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.”

Lacrosse Goalie Heads and Sticks

Kyle Prussing, who manages our Comlax store in Franklin, MA, checks in with some recommendations for goalie heads:

 

STX ECLIPSE — The STX Eclipse is the first open sidewall goalie stick with one of largest stopping areas of any goalie head. The Eclipse is a goalie stick with the passing accuracy of an attack stick. The Eclipse has a streamlined scoop and a perfect blend of stiffness and flexibility. The Eclipse has been a player favorite for 9+yrs.

 

STX GOAL MASTER – Just ask your dad or coach. The most popular goalie stick in lacrosse for the last 20 years. The Goalmaster is excellent for beginner goalies through collegiate level play. Stiffness of head allows greater ease in clamping and scooping. A must have in any goalies twig collection.

 

 

WARRIOR NEMESIS — This head is for all you playerz out there who like to play aggressive between the pipes. Flared sidewall offers optimum stopping area and ball control. Slightly heavier mold provides greater stiffness and durability. Nemesis is still used by many elite goalies throughout the world.

 

 

WARRIOR VOID LYTE – One of the lightest goalie heads in the game helps for faster reaction times and more eye-opening saves. The lightest goalie head on the market to date at 9.3 oz. Offset design provides outstanding ball control and passing accuracy. A player favorite for years to come.

 

 

WARRIOR VOID – Created by some of the top goalies in the MLL. The Voids offset patent design offers better ball control and passing accuracy then many in its class. If you are looking to fill a VOID in your game this heads for you.

 

 

BRINE ERASER — Offset design provides maximum pocket depth and ball control. Still a favorite of many of the games top keepers. Multiple stringing holes allows perfect set-up for custom designed pockets. 10.8 oz creates a perfect balance for players of all ages.

 

 

BRINE MONEY – A MONEY stick for any player who is brave enough to stand between the pipes. Weighing in at 11.4 oz this head creates a perfect balance for players of all ages. With this stick you don’t have to have $$$$ to be money.

 

 


Product Restrictions May Apply – MAP Pricing

 

“Product Restrictions Apply.”

You see that statement in many, many, many advertisements for retail sales of all kinds. Judging by your Facebook posts and emails to us, you’ve certainly seen that statement it in our ads as well. It’s not because we’re trying to confuse you or make your life difficult. We promise. It’s hard enough to get through all the noise out there and convince you that buying something from us is your best bet.

So why is that pesky little statement in all of our ads, you ask? Because we have to have it there. We live under the rules and regulations of our vendors (Brine, Reebok, STX, Warrior, et al) when it comes to advertising sales & deals. There is something called “MAP” that all of the lacrosse retailers abide by. MAP stands for “minimum advertised pricing” and there are certain products – mostly all the newer stuff – that we are not allowed to sell under a certain price. If any retailer does sell for UNDER a MAP price, that retailer runs the risk of not being able to sell that equipment anymore. So it’s not a much of a choice – if Brine, Reebok, STX or Warrior stop making their product available in ComLax stores, you ain’t coming!

So we abide by it and we accept it without hesitation. We understand it. We follow it.

Now, on the web, it’s even more stringent. We cannot advertise under MAP on the web either, but we have further restrictions. We can’t even advertise free giveaways on the web. For example, if we advertise that you get a free sticker or t-shirt with every order, that is against MAP policy. We can actually do that and we have, on some occasions, given away free shirts with web orders, but we just cannot advertise it. If we advertise a 20% off sale on the web (like we will be having August 12-19th), we have to let you, the shopper, know that a certain item cannot be discounted right there on the web product page or in the shopping cart. ComLax chooses to do it right on the product page so you don’t put it into your cart – we think that’s a better customer experience online than what some other retailers do – which is letting you know there’s no discount only after you put the MAP item into your cart. So this is how we do it:

An example of a MAP product online

MAP Product

We figure this method saves you the time of having to remove something from your cart if you don’t want it.

The complexity with web retailing when using MAP products is an interesting animal. For example, a retailer might think they can skirt MAP by just discounting an item automatically when it goes into the cart. A retailer cannot do that. Why? Because even when a customer is looking at their cart, ready to check out and there’s a discount applied in the cart that violates MAP pricing, it’s still considered advertising a price. See? Complicated.

Let it be said here, however – we will always try to get you the best deal we possibly can and we hope that you’ll shop with us during our week long web sale from August 12-19, because you will get some great deals. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed one bit — and saying that is not a MAP violation!