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 "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.

Thursday, June 25

[PRODUCT REVIEW] Sports Food Technologies - Sports Food Electrolyte Hydration Strips

Sports Food Technologies-Sports Food Electrolyte Hydration Strips 
Words and photos by Laxwell Smart

Since we opened up shop in 2006, testing out innovative products has been part of the gig here at YumYumLax. Sometimes we publish our opinions on the products companies send us and sometimes we don't, but either way we're always eager to see what new technologies are on the horizon, preferably before everyone else catches on. After all, we too are seeking a competitive advantage, whether it be with a new training tool, piece of equipment, or in this case, a way to stay hydrated longer in an attempt to maximize performance. 

If you're a coach, after a game you may often find yourself cleaning up the junk your players have left behind on your bench or on the bus when you get back home from an away game. Aside from the occasional absent minded young whippersnapper who's left his cell phone behind, the two things lacrosse players leave behind the most are athletic tape, and empty sports drink bottles. Sports drinks are in every kids bag and litter every lacrosse sideline because young athletes drink them on their way to games, during games and after games. These tasty, brightly colored, cleverly packaged beverages are especially hard to resist when they are marketed as performance enhancing beverages that athletes "need". The problem with sports drinks is that they contain an exorbitant amount of sugar. In recent years, there is a silent movement amongst health conscious individuals that sheds light on the fact that sugar is an addictive and deadly substance. Deadly for reasons which I will refrain from explaining here, however I highly recommend you enlighten yourself on the topic of how sugar consumption in the U.S. is killing us all, by watching the documentary "Fed Up

I can't remember when, but at some point early in my athletic career I was introduced to the term "electrolytes". At that time, well before the internet existed and before I was hipped  to coconut water, the only place I knew where to acquire and replenish my body of these mysterious lost electrolytes was with a sports drink. My flavor and color of choice was faithfully "blue", and I would keep a stash of bottles for those occasions after a game, a long run, or the morning after a late night even. Now I am a more sugar conscious version of myself and drink more water than anything.  I still believe water is the best choice during and post work-out or competition, but lugging a water bottle around can be cumbersome and is not always ideal. Well it's 2015 and we still don't have flying cars like the Jetsons did, but there is some pretty cool new technology, including a new viable electrolyte replenishing system.

Enter Sports Food electrolyte hydration strips. Wait, strips? Yeah, strips. They dissolve in your cheek or on your tongue. You can tuck these tiny packets in your waistband or sock even, and get a quick blast of hydration as a dietary supplement by taking "two strips before working out, and two during [your] workout", as the label suggests. Here's a video they made that details the wonders of this new technology.

I decided to put these to the test. If you've been a faithful reader of our lax-oasis on the world wide web, you may have noticed that we keep it incognito around here. For the sake of this review I'll let you in on the fact that I'm a post-collegiate player (like way-post-collegiate) and a coach who is gearing up for summer ball and camp season. I usually prep for this time of year with some cardio and a pretty intensive wall ball routine, which incorporates a lot of movement. By the way kids, the key to good wall ball, is movement. Remember that. Anyway, Just before I bounced to one of my usual wall ball spots, this one in Central Park not far from YumYumLax HQ, I dropped a couple of strips on my tongue and immediately felt the effects. Whoa, dude. I wouldn't say it gives the same kick as an energy drink (which I never drink and swear against), but there is a sensation that is hard to describe which put a little extra pep in my step. I went through my routine on a hot New York City summers day and about halfway through, just when things were getting extra sweaty, I took two more strips. I think they worked. It's hard to tell after a couple of uses, but in theory, I could see these things catching on. Although the folks at Sports Food Technologies warned me about the taste, I thought they tasted fine. The packet of strips easily fit in my pocket and it literally took me two seconds to reach into my pocket and take and I want to say that they pushed me to go further. Best of all, no sugar and no calories. I'm going to give them another try today, and will keep you posted on any new developments. See for yourself. They retail for $5.99 on their website, and can be purchased HERE ... 

Finally, I'll share a quick story about what happened when I tried to take a photo of the packet they sent us. I propped the package on our balcony and was about to snap the flick and all of a sudden a gush of wind blew the packet off the balcony and it landed smack dab onto the street below, a busy Central Park West with cars, cabs and busses whizzing by. I quickly jetted downstairs, and to my surprise, not a single car had run over the packet. The hydration gods were with me.  I decided to play it safe and take a photo of the packet across the street in Central Park right after recovering from my mishap. 
If you have a product that you want us to consider for review, hit us up at "Attn: Laxwell Smart" -  Check back tomorrow as I share my review for the SWAX LAX BALL ...

Tuesday, June 23

[TWIG TUESDAY] Rare, Limited Edition IROQUOIS Shaft / Traditional

Here's a rare piece from the YYL Stash that only a few hard core laxers are lucky enough to have in their quill. The custom shaft from the traditional beaut' you see before you was made by our good friends at BEACH DOGS Lacrosse,  and the head was strung-up by YumYumLax / Beach Dogs wand magician The SOUZ. Less than 75 of these bad boys were made, some aluminum and some co-branded with EPOCH Lacrosse carbon fiber. A small run of these limited edition IROQUOIS shafts fade from purple to yellow to white and a small run made for the AQUIDNECK CANNONS fade from navy blue to orange to white. Both designs feature the HAUDENOSAUNEE Flag based on the HAIWATHA WAMPUM BELTBeach Dogs Lacrosse Camp has hosted a long list of players and coaches from the IROQUOIS National Lacrosse Team for years (including the Thompson Brothers) and has forged a reputation for honoring the Creators Game well before the recent wave of popularity of doing so swept the lacrosse world. In fact, you may have spotted two time TEWAARATON Trophy winner LYLE THOMPSON using this shaft a few times at U ALBANY in the past. You can only get this type of stuff if you sign-up for the camp. Among the star studded cast of coaches, Beach Dogs will have the legendary wooden lacrosse stick maker  ALFIE JACQUES at camp this summer! ...  YumYumLax a.k.a the ORIGINAL Lax Linker,  dropping another gem on ya', in another edition of TWIG TUESDAY

Monday, June 22

[MLL] Week 10 Highlights

The NEW YORK LIZARDS may have picked up their first loss of the season, but ANDREW CASIMIR still knows what time it is ... That's right, you are now rocking with the best (and the first!), YumYumLax, the ORIGINAL lax linker, Est. 2006 ... 
  • VIDEO: "The BOSTON CANNONS came away with a thrilling 19-18 victory in the final seconds at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida on Saturday night. The win brings the Cannons back above .500 before their return to Gillette Stadium next weekend." [youtube]
  • VIDEO: "The OHIO MACHINE ended up on the wrong end of a 12-11 overtime game as the CHESAPEAKE BAYHAWKS earned the victory in what was a back and forth game." [youtube]
  • VIDEO: "ROCHESTER RATTLERS vs DENVER OUTLAWS, Week 10 Highlights." [youtube]

Saturday, June 20

"Between The Lines Plays Of The Week - All-Star Edition ... SCOTT RATLIFF cracks the Top Plays twice with a BEAST diving trail check and an around the world hockey assist. While JESSE BERNHARDT works OT for a GB!" [youtube: majorleaguelacrosse]
  • VIDEO: LYLE Cam Episode 2 - LYLE THOMPSON hooked up his GoPro to give us a first-person look at what's it's like to be a lacrosse superstar on Final Four weekend. In Episode 2, travel with Lyle from Philly to his first practice with the MLL's FLORIDA LAUNCH. [youtube: laxmagazine]
  • VIDEO: MIAA State Championships Recap. [vimeo] ... From HARVARD Stadium.
  • ARTICLE: "That Field Was Illegal" [] ... Ric Beardsley #47 recalls "That field"  where here played summer league in the Hudson Valley. 
  •  ARTICLE: Lax Coach Mike - "Three New Advanced Practice Techniques" []