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  • FOGO

    Rules are Changing.  Can You?

     

    Face-offs are a HUGE part of our game.  Always have been.  Always will be.  It seems like every couple years the NCAA Rules Committee tries to mix it up.

    This time the biggest uproar with rule changes are at the X. What has been proposed, and now officially passed, makes it so a player can no longer carry the ball in the back of their stick.  By doing so the Rules Committee is trying to make face-offs more balanced.  It’s going to make it more of a battle for the ground ball instead of who has the fastest hands on the draw kind of competition.  Fast hands are still going to be extremely important to win but it’s just that those fast hands are going to need to figure out other ways to get the job done.  I think that there are going to be some fierce wrestling matches without the finesse inspired “plunger” move. This might also produce a larger breed of FOGO’s and eliminate that smaller, quick on their feet technical face off player.

    To me that’s one of the greatest aspects of the sport that I love. Adaptation.  When you think of the Lacrosse Greats like the Gaits, the Powells, the Thompsons etc., you need to remember that they were and still are great, not because of how good of an athlete they were but because of what they could do.

    That’s what lacrosse comes down to.  Seeing how the bits and pieces are working together and then taking the results to make the right play.  You have to adapt to survive.  It’s true in both lax and life. For those faceoff players who have become masters of their craft it is back to the drawing board. I anticipate a lot of collegiate faceoff guys that were in the top 25 will drop out this year because of their lack of ability to evolve. I would also place a bet on the bigger more physical faceoff guys excelling up through the rankings.

    So we won’t be seeing any crazy backward-stick goals this season.  So what?  We still got one of the Thompson brothers up at Albany to provide all the craziness we will ever need.  The game of lacrosse is about change.  Nothing ever goes right, and it’s up to you guys to take what they have and make the best of it.  When life gives you lemons right?

    I think the custom stringing specifically for the Faceoff player is going to be even more important moving forward. We are taking a close look at the FOGO pocket over the next few weeks. I will let you know what we come up with.

     

  • Behind the Scenes "The Rabil Tour"

    “The Rabil Tour”

    Paul is working through an injury right now and he is still finding time for his fans. He makes 10+ stops all over Lacrosse hot areas to visit with his fans and promote the RABIL 2 head. He is one of the most aggressive, talented athletes that our sport has ever seen and when you meet him in person he will make you feel like his team mate. He is truly a man of the people.

    We heard that the tour was planned to be longer but was cut short with Paul’s foot fracture. As a former All-American from Hopkins he is no stranger to great medical staff and he is not missing and rehab. He tallied 54 points this MLL season before he called it with his injury. We have all seen his explosive split dodge from up top and with his down-hill middie dodging style the power through his legs is both impressive and imperative to his success. We have no doubt he will be back on two feet for the season of 2015 and we are excited to have the change to hang with him this wed @universallax Freehold NJ.

    He should be onsite at 6pm and judging by our event in 2012 at our Universal lacrosse store in Raritan we will have quite the line. The good news is our store in Freehold is right next to one of NJ finest pizza places. My advice is get there early, grab a slice from Baco’s and enjoy your fellow lax enthusiasts.

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  • Rabil 2 head Review

    The latest head released by Warrior is the predecessor to the signature Paul Rabil Head. Here is my take on the new design.

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    Face Shape: The original Rabil head was knocked for being too pinched up towards the top of the head. The new face design allows for a bit more room for the ball so it does not get stuck if the head warps.

    Stringing: This head has 19 sidewall holes so any stringer that can get creative. The degree of the offset allows for the pocket and ball to sit perfect in the middle where most offensive players like to keep it.

    Sym-Rail Twist: The new sym-rail twist does make the head feel lighter but probably doesn't make much of a difference aside from looks. The head is aesthetically more sleek and smooth.

    Scoop: The head has a flatter scoop to allow for better performance on groundballs. This original Rabil was a bit too pointed and was not the best for groundballs.

    Overall: The Rabil 2 is a great new head for offensive performance that defiantly captured key improvements from its original version.

  • New CS-R Helmet

    First of its kind: The Elite Youth Helmet

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    For the past 3 years, I have been fitting players of all ages in helmets. I have seen younger players wanting the newest latest and greatest helmets but usually the players head is too small. I'm very excited that Cascade has finally come out with the CS-R Helmet that not only looks great and has the newest technology but also will fit the smaller players properly. This new helmet features Poron-XRD Foam liner and a memory side foam fit that provides elite level protection for younger players.

    Protection:

    When compared to its predecessor, the original CS Helmet, the new liner system performs better on linear impacts. This new liner is a combination of Gen3 EPP and Poron XRD foam. Poron XRD is a pliable material and offers the maximum amount of comfort as well as elite protection for impacts sustained at the U12 levels.

    Design:

    With the extremely popular look of the Cascade R helmet with its fin in the back, the CS-R has the same side profile. The CS-R's FutureStar Mono R Shell is a one-piece shell and visor, sized for the youth player that creates a more rigid system to better manage frontal impact hits. The CS-R's chin piece is color matched and the 3-bar face mask is designed to be lighter and increase vision.

    Proper Fit:

    The upgraded Full-Pivot System is designed smaller so that the back of the helmet adjusts inward to stay snug against the back of the players head. The ear pieces have plenty of foam so that, when fitted properly, it should just touch the sides of a players face.

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    I am very excited to have another helmet option for this coming season that will fit the younger players. It can be hard when a young player sees the Cascade R or CPX-R and wants to wear it so badly to look cool but they don't quite fit into it yet…they are heartbroken. But now they can wear the Cascade CS-R and look just like the older players and still have the proper fit for their size. I've lost count of how many times younger/new players come in with wrong fitted helmets-either way too  big or way too small-but now with another option, hopefully all players will be safe.

  • Best New Gear Tech For 2015

    As you may have noticed, Universal Lacrosse is giving our players what they want: a look at what gear is coming out next year.

    In light of our peak into the future, we are going to explain some of the most innovative and impressive new gear that will be be available soon.

    One of the new products that is breaking the mold in this upcoming year is the new Warrior EVO glove. This glove features new D30 Aero foam and Cage FLX backhand for low-profile protection. This backhand padding flexes open when your hand opens which allows the glove to have an unprecedented flexibility and feel. When the glove closes around a stick, it wraps back over the backhand and knuckle to seal up the protection. This innovative new feature may have the potential to change gloves forever.

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  • As The Dust Settles

    As the dust settles with the mayhem and magic surrounding the Thompson bothers we took a close look at the I6 for Universal Lacrosse Stores this season.
    Every stick has its pros and cons, so we will be straight up with you in reviewing this new head.
    The Good:
    This head was built for great stinging. The scoop is designed to stretch mesh in perfect dimensions and protect from premature wear of strings and leathers. 18 sidewall holes allows for experienced stringers to get creative with their design and placement. besides stringing, this head as a great stiff flex that increases durability and avoids warping. Besides the specs, The Iroquois Flag sidewall pattern adds some flavor to the head.
    The Bad:
    This head is a bit heavier than some of the newest heads that have come out but if you like the feel of a heavy ball in you stick that can actually be a good thing. The I6 only comes in one version. It is legal for all levels of play, but does not offer a HS legal version only.
    Overall:
    A great product for a new company that can be placed as a top tier head going into next season. It is unique in that it carries a story and a period in time when a family of laxers captivated a nation and connected its roots all at once. Not many products in any sport can do that.
    Universal Lacrosse has brought in this head for this season because AS ALWAYS, we want to get our customers what they are asking for.
    To conclude, I give you this beauty, strung with ECM fade purple to white, legal shooters and a tasty high pocket.

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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 for 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)




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