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  • Whip vs No Whip

    Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion.

    The whip debate is one that has been around since the beginning of lacrosse sticks. This article will outline some of the benefits and problems that whip and lack of whip will cause of a player. For those of you who do not know what whip is, I will start with a definition of what whip is.

    WHIP:  In a lacrosse stick, when the ball is hooked by the mesh, shooting strings, pocket, or plastic it will leaves the stick early. When a stick has a high amount of whip, and the player follows through overhand to the target with his stick, the ball will be hooked and throw down or low. The higher the amount of whip, the higher the degree of hook. In a stick with no whip, the ball will throw directly at the target the stick is pointed towards.

    This chart displays the pros and cons that a player experiences from using or not using whip in their stick:

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    It is easy to see that there are many factors that need to be considered when deciding if you want whip or not. Here are some rules and tips to help players decide and maintain their whip:

    1)      New players should always begin and learn with no whip so they can develop a full and accurate throwing and shooting motion.

    2)      Offensive players should use some degree of whip so they can have increased hold and harder shots.

    3)      Defensive players and goalies should try to use less whip or no whip so they can throw long, cross-field clearing passes.

    4)      Players should get used to the amount of whip they like and STICK WITH IT! Changing your stick around means changing your mechanics as well.

    5)      ALWAYS have your backup ready with the same amount of whip that you like so it is game ready if you need it.

    6)      Not sure what to do? Ask for a medium amount of whip to try the best of both worlds.

    Universal Lacrosse provides custom stringing by professional stringers with any amount of whip or pocket placement preferred.. just ask! Any questions, comments, or added tips? Please feel free to comment below!

    IT’S ALL U,
    Dennis Jordan

  • New NFHS Rule Changes For 2015

    A series of new rule changes marks the near end of the U and V shooting string. And speeds up the Game for HS players.

    The National Federation Of High School Sports, which met on July 21 - 23 in Indianapolis, is the governing body for making rules and regulations changes for state High School sports. The NFHS, which has lagged behind the NCAA rule changes, Has suggested the following rule changes to improve the game for HS players in 2015:

     

    • When the offense has a violation that changes the possession in the box, the defense does not need to start to clear from outside the box. Teams may now clear from within the crease.
    • All hanging strings or leathers need to be cut to a length of 2 inches.
    • All shooting strings and nylons should not be lower than 4 inches from the very top of the heads scoop.
    • Only one sidewall String will be allowed per sidewall.

     

    In addition, these following rules were approved by the NFHS:

     

    • Rule 1-6-2: Added the following procedure to check to make sure the ball can easily roll out of the head of the crosse – “ . . . With the ball in the crosse, horizontal to the ground at the deepest point of the pocket, tip the crosse forward 90 degrees to ensure that the ball rolls out of the top end of the head.”
    • Rule 2-10-1: Balls on the bench side are needed only at the table and not along the sideline.
    • Rule 3-1-2: More clearly defined when the running clock begins in those games where the score differential reaches 12 goals or more.
    • Rule 5-5: A player using a crosse found to be illegal for not meeting any required specification other than a deep pocket will receive a three-minute non-releasable penalty (except hanging string length and end caps as in Rule 1-7-3). Also, any crosse ruled illegal and resulting in a three-minute penalty will remain in the table area for the remainder of the game.
    • Rule 6-4: Added “with his feet no wider than shoulder-width apart” to the section on illegal offensive screening.
    • Rule 6-5-2e: The 30-second penalty has been erased in situations when a goal is scored by the opponent.
    • Rule 6-5-2w: “Take a dive or feigning a slash to the head or body in order to deceive the official and draw a penalty” was added to the examples of illegal procedure.

     

    All of the rule changes by the NFHS have been made with the goal of keeping players safe, speeding up the game, and increasing efficiency and accuracy for officials.

     

  • Spirit of the Game -- Thompson Trio, Onondaga Lacrosse

    The Thompson Trio has changed the game of lacrosse and brought it into the public eye like never before. Watch this Sports Center featured story on the Thompson story.

    The Thompson s have now started Thompson Lacrosse which creates sticks, shafts, and gear by the best, for the best. Get the Thompson I6 here!

  • Lacrosse Greats Partake In ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Famous players continue to change the image of Lacrosse by participating in ALS awareness campaign online.

    By now, you have probably heard of the famous Ice bucket challenge that has gone viral across our great country. However, in-case you have been living under a rock, the ice-bucket challenge includes dumping a bucket of icy water on ones head, then proceeding to call out 3-10 people to do the same or donate $100 towards AlS research.

    This challenge has included thousands and maybe yet millions of participants from different communities, ages, and influence.

    Carol Hamilton, development director of the ALS Therapy Development Institute has said “We are seeing 10 times the number of online donations every day. We are seeing an incredible number of people who didn’t know much about ALS last week and who do today.”

    Hundreds of lacrosse players have taken that challenge, including several famous players. See below Rob Pannell call out Pro Defender and USA player Kyle Hartzell. Kyle then accepts the the challenge and calls out Notre-Dame Goalie Scotty Rodgers. Rodgers sends the challenge around to Kyle Harrison. Harrison proceeds to call out Joe Walters, and Peter Baum. Paul Rabil can be seen taking the plunge as well. As these lax icons call each other out and perform the challenge, they are doing something else besides just raise awareness. They have had some impact to change the way lacrosse players are viewed. By using their influence to make a difference, they are changing the public perception that lacrosse players are over-confident jocks and showing that it is an empowered community that can have an impact.

    Here are some vids of the pros taking the challenge: (use chrome Browser if audio does not load)




  • Best Defensive Heads

    It takes a lot to play Defense. Don't sell your long stick short.

    A Maryland defender sports one of our top picks: STX X 10 A Maryland defender sports one of our top picks: STX X 10

    Just as a defender needs a different shaft than other payers, a different head is needed as well. There are several features that make a defensive head different than  an offense and a midfield head. Some of these factors include strength, face shape, profile shape, scoop design, flexibility, and degree of offset. In several years of playing lacrosse I have seen my fair share of good and bad defensive head choices. As of now, I believe there are the best heads a defender can buy:

     

    5: Warrior Revo 3X: This head is a part of a series that has stood the test of time as a solid defensive head choice. One great feature it has for defensemen is it is stiff as a rock. its durable and holds a good pocket but is heavy and has a small face. For defenders who would want better ball control and have a high degree of stick skills.

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    4: Brine Cyber X: Another long lasting stick that has great durability and strength. This stick will not bend with poke or slap checks. Also on the heavier side, but has a nice flat scoop to help defenders with ground balls.

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    3: STX X10: Big open face stick with flat scoop that helps defenders catch, throw, and scoop ground balls with ease. Great hole set up allows for easy stringing. The x10 is not the stiffest D head out there, but it is light and has all the other features you would need.

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    2: STX Proton U: One of the original great defensive heads that has been out for years. Used by many top players, the Proton U has a great pocket depth and is very lightweight. It is one of the stiffest heads, and has a great flat scoop. The only problem with it is the stringing hole arrangement isn’t great. Poor stringers may struggle to place a great pocket.

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    1: STX Hammer: This head is a top seller for defenders for one reason: its the best. C Channel technology makes it the stiffest head at the throat where strength is needed. The face is nice and wide with a flat scoop, and the head is light. It also has a great hole alignment for easy stringing. The head has truly pioneered a new wave of heads designed for defense only. I would recommend the Hammer to any defender at any level.

    stx13_m_heads_hammer_sideThe Hammer head has started a new style of heads designed for defenders specifically. If these heads don't do it for you check out some of the new Defense Heads coming out in 2015:

    Brine Triumph X: This head is said to be inspired by one of the best defenders in the game: Brodie Merrill. It has a great shaped face for defenders with a flat scoop. It boasts a reinforced cored tech wall that will increase strength and reduce weight. This head will be ready to ship by October 15th and is available for pre-order now.trixun-wh-3

    Maverik Tank: This is the first head Maverik has designed specifically for defense. It is shaped for intercepting passes and has a true form tech to keep it from bending and warping. This head is also available for pre-order and will ship on October 15th.

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  • Penn Lacrosse Documentary: This Is Penn Lacrosse

    Watch Penn tell their story on the road to the Ivy League Championship in another one of those great lax documentaries that reminds us why we all love the sport. 

  • Cascade lacrosse Tells Thier Story

    Check out Cascade Lacrosse: "Our Story"

  • Spring Lacrosse Vs. Summer Lacrosse Vs. Fall/Winter Lacrosse

    Most players understand the difference in the competition during the different season of play. For those readers who are new, I will briefly describe some of the differences between summer lacrosse, spring lacrosse, and fall or winter lacrosse.

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    Spring Lacrosse

    This is the time of year when serious player refer to themselves as in-season. Youth players normally play representing their town, and older players play for their high school and college teams. The best part of spring lacrosse is the ability to play for serious and rewarding goal. Normally teams, players and coaches are most committed at this time of year and making progress provides fulfillment and reward. With this commitment comes the expectation of working as hard as you can. One of the worst things about spring lacrosse is the weather. Growing up in the northeast, starting spring lax in February and March was never fun. The bitter cold can ruin all the fun of playing. Also, spring lacrosse was tough when you are playing for a struggling team. Players will turn on each other and the team, blame will normally always be assigned, coaches tend to punish the team, and the fun it taken out of the sport. Regardless, spring is prime time for serious lacrosse players. Many of these qualities are unique only to spring lacrosse.

     

    Summer Lacrosse

    Summer lacrosse is different from spring in many ways. Most of the time it is the more serious players who continue into the summer to play for select teams and recruiting camps and showcases. It is the best time of year to try to get noticed and recruited by college coaches. High School players often have a chance to communicate with and coordinate a game to meet a coach at. The recruiting factor of summer lacrosse individualizes the season. It becomes mostly about making personal performance gains and getting noticed by coaches. Winning and losing games and championships is not as important this time of year. There is a huge dispersion of competition in the season as many players play with different age groups and teams. The heat is always a factor during summer lacrosse. Hydration and rest is more important in this season than any other.

     

    Fall/Winter Lacrosse
    The Fall and Winter lacrosse were always the true off season for most players. A nice thing about this time of year is most leagues are played indoors where weather cannot have an effect. Most teams were comprised of players from different towns and spring teams. Playing in these leagues was always pickup style. Players did it to stay in shape and work on weak areas of their game. It is a time of year to just enjoy the game casually and have fun. Personally, I found myself playing in a box league in the winters, which I really enjoyed.

    These are just some of the differences and similarities between the different lacrosse seasons. What is your favorite season? Have any other comments about the best and worst time of year? Feel free to write below.

  • World Games: Canada Upsets the "Invincible" USA in Title Game

    Team Canada Wins the Battle Between the Lacrosse Superpowers of the World.

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    Saturday nights title game between USA and Canada provided the perfect amount of hype, rivalry, competition, and drama to wrap up an intriguing World Lacrosse Games.

    Game Recap:

    It was great goal tending, face-offs, and fundamentals that contributed to Canada's victory on Saturday. The dangerous USA offense lead by Paul Rabil and Rob Panell were left helpless as the Canadians dominated in time of possession. The Canadian Midfield made the difference on offense attacking the USA short sticks from the top of the box and behind. Canadian Midfielder Kevin Crowley was the standout with 5 goals on the night. The USA team played shell shocked as the Canadian lead grew from 3-1 at halftime to 7-2 at the end of the 3rd. The Americans had a late 3 goal surge in the fourth but it was too little too late. The said "invincible" team had been beaten by the ultimate equalizer: groundballs. Canada dominated the USA 35 - 22 on groundballs.

     

    Conclusion of World Games:

    The games as a whole have make a big difference in growing the game in several new places. The recent explosion of social media coverage and insider looks from team members has gone a long way in displaying the drama and entertainment of the games. Fans were able to follow their favorite teams and players from an insider perspective. certainly moving forward the games will have made a huge impact in the distribution of talent and expansion of lacrosse. In  addition, the success of the Iroquois National team brought a third powerhouse into the fold in international lacrosse.

    Congratulations to team Canada on their third FIL World Championship!

    Photo Cred: @WorldLax1014

    Dennis Jordan

    Universal Lacrosse

  • Gear Zone: Leading Edge 2014

     

    Leading Edge has always been a team on the forefront of the best new gear

     

    The Leading Edge lacrosse program, based out of New Jersey, has been providing youth and high school players with exceptional lacrosse instruction since the summer of 2001. Some of the top players in the state play for, and are developed by the Leading Edge program. Every year, Leading Edge players are highly sought after by college recruiters, and are considered top notch by college coaches. They are committed to preparing every player for the next level. They are also committed to keeping their players and coaches, looking GREAT.

    In a 3-way coordination between Warrior, Universal Lacrosse and Leading edge, we have insured that all of the Leading Edge players are going to be the best dressed on every field they step on this year with the Warrior TECH package. The Universal design task force has been let loose, aggressively designing the youth uniforms and cleaned up on the high school uni’s.

    Leading Edge (LE) players will be sporting the new Brine Triumph II gloves with Custom embroidery. The Triumph II gloves not only look good with the LE, and Brine King logo’s on the cuff, but they also do an outstanding job of protecting the players, while remaining comfortable and breathable for the heat of summer. The LE Triumph II’s were made with EXCLUSIVE red material called Smoove, which was and addition that was powered by Brine and Warrior Tech package.

    Be sure to check out the Leading Edge website at www.leadingedgelacrosse.com. If you want your club to look as impressive as Leading Edge, email teamsales@ulcmail.com to get started!

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    By: Taylor Evans

    Tevans@ulcmail.com

    June 27, 2014

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