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Lax Hacks: Braving the Cold

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Lacrosse may traditionally be a spring sport but that doesn’t mean it’s always played in beautiful weather.  As we head into fall, many dedicated players are soon to be working against the elements. Whether it’s rain, snow, high winds, or the bitter cold, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of the weather and keep you warm.

Not the warmest practice

Not the warmest practice

1. Latex Gloves

Keep a a few pairs of latex gloves in your bag and slip a pair on underneath your lacrosse gloves to help trap some heat and keep your hands warm and loose.  Disclaimer: Latex gloves will trap moisture and sweat which will cause your hands to shrivel up and prune.

These are your friend in cold weather

These are your friend in cold weather.

2. Tape your Ear Holes

Another trick to help you out on a cold day is to take some athletic tape and cover the ear holes of your helmet with it.  This will help combat the wind which can be quite chilling and annoying.  It’s surprising how much warmer you’ll be with just a couple pieces of tape added to your helmet.  Not to worry, you’ll still be able to hear everything on the field!

It's the little things that help make a difference.

It’s the little things that help make a difference.

3. Clothing – Dress Smart

My final tip is to dress smart for the conditions but not to overdo it.  I recommend a tight fitting compression long-sleeve shirt and possibly leggings if you want to go that route.  Once you establish a solid warm base layer, you can build from there and add additional clothing to further your insulation.  Find a happy medium where you’ll be warm enough but not immobilized like Randy from A Christmas Story.   If your have extra room in your cleats, an extra pair of socks is a smart move to keep those toes warm.

Don't layer up too much!

Don’t layer up too much!

Thanks for checking out Lax Hacks!  Be sure to check back for more helpful tips and tricks to save you time, frustration, and potentially money.  If you have a great tip you think we should share, feel free to share it with us via the LAS Tipline. Is there a problem you keep running into and want to find a way around it?  Just ask and we’ll see what we can come up with.

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Michael Allen

Located in Boise, Michael has been involved in lacrosse for the majority or his life. He's also served as a assistant coach at Bishop Kelly for the past tfour years where he played in high school. Michael is also a student at Boise State and enjoys spending his free time outdoors and enjoying music.

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  • My old high school team would gather up a few bucks to buy a box of Hot Hands (hand warmers). They are awesome to use whenever you have down time (water break, on the sideline, learning new drills, shagging balls, etc). Some guys would even put them in their gloves on the back of their hands to keep warm on the field. It adds extra padding and makes your hands feel nice and toasty.

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