From The Crease

By Kyle Prussing, Manager, ComLax Franklin, MA

For many of us folks here on the east coast, February vacation week has come to an end. As Spring nears, many of us players and coaches will soon be taking the field. For goalies, this is the time to be taking inventory of your equipment and one of the most important items to consider is your STICK. Come April, the excuse of  “coach, my stick is not throwing properly” or “my stick is too short/long” doesnt go over so well. Trust me, I’m a coach. Listed below are a few tips and suggestions I strongly reccommend you consider.

– A complete lacrosse goalie stick (including head and shaft) is approx 60″ in length. The shaft/handle is generally 42″ in length. Goalie Heads are approx 17-18″ in length. In my opinion, the length of stick can be slighly reduced without jeopardizing performance.

– For boys playing lacrosse at the college or high school level, a length beetween 49″-53″ is ideal. This still allows one to have control of stick while clearing on outlets or playing defense and knocking down or intercepting passes.

– For Girls in college or high school, the stick can be no LESS than 35 1/2 ” in length and no longer than 48″. The ideal length for this age group is 39″-46″.

– For Youth levels of play (boys and girls), 37″-44″ is ideal.

– Many of todays lacrosse shafts are made from some type of high grade Aluminum or Titanium. Please use caution when cutting and always remember that you can cut off more if needed- any table saw or hacksaw will suffice.

– In todays market, you are given many different options when selecting a stick. Listed below are my top picks for 2012.

TOP HEADS: STX ECLIPSE, WARRIOR NEMESIS LYTE, WARRIOR NEMESIS

TOP SHAFTS: WARRIOR KRYPTO PRO DIAMOND, STX SCANDIUM PRO, WARRIOR KRYPTOLYTE

BEST COMPLETE STICK: BRINE MONEY COMPLETE

Have questions? No problem! Contact your local ComLax location with any questions. Until next time. BREAK!