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Minimum size for a lacrosse stick for high school players and other “big kids” is 40 inches. These are the so-called short sticks in lacrosse.
Most short sticks sold are either 40 or 42 inches. 40 to 42 inches is too long a stick for many munchkins. While these sticks can help the kids pick up ground balls, they are very hard for some kids to protect and control.
Cutting down a stick to 37 inches will greatly improve many elementary school players’ stick skills. 36 inches works well for the very smallest players.
Parents, not coaches, and definitely not the kids, should do the work. Parents may be able to get the retailer who sold them the stick to cut it for them.
Before shortening a stick consider three things.
First, determine if your league allows sticks to be shorter than 40 inches. Most will allow sticks as short as 36 inches.
Second, is the purchaser of the stick (usually the parent) comfortable knowing that they may need to purchase a new, longer shaft for middle school lacrosse? Unfortunately lacrosse equipment doesn’t grow on trees.
Third, could the player benefit from a shorter stick? If the player is handling a 40-42 inch stick satisfactorily, I won’t recommend a shorter stick. Nevertheless elementary kids of average height will usually benefit from a shorter stick.
The real question will be for a player who is tall for his age. Watch him for a few weeks to see if a shorter stick is likely to help with his stick skills. If when a player passes his top hand is in the correct position, but he is most comfortable choking up on the stick with his bottom hand, I’ll recommend cutting the stick down. Another clue that a shorter stick would help is if a player can’t cradle without exposing the butt-end of his stick or he’s always choking up with his bottom hand on a two handed cradle.
To shorten the stick, first measure 37 inches from the top of the head. Measure again just to be sure. Then remove the butt-end cover and cut the shaft. A hacksaw will go through the titanium quickly. Use emery cloth or fine sandpaper to eliminate any burrs left from cutting. Put the butt-end cover back on and tape it to the stick with athletic tape wrapped around the shaft several times.