History of the Lacrosse Stick
Lacrosse originated as a tribal game and as a method for Native Americans to “entertain the creator”. When it was first created it was much different than the game of lacrosse that we know today. Opposing villages and tribes would play for many different reasons ranging from a spiritual form of war to a medicine game to help heal tribe members. The game looked vastly different with no out-of-bounds and the field area could range anywhere from a couple hundred yards to a few miles. The early equipment was also very different where goals were often large trees or rock formations and the ball was made out of wood or some type of animal skin stuffed to create a ball shape. The largest different between the game as we know it today are the sticks that players would use, which have certainly come a long way since the early days of lacrosse.
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We recently had the one and only RP3 (Rob Pannell) at ComLax in Norwalk as a part of Brine Lacrosse’s RP3 Tour to promote his signature line of gear. Pannell signed with Brine’s Team Elite in 2013 to work with them to design an elite line of equipment for elite players. Brine and Pannell focused on the way he plays the game with immense speed, strength and agility and used it as an influence in the design of the RP3 Gear Line.
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The Best Summer Lacrosse Gifts
Whether you’re a parent, coach, relative or just know someone who lives and breathes lacrosse on a daily basis, it’s always a good idea to know about the hot new products that are available in the event that a gift-giving situation crops up. With those warm summer months quickly approaching, these top lacrosse gifts will not only make someone grin from ear to ear, but they’ll also make sure that they’re ready to take on just about anything during that next big game.
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Our fourth day out here was a little bit different from our first couple days out here…….mostly because we didn’t have anything left to give out other than a couple lanyards – and those went quick. Even though we didn’t have any more of our giveaway shirts or other free prizes, we still helped make some people’s day by giving away full strung heads! That’s right, we brought a few heads with us and just gave them out to unsuspecting players who were repping ComLax swag. Check out our Instagram for some great reaction shots.
One of the coolest things about today was that we were having the “String It Forward” clinic with Mike Sullivan, our Stringmaster General. We were originally supposed to have Connor Wilson of Lax All-Stars come help out, but his last-minute duties as GM of Thailand during the tournament prevented him from stopping by.
In our first clinic, Will strung up a nice low pocket on his STX Surgeon. He’s was able to sit directly down one-on-one with Mike and learn some great tips from him. In our second clinic for advanced stringing, we had a few more guys that came to stay around. Each of them even got a free stringing kit provided by the great guys at Jimalax. We had a couple different types of players, so the pockets varied quite a bit in the advanced session.
Later in the he night we got to go down to catch the Iroquois vs Canada game. While we were there to wind down and enjoy the game, we were still in giveaway mode, too! We managed to find some folks wearing ComLax stuff in the stands, so we gave them some sticks! We even gave one to a player from the Uganda National team and he was very excited.
It was a great game and no matter where we were sitting, we saw some great action. The Iroquois were down pretty bad, trailing 8-3 at one point, but managed to make a good comeback in the fourth quarter when they tied it up at 8. Canada finished it off with 17 seconds left to finalize the win for them.
This is our last day out here and it’s been a blast giving stuff away and introducing a lot of people to our store and our staff. Denver has been beautiful and we’ve met a lot of lacrosse players and families who truly had some great stories behind their journey out here! It was really a pleasure talking to so many new people and seeing how excited everyone was to be in our booth. See you at the next event!
After two super busy days in our booth, we arrived yesterday to find that we actually had a LINE of people waiting for us to open! It seems that whatever we’re doing is working pretty well! Many people are ravenous for the free Warrior mini-sticks we’ve been giving away, but we’re getting low on those and also the t-shirts. Even the guys from Team Uganda stopped by to grab some ComLax swag! But fear not, there’s plenty of wristbands, lanyards and you can still win tons of random stuff, including entering to win gear and gift cards.
Team Uganda, Repping ComLax!
Anyway, we went through our allocation of mini sticks yesterday in about an hour and a half! Groups after groups after groupsof people were coming back to get mini-sticks after we ran out the day before. We had a ton of winners in our Comlax Corn-Hole Challenge, where each winner got a free pair of adrenaline socks. We also had a bunch of winners in our JengaXXL set as well.
Free String Job, Courtesy of ComLax!
We’ve also had a few bouts of quick storm clouds rolling through each day, including one hail storm and a downpour that felt like we were in the rainforest! We are looking forward to the next few days, where we have a stringing clinic with Connor Wilson of Lacrosse All-Stars and our own Stringmaster General Mike Sullivan. They will be doing two sessions – one for beginners to go over the basics of stringing and then a later session for the more advanced stringers. This is a great chance to be able to pick the brains of two of the best stringers in the entire world in one location! So if you are out here stop by our booth from 1-4pm to get some stringing knowledge!
Major Stringing Talent In Our Booth Sunday!
We’ve also been sneaking around the grounds of the event doing some guerrilla giveaways, where our guys were out and about looking for people wearing our giveaways tees. Random people were spotted wearing the shirts and awarded some cool swag. One kid even got himself a new Warrior Evo 4X LE with East Coast Mesh.
Our own Kyle Minaker with the WINNER of a Warrior Evo 4X LE!