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7 November 2003

Lacrosse Sticks

Lacrosse is an exciting team sport that I never got to play as a kid. Art is teaching the basics in his P.E. classes. I find it interesting how different the sticks are. Some lacrosse sticks are short (40-42") with a small pocket to catch and throw the ball. Others are long (52-72") with a small pocket. One stick is short with a very large pocket. Why are there different sticks? If short and long are good, would shorter and longer be better? Where does lacrosse come from, and when was the first game (or a related game *hint*) played near Santa Barbara?

Dunn Middle School students modeling the three basic kinds of (men's) lacross sticks. The men's game is a contact sport and special protective gear is required, including helmet, gloves, and arm and shoulder pads. It's an expensive outfit. The women's game is less physical and has different rules and equipment. For example, women's sticks are all short and have a shallower pocket. We're just learning the basics of passing and ball handling, without getting rough.


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