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  • Choosing the Best Field Hockey Stick

    When choosing a field hockey stick you must take into consideration the length, weight, composition, bow shape, and toe shape of the stick, as well as your level and style of play. This guide will help every field hockey player find the stick that will take their game to the next level. Continue reading

  • Field Hockey 101

    Are you new to field hockey or want to brush up on the basics? Then this is the spot for you! This post is designed to educate players and parents on some of the most important aspects of the game; from the field, to the scoring, to the players, this is field hockey 101.

    The Game

    How many players are on the field?

    In the game of field hockey, there are eleven players on the field, including the goalie. Typical lineups include 5-3-2-1 and 3-3-3-1-1, but lineups may vary slightly depending on the team.

    What does a field hockey field look like?

    Below is a picture of a field hockey field with marks indicating where penalty strokes, penalty corners, and long-hits* are taken, as well as the 50-yard and 25-yard field lines and the 16-yard shooting circle. The field is 100 yards long and 60 yards wide.

     

    Field Hockey Field

    *Long-hits in high school are being replaced with 25-yard free hits. Click here to find out more.

    How does a game start and how are teams’ set-up on the field?

    Before a game can begin, the referees gather the captains from each team and conduct a coin toss. This is done to determine which team will begin with possession of the ball or which goal they will defend first. Then, each individual takes their position on the field, with each team set-up on opposite sides of the 50-yard line.

    At halftime, each team trades sides of the field as well as possession of the ball.

    What happens when a goal is scored?

    A goal is scored in field hockey when the ball crosses the goal line. Each goal is worth one point. For a goal to count, it must be shot or deflected from inside the 16-yard shooting circle.

    Once a goal is scored, the match is re-set and the opposing team begins with possession of the ball.

    What are common fouls?

    • When the ball hits your foot
    • Obstruction
    • Third party obstruction

    Click here to see the NFHS field hockey penalty signals.

    How long does a field hockey game last?

    There are two halves in field hockey. In high school, each half lasts 25 minutes for JV and 30 minutes for Varsity. However, collegiate and international games have 35 minute halves.

  • Choosing the Best Lacrosse Stick for Women's Lacrosse

    Choosing the best women's lacrosse stick is all about knowing your level of play, position on the field and personal comfort. This guide will help women’s lacrosse players at all levels pick their poison.

    If you’re a beginner, some things to look for:

    Intermediate players:

    • Expect to spend $50-$110 for your stick. Price is of a wider range because once you’re out of the beginner stage, it’s all about preference.
    • If you’re new to the game but starting at an older age, an intermediate stick is recommended.
    • At this level, players tend to switch to a composite shaft and mix and match heads and shafts.
    • If you’re still interested in a complete stick the Brine A1 Complete Stick, STX Crux 300 Complete Stick, deBeer NV3 Complete Stick, and the Maverik Wondergirl Complete Stick all make good choices. The heads on each of these sticks would also pair well with any composite shaft.
    • Complete women's lacrosse sticks tend to be a better deal as far as price is concerned.

    Advanced players:

    Each manufacturer has options for any level and this information is just a snippet of some of the most popular ones. The best way to find your favorite stick is to try them out in stores or borrow a friend's! As long as you are happy with the equipment you're using and it's legal, that's all that really matters!

  • STX Mesh Revolution is Here

    STX is known for creating an elite line of heads, handles, and complete sticks across men’s and women’s lacrosse for players of all skill levels. Now, they’re doing the same in a very highly contested area: lacrosse mesh. But they’re not just releasing any old mesh… they’re starting a STX Mesh Revolution.

    STX Memory Mesh

    As you know, a good piece of lacrosse mesh can mean all the difference between winning and losing. You want a piece of mesh that’s able to be easily strung, lasts extremely long, breaks in easily, and helps you shoot and pass your best. STX definitely understands this, so that’s why they’ve decided to come out with the Dry Mesh, Dry Mesh Lite, Knot Mesh, and Memory Mesh. Let’s take a quick look at what makes these pieces of stx mesh so special and why you should get your hands on them ASAP.

    The STX Dry Mesh is made for superior durability. It’s weatherproof due to the Weather Weave construction that has independent strands of nylon with a super-tough coating, keeping the fibers dry and making the life of your pocket last longer. You can also get its little brother, the Dry Mesh Lite.

    The Dry Mesh Lite is…you guessed it – lightweight. It features all of the benefits of the Dry Mesh but with an added bonus: extra ball feel. This makes it seem like it’s an extension of your own body.

    Mesh Revolution - Drymesh, Knot Mesh, and Mesh LiteGet the Dry Mesh strung onto a Stallion U 550 Head and this will make it the ultimate weapon of choice for the workhorse midfielder who needs extreme versatility. Get the Dry Mesh Lite strung onto a Super Power Plus Head for the ultimate in lightweight performance, perfect for the attackman who just wants to absolutely rip shot after relentless shot.

    The STX Knot Mesh is one of the most exciting meshes to have been released. The exclusive knotted construction delivers superior control and excellent ball feel in addition to reducing the stretch of the pocket and maintaining the consistency and reliability. Get the Knot Mesh strung onto a Surgeon 10 500 for the ultimate operating tool on the field. Precision accuracy and control are yours with this combo. Perfect for the tactical midfielder or attackman.

    The STX Memory Mesh never forgets… It’s the type of mesh that will keep your pocket better and longer. That’s not all though – the Memory Mesh is super-strong. It’s so strong it has up to 15x the tensile strength of steel! This means that you know without a shadow of a doubt that the Memory Mesh will hold its shape better and longer than any other mesh on the market. Goalies…STX didn’t forget you either. The Memory Mesh is also available for goalies.

    STX is definitely changing the mesh market with its mix between technologically superior mesh and features that will resonate with players who want that extra oomph from their equipment. Stay on the lookout for more from them. But in the meantime, head over to Lax World and pick up some of the mesh and other STX gear.

  • Finding a Good Helmet in Men's Lacrosse

    Helmets are one of the most expensive pieces of lacrosse equipment…and arguably the most essential. We definitely understand: they aren’t cheap. But your lacrosse helmet protects the most vulnerable part of your body, so how could it not be a good investment? Do you know what makes a good lacrosse helmet? Do you know the different parts of this equipment? If not, don’t worry. We’re going to be explaining exactly those things so you can find the right helmet for your particular needs.

    Lacrosse Helmet with the Correct Fit

    Is your helmet game-ready?

    All lacrosse helmets have to meet certain standards for game-ready play. The NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) requires that all helmets are made in a way that prevents them from being damaged too easily. All lacrosse helmets are stress tested in certain environments that mimic that of a lacrosse field. When you get your helmet in the mail or pick it up in a store, you can be sure that you’re getting a safe product.

    The Anatomy of a Lacrosse Helmet

    A lacrosse helmet is made out of different parts that make up an entire whole. These are:

    • The Shell – All lacrosse helmets are made out of a super-strong shell. Shells come in all sorts of colors and materials. These are made of plastic (mostly) and are non-adjustable. A good example of a helmet that’s not made of out plastic is the Cascade R Helmet in a Carbon Finish. If your helmet has a crack in it, you’ll need to replace the entire helmet. Don’t take the chance of playing with cracked safety gear.
    • Face Mask – Your face mask is made out of non-bendable metal bars and must form a consistent smooth curvature. Think of it this way… if you cut the helmet in half down the center vertically or horizontally, it should be the same on both sides. In addition to elite protection, face masks can come in all sorts of colors, not just the traditional silver or black. One great example of this is the Cascade CPX-R with a Gold Titanium face mask.
    • Padding – Without padding, the helmet would just rattle around on your head! No one wants that…at all. Padding is made of super-dense foam that absorbs sweat and moisture during play.
    • Chin Pad/Strap – The Chin Pad protects your chin from impacts and also helps to keep your helmet on your head.

    How does your helmet fit? 

    Your helmet should fit securely on your head. It should be tight and secure…but not too tight. For a great fit, you’ll need a measure of your head.

    1. Get a tape measure and measure the circumference around your head in a level line, roughly 1” above your eyebrows. If someone is able to do it for you, all the better.
    2. Hold the spot on the measuring tape where it stops and record what the measurement is. Check the helmet sizing chart to find out your size.

    Manufacturers: Who makes the best lacrosse helmet?

    Ah…the old age question: “who makes the best helmet?” Cascade makes some pretty good helmets. STX also produces some pretty fine headgear. Like most things when it comes to lacrosse, it depends on two things: need and preference.

    If you’re looking for a good youth helmet, you may want to go with the STX Stallion 100. If you’re looking for a helmet that you can easily customize, you’ll want to go with one of the Cascade R or CPX-R helmets. Speaking of customization…

    Customization

    What’s a lacrosse helmet without a little flair? You can easily trick out a lacrosse equipment to your liking. Choose what color face mask, shell, and visor you want. Cascade will do the rest. This is perfect for teams that want a uniform helmet color.

    Check out some of our custom helmets today!

    Choosing a lacrosse helmet can be a breeze. If you walk in to one of our Lax World locations, you’ll definitely be pointed in the right direction. If you’re not near a Lax World location, call us at 1-800-752-9529 and we’ll definitely be able to help you out and pick the right helmet for you.

  • Infographic: 10 Things I Learned Playing Girls Lacrosse

    Women's lacrosse introduces young players to a lot more than just how to shoot a ball, there are plenty of life lessons players will learn on their journey through participation in this fast paced sport.

    With that in mind we asked Renee, the newest addition to our Lax World Team, to take a moment and reflect on the top 10 things she learned from playing girls lacrosse. For the full post, including Renee's Breakout of each item mentioned below, see our blog: "10 Things I Learned Playing Girls Lacrosse".

     

    10 Things I Learned Playing Girls Lacrosse

     


     

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  • Mint From East Coast Dyes: Solution To Greasy Lacrosse Balls

    Believe it or not, lacrosse balls aren’t made to last as long as we want them to. Mint3

    Over the course of a season, a ball will get… let’s say… “greasy” over time.

    And by greasy we mean lacrosse balls that are more slippery and harder. Greasers are harder to cradle, harder to control and come out of a pocket differently than a brand new ball. Players hate greasers because they make games and practices unpredictable. You never know how the ball will release from your stick with one of these.

    There are home remedies to fix this problem but let's be honest… who really has the time or energy to go through the process? Keeping that in mind, East Coast Dyes developed their new Mint lacrosse ball to never become a greaser. Playing with these is like always using a brand new ball.

    The Mint lacrosse ball is unlike most lacrosse balls because it’s made of non-rubber polymer which lasts longer than the rubber of traditional balls. East Coast Dyes maintains consistency during manufacturing by ensuring that each ball is of the highest quality and meets all standards. Best of all, each ball is made right here in the USA. Mint balls are approved for NFHS, NCAA and meet NOCSAE® SEI standards.

  • Choosing Footwear: Lacrosse Cleats and Turf Shoes

    The lacrosse cleats and the lacrosse turf shoes that you choose to wear makes a gigantic difference in how you play on the field.

    Your choice of lacrosse footwear can make all the difference between losing the game and winning the championship at the end of the season... So it’s pretty obvious that they’re pretty important.

    Lacrosse is pretty tough on your feet and the wrong pair of shoes can spell disaster for you and your feet. This article will delve into the different kinds of lacrosse footwear and why you should make a conscious decision about what you decide to wear onto the field.

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  • Preparing For College Lacrosse: Summer Recruiting Tips For Athletes & Their Parents

    The sweat, suntan lotion and sweet smell of victory as your child’s club team wins the tournament while 20 or 30 top college coaches watch and then line up after with athletic scholarships ready to hand out. Your star student and super athlete should have no problem securing a top D1 scholarship, right? Well, not exactly. So if you your child is not the star of a top team, or an A student, does that mean there is nothing available? No. There is more than one path to college sports, summer recruiting doesn't have to be stressful.

    FullSizeRenderThe reality is if you want to play college lacrosse, there are many options at many different levels. It’s about finding the right fit for your child. Recruiting and finding a college fit can be so overwhelming on many levels. It’s not easy to decide your future at the age of 16 or younger. Some players know right off the bat(or stick), “Yes, I want to play college lacrosse”. Others that aren’t as sure might find the process even more overwhelming. If you wish to continue your lacrosse career after high school and club, somewhere there is a program that will fit your needs. 

     

     

    As you’re going through the process, here are some things to keep in mind:

    • DI vs DII vs DIII - Visit schools at all levels, consider which schools you like the best, and find out if they have lacrosse programs. Identify of list of 10 or so schools to pursue.
    • Play in summer club leagues - One of the best ways to get recruited is to play on a club team in the summer tournaments. Some club teams will even pick up extra players for the season. Many college coaches attend these tournaments and you may have the chance to speak to a coach from one of the schools on your list or meet a coach from a school that wasn’t even on your radar.
    • Talk to your coaches - Coaching is a community in itself and your coaches can help you network to schools that interest you. Many coaches also have valuable advice that will make the process easier.
    • FullSizeRender2When to contact coaches - NCAA rules state that college coaches may not officially contact you prior to November 15th of your junior year, but contact often begins before then with the potential recruit calling the coach. You may request the coach’s cell number and touch base. Be sure to know what you are going to say... 
    • What you should say to them- Coaches don’t have a lot of time. Tell them a short sentence or two about you, your position, your school, grades, quick lacrosse background and most of all, tell them about your desire to play for them.
    • Make a highlight video - There are services to help you but you can do it yourself too. Check out some great free software editing tools. Coaches need to see you play and they can tell quickly if your skills are a good fit for their team.
    • Schedule visits - Visit schools when they are in session. Go anywhere you can. Even if you think it isn’t a school you are interested in, it will give you something to compare to your favorite schools.
    • Decide your best fit based on the school not just the program - Keep in mind things can change and you may end up not playing. No one expects anything to go wrong, but there’s always a risk of getting hurt, or changing your mind, so be sure you pick a school you will like even if you don’t play lacrosse.
    • What are the pros and cons of playing a college sport - Playing a sport in college means going to bed early so you can get up for practice when your roommates can go out and have fun, it means having good time management skills so you can get your homework finished, it means planning your whole day around practice and lifting and all the extra events. At the end of the day, it also means having a group of friends who have your back, and you part of something special that teaches countless lessons and prepares you for the future. Many college students don’t have the opportunity to experience athletics, and it is a quality that employers often seek. College athletes are hard-working and dedicated, two qualities that can set you apart from other candidates in the eye of potential employers.
    • Talking numbers - When you finally do get an offer, you can only make a verbal commit until November 15th or your senior year. The offer or offers you get can be negotiated between the school and the coach if your financial situation doesn’t quite match the offer. You can change your mind at any point, but whether it is during the verbal or formal commit period you should call the coach to discuss. If you have already signed and then change your mind the process is a bit more complex but your first step should always be to contact the coach your are currently committed to. Be professional, polite and gracious.

    Remember, there is no perfect path. Find your path and enjoy your journey through college lacrosse.

  • East Coast Dyes Carbon Pro Guest Post

    Big thanks to East Coast Dyes for doing this guest post featuring the new Carbon Pro shaft! They really know their stuff and we're happy to be featuring their products, specifically the Carbon Pro.


     

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    The Carbon Pro is the most technologically advanced shaft in the East Coast Dyes line. Building on the success of the original Carbon, ECD set off to build something that would be fit for the most elite players on the field. In order to do that, new, key features had to be developed. Those features include Flex Control Layering (FCL) and the all-new Kick Point Technology.

    With carbon fiber, the orientation of each material layer has a major impact on the overall strength and flex profile. Through extensive testing and research, FCL was developed. This new layering technique allows the Carbon Pro to be about 12% lighter than the original Carbon, while maintaining the same strength. With typical non-carbon fiber shafts, if you take away material, your strength will decrease, but with carbon fiber that is not always the case. FCL allows ECD to get the most out the carbon fiber material.

    FCL also provides the ability to change flex levels throughout the shaft, which creates Kick Points. When placed properly, Kick Points provide additional benefits based on a player’s specific playing style. For example, the 30” Carbon Pro features a High Kick Point. This provides a quick release perfect for snappy finishes.

    Here is a breakdown of the new Carbon Pro line:

    The 30” Carbon Pro features a High Kick Point and is rated as a Flex8 on our 10-point flex scale. The High Kick Point provides a quick release, which makes this shaft perfect for the crafty player who is all about quick feeds and finishes. The increased flex will allow you to add a little extra snap to all of your shots and passes. $139.99

     

    The 40” Carbon Pro features a Mid Kick Point and is rated as a Flex3 on our 10-point flex scale. The Mid Kick Point provides a supremely balanced feel and allows for more accurate outlet passes to the streaking midfielders after your biggest saves. Lowering the flex rating means the shaft will be sturdier while stopping hard shots and taking checks from attackmen. As an added bonus, the 40” Carbon Pro features a unique raised texture right where you keep your top hand, so you can have the best feel possible. $149.99

     

    The 60” Carbon Pro features a Mid Kick Point and is rated as a Flex3 on our 10-point flex scale. The Mid Kick Point provides a supremely balanced feel and allows for an accurate release perfect for long clearing passes. Lowering the flex rating means less recoil time and gives the stability you need to throw hard take away checks. As an added bonus, the 60” Carbon Pro features a unique raised texture on the bottom portion, so you always have the perfect grip when throwing checks. $199.99

     

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