How to Size Lacrosse Sticks

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Lacrosse is a popular sport that was invented by Native Americans and named by the French. Commonly referred to as "America's first sport," according to USLacrosse.org, the game is a combination of soccer, hockey and basketball. Players use long sticks (crosses) with nets on the end to catch and throw the lacrosse ball to get in the goals at either end of the field. Having a properly sized cross can mean winning or losing a game.

  • Determine which position you play, or want to play, on the lacrosse team. This will help you determine cross size.

  • Buy a cross that is smaller (close to the minimum size) if you plan on being an attacker, or a player who spends all his time in the opponent's territory trying to score goals.

  • Buy a medium-length cross if you plan on playing midfield. Midfielders tend to be both attackers and defenders, and should be all-around good athletes as they have the run of the field.

  • Buy the longest cross you can comfortably control if you want to play as a defender. Defenders use their long crosses to block an opponent's shots and spend their time on their home turf averting offensive plays.

  • Buy a standard 42-inch cross if you are playing as a goaltender, or the player who acts as the last line of defense between an incoming shot and the goal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Younger players should worry less about how closely the length of their cross meets these guides and more about picking a cross they can hold, carry and control comfortably.
  • Women's, men's and children cross lengths vary, so talk to an assistant in the sports store about the selection of your cross. Women's crosses only go up to 44 inches, but men's crosses can be as long as 60 inches.

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