The Keys to Finding the Right Lacrosse Stick...

  Contrary to popular belief, the most important piece of equipment any lacrosse player will rely on is the lacrosse stick they use. Just like professional ice hockey and baseball players, the top athletes who compete in the sport of lacrosse are very particular about the stick they use to keep solid possession of the ball and also provide a quick snap to complete the perfect pass or shoot the winning goal of any game. However, there are many components to the lacrosse stick which many new lacrosse players might not be aware of – and each one of these components are critical to the success of the lacrosse stick and the player who uses it. The stick itself is made up of three critical components; the Head, the Pocket and the Shaft The Lacrosse Stick – what is the Head? Today’s lacrosse stick (also known as a Crosse) begins with the head of the stick. The head is a plastic molded piece which is comprised of many different strings which each have a specific use as well. There are shooting strings (located at the top of the head) used to increase the velocity and accuracy of the ball when shot, sidewall and runner strings which make up the main net of the head and are used primarily for catching a ball from either a pass or interception from another player. And finally there are drawstrings of the head, used to tighten or loosen the strings for specific tension for different use. The head of the stick is where all of the ball motion is going to be used. The tighter the strings, the higher velocity your shot could be, however, the less accepting to passes is a disadvantage of tight strings as well....

Outdoor parties, big celebrations, big full color banners and the whole nine yards...

One of the best things about college and high school graduation is that they happen in the early summer, about the perfect time to have an outdoor party. Decorating and preparing for an outdoor party is rather different than an indoor affair. The food is typically more suited to the grill and with less concerns about the carpet, for example no sane person who cared about their carpet would serve chili dogs to people en-masse indoors, but take the party outside and who cares? For all you know chili might be the next great fertilizer for your lawn. Decorating outdoors is different as well, you have less wall space to cover, but have more freedom. You don’t have to work around your rather formal dining room for what’s meant to be a light hearted celebration. One of the ways you can add a good message and visual decoration is with a full color banner. Full color banners are something of a staple for some people and some holidays. If you like to host a fourth of July party every year getting a well made one can be a sound investment as it lets you reuse it every year. One made of a light chintzy plastic or cloth might not hold up, and if you get a custom made one you can have it say something slightly different. For example you might have a big family party so you’ve got the entire clan together, now you aren’t likely to be able to walk into a store and find “Smith’s 4th of July Party” or similar on something premade, with an uncommon name you will have to find a place to make you a custom banner. With a graduation party like before you probably want the...