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How to Tape a Lacrosse Shaft

Like hockey sticks and baseball bats, lacrosse stick can be difficult to grip when playing the game. This is due in large part to the thin, smooth shaft where lacrosse sticks are held in both hands of a player. Many lacrosse players use tape to make the stick easier to handle and control, since so much of the game's skill involves proper handling of the lacrosse ball using a lacrosse stick. This tape can also blunt the blow of a lacrosse stick on a player's body, depending on how thick the tape is wrapped.

  1. Clean the lacrosse stick shaft. Dust, dirt and other sediments will weaken the bond of the tape to the stick. If you use a wet cloth, make sure the stick is dry before you begin taping.

  2. Unroll a few inches of the tape, but do not remove it from the roll. Position your tape to wind it around the base of the stick--the end opposite the head where the ball is held. Make a full loop around the base, then continue in a tight spiral 8 to 12 inches up the shaft, making sure to completely cover the shaft across this distance. How far you go is a matter of personal preference and generally depends on where you grip your stick. Once done, tear the tape and smooth it onto the shaft.

  3. Tear off a 2- to 3-inch piece of tape and place it over the end cap of the stick, fastening the tape to the tight spiral of tape you have just laid down. This will hold the end cap in place.

  4. Beginning at the point where the head meets the shaft, tape a tight spiral down towards the middle of the shaft. Go the same length as your first tape spiral up from the base, and then tear the tape off the roll and place it on the shaft.

  5. Tape up the remaining middle of the shaft. You can do this a few different ways, depending on your personal preference. Many lacrosse players double-wrap this part of the stick to make it thicker. This difference in thickness helps them know where their hands are on the stick without constantly looking at them. It also helps give them a more secure grip when they are passing or shooting. Wrap a tight spiral of tape across the remaining exposed area of the shaft and double back to form two layers, or choose to do a criss-cross pattern. With this pattern, you will make very broad, wide spirals that leave some of the surface exposed, and then double back the way you came, wrapping the second layer of spirals against the first layer to create a lattice-looking wrap. This type of tape wrap is also coarser, for those who prefer it.

    Tip

    Feel free to play around with different types of tape designs and figure out what works for you. Many professional lacrosse players have very particular individual tape wraps that appeal to their own feel and style of play. There's no right or wrong way to tape your lacrosse stick as long as it's comfortable to you and you think it benefits your play.

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Things Needed

  • Lacrosse stick
  • Athletic tape

About the Author

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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