FoCo Lacrosse - Youth lacrosse program in Northern Colorado (Fort Collins)

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String Your Own Stick
Knowing how to string (and adjust) your own stick is a big advantage! It allows you to make a pocket that works exactly the way you want it to work, not the way someone else thinks it should work. It requires a little patience and repetition at first, but it's well worth the effort if you stick with it.
Stick stringing techniques and preferences may vary greatly from player to player. Even the best players in the world may disagree about how best to string a stick. The smart thing to do is take your time and experiment with different stringing styles, pocket placements, shooter setups, etc., and figure out what works best for you.
The following websites are excellent resources for stick stringing instructions:
What's a legal stick and pocket?
  • Pocket depth:
    • The top of a lacrosse ball must be at least a little bit above the bottom edge of the sidewall
    • The pocket is illegal if the top of the ball is below the bottom edge of the sidewall
  • Stick length:
    • U10 and younger:  37-42" (all)
    • U11:  37-42” (short stick), 47-54” (pole), 37-54" (goalie)
    • U12 and older:  40-42” (short stick), 52-72" (pole), 40-72" (goalie)
  • Head dimensions (must be NFHS 2018 legal):
    • Width (see diagram here):
      • The widest part must be at least 6" wide at the front of the head (measured on the inside of the plastic)
      • Throat must be at least 3" wide at 1.25″ up from the bottom of the head
      • Throat must be at least 3" wide at 3″ up from the bottom of the head
      • Middle of head must be at least 3.5" wide at 5" up from the bottom of the head
    • Length:  Must be at least 10" from the top of the scoop down to the throat
  • Shooting strings:
    • No U's or V's are allowed, and all shooting strings must be within 4" of the top of the head