Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Can U compare a Lacrosse stick with a Floorball stick?

Lacrosse or “Lax” is the sport that journalists in the USA has a consistent history of confusing Floorball with - as Hockey players makes what we call - Zorro goals - and the journalists,, ehh call it Lacrosse. goals? Well...

This text will not explain the sport of Lacrosse due to two reasons; A) I do not know enough about Lacrosse and B) it is easy to search the subject on the Internet.

But what we will attempt to do is something that we have never seen done before. A comparison between Lacrosse sticks with - yes, Floorball Sticks.

Can these be compared? Yes and No. Perhaps the old idea of a comparison between an apple and a pear is what may come to mind?

This is how most of today’s Lacrosse sticks looks like, and what is interesting is that they do come in different lengths (depending upon if you play defence i.e. longer or not). Some Lacrosse sticks comes with the head integrated onto the shaft as in the picture of above - but most are purchased as a separate shaft and a head. How about that Floorballers? I can imagine that shipping costs will be lower if sticks are divided into a shaft and “blade part”.

Lacrosse sticks seem mainly to be made of a hexagon profile in the shaft. Their length’s are roughly as Floorball sticks at 32’ - 40’ and most Lacrosse sticks are purchased with : no - blade. The “blade” on a Lacrosse stick has a ball pocket and it is called a head. These heads are often “wired” with a mesh of straps - forming a ball pocket - that sometimes are tied in a way (with loose straps) to make them look impressive - and probably masculine?

In essence, even if it is hard to make a direct comparison to Floorball sticks.
Lacrosse sticks are heavier and the lightest shaft I have found weighed in at 185 gr, but then you - still - have to put on a head. So I think a fair estimate is that a Lacrosse stick in general are twice as heavy as an advanced Floorball stick.

One reason for the higher weight is most likely that a Lacrosse stick is used to check another stick with (read, slam in to each other) and another reason might be the weight of the Lacrosse ball - it weighs some 6-8 times more than a Floorball ball, at 140-147 gr. So most likely the need for sturdier sticks are built into this sport.

Almost all Lacrosse sticks I have seen have the typical hexagon shape

Floorball producers have a long time been working on ideas to improve their stick shafts with curves, dents and other design features to improve the “kick” or other features in the stick etc. Lacrosse sticks does not seem too advanced in this area but this is showing an “I-beam” i.e. - a Lacrosse shaft with a narrower part of the shaft to improve the stick in these respects (it is hard to see in the picture - but this shaft has a part that is narrower to improve the stick tension).

Companies like Reebok, Nike and Easton are all involved in the production or marketing of Lacrosse sticks.
This is a cool fact since we have earlier discussed the abundance of the big brands in the Floorball market.
I have tried to figure out the size of the Lacrosse stick market as in comparison to the Floorball stick market - but have not been successful.

As it comes to the graphical design I say that the Lacrosse producers have very much to learn from the Floorball side as I do find Floorball sticks to be much more graphical attractive. But some Lacrosse sticks often comes in a full range of colors and this is something I have not seen in the Floorball market - one particular Lacrosse stick (or shaft) may be offered in a full range of colors., even if it is the same stick - the customer may get it in red, blue, brown, yellow etc.. I also tend to like the loose straps that a lacrosse stick often feature on its head and maybe some loose straps at the top of a Floorball grip could possibly advance the aggressive feel of a Floorball stick too, perhaps?

It seems clear that Lacrosse sticks are a bit more expensive as compared to a Floorball stick. Or at least the upper range of more exclusive Lacrosse sticks seems to feature more versions of more expensive sticks. It is possible, for instance, to buy a shaft that cost almost 200 dollars, and that is with no head included. The most expensive head may dig further and deeper into a wallet.
The most expensive Floorball sticks on the US market - are a bit cheaper. But I do not think that is because the Floorball sticks are less advanced. I think the American market with a lower tax pressure promotes a market for more exclusive and the advanced sales of more expensive products. Or in other words maybe many American players have more money left to spend on their stick? If this is true, I think the future Floorball market in America will see sales of more expensive, exclusive and advanced Floorball sticks too - and most likely higher profits in the Floorball industry?
The trick is to make the Floorball manufacturers to grasp this - and to make them involved to build the market - through the path of building the INFRASTRUCTURE for Floorball in America.
This is not done primarily by selling sticks - it is done by building Floorball in the school system..

Could the Floorball producers take their advanced stick knowledge and make even better Lacrosse sticks? I think so - but they do need a very strong brand name to do so - and I do not think we have seen these strong brand names in the sense of marketing from the Floorball Industry as of yet. Instead the Floorball industry seems to dilute itself with even more new brand-names and producers every year. I think some consolidation and the action of big global sport brand names would be a good thing for the Floorball market.

There are Lacrosse sticks available on the market - made out of - wood (hickory - bamboo) and some leagues allows these sticks too. Metal shafts made out of aluminium etc seems to be very common  too.

Caution, his text may contain errors, since the writer has never played Lacrosse. Please let us know if you may have any additional comments that would guide this content in any enhanced direction ;-).

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!