Monday, April 6, 2009

Can I Dye My Head Without Taking The Mesh Out?

Question: Hello it is Vincent, I want to dye my head but i don't want to undo the stringing and do it again and i want it to remain white.
Can i put duck tape on the mesh and strings what can i do?

Thank You

Answer: Vincent I've never seen this work. The duct tape breaks down during the dying process and becomes this big sticky mess when you try to take it off.

Your best bet is to start another stick (you need one anyway). Dye that one the way you like it and learn how to string it up. The one you have now can be your back up.

Jonathan -

Why Don't They Take Away all the Goals Scored By An Illegal Stick?


If during a normal REF stick check, a stick is found to be illegal and removed from the field, why are any of the goals scored by the illegal stick allowed? This scenario has happened twice during my sons high school lacrosse game...

Hey there Barb. My understanding is that you can't really prove "when" the stick turned illegal.

I know. I know. If it's something solid like a shaft or a head it was probably illegal the whole game. But if it's something like a pocket in the rain, that may just happen in the course of a game.

The purpose of a stick check by a coach after a goal is to specifically remove that goal (hopefully)

Even the head of a stick can get pinched in the course of the game which can start the game legal, and then can be illegal after a few face offs.

Hope that helps Barb. Let me know if you need anything else. It's a great question.

Jonathan - The Goalie Guru

Should I Take A Face Off With a Long Pole? How Long Should It Be?

Question: You see more and more faceoff specialists using long poles. It would seem to
me that a longer shaft has some leverage advantages but that 60 inches may
be longer than needed.

What do you think the best pole length for faceoffs is? Would it make sense
to use a goalie length pole, i.e. 40 inches, or to cut down a long pole to say 5
inches for face offs?

Answer: Hey there Adam. What your seeing is actually a trend with teams who do not have a competitive face off guy. What they will do is put a long pole on the face offs so that if they lose the face off they have a pole on the ball carrier right away. They will shut off the wings and let the pole try and strip the ball carrier who is usually the face off guy. Most face off guys are good at face offs and aren't the best at protecting the stick. So the hope is that the pole can strip the face off guy after he gets possession.

So in fact a pole is not an advantageous tool for winning face offs off the ground. It is heavier and thus is harder to clamp on the face off. A shorter stick will always be quicker than a long pole when the talents of the two face off guys are the same. The advantage comes after the other guy wins the face off.

Make sense? Let me know if you need anything else.

Jonathan -