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The lacrosse stick is the single-most important piece of equipment for a player on the field. It is a tool that is as unique as its sport, and one that can be employed in an endless number of ways. From passing and scoring to defending and goalkeeping, a well-handled lacrosse stick is just as important without a ball as it is with one.
Lacrosse heads are roughly triangular in shape with rounded edges and a narrowing from top to bottom — or from scoop to pocket. Heads are strung with either lace weaving or netting to contain the ball. For positions of attack and defense, heads are generally the same. Most measure between 6 1/2 and 10 inches at their widest point, and no more than 10 inches long. The side walls are limited to 2 inches in height, and have openings to allow for quicker movements. Goalie heads are larger, measuring 10 to 12 inches wide and up to 16 1/2 inches long. Most lacrosse heads are constructed of plastic for rigidity, durability and light weight, though wooden heads are also used. Laces and netting consist of leather, linen or synthetics.
Shafts are the handles of a lacrosse stick, and their length will vary by position, though a lacrosse stick’s total length is measured from the outside edge of the head to the base of the shaft. An attack stick, or short stick, is 40 to 42 inches long, while a defense stick, or long stick, measures 52 to 72 inches in length. A goalie stick is 40 to 72 inches long. Most shafts are hexagonal in shape and made of metal alloys, carbon, composites or wood. As with heads, shafts should be lightweight, strong and durable.
Brine, STX, Maverik and Warrior are all major manufacturers of lacrosse equipment, (though Maverik does not offer goalie heads). Brine (1922) and STX (1970) have been making lacrosse equipment for decades, while Warrior (1992) and Maverik (2005) are relative newcomers. Each of these manufacturers is constantly experimenting with new products, materials and technology — as well as heeding advice from players — to create cutting-edge equipment.
It’s important to know the rules governing stick lengths and head dimensions in the league in which you’re playing, as they will vary depending on the level of competition — youth, high school, college, etc. (The lengths provided here meet NCAA compliance.)
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