Why are women’s lacrosse sticks different than men

Men and women both can play lacrosse game. There are many common things in men's Lacrosse and women's Lacrosse. But at the same time, there are some major dissimilarities between men and women lacrosse. One of them is the difference between the lacrosse sticks. The differences in physical contact between men and women mainly differ from the sticks of the game.

Why are women's lacrosse sticks different than men


As we know, men and women are physically not the same. Basically, men are a bit stronger than women. In any sports, the types of equipment used is men, and women's gameplay slightly differs from each other. The same thing happens in the case of Lacrosse. 

Being physically different from each other, the genre of playing between men and women differs. So the accessories used in the game also have been made keeping that thing in mind.

A lacrosse stick is a fundamental equipment of this game. Before going on to distinguish the changes between men and women lacrosse sticks, let's have a brief idea of this important equipment.

Lacrosse sticks are traditionally made of a single piece of wood, bent to form the head of the stick. In the past, the lacrosse stick was a kind of big wooden spoon. But as soon as the lacrosse game started to gain popularity, the makers of lacrosse sticks started to make the modern lacrosse sticks.

A lacrosse stick has mainly two parts. One is the head and the other is the shaft part. One player can buy a head and a shaft part individually and joint them to make his own stick. Besides, if you don’t want to spend time on that he can buy a fully readymade lacrosse stick. Experienced players buy the shaft and head parts separately.

The minimum size of a lacrosse stick is 35 inches (approximately), and the maximum is 72 inches (approximately). Well, it depends on the gender and also on which position a player is playing.

The weight of the lacrosse stick basically depends on the materials used in making of the shaft. Besides, the brand also is a fact in case of weight of a lacrosse stick. The weight of a defender's stick is more than an attacker's stick. Because defenders use a bit large stick. The wooden sticks weigh the most with a weight of 10 oz (approximately).

The weight of the lacrosse stick basically depends on the materials used in making of the shaft. Besides, the brand also is a fact in case of weight of a lacrosse stick. The weight of a defender's stick is more than an attacker's stick. Because defenders use a bit large stick. The wooden sticks weigh the most with a weight of 10 oz (approximately).

Reasons for why women’s lacrosse sticks are different than the men’s.

1. Using different kinds of mesh in the sticks is one of the main reasons that differs the men’s and women’s sticks. Men’s lacrosse sticks have pretty much done away with traditional stringing in favor of mesh netting that holds a nice, soft pocket that makes it easier to hold a ball despite checking attempts by opposing players.

2. The size of the sticks also differs from the men’s and women’s sticks. Men players usually use a larger type of stick than women players.

  • The length of a men’s lacrosse stick starts from 40 inches and ends at 72 inches. The length of the sticks which are used by the defenders and the goalies are a bit more than of the attackers and the midfielders. The attackers and midfielders use sticks around 40 to 42 inches, whereas the goalies and the defenders use sticks of 52 to 72 inches. The goalies use the largest stick on the field.
  • On the other hand, women’s sticks are shorter in length in comparison to the men’s sticks. The length of a women’s lacrosse stick is 35 to 44 inches. Here also, the goalie uses the largest stick.
  • On the other hand, women’s sticks are shorter in length in comparison to the men’s sticks. The length of a women’s lacrosse stick is 35 to 44 inches. Here also, the goalie uses the largest stick.
  • 3. In men’s Lacrosse, the usage of their stick differs from that of a woman’s as they have a more free range in terms of checking and cross-checking. Because no kind of checking is allowed in women's Lacrosse. That is why sticks are made different for male and female players.

    4. Another reason for the difference between the sticks is that the pockets used in the men’s game are illegal in women’s games.

    These are the major reasons why are the women’s lacrosse sticks differently than men.

    Final words

    As I’m talking about the sticks I would love to mention the lacrosse ball here. Because without a ball and stick, you can't imagine Lacrosse. Just like the lacrosse sticks, the lacrosse ball used in the game has differences depending on the gender. One of the noteworthy difference is the color of the ball. Men generally use a white ball, whereas women use the yellow one.

    So depending on the gender, the equipment of Lacrosse differs, just like the lacrosse stick.

    Last Updated on July 20, 2022 by Efti

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