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Lacrosse Tips

  • Which Lacrosse Position Should I Play? (Boys’/Men’s Lacrosse)

    Various lacrosse positions


    Whether you’re just starting out as a lacrosse player, or you're an experienced player looking to try a new position, everyone knows that lacrosse is the ultimate test of teamwork, “the fastest sport on two feet,” and the best sport ever. It takes effort from everyone on the field to score, and it requires even more for the team to win. Having the right equipment and gear is just one part of a winning package. The other is putting players in the right position to succeed. From Attackers, to Defenders, Goalies, to Midfielders, every position has their own responsibilities in order to end up on top at the end of the game. Where do YOU lend your skills? Continue reading

  • Defense Wins Games! – Tips on Defending the Crease

    Defending the Crease
    We know that as lax season starts up, you’re probably just getting your legs under you and getting back to game speed. Whether you’re practicing your scoop or memorizing plays, now is the ideal time to be getting back into your flow for the spring lacrosse season. As you already know, Lax World has got all the latest and greatest info to keep you on top of your game. Today’s lesson: defending the crease. This is a vital part of any game; if you leave your goal defenseless, odds are, you won’t fare very well against your opponent. Continue reading
  • The Weather Is Cold, But Keep Your Game Hot with These Indoor Lacrosse Drills

    Indoor Lacrosse Drills

    Lacrosse season is upon us! We might all be ready, but it doesn’t look like the weather has gotten the memo yet. Some areas of the country are still pretty cold – too cold to practice anything lax related outside. This could be bad news come game time. It’s likely that without any practice, your skills could get rusty. Even worse, you could be injured if you hop right back into lacrosse without having prepared your body. Here are some indoor lacrosse drills that you can practice to keep your skills hot while the weather is still cold. Continue reading

  • At Home Lacrosse Drills

    Whether you are suffering from a lack of action during the off-season or just want to sharpen your lacrosse skill, doing a few rudimentary at home lacrosse drills can really improve your game. It’s always great to have a partner to practice with, but there are several drills designed for solo action that you can use at home to enhance your skills. Continue reading

  • How to Properly String Your Lacrosse Head

    Whether you play lacrosse professionally or are just improving your general lacrosse skills, one of the first things you want to learn is how to string a lacrosse head yourself. The process will vary slightly depending on what type of mesh you use, but it is definitely something that you can manage on your own in just a couple of minutes by following the below steps. Continue reading

  • Proper etiquette for cheering on your child

    For many parents, Lacrosse isn't easy to understand. For boys especially, the sport can be physical, resulting in bumps and bruises during the course of a match. In the girl's version, injury is less of a concern, but as with any sport, the possibility is always there.

    Because of the various levels of understanding, and the highly competitive nature of the sport, U.S. Lacrosse has indicated some guidelines that parents should follow as they support their child's participation.

    Learn the Rules

    One of the most important things that parents of lacrosse players need to understand is study the rules of the game. Without this knowledge, it is difficult to discern between a legal hit and a non-legal hit. Parents who don't have this knowledge of the rules often attend lacrosse matches where they believe a foul is being committed against their child. Other times, a parent might yell out and suggest that their child hit another player illegally. Parents don't necessarily want anyone to get hurt, they just don't understand the parameters of the game.

    Don't Obsess About Competition

    While lacrosse can be very competitive, the most important element is the child having fun. There are children who naturally possess talent for the sport, and those who are destined to be a mediocre player regardless of how much they practice. Either scenario is just fine. Whether your child has special talent or not, it's important not to put all your eggs in the lacrosse players head, and let your child find his/her own goals and dreams where the sport is concerned. Athletic scholarships are increasingly becoming more rare, and pressuring a child to be good enough to achieve one just brings unnecessary stress.

    Be There and Ask Questions

    Part of being a lacrosse parent includes taking an active interest in the game. This means attending matches whenever possible, and asking your child questions about their experience. Avoid emphasizing on winning, and focus more on what your child is learning from and enjoying during practices and games.

    Also, take time to ask the coaches and officials questions, preferably not during an actual match. These questions should be presented in a respectful manner, for example, if you are confused about a hit you believed to be foul, it's a good idea to get an explanation. Maintaining communication with everyone involved creates a social experience for everyone.

    Respect Coaches, Officials, Other Parents, and Players

    One of the cornerstones of lacrosse values is to respect the game. This means controlling impulses, especially aggressive ones, when attending matches. Yelling things like, "Nice job," or, "Great Block!" are appropriate and encouraged. Making specific suggestions on how your child should play is not. Coaches need to be able to coach without contradicting information from parents. The same goes for officials and the other players on the field.

  • 5 Benefits of Lacrosse for Kids

    If you are lucky enough to have a child that expresses interest in playing lacrosse, you can look forward to a lot of things. There are a number of benefits to playing the sport that can make a world of difference for the average youngster. From improved mental acuity, increased fitness, socialization and team building, lacrosse is the perfect sport for kids to play – and it is fun to watch for parents as well.

    Mental Acuity

    Lax World Mental Acuity

    It takes discipline to play lacrosse, a trait your child is sure to strengthen should he or she play with consistency. Like any sport, lacrosse may look to outsiders like a simple ball game with a lot of running up and down a field, but the tactics for successful play and the skill development needed to play will take time and persistence to develop.

    Not only will your child develop mental discipline, he or she will also reap the benefits provided by regular exercise. Regular exercise has been shown to improve mental performance time and again, and lacrosse is no exception. This can benefit both mood and performance in school.

    Increased Fitness

    Lacrosse is a sport that requires a serious level of fitness. Even kids games involve continuous running and sprinting, as well as throwing and catching – all of which keep the heart rate up and the lungs working. This cardiovascular exercise will keep your child fit and strong for the remainder of the time he or she plays the sport; and this is just during the game.

    When not playing, your child will be training. Lacrosse training demands skill development, cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Competition requires performing at your peak, and your child’s lacrosse coach will do the best he or she can to keep players fit and strong.

    It must be noted that lacrosse is an age appropriate sport. If your child is relatively young, the games and the training will be far more focused on fun than on top-tier performance – as they should be. But even at beginning levels, lacrosse will teach your child the fundamentals of physical fitness and the joy of healthy play.


    Team sports are an excellent way to teach social interaction and how to work with others. Each team is only as strong as its weakest link, making every member an important component of overall team performance. Lacrosse will teach your child to set goals and accomplish those goals with the help of others, a vital real-world skill.

    Overcoming obstacles within a team is also a good way to develop lifelong friendships. Your child will probably develop strong bonds with his or her teammates. This can make the harder years of schooling a little bit easier.

    Productive Habits

    Devoting time to lacrosse can also teach your child the power of productive habits. The work that goes into the game, including regular practice, teamwork and giving it your all, will teach your child the value of adopting habits that are beneficial. Not every child is lucky enough to experience lessons like these early in life – lessons that can make all the difference as an adult.

    Regular practice, healthy eating, getting enough rest, overcoming mistakes and failure – all of these habits can be learned through lacrosse, and are the same habits that separate top performers in the real world.


    One area where lacrosse players benefit is in the training of fine-tuned coordination. Catching a little ball in a cupped net, especially in the middle of a game, is much more difficult than it looks. Combine running, jumping and blocking, and you have a recipe for coordination that will benefit your child for a lifetime.

  • How to Stay in Lacrosse Shape during the Offseason

    Every athlete needs a break to relieve tired muscles, tend to injuries and indulge in some rest and relaxation. Just because it’s the off-season doesn’t mean you should abandon lacrosse altogether. To be in your top form for next season, you need to stay fit during the off-season.

    Lacrosse is a high-impact sport that works virtually every muscle in the body. Players need strength and endurance to run up and down the field, to swing a lacrosse stick and to throw and cradle the ball. Frequent workouts help you stay in better lacrosse shape, while improving your cardiovascular fitness, complete-body strength and muscular endurance. Continue reading

  • Lacrosse Stick FAQ Pt II

    lacrosse stick

    The stick - It's the most important piece of equipment when it comes to lacrosse. However, just like the hockey stick, baseball bat, tennis racquet, and golf club, the lacrosse stick has greatly evolved as technology has improved since the inception of the game. Many of the basics of the lacrosse stick, from the shaft material to the difference between men's and women's sticks, were covered in Part I of our FAQs. This FAQ installment will focus more on the technology behind the lacrosse stick, as well as what type of stick you need based on your skill set.

    What material are lacrosse shafts typically made of?

    Materials typically vary by what position you play. For instance, attacker and midfielder sticks are most commonly made of titanium, aluminum alloy, and composite materials. Defender shafts and goalie shafts are made of scandium, titanium, and aluminum alloy. So what style of shaft is best for you, being that there's some crossover between positions? It depends. Titanium shafts are the strongest, so it's the ideal material for a defender attempting to check the opposition off the ball. However, aluminum alloy is considered the lightest material, which would suit an attacker or a goaltender. Above all, the type of shaft you choose should come down to personal preference.

    What type of pocket should I get with my stick - deep or shallow?

    Again, the answer to this question depends on what position you play. Deeper pockets allow for better ball control and make it more difficult for defenders to check you off the ball, so ball control players who either do a lot of short passing or dodging typically select deeper pocket sticks. Shallow pockets allow for a fast release and are usually selected by more fast-break type players.

    I'm a new lacrosse player - what type of stick should I buy?

    For anyone that's new to the game, the first priority should be learning how to catch and throw properly. The sticks that allow beginners to do this best are those that have wide heads and throat areas. Soft mesh is also much more forgiving than hard mesh, thereby making it easier to catch the ball. However, lacrosse players shouldn't always play with wide heads - narrower head designs allow players to get more power on their shots, which is certainly an advantage after you've mastered the fundamentals.

    How much do lacrosse sticks cost?

    That depends on a lot of factors, but generally speaking, lacrosse sticks cost anywhere between $35 and $150. If you're a beginner player, we'd recommend springing for a less expensive stick because you're likely just going to be using it to hone the basic skills. As you get better and become a more serious player, you'll need the appropriate stick to perform up to your level - that's when you shouldn't be afraid to pony up bigger money for a better stick. Some of our favorite beginner sticks are the STX Av8 Complete Stick and the Maverik Bad Boy Complete Stick.

    Can lacrosse sticks be brought as carry-on luggage on airplanes?

    Yes, TSA says lacrosse sticks are OK to bring on a plane as a carry-on, so players that travel for games and tournaments shouldn't worry about checking it with the airline before security. Those who are paying upwards of $100 for a lacrosse stick may prefer carrying the equipment on, as it reduces the risk of lost or stolen items.

  • Lacrosse Cleat Buying Guide

    Nike Huarache 3 Lacrosse Cleats

    It’s crucial to wear the proper lacrosse gear and apparel for safety, comfort, and a skillful edge. Cleats are arguably one of the most important pieces of equipment in lacrosse. In this buying guide for lacrosse shoes, you’ll find important information for buying cleats that combine advanced flexibility, durability, and comfort with lightweight ingenuity. Continue reading

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