Day 1 & 2: Lacrosse World Championships

This week we are out in Denver for the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship. We flew in this past Tuesday and started running around right away, picking up all of our booth stuff, renting our car and getting accustomed to our beautiful surroundings. We had pretty much all day on Wednesday to unpack all of our stuff and set up our booth, which we think looks pretty tight! We really had no idea what to expect!

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Lots of Swag to Unpack. Sigh.

We came out here with tons of giveaways to be able to reach some of our customers who don’t get to regularly shop in some of our stores. We had some sweet Warrior mini-sticks, free ComLax t-shirts, wristbands, lanyards, water bottles and other stuff. We also brought some big signs showing pictures of our stores so people could get a truer sense of what we’re all about.

A lot of people might wonder why we didn’t bring a whole retail setup and sell lax equipment and apparel, etc. You want to know the truth? We didn’t want to. Hah! Really, the truth is yes, we are a business and we like to make money, but its really a pain in the butt to bring a whole retail setup and it’s rarely a profitable endeavor. So we thought “hey, let’s just bring a whole truckload of free s&*!t out there and get people excited!”

So that’s what we did. By filing out a tiny bit of information, you’re entitled to lots of free stuff and we’ll also email you a coupon to use on our website. Good deal for you! lWe are raffling off a bunch of gift cards (varying in amounts) with the grand prize being a $350 gift card, as well as raffling off a custom Cascade R lacrosse helmet.

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The Calm Before the Storm

Thursday at 2pm, we were ready to roll! It sure seems the idea of free stuff works well, too, because within ten minutes, there were around 50 kids running to our booth! No joke, they were sprinting through the parking lot just to get a free mini stick! Word of mouth spread so fast we were seeing people coming up droves. For the rest of the day, we were flooded with people coming through that we actually run out of our daily supply of mini sticks later in the afternoon.

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Um, we’ve been busy.

It’s not just giveaways though. We have some sweet lawn games in the booth for you, too (corn hole and ladder golf, for example) and if you make a killer shot, you can WIN! We also bought an amazing extra large version of Jenga and if you pull out a piece with a ComLax logo on it and successfully place it at the top of the pile, you WIN! Of course, for corn hole, you’re not tossing the bean bag with your hand. Oh no. We have people try and sink a corn hole while shooting with a mini lacrosse stick. Put those things to good use, people!

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Be Careful, Young Jedi

Anyway, with Team USA and Canada opening up the tournament, it was great to see the USA start out with a win. We hope to see a repeat of the US Gold at this year’s games, especially while they have the home field advantage. It was also super super cool to see so many of our bright yellow ComLax shirts on TV in the stands at the USA/Canada game! It also looks like Iroquois are for real, right? A 15-4 trashing of England shows they’re here to stay! The first two days have been pretty awesome and we’ll check in daily with blog posts!

If you are in the Denver area and coming the the games, we would love to see you! Stop by the our sweet tent to get yourself a piece of lacrosse history…..and maybe win some stuff!

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Ya’ll Come Back Now, Ya Hear?


The Best Lacrosse Forums for Goalies

Top Goalie Internet Forums

In any sport, let alone one with a niche like lacrosse, it’s only natural for athletes to want to gain a competitive advantage in any way, shape or form that they can. Yes, many kids do things, like go to camps, take lessons from more experienced players, and practice the game routinely that will help a young lacrosse player to grow and improve their skill set. But there’s also a variety of other things that a lacrosse player can do and several other venues that players can go to for information to gain a competitive advantage.

For instance, one place to go for information are internet message boards. There are a bevy of lacrosse forums available on that can help players with topics such as equipment, playing technique, and other miscellaneous things that goalies have questions about or require help with.

But what about lacrosse goalies? Don’t worry – there are lacrosse forums for goalies, too. Here’s a look at some of the most popular forums for lacrosse goaltenders:

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ComLax Bracket Challenge

ComLax NCAA Bracket Challenge

Are you confident in your knowledge of NCAA lacrosse? Get ready to show it off because the ComLax Bracket Challenge is back! This year we are upping the prize money to a $150 ComLax gift card for the last contestant standing.

2014 NCAA Lacrosse Bracket Challenge

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Entering is super easy. All you have to do is fill out the form below, and check your email after all of the first round games have been played. If you progressed to the next round we will email you a link to the selection form for the second round of games. You can only submit one bracket submission per email address. If you submit more than one entry with the same email address, all associated brackets will be disqualified. Good luck!


11 Things Lacrosse Players Are Tired of Hearing

1 The lacrosse community is probably one of the tightest groups with in sports and every now and then we hear things that just make us want to flip out. Here are some of those things…

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ComLax Starter Packages

Do you have an aspiring young laxer joining the family this year? At  ComLax we understand that Lacrosse is a growing game in both Boys and Girls games. On the Boys side we worked with Maverik Lacrosse to create a starter package that includes everything your new laxer will need for the season, and on the Girls side we have a couple options from Maverik, STX and Brine. We understand lacrosse can be an expensive sport but we don’t want that to stop the game from growing so we figured out a way to pass along great deals to everyone!

Just For the Boys:

We worked with Maverik Lacrosse to release the new Charger Starter Package for 2014 that includes everything you need to play for only $179.99.

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Helmet

Shoulder pads

Arm pads

Gloves

Complete Stick

The Maverik Charger line is great for the young players who are new to lacrosse and want to hone the basic skills of the game. The Charger stick offers their GRIP ZONE technology that helps beginners learn where to place their hands on the stick when passing and catching, making it easier to learn.This deal is great because the helmet alone can run you $119.99 on its own, so with the entire package you save well over $150 which is great for family budgets.

But say you have already had a laxer in the family and you don’t need the entire package setup, we also have other packages that include just the pads and stick which includes:

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Gloves

Arm Pads

Shoulder Pads

Complete Stick

A great deal at only $99.99 you can get everything you need except a helmet. But say you also already have a stick in this package you can get a backup stick as well at only $25!

Say you have already got a starter set from us in the past but your young laxer has outgrown his pads. We also just offer the protection options in a package that includes:

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Gloves

Arm Pads

Shoulder pads

This is great for families who may already have a helmet and stick for the young laxer who is growing but still needs to get the full protection setup.

But while you’re at it here are a couple things that we recommend that you may want to purchase as well:

Equipment Bags: Do you really want to be carrying his stinky gear in your hands NO WAY!

Mouth Guards: These are required to play and they get lost often …so get a couple TRUST US!

Cleats: Why not get everything in one stop we offer great deals on lacrosse cleats!

Socks: He can now match his uniform to complete the look or go wild and stand out!

Reversible: Get him a reversible so that he can show up ready to pick a side!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun:

We also offer a couple different options for girls who are just starting out lacrosse as well. Girls have significantly less equipment than boys do where they are only required to wear a set of goggles, a mouth guard and a stick though gloves are optional.

We do offer a couple different options for our girls starter packages:

Maverik’s Twist Package includes the Twist Complete Stick, Cascade Poly Pro Goggles and the Twist backpack.

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STX’s Level Starter Package that includes STX Level Complete Stick, STX 4Sight+ Youth Goggle and the STX Essential Stick Bag.

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We have our Brine Girls Starter Package that has the minimum requirements that’s includes a Brine Allure Complete Stick and the Cascade Poly Pro Goggles.
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As we stated before Gloves in the women’s game are optional but they are great for cold weather and if you recently got hit and want some added protection.
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While you are at it we also recommend the following:

Mouth Guards: PLURAL! They get dropped on the ground, lost, or they end up being chewed apart.

Cleats: We offer great deals on girls cleats so why not get everything in one stop!

Socks: We have tons of socks to complete the look or match their team colors!