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  • 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

  • A Beginner's Guide to Necessary Lacrosse Equipment

    Have you ever wondered where lacrosse got its origins? Its origins date as far back as a Native American game played by young warriors to prepare them for battle when games could have 100 to 1,000 players. Today's version has 10 players per team and requires specific safety gear. Beginners should consider the following equipment to get started in Lacrosse:

    Gloves: Hits on the hands are common in beginner lacrosse, so well padded lacrosse gloves are a must.

    Arm and Elbow Pads: Protect the arms from opponents' slashing lacrosse sticks. Look for well padded but flexible dense foam arm pads for maximum protection.

    Forearm Pads: These pads fill the gap between the gloves and the arm pads.

    Cleats: High-top lacrosse cleats are designed to stay on during a game (versus cleats from other sports).

    Shoulder Pads: These pads should fully protect the shoulders and also extend hard padding down the chest.

    Rib Pads: Some players wear these to protect their ribs and kidneys from poke checks; however, some players find them to be too bulky.

    Lacrosse Balls: Stock up on the hard rubber balls used in lacrosse for practice sessions.

    Helmet: Protecting your head is crucial in this tough sport with lots of contact.

    Mouth Guard: Protect the teeth from errant elbows and sticks; buy one that can attach to the helmet.

    Groin Protection: Also known as a "cup", is vital for male players.

    Lacrosse Stick: Beginner sticks have large, wide heads with soft mesh for easier catching; however, they offer less control and durability than an aluminum stick with hard mesh. Advanced lacrosse sticks have a titanium shaft, premium head, hard mesh and custom stringing.

    Optional Items

    Lacrosse Goal and Net: It’s always good to have your own lacrosse goal on hand so you can practice during your own free time.

    Lacrosse Shooting Targets: Start learning to aim your shot and hit your corners with a Target to put in front of your goal.

    You can find all of these products at Lax World today!

  • 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.

  • What to Look Forward to in 2014 in the Lacrosse World

    2014 FIL Denver Logo

    2014 is an exciting year for the lacrosse world. The Federation of International World Championship (FIL World Championship) is the largest international event in the lacrosse world. For the first time in history, this event is coming to the US and is taking place in Denver, Colorado. As an international event, more than 40 nations are expected to participate in this year’s championship game. Continue reading

  • Review of Cascade's R Series Lacrosse Helmet

    The highly anticipated release of the new Cascade R Helmet certainly caused a flurry of shopping activity both online and in lacrosse retailers on July 1st. Professional and amateur lacrosse players across the nation who witnessed the helmet’s debut performance at the opening games at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic were heading up the rush of orders. Continue reading

  • 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.

    Socialization

    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.

    Coordination

    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.

  • When Should I Buy a Complete Stick vs. Building My Own?

    The decision to buy or build your lacrosse stick may seem not important or simple, but there are many different factors that impact when it is best to purchase the complete stick vs. building one from different pieces.

    Limiting Building at the Beginning

    Building a complete lacrosse stick may not be as time consuming as it was in past generations, but it is still a process that requires knowledge of the game and all of the rules. Beginners should avoid building a lacrosse stick personally and opt for a completed stick. Continue reading

  • The Hottest Nike Lacrosse Merchandise

    Lacrosse is emerging as the go-to sport in many schools. What are these young lacrosse players taking with them on the field these days? Nike entered the world of lacrosse merchandise when they saw the increase in popularity of the sport. Now, Nike is one of the top selling lacrosse gear brands in the country. Nike offers a number of top ranking lacrosse products with a focus on both game play and safety.

    As a lacrosse player, you can be dressed head to toe in Nike gear and apparel. Take a look at some of our top selling Nike items and tell us what you think in the comment section below! Continue reading

  • Fiddlesticks...What are they good for? Absolutely everything!

    All University of Maryland player, Tyler, needs is one more goal to win as he heads down the field on a break away. He whips a pass to the point man that quickly passes to a teammate cutting across the crease. He finishes a behind-the-back shot and the team goes crazy - they just won the game before the National Lacrosse Championship! This was not the Final Four though. This was one of several fiddlestick games being played by the young and old fans imagining they were playing for a top college lacrosse team in the parking lot.

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