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 of 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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