True Temper Sports names Lorne Smith as its Global Sales Manager

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 1/31/16
From Press Release

True Temper Sports, the designers, engineers and manufacturers of high performance lacrosse handles under the TRUE brand, has named Lorne Smith its Global Sales Manager. Smith will be responsible for lacrosse sales throughout North America and Internationally. He will also be working with the product development and marketing teams.Lorne Smith

Prior to his appointment, Smith was Sales Director for TRUE on the West Coast. He is also the founder and owner of Firethreads, the company that created revolutionary lacrosse shooting laces and string pieces. Prior to that, he worked 12 years for Warrior and Brine Sports—first as the founder and director of the firm’s Players Club Experience Camp Circuit and then in sales.

Smith’s professional career followed a long, successful run as a lacrosse player and coach. He was a three-time All-American midfielder and attackman at Princeton where his team won three straight national championships in the late 90s. After school, he coached at Stanford University for five years. He also played for the Major Lacrosse League LA Riptide in 2006-2007.

In 2013, Smith was recognized for his on-field achievements and continued involvement in the game by being inducted into the US Lacrosse Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame.

For more than a decade, True Temper Sports has been creating high performance lacrosse products for some of the most respected brands in the game. Now TRUE is taking those products directly to the players.

TRUE is a division within True Temper Sports, a global leader in golf shafts and other performance sports products. The company employs more than 1,000 employees in ten facilities worldwide.

About TRUE

The TRUE lacrosse division was established to design, engineer and manufacture the best performance-driven lacrosse products available. For twelve years, TRUE developed handles for the most respected brands in the game. Now TRUE is taking those products directly to the players. www.true-lacrosse.com

About True Temper Sports

With manufacturing facilities and offices located throughout the county and the world, True Temper retains the largest market share globally in golf shafts. The company markets a complete line of golf shafts and performance sports products in more than 30 countries throughout the world. True Temper Sports is proudly represented by 1,000 individuals in ten facilities located in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Australia. For more information visit www.truetemper.com

.@BoathouseSports bring reversible uniform customization online

LaxgearZone.com, Posted 1/19/16
From Press Release

Made in America team athletic apparel manufacturer Boathouse Sports, today announced that its line of reversible men’s, women’s and youth lacrosse uniforms can now be purchased and custom designed online using its unique “3-D Customization” tool.Boathouse 1

Men’s lacrosse teams will be able to apply their creativity to the Revolution, Defiance or the Two-Way jerseys and custom-design a pair of matching 180 Men’s Reversible shorts. Women’s lacrosse teams will have a choice between the traditionally styled Revolution jersey and the Racer Back jersey with thinner shoulder straps.

Boathouse’s “3-D Customization” tool gives customers online access to a pallet of 30 sublimated colors to properly match their school/teams colors, a varied selection of background patterns and the ability to apply their team’s logo to a jersey or a pair of shorts for a near photo-realistic replication of the final product.Boathouse 2

“We are always looking for ways to efficiently involve our customers in the uniform design process in a way that is easy and fun and allows for sharing and collaboration,” said Doug Tibbetts, President of Boathouse Sports. “We listened to our customers and gave our customers what they wanted, the ultimate tool for customization. Response to date has been terrific.”

About Boathouse Sports®
Boathouse Sports® creates custom team athletic apparel for elite athletes. Based in the city of Philadelphia since its inception in 1985, where it manufactures over 95% of its products, Boathouse has earned an exclusive customer base of schools, universities and teams. Boathouse Sports® continues to expand its reach as one of the fastest growing custom athletic apparel brands in the world. Visit Boathouse.com to design fully-customized team gear online.

.@EpochLax adds limited edition GOLD Gen.6 Dragonfly Shaft

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 1/11/16
From Press Release

Epoch Lacrosse continues to push the boundaries of lacrosse equipment technology while also setting the tone for the industry with its bold graphic designs. Epoch today unveiled its limited edition GOLD Gen.6 Dragonfly shaft that was influenced by high tech electronic products and urban fashion trends.Dragonfly-Gold-e1452543479641

The Gen.6 Dragonfly limited edition gold shaft will feature the Dragonfly logo in solid GOLD with a corresponding pinstripe that runs the length of the shaft with Epoch’s proprietary black textured surface serving as the primary background color. Epoch’s GOLD shaft will only be available in men’s shafts and come in either a 30” shaft (C30 — $140) or a 60” shaft (C60 — $200) and come in flex profiles ranging from a mid flex (iQ5) to a soft flex (iQ9).

The black Epoch Hawk Sequel head featured in the video and images are covered under Epoch’s industry changing warranty policy. In August of 2015, Epoch made a game changing announcement that came out in full support of the lacrosse dying community and that it was removing the word “dying” from its warranty policy making all dyed Epoch lacrosse heads covered under warranty.

“We like to take the lead in everything that bares our name,” said James Miceli, principal and founder of Epoch Lacrosse. “Whether it is experimenting with the latest carbon composite materials or analyzing the latest cultural trends, Epoch products will never be boring.”

Check out a video on the GOLD Gen.6 Dragonfly Shaft.

.@EpochLax signs face-off specialist Charlie Raffa to team of endorsed athletes

LaxgearZone.com Posted 12/20/15
From Press Release

Face-off specialist and two-time All-American selection at the University of Maryland Charlie Raffa is the newest member of Epoch Lacrosse’s team of endorsed athletes.

Charlie Raffa

Charlie Raffa

In 2016, Raffa will be putting Epoch’s Gen.6 F30 FOGO face-off shaft through its paces and providing Epoch’s designers with real world feedback on the recently launched Hawk Sequel head and Otter Mesh.

“Charlie is a remarkable athlete and his knowledge and shear dominance at the face-off X is unparalleled,” said James Miceli, principal and founder of Epoch Lacrosse. “We are excited to get our products into Charlie’s hands and have him put our products especially the F30 through its paces. His unbiased appraisal will pay huge dividends in the development of all of our products.”

A native of Syosset, NY, Raffa has been on fast track to lacrosse success since his playing days at St. Anthony’s High School, where he was a two-time NSCHSAA All-League selection, 2011 Under Armour All-American selection and led St. Anthony’s to back-to-back NY state championships. Playing for the Terrapins Raffa, played in 42 games over the coarse of his junior and senior years and recorded 11 goals and 3 assists for 14 points. Charlie won 373 of his 612 face-offs for a .609 win percentage while also recording 229 ground balls.

.@EpochLax limited edition White Gen.6 Dragonfly shaft returns

LacGearZone.com, Posted 12/8/15
from Press Release

Epoch Lacrosse today announced that its popular Gen.6 Dragonfly limited edition white shafts will once again be available in limited quantities just in time for the holiday’s at authorized Epoch retailers.Dragonfly2
The limited edition white Gen.6 Dragonfly shaft will feature the Dragonfly logo in all black outlined in 382C with an end cap in the same color. The men’s shafts will available in either a 30” shaft (C30 — $140) or a 60” shaft (C60 — $200) and come in flex profiles ranging from a mid flex (iQ5) to a soft flex (iQ9). Epoch is also making its entire line up of women’s shafts (WC32, WS 32, WT32 and WX32) available in white.Dragonfly 3

“Since the launch of our our first Dragonfly shaft back in 2011 white has become one of our most popular colors,” said Ryan Hurley, National Sales Representative at Epoch Lacrosse. “It is amazing, white has become an iconic color for our brand. Plus, players have told us that they feel a white shaft helps them standout on the field and get noticed.”

Click here for a video on the Gen.6 DragonflyDragonfly

About Epoch Lacrosse

Epoch Lacrosse delivers the finest manufactured lacrosse equipment designed to increase playability and maximize performance by utilizing world-class materials and manufacturing techniques. Epoch tests and re-tests each of its designs to ensure optimal durability, playability and performance. Epoch’s goal is simple, to give players every opportunity to reach their true potential. Live. Play. Be.

The @EpochLax Hawk Sequel: Flexibility, performance, beauty

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 12/1/15
From Press Release and Staff Report

Epoch Lacrosse last week revealed its long awaited and highly anticipated seSequel-e14483856945161cond head, The Hawk Sequel. Epoch’s designers drew their inspiration from Italian supercars and engineered The Sequel for pure on field performance with a subtle eye-appealing design.

“From an aesthetics standpoint, a lot of players like our design,” said James Miceli, principal and founder of Epoch Lacrosse. “We looked at the Lamborghini and other cars and worked to understand how they make these works of art, that are worthy of being in a museum.

“At the same time these are the highest performing cars. You look at the Sequel; it’s so clean, we were meticulous and they are literally pieces of art in their design. Yet they are built absolutely to perform on the field.

See The Hawk Sequel video

The Sequel’s Laid-Back profile caters to players who prefer a mid-to-high pocket, a lightening quick release point and superior ball control. Epoch also designed The Sequel’s bottom rail to allow players to effortlessly string multiple pocket types, including a tight channel or a shifty pocket for all around performance.

“We designed the Hawk Sequel for players that like the mid to high pocket,” said Miceli. “Whether it’s an attackman or whoever likes the two hands on the stick, they can release it at any time. That’s why we designed it that way.

“What we learned is that some like the pocket shifty and want to be able to go high and still at some times want to go one handed. We redesigned the high pocket to now allow for one-handed so they can use the lower part of the pocket. We made it more versatile without taking away the advantages of the original Hawk.”Sequel 2

Epoch’s designers also paid great attention to The Sequel’s scoop. It is ergonomically maximized for playing on both artificial and natural turf surfaces. The Sequel’s scoop is designed to improve the sticks contact with the ground, resulting in smoother and faster ground balls.

“In terms of scoop, we probably spent most research and development on what players like,” Miceli said. “We looked at how players attack groundballs on artificial vs turf and looked at engineering and picture to measure different angles of scoop. We feel we came up with the shape of the scoop angle for all different variables.

“The Sequel is a groundball machine; not only can you handle the ball and keep it as low as possible, you can also go out and get ball if it’s on the turf or the ground. It scoops like butter.”

The Sequel is manufactured with Epoch’s proprietary blend of materials creating a super tough polymer with maximized stiffness and flexibility properties and also UV protection. The Hawk Sequel continues to build upon the collaborative relationship with Flip Naumburg and it’s patent pending design builds upon years of innovation.

Manufactured with pride in the USA The Sequel comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty.

Miceli said the Hawk sticks provide flexibility in use and does not restrict by position.

“The market typically wants to put products into three or four boxes: attack, midfielders, defenders and goalies,” he said. “We look at the game completely differently; we look at it by style.Sequel 3

“We spent a lot of time studying this. Style is dictated or supported by the pocket you use; whether you dodge with two hands and if you come down the alley and rip it or come around the net and hit it with the two-handed Canadian style.”

“I would say that the mid-high pocket could be for an attackman, midfielder or defensemen. If they use the traditional one-handed cradle and try to get the ball nice and low with one arm out, that traditional style is indicative of the type that likes the more mid to low pocket.

The Hawk Sequel Tech Specs:
FlexiQ: 3
Profile: Laid Back
Pocket Location: Mid-High (Zone 4)
Spec: Universal
Warranty: 1 Year (Limited)
Made in USA
Material: Composite Injected Polymer
MSRP: $100 USD

Miceli said the Hawk and Hawks Sequel feature heads that allow the player to shoot and pass from different angles and not allow the goalie to figure a pattern.

“The Hawk is a very dramatically different head,” Miceli said. “It doesn’t curves like a spoon like conventional heads. When the 2014 Hawk came out a lot of people were unsure, but it’s been one of the top-selling heads. We are bullish; we think more and more will try it. It is engineered for performance. By having the had back instead, the player can adjust the trajectory of the ball while released from the pocket.

“Why kids like the extra whip is that by adjusting trajectory they can string a little more and still get a really good trajectory and be able to pass without having to alter their throwing motion.

Like a baseball batter that times the pitch, a lot of times goalies look at the depth that the player is accustomed to show in his release point. By changing the shape of the head, players can alter their shot and goalies will be guessing wrong.

Players also have found they like to cradle with the Hawk, which can be used with all types of stringing options.

“You have more control when cradling,” Miceli said. “We adjusted it so the stringer can string multiple types of pockets, or shifty pockets. We wanted to cater it to the many stringing options. We tried to think of anything that can accommodate multiple types of players.”

Miceli has always been proud of Epoch’s development team, all of whom played the game and will not sacrifice performance at any cost.

“We are a design and technology company that concentrates on lacrosse, not a lacrosse company that concentrates on design,” he said. “We use design to solve problems and we are constantly trying to improve things. We’re lacrosse players and this is what we would use if we were still playing. We are only going to build products that we would have used.”

.@EpochLax introduces the Hawk Sequel: Because every great production deserves a Sequel

LaxgearZone.com, Posted 11/24/15
From Press Release

Epoch Lacrosse today revealed its long awaited and highly anticipated second head, The Hawk Sequel. Epoch’s designers drew their inspiration from Italian supercars and engineered The Sequel for pure on field performance with a subtle eye-appealing design.Sequel-e14483856945161 (1)

“The Sequel’s elegant industrial design is only matched by its functionality and its performance,” said James Miceli, principal and founder of Epoch Lacrosse. “However appealing it is to look at, make no mistake about it the Sequel is engineered for the field.”

The Hawk Sequel

The Sequel’s Laid-Back profile caters to players who prefer a mid to high pocket, a lightening quick release point and superior ball control. Epoch also designed The Sequel’s bottom rail to allow players to effortlessly string multiple pocket types including a tight channel or a shifty pocket for all around performance.

Epoch’s designers also paid great attention to The Sequel’s scoop. It is ergonomically maximized for playing on both artificial and natural turf surfaces. The Sequel’s scoop is designed to improve the sticks contact with the ground resulting in smoother and faster ground balls.Sequel 2

The Sequel is manufactured with Epoch’s proprietary blend of materials creating a super tough polymer with maximized stiffness and flexibility properties and also UV protection. The Hawk Sequel continues to build upon the collaborative relationship with Flip Naumburg and it’s patent pending design builds upon years of innovation. Manufactured with pride in the USA The Sequel comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty.

Tech Specs:
The Hawk: Sequel
FlexiQ: 3
Profile: Laid Back
Pocket Location: Mid-High (Zone 4)Sequel 3
Spec: Universal
Warranty: 1 Year (Limited)
Made in USA
Material: Composite Injected Polymer
MSRP: $100 USD

US Lacrosse reports that two popular models do not meet NOCSAE helmet standards

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 11/24/14
From Press Releases

US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, has been notified by NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) that two lacrosse helmet models currently available in the marketplace — the Cascade Model R and the Warrior Regulator — do not meet the NOCSAE helmet standard, ND041.

NOCSAE’s public statement, available in its entirety at www.nocsae.org, says that the organization made its determination following an independent investigation and evaluation of the two helmets, including a review of each manufacturer’s internal testing and quality control data. As a result, NOCSAE has invalidated the manufacturer’s certification of compliance for all manufacturing dates for the two helmet models.

Playing rules written by US Lacrosse, the NCAA and the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) mandate that all helmets must meet NOCSAE standards and be NOCSAE certified. Both models had previously been certified by the manufacturers as compliant with the NOCSAE standard.

NOCSAE’s statement adds that both Cascade and Warrior have been notified of these conclusions by NOCSAE, and have indicated that they are working to address the issue.

Consumers seeking further information about these two helmet models are advised to contact the manufacturers directly: Cascade (1-800-537-1702); Warrior (1-800-968-7845).

Warrior Sports gave this statement in response to the finding:

“Warrior Sports, Inc. has received notification from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) that the Warrior Regulator lacrosse helmet no longer complies with the applicable NOCSAE standards. We disagree with and are disappointed in NOCSAE’s decision. Warrior has always been committed to the highest safety standards for our products.

“Warrior’s Regulator helmet has passed numerous safety tests performed by ICS, an independent, certified and fully-accredited lab. ICS continues to stand behind those results and has repeatedly confirmed that the Regulator helmet meets all applicable NOCSAE standards, which applies to all Regulator helmets currently in the marketplace. Warrior is working with NOCSAE to clarify the concerns and find resolution quickly on behalf of our brand’s loyal customers and consumers.”

The Stik: A tool for lacrosse players to build strength, flexibility in the arms, hands, wrist and grip

By Chris Goldberg
LaxgearZone.com, Posted 11/10/14

A potent training device created to help athletes – especially lacrosse players – build strength, flexibility and elasticity in the arms, hands, wrist and grip has been re-introduced to the public.

Jay Dyer demonstrates the Stik

Jay Dyer demonstrates the Stik

The Stik, moderately priced in three different models, has been endorsed by a Hall of Fame high school lacrosse coach as well as Jim McCrossin, the highly-regarded trainer and strength and conditioning coach for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Stik has being used regularly by Flyers superstar Claude Giroux and two-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Richards, and according to McCrossin, has helped them improve their game.

John Nostrant, coach of the undefeated 2011 national champion Haverford School (PA) boys’ lacrosse team, has endorsed it. So has Villanova assistant coach Brian Samson, whose recently guided Conestoga to three straight Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association championships and reached the state finals in five of the past six years. One of Samson’s former players, 2014 Conestoga grad Christian Jobs, credited the Stik for helping him become an all-league face-off specialist.

Recently, renowned Johns Hopkins Strength and Conditioning coach Jay Dyer also became an endorser of The Stik. Dyer has been using The Stik with lacrosse players and with clients in his private business as a key part of his conditioning program. Dyer said boys and girls especially at the high school and college ages can benefit by using the Stik, which also has been used extensively for rehabilitation purposes.

Using The Stik for only minutes a day could help lacrosse players build strength in their forearms, upper arms, hands and wrist to improve the speed of their shot, fend off players, improve their strength at the face-off X, tighten their cradle and strengthen their check.

To learn more about the Stik or place an order, click here to access thestik.com. For instructional videos using the Stik, click here.

The Stik is available in three models. The 1-lb version is used for rehabilitation and the 3- and 5-lb models are used for training. You can use the Stik while watching TV, listening to music or even sitting on the bench during a game. The Stik is also easily adjustable and users can change the rate of tension for many different exercises.

F6r0er Conestoga senior face-off specialist Christian credits the Stik, a training tool, for helping him improve his game

“I look at some sports – in particular, lacrosse, baseball and golf – and those athletes rely a lot on their forearms and wrist and hand strength,” said Dyer. “It not only challenges the athlete from a strength standpoint, but it’s a piece of the puzzle in helping them develop as an athlete

“Everything you do in lacrosse is full body movement. You need strength and power throughout the entire body in order to do these movements. When it comes down to it, the final piece of the chain is your hands. They have to be strong whether you think of them as the starting point or end point.

“We have specific days we have our athletes doing forearm and grip work as part of their program. We feel it’s an important piece of developing your strength and developing as an athlete.”

Dyer said the Stik is also convenient and easy to use, adjust and carry, making it a valuable piece of any strength and conditioning program.

“It’s easy to use in regards to increasing or decreasing the tension pretty quickly,” he said. “You can pass it from one athlete to another based on their abilities as opposed to one of the old school lacrosse shafts with rope on it.

“You can have two athletes working at the same time. It’s pretty convenient because you can pass it on to the next guy and have them make adjustments.”

For more information on the Stik, including testimonials, instructions and directions, frequently asked questions and instructional videos, click here.

Editor’s note: This is the first of three stories this week detailing how the Stik can become a part of a strength and conditioning program for lacrosse players. The second story will appear Wednesday.

Follow The Stik on Twitter at @TheStikPro
Like The Stik on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jmbthestik

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.@EpochLax unveils limited edition Dragonfly Shafts

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 11/7/14
From Press Release

Epoch Lacrosse today unveiled Limited Edition White and Techno-Color MMXV Dragonfly Gen.5 C30 and C60 shafts. The shafts will be available in limited quantities at authorized Epoch retailers just in time for the holidays.

“We received thousands of requests from players through e-mail and social media to bring back the original all white color scheme used on our Gen.2 and Gen.3 Dragonfly shafts,” said Ryan Hurley, National Sales Representative at Epoch Lacrosse. “After talking with numerous players it was clear that they were choosing products with less technology in order to get the clean white look they loved. So, it was an easy decision to make our latest Gen.5 shaft technology available in all white and give them what they wanted.”Dragonfly

Epoch also found that players loved the crisp new graphics on the Dragonfly Gen.5 but wanted more colors to choose from. Enter the MMXV Gen.5 Dragonfly Techno-Color series of shafts. The Techno-Color series of shafts will feature yellow, red or blue graphics.

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About Epoch Lacrosse:

Epoch Lacrosse delivers the finest manufactured lacrosse equipment designed to increase playability and maximize performance by utilizing world-class materials and manufacturing techniques. Epoch tests and re-tests each of its designs to ensure optimal durability, playability and performance. Epoch’s goal is simple, to give players every opportunity to reach their true potential. Live. Play. Be.

Visit www.EpochLacrosse.com to learn more about Epoch products.