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Throne of String Throne Mesh Review

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throne-lacrosse-mesh-reviewThrone Mesh from Throne of String is a superior hand dyed and wax infused lacrosse mesh. Created for the exacting demands of every modern day lacrosse player ever to pick up a stick, this proprietary treatment shields mesh from all of the elements. What an advantage. Throne mesh can and will, with ease, retain the pocket shape and ensure accuracy for all of the shooters.

Throne Mesh – Hard or Soft Mesh?

Throne mesh is the middle ground between hard and soft lacrosse mesh. We call that semi-hard semisoft. The mesh forms fast to each players unique style while sustaining excellent release AND hold. It reaches that perfect balance and captures the best of both worlds, allowing every player to whip an accurate shot right past the goalie. The mesh allows for a very quick and painless break in and does not seem to allow for a bad pocket. The break in takes about 30-60 minutes and does not lose the wax coating after playing with it for a little bit. That is Throne’s secret recipe in action. It does not leave your sidewall or shooting strings waxy either. There has not been one complaint about the quality of wax over on our end. Throne mesh is easy to clean, but limits dirt build up and it ensures long lasting mesh. The mesh does not get your hands sticky at all, and does not bring any turf back to the locker room with you.

Throne Mesh is Waterproof

When it rains, it pours. Throne mesh is not water proof completely (although it is really hard to be completely water proof, almost impossible…). It does not bag out completely though. We have found that it does not even harden that much when moisture is a factor. When it gets cold outside the mesh does tend to harden up a little bit and it is really difficult to work with the pocket and fix the stringing after that. We thought it would harden up more than it did so we were impressed with how malleable Throne of String pockets were in sub freezing temperatures. We were surprised to see that the mesh never loses much shape and keeps a nice structure. You can pretty much string it any way you want to. Another plus is the lack of flaking that comes with it. After stretching the mesh we have noticed that there is not as much flaking as some other mesh companies have, and it does not leave your hands with that white color that everyone complains about. It is harder than most wax meshes in the game, but that is one small price to pay for such a nice piece of mesh.

throne-mesh-stringing-kit-supplies-colorsThrone Mesh Pricing, Colors & Designs

The mesh comes in a bulk of colors and is rather cheap in price when compared with other companies. It starts at $15 with the 15mm and goes up from there depending on what you buy exactly. We assure you that no matter what you buy, the price is worth it. They offer many different patterns including a fade, and then infuse it with their wax formula to get the Throne of String mesh that everyone needs. They have custom dyed white (frost), gold, USA, volt and they all have their own special flare all featured on Throne of String youtube channel. We have come to find that those guys that say they don't like waxed mesh usually show interest in Throne of String mesh. Now whether you are a goalie, taking face-offs, using 6d, 12d, 20d, or even leathers in the leather kit, Throne of String lacrosse mesh suits every position and player out there playing the game. Joe Williams does one heck of a job over there in Brooklyn, NY. Throne of Strings is one great company.

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5 Tips For a Lacrosse Girl in College

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Give a nice warm welcome to our good friend Ron over at Girls Lacrosse HQ for this superb guest post!

We know you are busy thinking about the never-ending list of academic responsibilities, social life challenges, money, travel, living situations and so much more. But lets face it, when the love of the game runs deep, lacrosse is going to be on your mind.

In this article we will help you identify the most important areas of the game that you should focus on while being a lacrosse girl in college. Additionally we will discuss some off-field strategies that will keep the game at the top of your priority list while pursuing a happy college life.

Whether you are a returning college student or a freshman about to embark on your college journey, there are things that are critically important that should be kept in the forefront if you want to keep the fire burning for lacrosse throughout your college years.

Maybe you were recruited and about to jump to the next level or maybe you thought your girls lacrosse career ended in high school. No matter what your situation is, if you're like most of us who have loved the sport for so long, the game is going to be on your mind.

But in college, the game changes doesn't it? After all, isn't this when we stop calling it “Girls Lacrosse” and start calling it “Women's Lacrosse?” If the name of the sport matures at this stage, we should probably be taking a more responsible look at the way we approach the game in our lives, shouldn't we?

Here are 5 tips that can help insure that lacrosse continues to grow in your life.

1. Nutrition and Health (It's not just about logging hours at the gym )

FEAR THE FRESHMAN 15, IT'S THE REAL DEAL
This is the most simple concept yet probably the most difficult to deal with in your day-to-day life as a college student. Meal plans, vending machines, late night snacking, fast food, alcohol and so much more. This all seems obvious but this problem will sneak up on you slowly.

College is also about having fun and all of these contributing factors to weight gain by themselves are part of the the great experience of college and probably should be part of your experience but when put together in excess can pack on the pounds. The weight gain comes when you don't make a choice to say no often enough.

The best plan for avoiding the weight gain is to have a plan for eating and stick with it. Write down your intentions and stick to them. If you plan your meals for the day, you will likely not plan to overeat. However, if you have no plan, you will likely eat more impulsively. Just be real with yourself i.e. today I know I am going to want Chipotle because I walk by it on the way home so therefore I'm going to skip my meal plan dinner tonight. Enough of these small victories will equal minimal weight gain if any at all.

DON'T OVER-TRAIN

Overtraining

Overtraining

If you are on the team then your team workouts are enough. End of story. Trust your coaches to keep you in shape and use your down time for recovery.

So if you are not playing for a team during college, fitness will be your responsibility so train responsibly. Try to maintain a consistent workout schedule and schedule downtime. Try not to workout to lose weight but rather to stay fit for the purpose of doing fun and active things. Going on a 5 mile run on Sunday because you are trying to burn off Saturday's pizza is not a good strategy.

How do you know if you are over-trained? Pay attention to the signs your body gives you letting you know that you are recovered. If you fly right by and ignore these signs, you might find yourself over-trained after it is too late. Fitness expert Ben Greenfield provides 25 tips to detect with laser-like accuracy if your body is ready to go again.

If you hit your targets for the week and you are still really itching to do something, try working on your mobility with some kind of movement practice like Yoga, Pilates or advanced stretching using the principles of the book Becoming a Supple Leopard.

GET SOME SLEEP
Sleep is something we all know how to do instinctively but too many things pull us away from this necessity in life. Lack of sleep can be attributed to conditions such as immune system failure, diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression, and memory loss. If you're like me, I just want an easy reference to follow and the best one we have found is a book written by fitness and nutrition expert Shawn Stevenson. This book was an absolute game changer and really exposes what sleep amateurs most of us are.

You probably won't be surprised by the obvious tips like getting more sleep and not drinking caffeine late in the day but there are some that will be very tough to swallow like eliminating screen time before bed. As the author puts it in his book “get your friends out of your bedroom.” Blackout curtains, blue blocking glasses and sleeping cool are a few of the ninja tips laid out in his guide.

You can reference worth the $10 to have a copy for reference.

MY BODY IS A TEMPLE
So why does college bring on the biggest flood of new and harmful substances to the body? Freedom! Freedom is an interesting thing; it's what we would kill for yet it has a chance of killing us. Ironically freedom is also what nets us the freshman 15.

So how do you avoid trashing your body temple? Balance. It's about avoiding the excesses. If you don't participate in anything that can be harmful to your body then great; but let's assume you do. We instinctively know when our bodies have had too much but we tend to ignore the messages when we are “having fun.” When you are in that moment, just say to yourself I'm all done just for now instead of I'll never do this again or I have to stop. Giving yourself this permission to fly off the handles again will save you from feeling like you have to squeeze it all in at once. We all know about FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) but nobody is saying you have to go home. What about just switching over to the old water in solo cup trick? Additionally, if you decide that you are all done for now, you will likely avoid the depression and guilt that comes with knowing that let yourself go. Get a couple of these wins under your belt and you will be building up some serious will power.

And remember one key thing…Nobody…I mean NOBODY should feel like they can tell you what to do with your body temple. You are the master and keeper and Chief Decision Maker of this temple.

MIND OVER MATTER
As Andy Puddicome asked during his famous TED talk about mindfulness, “so with that in mind, I'd like you just to take a moment to think, when did you last take any time to do nothing? Just 10 minutes, undisturbed? And when I say nothing, I do mean nothing.” Pretty deep huh? And challenging. I mean when we are scrolling and swiping and tapping, we think we are doing nothing but in fact that is causing the mind to go in every which way. The purpose of this article is not to wax poetically about the values of mindfulness but rather just to call your attention to how powerful mindfulness can be in your life.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and Meditation

We purposely ended this section with mindfulness because it can help with all of the previous health concerns in your life. Each good decision you make about your health requires not just one monumental decision to change your ways but rather many small decisions as you are constantly bombarded with during challenging situations. Mindfulness is the key to being present to make those decisions wisely.

So do you need to sit in the lotus position on the top of the Himalayas to properly meditate? Of course not. Guess what passes as a perfect form of meditation? Take 10 minutes and hit the wall. Wall ball is just the right mix of Lax, fitness and meditation.

2. Stay in the Game (Especially if you aren't playing on the school team)

You didn't get recruited so lacrosse is a thing of the past right? Wrong, there are many ways to keep in the game long after your high school days are over.

JOIN AN INTRAMURAL PROGRAM OR START YOUR OWN
If your school doesn't currently have an intramural program already, you can easily start one. In fact, you may even attract a player who gave up the sport back in Youth Lacrosse or maybe even someone who has never tried it.

TRY TO WALK ON THE TEAM
What is the worst that can happen here? You won't make the team and you'll get a few good workouts. This is a no-brainer and you should attempt this every year you can.

FIND A MEETUP
There are likely to be other Lacrosse players in your area who want to keep the game going in their lives. Once again, if this doesn't exist, start it on your own. You can find or start your own meetup or even post an interest ad on Craigslist.

COACH YOUTH LACROSSE IN YOUR COLLEGE TOWN OR AREA
There is no greater tribute you can pay to the game of Lacrosse than to pass on what you've learned to the next generation of players. Do a quick google search of the youth lacrosse programs in your area and send out a few interest emails. Try and get the email of the league director because they will check their emails more frequently and likely respond quicker. Also, the league director is the one who will be the most motivated to act on your offer. This will be a rewarding experience that you won't regret.

BECOME AN UMPIRE AND EARN SOME EXTRA MONEY

Girls Lacrosse Referee Signals

Girls Lacrosse Referee Signals

I know, you almost passed out when you read that. Until now, you thought Umps were cyborgs or synthetically produced beings who come to games to ump and then go back in their recharging pods.

If you can get over the fact that umps are real people and that you could become an ump, you can find out how to become one over at US Lacrosse. You will learn the finer points of the game like never before and most likely earn more money than working in retail or fast food.

 

3. Grow Up, Would Ya (Well, maybe not all the way up)

Enjoy your new freedom as an adult but remind yourself about the great responsibility you have to stay mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually healthy.

Hopefully mom stopped carrying your bag some time in high school but doesn't mean you've cut the umbilicle cord yet. Your first couple of years in college are supposed to be a transition into “real” adulthood but there are plenty of shinanigans that can catapult you back a few years in maturity. There is no shame in being a bit immature as long as you have the awareness of what areas you can improve upon. The key here is to tackle a few easy things to start building up your skills. Some examples are:

– Get a job…if you can. If you are playing in a program, you might be prohibited
– Become a mentor – either in your academics or as a youth lacrosse coach. Organizations like Big Brother/Big Sister can be a wonderful experience.
– Get a routine – whether it be working out, studying, employment, volunteering or anything else. Make sure it's a regular part of what you do. It really helps to write it down and put it where you can see it every day.
– Keep a calendar of appointments and be on time – even for social activities.
– Get some, keep some or enhance some kind of spirituality in your life. Whether you are a religious person or not, spirituality can be very healthy to your mental well-being and keep you on the path to maturity.

4. Are you hanging with the right people? (Your friends define you)

It is important to be at least mindful of who you keep for company. Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way. I hope you aren't choosing to hang with people who are always putting you in tough, peer pressure ridden, awkward, dangerous or other types of situations that you don't really want to be in. I hope that is obvious but we have some more subtle suggestions.

Don't just hang with your Lax crowd or the same group of people constantly. It's OK to have your core group but try to venture out as much as possible. As Jim Rohn famously said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” and yes there are lots of great people out there beyond your inner circle. Broaden your horizons!

You've come all this way to a college with thousands of people you've never met before and you choose to hang with the 5 most similar people in the whole school? Bridge out, explore, meet someone who you would never meet at home.

With all that said, please don't go in the other direction and reject your Lax roots. Maintain your lacrosse relationships because that will more than likely keep you in the game.

5. Stay connected with the game electronically (Lax on your phone)

Of course we will shamelessly plug GirlsLacrosseHQ.com for all the latest and greatest info but there is so much more out there. Find your favorite sources for the latest news on the game. Inside Lacrosse has a Women's section of the site that is a great resource.

Get involved in an online forum like the SubReddit on Women's Lacrosse on Reddit.com. You might have to comb your way through some goofy stuff now and again but it's a great way to get your passion flowing on the sport. My suggestion is to post something that could start a bit of an argument or heated discussion like maybe helmets in the sport of girls lacrosse. This isn't to be argumentative but rather to keep that passion flowing. Also, this is a great way to keep up with the hot topics in the sport.

Keep your US Lacrosse membership current. At the very least, you get a free magazine out of the deal. Also if you choose to take the path of being a coach or umpire, you will need to keep this current.

Official Lax Girl

Official Lax Girl

Make sure you are following the leading influencers on social media. Start with the Official Lax Girl on Twitter. With over 16k followers and over 47k posts, I would say she is pretty much THE influencer when it comes to the sport of Girls Lacrosse. She has great posts and has a vibrant way of bringing excitement and fun to the game.

Above all make sure that you are enjoying every minute of being a lacrosse girl in college. The time will fly by and if you don't dedicate some time to staying around the game and keeping healthy, you may regret the time lost.

Ron Cochran is a lacrosse writer, coach, parent and lover of the game. You can find more of this awesome writing at his website GirlsLacrosseHQ.com and on Twitter @GirlsLacrosseHQ

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Lacrosse Tape Alternative Lizard Skins Review

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lacrosse-tape-lizard-skins-gripJust about every laxer on the field these days wears some form of lacrosse tape or another. The most common form of lacrosse tape on your stick is the classic white grip tape. It's always served it's purpose. You put it where your shooting hand should be, and usually some at the bottom. That's the beauty if lacrosse tape, is you can customize it exactly how you like it.

Well recently we got our hands on a new type of lacrosse grip tape called Lizard Skins. Now Lizard Skins has been into sports grips for just about every sport for years. And now they want to try their hand at lacrosse tape.

Right off the bat, we noticed the grip tape they sent us in the mail resembles that of a tennis racket. Their tie dye like colors are formed into a two or three foot long piece of grippiness. And the grip? Instead of the sandpaper like grip of traditional lacrosse tape, Lizard Skins grip is more rubbery feeling.

One of the problems with traditional lacrosse tape is you have to replace the tape every few weeks because the tape loses it's grip. With Lizard Skins grip tape, you should be able to keep it taped on your handle much longer, saving you time!

We're giving this Lizard Skins grip tape a 4/5 stars. The wrap is a cool concept, but we're just not sure how many laxers will use it. But again, it's totally experimental, and could turn out to take the lax world by storm.

What do you guys think?

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LaxRec: The Best Lacrosse Recruiting Tool

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top-lacrosse-recruitsLaxRec.com is a free lacrosse recruiting website that provides the essential tools to find the right college to play lacrosse, and potentially get recruited by that school.

At the most fundamental level, LaxRec allows players to create a free profile, which is essentially a LinkedIn for lacrosse players who want to get recruited to play in college. Much like LinkedIn, this profile is their resume, which can be found through the website, or even by doing a Google search. Players can post information like:

  • Scoring Statistics
  • Player Position
  • Club Teams Played On
  • Honors/awards
  • Academic Information
  • GPA, SAT/ACT Scores and class rank
  • Camps & Tournaments Played

Lacrosse RecruitingLaxRec makes this process much simpler, since players do need to upload it. We understand that it would be a nuisance to upload the same video to several different platforms. This is why we allow users to simply add the YouTube or Vimeo url, and LaxRec will automatically embed it into its built-in slider. While this is free to do, we also offer services to make videos for players who need a company to make one for them. This can cost as little as $59.99 per video, depending on the package.

The last feature on the profile page is the recruit/commit list. Coaches can directly recruit players on the website; players can then choose to commit to whichever school they want. If you want to see a demo of what this looks like, search for my name on the search bar (Daniel Marcus).

While having a free, online lacrosse resume like this is already an immensely useful tool, we did not stop there. You can message every single NCAA coach directly on the website. If a coach is not signed up, then the message will send to his email, until he does.

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My favorite feature on the site by far is the school search function. You can find school based off of LaxPower and US News ranking, cost, location, GPA requirement and SAT and ACT scores. For instance, I might be looking for DI colleges in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, with a minimum SAT score of 1100/1600 and maximum cost of $40k per year. I can then click on a school that I like (for example, Boston University). Once I click on the link, I have access to Boston University’s school page, which allows me to see all of the information from the school search page, along with majors offered, camps/tournaments that the college is attending and a full list of commits for any specified year. If a player likes a certain school, then he can “add to potential school,” which basically bookmarks that school for him. He can continue to do this for as many universities as he wants. On a side note, any school page can be accessed on the universal search bar, which also allows you to find players.

From a coach’s perspective, he can also post camps/tournaments he is attending. He can also directly recruit players on the website. This makes his recruit/commit list very organized, since it is already categorizes players by year, position and whether or not the player committed. Coaches can find players through the player search feature, which is very similar to the school search, only for players, rather than colleges.

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Swax Lax Lacrosse Ball Review

soft-lacrosse-ballAlright guys, we've got another awesome review for you, this one being a new lacrosse ball.

The Swax Lax lacrosse ball is the same exact size and shape of an official lacrosse ball, even the same weight except they are softer. You'll notice the material it's comprised of it strong and durably weaved together. When gripping them they are stiff and hard, but have a little give to them.

The Swax Lax practice lacrosse ball is great for just that. Practice. As a young or beginning lacrosse player, if you want to practice with lacrosse balls that don't bounce (or give you welts) these are your go to.

One option for players over the years has been practicing with a tennis ball. But the weight difference between a tennis ball and lax ball is sooo far off that it throws you off!

Goalies, especially new ones, should love the Swax Lax lacrosse ball. It's a great training lacrosse ball for new goalies as they get comfortable in the goal, and advanced players can use the Swax Lax for hand-eye coordination drills.

Passing and shooting around you'll feel the grip isn't quite the same as an official lacrosse ball and your release will be a bit high. Everything else feels spot on though.

Overall, we highly recommend the Swax Lax to cradle around inside your house, or toss with some bros who suck at lax so you won't have to go running for the ball when they miss a pass.

Love this product. A great idea. Go check out Swax Lax!

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