Wednesday, July 29

[SUMMER BALL] The Black Dog def. Pink Wales, 14-2 To Win The Open Division at the 2015 RI Lax Classic


How would you rate these uniforms on a scale of 1 to Funky Fresh? THE BLACK DOG pictured here with their mascot and interesting shooter & short set-up, beat PINK WALES, 14-2 to win the Open Division at the 2015 Rhode Island Lacrosse Classic. These uniforms are pretty swagnificent, but our tournament pick has to go to the RWU Dirty Birds pictured below ... [click images for larger view]

Saturday, July 18

[TOURNEY WATCH] North American High School Lacrosse Cup


Words by Laxwell Smart.
Keep it locked right here and on all our social media accounts for an exclusive gear watch and coverage of the NORTH AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE CUP at SUNY PURCHASE, an invitational only tournament for the top High School programs in the country. You can check out a list of attending college coaches HERE, even though there are more coaches coming than are listed. This format is an interesting concept as far as recruiting events go. Now kids can strut there stuff for college coaches by playing with players that they have already developed a chemistry with. We see what you did there NAHSLC, and we like it. You can get more info about this innovative recruiting event on their website NAHSLC.com

Furthermore, we have a special NAHSLC Tournament Edition of PRINTS PICKS for you. Our roving lax rat, THE PRINTS has WEST ISLIP, YORKTOWN and WARD MELVILLE picked to win their respective divisions. [click on images for better view]

Friday, July 17

[GEAR WATCH] MASSACHUSETTS LEGION / LEGIO X (Plymouth, MA) at RI LAX CLASSIC

[click on images for a better view]
If you happen to be in The Ocean State aka RHODE ISLAND this weekend be sure to check out Open and Grand Masters  Division play at the   RHODE ISLAND LAX CLASSIC  aka the Atlantic Beach Lacrosse Classic. Last week the High School Division of said tournament was in full swing at Bayside Field at ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY in Bristol, RI and our man about town, THE SOUZ's fashion senses were tingling all week. His pick for the chillest pinnie to shooter to short ratio  went to the MASSACHUSETTS LEGION, a team out of Plymouth, MA. Behold the LEGION swag in all it's splendor as they proudly sport their dark and light beige pinnies and shorts with a maroon logo and some slick white shooters donned with their logo on the front and team name on the back in maroon. They get added points for having their team name across the back of their shorts, a nice touch. Rock on with your bad selves MASSACHUSETTS LEGION, and stay tuned as we continue to highlight other fashion forward lax rats from a lacrosse field near you.

Sunday, July 12

#WILC2015 Dasher Board System Test [youtube]
  • VIDEO: Under Armour All-America Senior Game Highlights. [lax.com] 
  • ARTICLE: "MLL Confidential - Players Sounds Off On League, Teams , Peers" [laxmagazine.com]
  • ARTICLE: "LIZARDS [MLL] Top OUTLAWS behind PANNELL's 7 Point Performance" [majorleaguelacrosse.com]
  • VIDEO: "Field at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks to be named after TIERNEY" [baltimoresun.com]

Friday, July 3


  • VIDEO: LIZARDS [MLL] vs BAYHAWKS WEEK 11 Highlights [youtube] ... A close and entertaining game to watch. Check it out! 
  • VIDEO: Jr. B Playoffs - SAINTS vs. AKWESASNE - Game 2 Highlights [youtube] ... A heated affair, but the refs kept it under control.
  • VIDEO: "TYLER STEINHARDT Founder and Director of SHOOTOUT FOR SOLDIERS stops by to give us the 411 on this amazing organization that has done so much to support those who serve our country." [youtube: laxsportsnetwork ]
  • VIDEO: CHRIS TUCKER's Son Plays Hockey and Lacrosse [youtube] ... The Actor / Comedian jokes about how his son plays lax on JIMMY KIMMEL Live. 

Tuesday, June 30

[TWIG TUESDAY] Bizarro Canadian Head From Circa 2010


[Photo's by The SOUZ - Click Images For Larger View]
Holey moley, homie, are you in for a treat this week. Don't have a ton of info on this one, but here's another sureshot from the YYL Stash. This one, like last weeks, is from our guy THE SOUZ's collection. Hit us up, if you know the name of this head. All we know that it was made in Canada circa 2010 and we've only seen two of these. What makes this head interesting aside from it's face shape and strange scoop is the fact that you can latch the mesh directly to the head! Yup, you read that right. THE SOUZ, being the rebel that he is, used sidewall strings here anyway and paired it with an original Maverik Se7en shaft that he sanded down to metal which used to be blue. Finally The sexy photo shoot you see above went down in Newport Harbor with the Clairborne Pell Bridge as a backdrop in Newport, R.I.



Friday, June 26

[PRODUCT REVIEW] Swax Lax Weighted Lacrosse Ball

Swax Lax - Weighted Lacrosse Training Ball
Words and photos by Laxwell Smart

Buckle up lax fanatics, another product review from the inimitable Laxwell Smart coming at'cha. Today on the big big show we have a training tool that will help you teach first time players how to catch without experiencing the fear of getting hit with the ball, help more experienced players work on their skills without getting grounded and more. 

At a glance, this ingenious piece of technology looks likes nothing more than a colorful bean bag. At first, it reminded me of a Hacky Sack ...  

What differentiates the Swax Lax Ball from a Hacky Sack or a mere bean bag is the fact that it's the size of and weighs the same as an actual lacrosse ball. Someone on their design team had their thinking cap on when they made these. Coaches, P.E. teachers and parents know how hard it can be to build up a kids confidence when teaching them how to catch and throw with a real, hard rubber lacrosse ball. The lacrosse ball is an interesting psychological phenomenon. A lot of folks that grew up here in New York City have seen the sport of lacrosse at one point or another, but less people than you may think have actually held a lacrosse ball in their hands. For example, say I'm playing wall ball here on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and say I were to miss a pass (Hard to believe right?  Just pretend that could ever happen for the sake of discussion), the ball usually rolls towards another part of the park and some kind hearted kid who was minding his own business will usually pick it up and throw it back to me. 7 out of 10 times (yes, that's a real statistic), the kid will say something like "Wow that ball is really heavy" and then ask me what the sport I'm playing is called. To the uninitiated, our fine sport of lacrosse looks like a lot of fun until you realize that if you were to miss a pass you might catch a black eye or lose your chompers. It is a rare occurrence that someone actually suffers a serious injury from missing a pass, however getting a youngster to believe that there is nothing to fear requires some crafty negotiation. The truth is, if a really young kid were to get hit with a ball, it could hurt and ruin their desire to want to continue learning how to play. At this point, you might be saying to yourself, "Laxwell Smart, you think your so smart ... They make soft lacrosse training balls, dummy!". Well pump your brakes, Einstein, I have an answer for that. You see the thing that makes the Swax Lax Ball so unique is that it doesn't bounce, Aha! Another frustrating part of teaching a youngster how to catch and throw is that when they miss, the have to chase the ball for 20 yards, over and over, and over and over and over again. After doing that a bunch of times, most kids will get discouraged and then it's a wrap. Time to pack it in. The next thing you know the kid is asking you to sign them up for Little League. If a child drops a Swax Lax Ball, they can just pick it up without having to go far in order to retrieve it, which in turn means more reps during your session. 

Pretty cool, right? But we're not done here yet. Don't even think about putting your stuff away and rushing out of here. There are a number of other reasons why the Swax Lax Ball is cooler than the other side of the pillow. As a coach, I often tell young lacrosse players who I've just gone over dodging with to practice dodging their mom, dog or a piece of furniture at home. Like most coaches, we want our players to have their stick in hand as much as possible. Another thing I'll tell them to do, is to practice switching hands in front of a mirror or to even use their shadow as a guide. The Swax Lax Ball allows kids to do this safely without the dangers of breaking things in their home. I've had a mom come up to me after a practice and tell me that their kid tried to roll dodge them during a study break and the lacrosse ball flew out of their stick and broke their favorite vase. 
Whoops, my bad. More experienced players can make good use of the Swax Lax Ball too. Once again, you can work on your stick skills at home safely and also practice your stick tricks minus the run-away-ball syndrome. With a little thought and planning, coaches can find numerous ways to use these balls in practice settings, and if you live in the North East, you're most likely starting your lacrosse season in a gym due to inclement weather. The Swax Lax Ball is perfect for gym practices. Also, both new and experienced goalies benefit from getting some reps in with the Swax Lax Ball without the risk of getting pelted with a real ball and once again don't have to worry about retrieving rebounds when it's time to go on a ball hunt. Well there you have it. A useful tool that can be used in a myriad of contexts for both the budding and experienced lacrosse player. I'm sure you can come up with even more creative uses for this tool. 

The Swax Lax Ball has proven to be durable, even in our tests on concrete and comes in a bunch of colors that you can order HERE.
 
If you have a product that you want us to consider for review, hit us up at onthehop@yumyumlax.com "Attn: Laxwell Smart" - Stay tuned for my next review of a product designed to keep your shooter shirts smelling fresh, the HEX Performance Laundry Detergent.