocket depth.

2. What is the benefit of texture or grip? A textured lacrosse stick allows for consistent grip and enhanced feel in rainy and cold weather. A raised grip allows the handle to sit comfortably in your hands during any game. Grip tape is also available to add texture to a stick.

3. For women's sticks, what is the benefit of an angled shaft/head? Women's heads are shallower and narrower causing a higher level of difficulty to retain the ball in the pocket. We offer the offset and 10 degree angled technology. This allows less time cradling the ball and more time taking shots. This innovative technology also allows for a unique center of gravity, positioning the ball higher in the pocket for the best feel.

4. What are the variations of stick types by position? Attackers may prefer shorter sticks which provide better maneuverability and control. Midfielders may prefer medium-length sticks, which allow them to play offense or defense since the stick is not made to favor any one playing style. Defenders prefer longer sticks, since their mission is to reach and stop balls. Goaltenders use sticks in the middle range to help them stop balls with more quickness. Using too long of a stick decreases maneuverability, while too short of a stick decreases defensive reach.

5. Difference between hard and soft mesh? Hard mesh pockets tend to allow for quick releases and a longer break-in than with soft mesh. They tend to have a longer life span and will provide a consistent pocket if strung correctly. Soft mesh is more forgiving, making it easier to catch the ball.

6. How do I break in my stick? Customize your pocket to perfection with the Lacrosse Pocket Stretcher. This press-in pocket stretcher features multiple slots for depth adjustment so you can keep your pocket as loose or tight as you like, featuring multiple slots for pocket depth adjustment.

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