Monday, September 19, 2016

Lacrosse Equipment 101





There is always room for more hustle in female lacrosse. Having the right equipment can make that extra effort more profitable. Here is a short course in Lacrosse Equipment 101:

Stick
Which is the best lacrosse stick?  In truth, there is not just one good choice. Choice also depends on:
  • Experience in playing.
  • The level of skill.
  • Age and height.
Handles
When choosing a handle, the most important thing to consider is how well that handle feels to the player. Here are some questions to ask:
  • Does this handle feel comfortable in the player's hands?
  • Does the player feel she has good control while catching and cradling?
A wide variety of materials are used in constructing handles and each material has advantages:
  • Scandium/Titanium: Very light weight and very strong material but this can make the stick feel top heavy.
  • Composite: Not as strong but are more flexible and have a softer feel. This material can be better if the player often faces extremes of temperature. 
  • Alloy: Strong but less temperate in more extreme weather conditions.
Other considerations in choosing a stick are:
  • Diameter: Choose between the 7/8" traditional for women, a mid-size (between 7/8" and 1") or men's 1".
  • Shape: Many choices including octagon, concave octagon, rounded octagon, teardrop, and tapered.
  • Finish: alloy, mild-sandblast, soft feel and smooth rubberized.
Heads
The kind of Lacrosse Stick Heads players choose is often based on position:
  • Offensive players need a narrow throat to help minimize ball control.
  • Defensive players usually prefer a stiffer, flatter head to hold up against checks and on groundballs.
  • Goalies need a sturdy head.
Goggles
Because women's lacrosse rules are designed for increased safety, female players are not required to have a lot of protective gear.  However, eye protection is crucial.  In choosing goggles, look for:
  • Tight  but comfortable fit around the face.
  • Clear vision all around so that player can make clear passes, maneuver around opponents, and see groundballs easily.
  • Strong and protective for eyes.
Upgraded titanium cage goggles are lighter weight but still very strong and are able to prevent injury.

Gloves
Young female lacrosse players do not have to wear gloves but may want to have a pair. Gloves are typically worn when a player:
  • Wants to keep her hands warm in winter playing conditions.
  • Prefers to protect her hands from injury.
  • Likes the increased grip that gloves provide.
Especially when a player is just starting out, having the right lacrosse stick, goggles, gloves and can make the difference in whether they feel confident in play. That is why Longstreth specializes in helping young female lacrosse players choose the best equipment, uniforms and footwear for their individual playing needs.