Lacrosse is a great sport for young women to play. It is a great way to build teamwork, confidence, and other skills that will be valuable for life. It is also great fun, and unlike boy's lacrosse, girl's lacrosse is not a contact sport. This makes start-up costs for you or your young athlete much lower when compared to a boy getting into the sport. But you will still need to make some decisions about lacrosse sticks when deciding to buy that first stick.
Lacrosse sticks for females are somewhat different from boy's sticks, so using a hand-me-down from an older brother or a friend is a mistake. Using a boy's stick will put a beginning player at a disadvantage and can be very frustrating. Make sure that your athlete gets a fair start by purchasing the right stick for her. In general, sticks for female players have thinner shafts and pockets that are more shallow, making them lighter and better for ball control.
The Parts of a Lacrosse Stick
There are two main parts to the stick. These are the shaft and the head. The shaft is fairly basic, but the materials it is made from can vary. In most cases, beginner stick shafts are made from aluminum, which is light and inexpensive. The lacrosse head is much more complex, with many variables for you to decide upon as experience in the sport develops. However, there are some good tips for starting out.
The head of the stick can vary in width. Usually defenders and midfielders will use wider heads for better catching ability, while offensive players use more narrow heads to increase their accuracy and the speed of their shots and passes. For beginners, it is better to go with a wider head so that they can develop their catching ability. While this does decrease their control and accuracy, it gives a better starting point.
The scoop of the head should be flatter for beginners, who can later move on to a curved scoop as their skills advance and they begin to specialize their position. In general, what's good for lacrosse defenders is also good for beginners. A flat scoop helps to build catching skills, while moving on to a curved design later on will improve accuracy and speed.
Two other characteristics to consider are the sidewall design and stiffness. Here again, the default preferences for defenders also have a lot of advantages for beginners. A stiffer head allows for easier catching and ground scooping. Players lose some speed off their shots with a stiffer head, but this is not as important as developing those important catching and scooping skills. The sidewall design should also be lower for beginners and defenders, building that focus on the core skills of lacrosse ball control.
You might also wonder which brand is the best for beginners. Really, the brand does not matter so much for beginning players. Most of the beginner sticks are very similar in design. However, STX, Brine and Easton sticks generally stick to a more friendly design for beginners because of their scoop shape. What's most important is to get the right stick for your level of play, and for your sport. Longstreth provides lacrosse equipment specifically designed for female players so that you can get the most from your game right from the start.