A Player’s Role in Stick Care and Maintenance

This post was written by Coach Tom on July 3, 2015
Posted Under: Kids Lacrosse

In other posts I’ve discussed selecting a new stick, breaking it in, and determining the best length for a player. All of those tasks are the responsibility of a munchkin’s custodial adult. Nevertheless every player has a role in the care and maintenance of his lacrosse stick.

To place this post in a proper context, you need to remember a few truths about kids’ lacrosse players. They are little boys. They like to roughhouse and whack things including, but not limited to, other players. They often think that if a lacrosse stick is made to hit other lacrosse sticks, there is no reason why they can’t use their sticks to hit goals, other players’ helmeted heads, benches, etc. They have trouble realizing that a lacrosse stick is expensive. They often act without thinking.

It’s a parent’s and a coach’s responsibility to inform players of what they should not do with a stick. And remind them of the correct stick behavior if they falter.

Some of the things that kids should not do with their lacrosse sticks:

Just as the sun rises every day, munchkins will slam their sticks on the ground. Sometimes it’s from boredom, sometimes from frustration, sometimes for no apparent reason. Nevertheless sticks suffer from this regular abuse.

A number of kids will throw their sticks especially when they leave the field if they aren’t stopped. They should never throw their sticks. It’s against rules to throw a stick on the field or on the sideline.

Wearing lacrosse equipment makes many players feel invincible. So they assume that everyone in equipment is invincible. They think they can “sword fight” with their sticks and hit teammates on the head. Such behavior often ends with an injury. It’s rough on the sticks too. At your first practice, tell them not to hit other players or other players’ sticks, unless its part of a drill or during a game. Don’t be surprised if you have to remind players every other week.

Kids have a short attention span. When they get bored in a drill, they may take out their boredom by stomping on their stick head. Stomped enough, stick heads will break.

Rain threatens sticks. Mud puddles gurgle a siren song to the very young player. Some think that lacrosse sticks were intended for mining mud. You need to tell them otherwise.

Informing kids about correct stick treatment and frequent reminders will go a long way in extending the life of their sticks.

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