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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Consistency is what every lacrosse player is working hard to achieve, you want to throw the exact same way over and over again. Any lacrosse player who has ever played hates playing in bad weather conditions not just because you could be cold, wet or extremely hot; they hate it because it messes up your pocket. Consistency is the name of the game and in terrible weather conditions this goes right out the window.
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In the early days of lacrosse wooden sticks were hand carved and strung up with what we now call “traditional” where natural  animal gut was used along with stringing and leathers to form the pocket on the stick. Yes you did read that correctly natural animal intestine was used to string the sidewall of sticks because it is extremely durable, most sticks you see still have original gut along the sidewall. In the early days of lacrosse sticks didn’t necessarily have fully formed “pockets” like we do today, instead cradling was a skill necessary to maintain posession of the ball.

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2013 Lacrosse Holiday Gift Guide

Lacrosse Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the 2013 ComLax Holiday Gift Guide! It is easy for things to get out of control during the holidays, so we figured it would be a good idea to offer you some help finding the perfect gift for every lacrosse player and fan in your life. To make things easy, we went through the copious amount of lacrosse heads, helmets, shafts, gloves and gift items in our store and narrowed each category down to a small grouping of items that are sure to bring holiday cheer. There are perfect ideas for every price range and age level, so use the buttons below to find some great gifts!

STX K18 Head

HEADS

Cascade R Custom Helmet

HELMETS

STX Surgeon Sci-Ti Shaft

SHAFTS

STX Stallion HD Glove

GLOVES

Lacrosse Gift Ideas

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Training Tips for Lacrosse Players

Any weight-training plan for sports should include a variety of elements that can help support improved performance across all aspects of a sport’s unique demands.  For lacrosse, that plan should include weight training not only for strength and power, but also for speed, stamina and injury prevention. Since lacrose is pretty much a total-body sport, it’s important to think about a total-body workout that focuses on the movements that a lacrosse player makes on the field.

CORE
Your hips, abdomen and lower back work together to form the powerhouse for your entire body. A solid core foundation will help prevent injury and allow your lower and upper body to work efficiently and maximize the strength that you build there.   You can work on your core with standard abdominal work, but to really develop that power source, rotational training will add to overall core strength.  Rowing exercises and other lower back-focused functional movements will build a stronger core.

LOWER BODY
Strong legs that are full of power are key for speed, stamina and power.  Plyometric exercises, along with squats and other lower body weight training exercises will build a great foundation to take that leg strength onto the field.   Your hip flexors are especially important to consider as they’re the driving force behind your speed and power. Again, think about weight training exercises that simulate the movements that you’ll perform on the field.  For the legs, that’s squats, leg extensions and curls and other explosive movements.

UPPER BODY
Building upper body strength will help you generate more shot power as well as fight off injury.  Building strong shoulders will help you withstand the collisions and falls that could otherwise lead to injuries that put you on the sidelines.  Strong shoulders will also help you resist rotator cuff injuries that come from the repetitive nature of shooting and passing.  Chest and upper back strength will also help extend the power center that you’re developing in your core and will help with the stability and strength that your game demands.

Make sure you consult a strength training professional such as a personal trainer before any workout program, as it’s important to build a comprehensive program that doesn’t leave out critical areas. Muscle development must be balanced in order to be safe and injury free.

How To Choose The Right Lacrosse Summer Camp

There are many factors that go into your reason for choosing one lacrosse summer camp over another. Whether you’re a youth player or a college prospect, camps can elevate your game and begin to position you to play at the next level. Summer is an ideal time to focus on changes in your game or to show your skills for college coaches.

With the incredible number of lacrosse camps and club events, how do you choose what’s best for you?

DETERMINE YOUR PRIORITIES
Are you at a place in your development when you’re really seeking to develop skills? You’re probably looking to find a camp that can focus on technique and skill, rather than just playing as many games as possible. Younger players will be looking for these kinds of camps.
For players who may be seeking exposure to college coaches a college camp or special recruiting camp may be a great option or maybe you’ll want to compete in club lacrosse at national or regional tournaments.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS
When looking to work on your game, it’s best to understand your options for lacrosse camps. Are you thinking about day camps that are nearby which may keep the cost down? Or maybe you’re thinking about an overnight camp where your skills can grow with more instructional time from high-level coaching staffs? Finding coaches with reputations for being good coaches and “teachers” of the game will lead you to a more productive lacrosse camp experience.

COLLEGE & RECRUITING CAMPS
This is your place to shine for those coaches that can potentially give you that opportunity to play at the next level. When looking at college camps and organized recruiting camps, the key is to really understand what coaches will be attending the camps. Is the college coach going to be there or is he/she sending an assistant to do the evaluations? Who is running and organizing the camps? Are there good methods for showcasing your abilities and information for the coaches so they can identify who you are as you dominate on the field? If there is instruction involved in the camp, it’s again important to consider if the coach or an assistant (or someone else?) will be leading the sessions.

COST
Finally, how much is this camp going to cost? Is it going to be worth your time and money?  To be seen be the right college coaches at the right camp you may need to spend money to travel. Or maybe that local college or high school is running a great camp that allows you to come for the day and develop the skills that you’ll need to make it to the next level. Sometimes the right camp will be more expensive than another camp, but it’s important to consider the financial aspect as you invest in your lacrosse career.
The key to your summer lacrosse decision is really understanding WHY you’re choosing that camp that you do. Careful consideration of several alternatives will help you identify the best fit for you. Make the right choice and your game will grow and your skills expand faster than you can say “Back to School.”