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Stick Trick Contest (2015)


Any Trick. Any Length Video. Be Creative.

1. Register on www.LaxRoom.com/Post.
2. Login into account.
3. Click "Create-Lacrosse-Post."
4. Create a Stick Trick post in the 2015 Stick Trick Contest category and add a YouTube video of your tricks.



Winners Selected:
(1) Best of the Best wins Bragging Rights + Powell Lacrosse Pioneer Lacrosse Head + Powell Lacrosse Shaft
(2) A Random Drawing on Any Stick Trick Entry can win a Mini Wooden Stick



Judges:
POWLAX
Guillotinee.Lax (Instagram)
Lax Room


Judges will be looking for creativity, stick trick smoothness, and entertaining videos. Good luck! (Contest Ends Sept 1st!)

Stick Trick Contest (2015) -
Gait Oracle Lacrosse Head

Patent pending new shortened comfort grip throat allows your hand to be closer to the ball for more control.

Patent pending curved sidewalls allow for a larger catching area and increased ball control.

Maximum canted offset. Extremely Durable.

Mid-V scoop for quick release and accuracy.

Multi-hole pocket attachment system allows for the stringing of unlimited pocket styles.

Gait Oracle -
DeBeer: The Web Lacrosse Goalie Head

Designed with the Box Goalie in mind, DeBeer (Gait) Web is the most widely used goalie head in the NLL. The downward angle, and squared shape increases the save area. The inside support ribs allow for an over-sized head while still maintaining stiffness and durability.

Specs: 11.5" wide (widest catching area width)12.75" wide (widest width including side flares)16.5" long (tip of head to ball stop).

Inside support ribs allow for over-sized head while maintaining stiffness.

Flat angled scoop improves ground ball pickup.

Square shape increases save area.

Debeer Web, Gait Web -
STX Guardian Goalie Head

Elastomer-overmolded nylon eliminates ball rattle and spin in the pocket for improved control.

Wide open sidewall design for reduced weight and wind resistance.

Downsloping sidewalls improve passing accuracy and ball control.

Streamlined scoop makes loose balls easier to snag.

Stx, Stx Guardian -
Reebok 11K Lacrosse Head

The Reebok 11K Lacrosse Head has experienced weight reduction, compared to the 10k, using unique throat and side wall designs which eliminated unnecessary material. With the shooter in mind the Reebok 11K Lacrosse Head is channeled or pinched for accuracy. The added feature of the pro-offset provides an optimum load when shooting.

The Reebok 11K Lacrosse Head rigid sidewalls and scoop have been optimized for a large number of stringing options.

Meets NCAA and NFHS specifications.

Reebok, Reebok 11k -
REEBOK 10K 5.0.5 Lacrosse Head

The Reebok 10k 5.0.5 head is the first of its kind with speed ports in the scoop allowing the stick to travel faster translating to harder shots. The Pro-Offset allows for better ball control and protection while giving the optimum load for shooting. Stringing channels in the speed ports allow for unobstructed stringing. Rounded scoop design ensures easy ground ball pick ups. Multiple string holes so you can get as creative as you like with your stringing jobs.

Reebok, Reebok 10k 505 -
STX Turbo Lacrosse Head

The STX Turbo Lacrosse Head features open, re-enforced sidewalls for lightweight play and strength. The STX Turbo underwent many improvements over product generations starting in the early 1990s. Weight range from 156g to 164g.

Stx, Stx Turbo -
Major League Lacrosse (Launching a league, September 12, 2001)

Launching a league
David Morrow '93 takes a shot with pro lacrosse

David Morrow '93 arrived at the first game in Major League Lacrosse history with little fanfare, handing over a ticket and passing through the turnstile just like the other 5,952 fans did June 7 at Homewood Field in Baltimore. For league cofounder Morrow and the rest of the MLL's staff and players, there were no limos to the game, no red-carpet arrivals - make no mistake, life in an upstart professional sports league is a long way from the Super Bowl.

Not that Morrow missed the significance of the moment, the unveiling of the six-team league just steps from the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. In fact, he took the time to pull out his money clip and purchase a souvenir game program once he was through the gates.

"This is really exciting," says Morrow. "When you've been working on a project like this for three years, it's pretty special to see it all come together."

Had the program hawker taken a closer look, he might have given Morrow a free copy. The cover featured a stern-faced, slick-backed Morrow, posed next to fellow owner Jake Steinfeld of "Body by Jake" fame. While Steinfeld's backing of this improbable venture - a professional venue for a sport that still lacks nationwide appeal - lends star power and an instant marketing angle, Morrow's involvement gives the MLL a more realistic, grounded quality. His presence in the young league is a logical next step for the man who has quickly become one of lacrosse's most powerful figures.

Still two years shy of his 10th reunion, Morrow is the CEO and president of Warrior Lacrosse, an equipment company he started while still an undergraduate. Warrior has become the leader in the small world of lacrosse manufacturing, outfitting the top players in the game and serving as the official equipment supplier for the U.S. Men's National Teams program and the MLL.

"When I graduated, I wasn't as focused on the business end of it - I never thought that I'd be doing what I'm doing now," says Morrow, whose company once made just the shaft of a lacrosse stick. Now Warrior provides nearly every piece of equipment necessary to play the game, along with apparel lines for the MLL and college teams it sponsors, such as Princeton.

A number of Princeton grads have helped Morrow along the way, including Brooke Coburn '93 and Bill Frist '93, who worked to secure private financing for the company, and Morrow's wife, Christine Schluter '92. In 1994 Schluter moved from Boulder, Colorado - where she was a geochemist and, at the time, Morrow's girlfriend - to join Morrow in Detroit. Though she had no accounting background, she became Warrior's controller, and now maintains the balance sheets for a $12-million company that employs 50 people in Detroit and has seen a 70 percent growth rate over the past four years, according to Morrow.


Maintaining that momentum is key to Morrow's interest in starting a professional league. "[Warrior's] future growth is going to come from the growth of the game," he says, "and the best way to attract people to the game is to let them see it at its highest level. Unlike almost any segment of the sporting goods business, lacrosse is growing, and the MLL is an important part of that."

Warrior's success attracted Steinfeld - who had been toying with the idea of buying a minor-league baseball franchise - when he read a profile of Morrow and his company in an airline magazine. Before turning his attention to bodybuilding, Steinfeld had been a midfielder for one year at Cortland State, the upstate New York school that produced Princeton coach Bill Tierney.

Morrow's playing career was far more illustrious. Despite arriving as a relatively unheralded athlete from the lacrosse outpost of Michigan, he became one of the game's greats while playing for Tierney at Princeton. NCAA player of the year in 1993, he was a two-time national defenseman of the year and a leader of Princeton's first national championship team in 1992. He also played on the world champion U.S. national teams in 1994 and 1998 before retiring.

As a player, Morrow was a feared defenseman - a persona that fit the menacing character on the MLL's first game program. But even as many of his contemporaries compete in the MLL, he is content to remain in the front office. "I have been more focused on the business side, and that has satisfied my competitive urge," Morrow says. "Coming up with new marketing ideas, new products - I've been putting so much energy into that, playing loses its novelty a bit."

Securing the league's future will definitely be a challenge. MLL officials say an average attendance of 5,000 per game should be the key to the league's success; as the end of the season neared, that number that was just below 4,000. "Like any business model, some things have been below projections, but in other markets, attendance has been higher," Morrow says. "The key is that the group is committed to long-term success."

By Nate Ewell '96

PRINCETONIANS IN THE MLL
Christian Cook �98 New Jersey Pride
Scott Conklin �95 Boston Cannons
Todd Eichelberger �97 Long Island Lizards
Jon Hess �98 New Jersey Pride
Jesse Hubbard �98 New Jersey Pride
Kurt Lunkenheimer �99 Boston Cannons
Chris Massey �98 New Jersey Pride
Ryan Mollett �01 Rochester Rattlers
Josh Sims �00 Baltimore Bayhawks
Matt Streibel �01 Bridgeport Barrage
Ben Strutt �97 Boston Cannons
Trevor Tierney �01 New Jersey Pride
Rob Torti �01 New Jersey Pride

Princeton Archives, 2001: Launching a league

Major League Lacrosse, Mll -
STX Lacrosse Knot Mesh

STX-exclusive knotted construction delivers superior control and ball feel.

Knotted construction reduces the stretch of the pocket, maintaining consistency and reliability of the pocket.

Nine-diamond mesh construction.

Knot Mesh, Stx -
Shamrock 'The Rock' Lacrosse Head

Shamrock's unique head design provides the most accurate, highest velocity lacrosse sticks available today.

OFFSET DESIGN: Increases leverage, maximizing the ball's speed at the release point.

POWERWING: These sidwall wings channel the ball for more accurate shooting and passing.

A unique offset design which adds leverage, thus increasing shot velocity an average of 8% in independent tests.

Features:
Deepest legal pocket
Great stick for face-offs
Powerwing sidewall design
Virtually unbreakable head.
Offset configuration


In 1996 Shamrock Lacrosse began production on its new lacrosse head, initiating new and innovative concepts for lacrosse equipment. Shamrock's patented wing design makes "The Rock" a formidable weapon in lacrosse competition. With its power wings, "The Rock" has a deeper pocket allowing for superior ball control.

Shamrock Lacrosse, Shamrock Rock -
Shamrock Assassin Lacrosse Head

Dominant face-off stick.

Narrow sidewalls for greater accuracy.

Virtually unbreakable head.

Offset configuration.

Shamrock Assassin -
Maverik Spider Lacrosse Head

The Maverik Spider 17 Lacrosse Head White Unstrung is designed for offensive players and features a narrow throat for maximum ball control. The aggressive ramp provides an excellent ball position for fast and accurate shots. The many stringing holes of the Spider 17 enable the player to customize the pocket in various ways. Additionally this lacrosse head meets the NFHS specifications.

Advantages of the Maverik Spider 17 Lacrosse Head:

Designed for offensive players.

Narrow throat for maximum ball control.

Aggressive ramp provides excellent ball position for fast and accurate shots.

Many stringing holes enable player to customize pocket in various ways.

Maverik Spider -
Ron "Groucho" MacNeil

Ron MacNeil has the distinction of being the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of box lacrosse in Canada. The list that includes fifty players begins with the inception of the box game in 1932 and is updated annually. Ron leads with 868 goals in 389 contests of regular season play. It is compiled by Wampsbible of Lacrosse website.

That statistic speaks for itself and his longevity as an active player from 1962 to 1998 is a testament to his durability and love of the sport.

But even more significant than that, he has been a constant innovator effecting improvements in equipment worn by players at all levels. Actually, he invented
the plastic lacrosse stick, but more on that later in this article.

As fate would have it, Ron was born in the “hotbed” of lacrosse on the West Coast, the home of the Salmonbellies, New Westminister, British Columbia in 1944. Ron, the second of four boys, moved with his family to the Lakeshore area of Etobicoke in 1952 and then on to the brand new community of Alderwood in 1955.

An early “baby boomer” he joined with his buddy, Ken Hodge (of Boston Bruins hockey fame) to play for the Alderwood bantam lacrosse team. The Alderwood Lacrosse League was a new organization under the leadership of the late Bob Sinclair, a Member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame for his contributions to minor lacrosse.

It all almost wasn’t to be. When Ron was eight years old, late in the summer of 1952, he was on a bus going to a swimming pool, and his brother was on the other side of the street on his bike heading for the same location. After the bus stopped, he ran in front of it across the road and was hit by a car that ran over his left leg.

The doctors considered amputation, but his father refused that option. Eventually, the doctors reattached some of the leg muscles, grafted skin from his back and he was confined to bed for three months. After that he had to learn to walk again. Typical of youngsters and their reactions, Ron earned his nickname “Groucho” because of his cranky disposition during the weeks of his recovery and the moniker continues to this day.

Ron, brothers Cyril, Earl and Milton lived at 2 Paula Street beside the playing fields of Alderwood Collegiate. Sports were their life and joy and they all excelled in the major sports played in the booming decades of the sixties and seventies. Since the layer of skin on his leg was thinner than the rest of his body, he had to be very careful of scrapes and other damage. This almost ended his career at the senior level when the battering began to take its toll.

But before that he moved through the minor ranks in Alderwood and was a frequent call-up for the neighbouring Long Branch Junior “A” team in 1961 that was coached by Morley Kells. Later on Alderwood got their own junior team and Ron was an established all-star performer and Kells became his coach again. The record shows that he scored 114 goals in 24 games which is a noteworthy achievement at any level of play.

Upon graduation from the junior ranks, he joined the newly founded Toronto Maple Leafs senior team in 1966 and Kells was again his coach. When Ron’s leg injury began to affect his play, a protective device in the form of a padded brace was sewn together by Tommy Naylor, an assistant trainer with the Maple Leaf hockey club and that solved the problem. All together, Ron went through three more braces during his playing career.

That experience struck a chord with MacNeil and he quickly turned his mind to the design of better and lighter equipment that was now required for the new fast moving style of play introduced by coaches Jim Bishop, Bobby Allan and Kells.

Meanwhile, in his four years with the Leafs, he was the most proficient scorer on the team. During that period of competition, lacrosse entered a new era of popularity because of the rise of new suburbia and the birth of the baby boomers simultaneously with exposure on television.

Ron decided to open a sporting goods store on Brown’s Line in Alderwood and he created and produced his first line of equipment: special gloves, better fitting kidney pads and total coverage shoulder pads.

This brought on another first. Morley Kells and others lamented about the shortage of hickory-made sticks turned out by skilled native craftsmen, particularly, Herb Martin and latterly Enos Williams. Kells suggested plastic as a substitute and Ron designed the stick that you see in the photos shown in this article (the Switch Shooter lacrosse stick). The sticks were produced by H&H Leisure Ideas and the mould was made and the machinery engineered. The mould, itself, was found abandoned in a field and somehow made its way to the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame where it resides today.

The stick featured here came with either wood handles for older players and plastic for the minor leaguers. A year later, firms began producing plastic sticks with a different design for the American field lacrosse college leagues. This heralded the end for the wooden stick. As Groucho’s story continues, the merits or demerits of the plastic stick will be analysed. The Toronto Maple Leafs folded in 1969 and MacNeil moved on to play for the Brantford Warriors of the Senior Ontario Lacrosse League.

He joined Gaylord Powless and a corps of other stalwarts and they went on to win the Mann Cup in 1971. Numerous knowledgeable followers of the game consider that national champion team to have been the best team ever assembled in Canada. This
is open to some conjecture, but since then eight members of the Warriors have become members of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame including Ron in 1998. According to Groucho there are three others who should also be included.

After two more successful years with Brantford, Ron took his talents and ideas out to the West Coast in 1974 to play for the Victoria Shamrocks. All in all, he played top rated lacrosse for 17 years; 7 for Victoria, 2 for Nanaimo Timbermen, 4 for the Maple Leafs, and 4 with Brantford. He played on two Mann Cup teams, one east and one west, and was a prolific scorer every year of play.

Ron knew talent too! When in Victoria, Ron helped coach minor lacrosse teams. Kells remembers Groucho telling him about twin peewee players, Paul and Gary Gait whom he believed to be the best two youngsters that he had ever seen. By the time they were through their junior careers, he was sure that he had witnessed something really special. He began contacting American College coaches to suggest that they be given a chance to play at the top field lacrosse level. Johns-Hopkins said no as did others, but with help from Bobby Allan, they were brought to the attention of Syracuse and the rest is history.

From 1987 to 1990 they set numerous records as midfielders and the Orangemen won three National Championships. Besides going on to play brilliantly all over North America, they formed their own lacrosse equipment company, GBLax.

Subsequently, in 2005 Ron joined their company as research and development manager. He would often travel to China to oversee the production and quality of his designs. After the company was taken over and renamed DeBeers-Gait Lacrosse, Ron returned to Canada where he continues to operate his own equipment business.

When discussing the merits of lacrosse sticks, he has this to say about plastic verses hickory and their design and efficacy: “The governing bodies of lacrosse rule that the width of the mouth of the plastic stick be no less than 61/2 inches. This means in
affect, that the ball cannot be fired as quickly as from a smaller wooden style stick.”

Here are his observations about the manufacture of lacrosse balls: “Viceroy in Canada used to produce our rubber balls. Then the Canadian Lacrosse Association dictated that they receive a 25-cent royalty on each ball sold. Viceroy couldn’t make a profit on
that and balls from China were substituted. The new “dead” ball won’t bounce as high as the Viceroy and so the high bounce shot has left the game.”

These two features have given the goaltenders a major advantage over the shooters and hence less scoring and excitement is a result,” emphasizes MacNeil who is worried about the future of the Canadian box lacrosse game.

Nonetheless, he is a man that has dedicated most of his working life to the betterment of lacrosse. He is a most worthy and deserving inductee to the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame.

Ron "Groucho" MacNeil - Inventor of the Switch Shooter Lacrosse Stick.

Source: Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame (July 13, 2011)

Ron Macneil, Switch Shooter -
STX Powerplay Lacrosse Head

Super tough and durable to meet the demands of the indoor game. Ultra-stiff sidewall construction with unique STX trestle design. Ultimate dimensions and shape specifically designed for indoor play. Flat scoop with rounded corners, tested and proven to be the best for scooping up ground balls on artificial turf or concrete. Narrow shape provides optimal control and ball retention while playing in the confined arena of indoor lacrosse. Channeled pocket creates consistently accurate passes and shots. Pinpoint accuracy for the small goals in indoor lacrosse. Medium offset head allows the control of a full offset with the quick release of a straight stick.Not Legal For Field Play.

Stx, Stx Powerplay -
Warrior Barracuda Lacrosse Head

Created for the entry level player, the Barracuda offers all of the Warrior innovations at a lower price point. Features include maximum sidewall width, Warrior patented curved design, accu-curve scoop, beveled leather holes, flared opening and channeled sidewall lacing groove.

2" Curved Sidewall
Reinforced Structural Ribbing
Dropped Scoop
Deep Pocket Design
One year guarantee

Warrior Barracuda -
Warrior Fatboy Titanium Lacrosse Shaft

Warrior Lacrosse is the originator of the titanium handle. The Fatboy Titanium Handle offers 25% more wall thickness and 35% more weight to produce the strongest box lacrosse handle in the world. Constructed with Warrior's proprietary super tuff heavy-duty titanium alloy, the Fatboy crushes the competition.

Titanium, Warrior Fatboy -
Warrior 1998 Arm Guards

Adjustable Reinforced Elastic Bands with Lycra Lining.

Vented Foam Insert For Ultra Lightweight and Comfort.

Oversize Thermoplastic Elbow Cap.

Dual Density Foam.

Heavy Duty Velcro Closures.

Ballistic Mesh Outer Lining.

Open Inside Arm Design Increases Comfort.

Warrior Arm Guards -
Warrior KRYPTOLYTE Lacrosse Shaft

The KRYPTOLYTE handle is constructed with a C405 Krypto Alloy which is 10% stronger and lighter than CU31 for state-of-the-art performance. This product is engineered to take full advantage of the strength-to-weight ratio and durability of KRYPTO ALLOY, and delivers a super-tuff high performance handle. Leaves your competitors in a chronic state of disbelief.
Available in gunmetal, royal, maroon and chrome.

c405, Warrior Kryptolyte -
Warrior Nitro Glove (1997)

The time has come. Protective equipment design has remained unchanged for almost two decades due to lack of competition in the industry, lack of player input and lack of creativity. As we enter the third millennium, Warrior proudly introduces the Nitro Glove, the first of the Millennium Protective Gear series.

The Nitro Glove represents a completely new way of looking at protective equipment. First, consider the structural design. The Nitro Glove was painstakingly designed to follow the natural contours of your wrist, hand and fingers while in a gripping position. This allows for ultimate comfort and performance right off the shelf. The Nitro Glove also features a closed cuff combined with an oversized wrist guard hinged at only two points, creating anatomical wrist articulation and maximum protection.

Next, the materials. The Nitro Glove is constructed of the highest quality materials available. The outer layer is Warrior Duralene, a super tough Spandura (Cordura and Spandex) for increased flexibility and abrasion resistance. The inner material is a high density EVA foam combined with a cross-link polyethylene laminate to provide ultimate shock absorption (energy is dispersed at random angles as opposed to traditional foams that transfer energy directly through). The palm is constructed of an extremely soft, high strength, natural hide treated to make it weatherproof and machine washable, then reinforced with Warrior Tuff Tech for added durability and grip control. Warrior¹s unique tanning process allows the leather to maintain it¹s soft supple hand through all conditions without the usual drying, wrinkling and tearing that occurs with less expensive traditional hides. Finally, all materials used are extremely hydrophobic so they won¹t weigh an extra 5 pounds during a wet game!

Now there is no reason to risk injury or sacrifice performance with archaic equipment.

Warrior Nitro Glove -
Warrior Cobra Lacrosse Head

The world's first curved lacrosse head, the Cobra. The Cobra was designed with Warrior's exclusive contour control system. The "step"-back improves ball control during one handed cradling - a significant advantage. The curved sidewall allows for the deepest legal pocket possible. The 50° raised scoop dominates ground balls. The Cobra's revolutionary design has changed the game of lacrosse forever.

The Classic / the world's first curved head.

Proprietary contour control system.

Patented "Step" Back design / ultimate ball control.

Patented curved sidewall / deep pocket.

Patented 50° raised scoop to dominate ground balls.

Constructed of super tuff nylon for extra-long life.

Warrior, Warrior Cobra -