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Lax Hacks: Episode One

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A life hack refers to any tip or trick that helps get things done quickly by automating, increasing productivity, organizing, or saving time.  Here at LAS we’ve come up with some Lax Hacks that can save you some frustration and allow more time for other things.

Our first scenario is something that nearly everyone has experienced, playing in poor weather.  You may think that playing in the rain or snow is the worst due to your bagged out pocket, but that’s where you’re wrong.  After that wet practice or game you should take care of your equipment so it can do the same for you in the future.  If you just throw your sopping wet stick and pads into your bag, car, locker, or wherever, you’re not allowing them to dry out properly and this creates the perfect environment for incredibly smelly pads, and when it comes to your stick, your pocket won’t dry out the same as it was before.  Mold can also grow in your pads and will make for a huge headache.

So what can I do to fix this?

Take some old newspaper and crumple it up in the pocket of your stick to help it maintain its shape and dry out properly.

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What about my pads?

Hang them up somewhere that they can air out.  I recommend using the shower.

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My cleats are soaked, what should I do?

Easy, just use some more newspaper and stuff it in to help soak up the moisture.

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Thanks for checking out our new series, 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.Follow him on Instagram and Twitter

8 Comments

  • This is great advice. Back home in Chicago, the HS season started in February. If you’ve ever been to the Midwest you know that’s when weather is usually the worst. We tried to do as much indoor practice as we could, but it’s really difficult to have a full field practice in your school’s gym. If the weather wasn’t up to par by the beginning of March we had to bear with the weather and get out on the field. I used all these methods to make sure my pads didn’t develop mold and my stick wouldn’t bag out permanently. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer for Lax Hacks in the future.

  • I don’t like using the bathroom to dry out pads because it’s typically the most humid spot in the house. The humidity will slow drying and in some cases encourage mold.
    It’s pretty simple to build a stand out of some PVC pipe and hang them on that in the garage/carport/etc. I know some might be in cramped conditions and not be able to do this but if you can, it’s the better way to go.

  • I don’t like using the bathroom to dry out pads because it’s typically the most humid spot in the house. The humidity will slow drying and in some cases encourage mold.
    It’s pretty simple to build a stand out of some PVC pipe and hang them on that in the garage/carport/etc. I know some might be in cramped conditions and not be able to do this but if you can, it’s the better way to go.

    The PVC stand is a great idea. We’re just trying to offer suggestions that won’t cost people much money. We suggested the bathroom because it’s something that most people will have at their convenience. Just open the door and leave the fan on in the bathroom to help with the humidity. Another plus to the bathroom is when you do your morning routine, you’ll see your pads and be sure to grab them rather than leaving them outside on the deck or something.

  • We’re just trying to offer suggestions that won’t cost people much money.

    I get that – an 8′ length of 1/2″ pvc is about $3, throw in another $5 for a few elbow and T-shape connectors. Cut the PVC (they’ll even do it for you at the hardware store) and you’re set.

  • How about leathers? This summer almost every tourney was a rain fest, and it was a constant battle to keep the leathers right.

    The great thing about leathers is that they can take a beating in the rain and will usually go back to normal. I usually just put a ball in the pocket and then wedge a chopstick or pencil in there to keep the pocket formed while it dries. When it’s dry you might have to do some maintenance depending on how much the pocket shifted when it was wet. The thing with leathers is that they get stiff after getting wet and require some work to break them back in. That’s why keeping a ball in the pocket is key to making sure the pocket is maintained once it dries.

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