Different Size Lacrosse Sticks
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There are three different size lacrosse sticks.
1. Attack and Middie
The size of the lacrosse stick depends on which position you play. Different sticks have advantages and disadvantages.
The Short Stick: This stick is used by both middies and attackmen. According to official US Lacrosse Rules, the shaft of the short stick must be 30 inches. The complete stick (head and shaft) must be between 40 and 42 inches.
The width of the head for a short stick must be between 6.5 and 10 inches. If any of these measurements are off, then you will get a penalty during a game.
The short stick is much easier to control than the long stick. Its short length makes it easier to dodge defenders. It is also easier to score in a "tight" situation (defenders all around you).
The Long Stick: The second different size lacrosse stick is the long stick. This stick is used by defenders and long stick middies.
According the the official US Lacrosse regulations, the long stick (including head and shaft) must be between 52 and 72 inches. The shaft is about 60 inches.
The head of the long stick must have a width between 6.5 and 10 inches.
The long stick is much easier to play defense with than the short stick. It is much easier to poke check, and keep the offensive player further away when you are using a long stick.
However, when cradling with a long stick, it is a lot easier to get the ball knocked out because of its length. It is also harder to shoot with because it requires a longer wind up.
The Goalie Stick: The last type of different lacrosse sticks is the goalie stick. This is used only by goalies. Its shaft is about 40 inches long.
According to US Lacrosse, the complete goalie stick must be between 52 and 72 inches. The width of the head is between 10 and 12 inches. As you can see, the goalie stick has a much bigger head than the other sticks. This is because it is easier to save the ball.
While the large head makes it easier to save the ball, it also makes it harder to pass and cradle.
There are three different lacrosse sticks: short stick, long stick, and goalie stick. Each one the sticks has its advantages and disadvantages.
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