What You Need To Know – NLL 2017

1. Front Office Changesnll_Nick_Sakiewicz_720_usl_nll.png
Commissioner Nick Sakiewics took the reigns in January 2016 right before the beginning of last season. He is no stranger to sports and how to run a team or a league. Sackiewics helped start and grow Major League Soccer in the United States. Acting as President and General Manager for clubs in the MLS he has secured successful franchises with hopes to do the same in the NLL.

2. A New Look
On December 17th, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, the NLL revealed their new league logo. It is the first revision of the leagues logo in over 30 years. The new logo is sleek, bold, and simple but sends a powerful message. Within the logo there are tributes to the four original NLL teams, a Native American Morning Star, a lacrosse goal, and a shield. For more on the NLL Logo click herefull_logo_anatomy

3. Watch The NLL Anywhere
Introducing for the first time in league history NLL TV. NLL TV is an archive of past games, news and highlights from around the league. More importantly this is where all games will be aired LIVE. To watch games live you must be a subscriber. You can get a Season Pass, which grants you access to all NLL Video Content. Or you can select My Team Pass which grants you all your favorite teams Live and On Demand video content. Either way the NLL has now found a way for everyone all over North America and the World to enjoy live NLL action. NLLTV.com

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Predator Sports Uniforms & Athletic Wear

One of the most popular quotes in all sports is “Look good, play good!” That is why we have partnered with Predator Sports to gain the offering of custom sublimated uniforms. If you are not familiar with Predator Sports they are a manufacture of lacrosse goals, nets, rebounders and the patented Lax R.A.T. training target.

Predator uniforms come in variety of styles and cuts such as the collegiate cut reversible pinnie,  High School cut and box uniforms for boys. On the girls side racerback cut, High School cut, reversible pinnies and 3 variations of shorts and kilts are also available for customization.

Just like the uniforms the Predator Athletic Wear can be made to match your team colors or customized any way you like. You can bundle as many pieces together to create what we call a team package. For example one of our more popular team packages consist of a reversible collegiate cut pinnie, shorts, shooter shirt and socks.

If you are interested in getting custom uniforms made please contact us either by phone at 1-(732)-431-2255 or by email at creative@lacrosseballstore.com.

 

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The Best Gifts To Get The Lax Player In Your Life This Holiday Season

It’s tough enough to try and figure out what your lacrosse player wants for the holidays so we’re going to make it easy. We have compiled a list of some of the hottest products that would make a perfect present for this holiday season.

  • Predator Sports Lax R.A.T. Shooting Screen (Reflex Automatic Target) : Featuring its patented ball return system this is a perfect gift for the attack or midfielder in the family. The return system keeps the ball on the front of the goal saving them time collecting stray balls and getting back to shooting. Starting at $139.99.
  • East Coast Dyes Mirage Head  – ECD’s first ever elite level head. Weighting in a 4.5 oz it is one of the lightest and  strongest heads on the market. It has an elongated throat that created a natural channel in the mesh which will create more consistency when passing and greater accuracy when shooting.  Priced at $89.99.
  • STX Schutt Stallion 550 Helmet – This helmet is growing to be a staple in college lacrosse. Cornell, UNC, Ohio State and other D1 school have chosen the Stallion as their go to helmet because of the customizability and its superior protection. (SEI Certified). Starting at $139.00.
  • StringKing Lacrosse Metal 2 Shafts  – StringKing has come in hot with a shaft available in multiple weights and durabilities that allow you as a player to choose the best fit for your game. There are five variations in the Attack / Midfield shaft length, three variations in the Defensive shaft and two variation in the Goalie shafts.
    Priced at: Attack Shafts $99.99 – $139.99
    Defense Shafts $149.99 – $209.99
    Goalie Shafts $109.99 – $129.99
  • Predator Sports HSGG Lacrosse Goal – The most popular goal in the Predator Sports lacrosse line. Its tubular construction and stringing rails make it staple among players because it keep the net off the ground, which is great for longevity of the goal and net. The HSGG comes stock with a 5mm when assembled has a total weight of 55 pounds. This makes the goal very easy to move around as well as give it the stability and strength it needs to withstand the elements and abuse of the game. Starting at $219.99
  • Throne Lacrosse Fiber System – Throne Fiber Mesh, Shooters, and String are all manufactured from the same material giving you the most consistent pocket. The hydrophobic fibers allow the user to play in the best and worst conditions without any change in the pocket. The Fiber System comes in six different mesh colors and it offered to goalies in a 12 diamond variant (only available in white). Starting at $17.99.
  • Predator Sports Vyper Lacrosse Gear Bag – New to the Predator Sports line is the Vyper Lacrosse Player Gear bag. The Vyper bag is equipped with heavy duty zippers and a huge main compartment giving the player enough space for all of their gear. Some of the unique features the Vyper offers is a padded inner pouch for your valuables, a stick sleeve that can hold up to 4 sticks, and a special designed cleat pocket to separate dirty muddy cleats from the rest of your gear. Starting at $69.99.

 

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The StringKing Metal 2 Guide

Here is what you need to know about StringKing Lacrosse’s NEW Metal 2 Shaft Line.

Whats new with the Metal 2?

Next-generation alloy.

We traveled to 8 countries and found an alloy lighter and stronger than what’s used in the aerospace, military, and automotive industries.

Preference is everything.

Metal 2 shafts are available in numerous models that offer a perfect option for every playing style, so you can select the combination of speed and strength needed to optimize your game.

6-month warranty.

We extended our quick and easy warranty to 6 months because we believe in the durability of our Metal 2 shafts. Log on to StringKing.com after your purchase to register your stick to be covered under this game changing warranty.

#PreferenceIsEverything #Metal2

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East Coast Dyes Mirage

The Mirage is built for the perfect pocket. We applied knowledge gained through years of stringing and used cutting edge 3D printing technology to test and fine-tune our design. Every angle, string hole, and curve was specifically designed to build a perfect pocket, making the Mirage perfect for the elite offensive player.

Built to String
The Mirage’s narrow face shape and aggressive flare allow you to perfectly control the tension of your pocket for a smooth, consistent channel. Precise string hole placement and the gradual bottom rail design make it ideal for any mid to mid-low pocket.
Built to Perform
By adding support where you need it and eliminating excess material, we made a lightweight and strong head, perfect for fast shots, sharp passes, and supreme control.
Built to Last
The Mirage is made with the finest impact grade, UV resistant material. This material was specifically selected for its characteristics that allow it to withstand the abuse and ferocity of the modern game.
**Made in the USA**
We take great pride in manufacturing high quality products in the US.
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How to settle a score.

Over the weekend Western Michigan Lacrosse played University of Dayton. The game had to be called due to lighting and the fact every lacrosse player transforms into a walking lightning rod. It is unknown what the score was when the game was called but how it ended was truly epic.

In the most backyard sports fashion, the teams took it upon themselves to determine a winner with a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” The rules were, of course, best two out of three and you throw on the word “shoot.

Both teams brought out their greatest “R.P.S” champions to face off in what would be known as one of the greatest endings to a game I have ever seen.

 

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New Rules at Youth Level

US Lacrosse Announces New Boys’ Youth Rules

from press release 9/21/16

SPARKS, Md. —The US Lacrosse Board of Directors recently approved boys’ youth lacrosse rules that align with the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM). The new rules are based on the core values of the LADM, which is to encourage skill development and grow participation by promoting a safe and fun playing environment through developmentally appropriate rule sets tailored to specific age groupings.

In early 2016, the US Lacrosse Board of Directors tasked the Men’s Game Rules Subcommittee to develop rules of play that support the LADM. The new rules follow the LADM recommendation that small-sided games be played at younger ages, with size of field and numbers of player progressively increasing as players develop both physically and cognitively. The rules also align with the new recommended player segmentation groupings that will take effect in September 2017.

“The Men’s Game Rules Committee is proud to take these initial steps in a bold new direction, embracing the principles of the ADM that other sports have incorporated so successfully,” said David Seidman, chair of the committee. “While we expect lots of questions, we are confident that the kids are going to love playing under these conditions, and coaches and parents will appreciate the simplified rules that are presented in a modern, enjoyable and easy-to-read method.”

A youth-specific rulebook will available digitally later this fall and hardcopies will be available in early 2017. The following summaries of play at each level are provided to assist clubs and leagues as they plan for their spring seasons.

6U

Players: 3v3 with no goalie
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
Equipment: Sticks only, soft-type ball
Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet
Penalties: Player leaves the field. No time-serving penalties. Penalties used as a teachable moment to explain the foul that has been committed.
Body Checking: No body checking permitted.
Stick Checking: Stick to stick contact is not permitted

8U

Players: 4v4 with no goalie or 3v3 with a goalie
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
Equipment: Full equipment, soft-type ball
Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet
Penalties: Player leaves the field. No time-serving penalties. Penalties used as a teachable moment to explain the foul that has been committed.
Body Checking: No body checking permitted. Any overt (obvious) collision should be enforced as an illegal body check. The following types of body contact are allowed: legal holds, legal pushes, positioning yourself against an opponent to gain possession of a loose ball (i.e boxing out)defensive positioning to redirect an opponent incidental contact.

Stick Checking: Only checks with the crosse listed below are legal. In all cases stick checks must be made with two hands and to the crosse of an opponent or gloved hand of a crosse when an opponent is in possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball.

(a) Lift the bottom hand, when it is on the stick and below the chest; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(b) Poke the bottom hand when it is on the stick and below the chest area; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(c) Downward check initiated below the shoulders of both players.

10U

Players: 6v6 with no goalie or 5v5 with a goalie
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet (5×5 or 4×4 allowable)
Penalties: Time-serving penalties.
Body Checking: No body checking permitted. Any overt (obvious) collision should be enforced as an illegal body check. The following types of body contact are allowed:legal holds legal pushes positioning yourself against an opponent to gain possession of a loose ball (i.e boxing out) defensive positioning to redirect an opponent incidental contact.

Stick Checking: Only checks with the crosse listed below are legal. In all cases stick checks must be made with two hands and to the crosse of an opponent or gloved hand of a crosse when an opponent is in possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball.

(a) Lift the bottom hand, when it is on the stick and below the chest; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(b) Poke the bottom hand when it is on the stick and below the chest area; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(c) Downward check initiated below the shoulders of both players.

12U

Players: 7v7 or 10v10, depending on size of field used
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field) or 110 yards by 60 yards
Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet
Penalties: Time-serving penalties.
Body Checking: No body checking permitted. Any overt (obvious) collision should be enforced as an illegal body check. The following types of body contact are allowed: legal holds legal pushes positioning yourself against an opponent to gain possession of a loose ball (i.e boxing out)defensive positioning to redirect an opponent incidental contact.

Stick Checking: Only checks with the crosse listed below are legal. In all cases stick checks must be made with two hands and to the crosse of an opponent or gloved hand of a crosse when an opponent is in possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball.

(a) Lift the bottom hand, when it is on the stick and below the chest; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(b) Poke the bottom hand when it is on the stick and below the chest area; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(c) Downward check initiated below the shoulders of both players.

14U

Players: 10v10
Field Size: 110 yards by 60 yards
Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet
Penalties: Time-serving penalties.
Body Checking: Limited body checking is permitted. However body checks that might be acceptable in high school play may be excessive in youth lacrosse, and should be penalized accordingly.
Stick Checking: Last season’s US Lacrosse stick checking will still apply which includes a rule prohibiting one-handed stick checks.

Questions concerning the new US Lacrosse boys’ youth lacrosse rules can be addressed to Rick Lake, men’s game senior manager, at rlake@uslacrosse.org

Original Link: http://laxmagazine.com/uslacrosse/2016-17/news/091916_us_lacrosse_announces_new_boys-_youth_rules

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