Lacrosse Complete Sticks
What is the length of a lacrosse stick?
Field players use a stick between 35 ½” and 43 ¼”. A goalie’s stick can be larger, between 35 ½” and 52″ long. All sticks are measured from the bottom of the rubber end to the top of the head. Youth Players can use the shorter stick but it is not legal for high school players.
Is there a difference between a boy's lacrosse stick and a girl's lacrosse stick?
Yes, a boy's lacrosse stick has a much deeper pocket than a girl's lacrosse stick which has a shallower pocket due to the difference in gameplay.
Boy's sticks also come in different sizes, one regular length (37''- 42'') and one longer, defensive stick (37''- 72''), while girl's sticks are all one length (35½ - 43¼).
A boy's lacrosse stick meets US Lacrosse regulations for gameplay when the top of a lacrosse ball rests above the bottom of the stick's sidewall. A girl's lacrosse stick meets US Lacrosse regulations for gameplay when the top of the ball rests above the top of the stick's sidewall.
What are the differences between the heads of women's lacrosse sticks?
Sticks have various head shapes, and pockets. Beginners typically play with a head that is wider, as it makes it easier to catch, scoop up ground balls, throw and cradle the ball. Intermediate to advance players usually choose a narrower or more pinched head that creates better control of passes, and better aim while shooting.
Pockets are often a personal preference. In the last two years, the mesh pocket or a variation of it has become popular for girls lacrosse.
What is the difference in lacrosse handles?
There is some difference in the thickness of handles, but usually, the difference is in the material: alloy or composite, and the grip: smooth or coated. Again, a personal preference.
STX manufactures a 10 ° handle which helps maintain the ball's resting position in the "sweet spot" closer to the top of the head. Essentially, 10 ° technology moves the ball up in the women’s pocket and straight technology holds the ball much lower in the pocket.
However, Gait and Maverik have used head design to keep the ball as close to the release point of the pocket as possible. The closer the ball is to the 'sweet' spot while running, or dodging, the release will be quicker and more accurate.