Lacrosse, the game of the Native Americans dates back to hundreds of years from now, played amongst the tribes with sticks which were used to attack, defend and score goals. The gear that was used to play the game remains the same in nature. The only changes that have taken place are just to modernize it.
Previously, large sticks made from hard hickories which were used to create the Lacrosse Shafts. It was a very difficult task to handle and the players often attacked their opponents with it. But today, it entirely depends upon the person playing the sport to customize the entire body of their shaft.
Antecedently, there were no rules in place to differentiate between the Lacrosse Shafts being used by men and women. But several developments have occurred throughout the 20th century; new rules and regulations were set in place. The new set of rules included new restriction on the length of the shaft. The men’s and women’s shafts are different in the Lacrosse game. The female participants have a stick ranging from 35 to 43 inches long.
While in the case of men, it differs and depends on the player’s positioning. Midfielders and Attackers go for shorter Lacrosse Shafts similar to that of women known as Short Crosses. Considering the Defensive players; they use the longer shafts that range between 52 to 72 inches long.
Goalies’ use sticks with shafts ranging from 40 to 72 inches in length. These shafts are available in different varieties and are usually different from all the other Crosses being used on the field. In light of the rules, a shaft cannot exceed 2 inches in diameter.
Robert Pool in 1937 introduced double-walled stick shafts which made it easier for the players to play the game with the lacrosse ball. Some players prefer plastic lacrosse sticks as they are much more portable and durable than wood whereas some players still prefer to use the wooden shafts.
Metal alloys, laminated wood and wood are used to make the shafts of the lacrosse sticks that are hollow or solid. They are normally used at the high school and college levels. Metal alloys are used at the high school level for the handle portion of the shaft. If the shafts of the sticks are hollow, then those are used at professional stage. A rubber plug is used to shut the end of the shaft if it’s hollow.
There aren’t any specifications defined as far as the color of the shafts is concerned. But the shafts are normally white or wooden colored.