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Traditional Thursday: College Legal Pita

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The new stringing rules for college lacrosse made stringing a traditional pocket just a little bit tougher because of the fact that shooting strings can not be placed lower than 4″ from the top of the scoop. Traditional and Pita pockets can tend to bag out up top without shooters to keep the pocket stable, especially when they are strung with mid or high pockets.

If you want to use traditional in college, the best way to do it is to string a low pocket with your leather and cross lace, and then let the pocket move up in the head as it breaks in. I’ve done this before, and it works. This week I’ll show you what the pocket looks like when it’s freshly strung. In two or three weeks I’ll show you what the pocket looks like once it has broken in.

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As you can see, the pocket is DEFINITELY a low pocket… at least for now.

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I used a Maverik Metrik head of the Universal variety. It’s stiff and I like it. It should hold up to some abuse too, so I won’t break the head just as the pocket breaks in. It’s college legal, but still pretty narrow. Overall, it’s a solid head and it’s got a lot of sidewall holes. Not bad for the college game.

Do YOU have a trick or tip for creating a perfectly legal college traditional or pita pocket? We want to hear it! Hit us up in the comments below!

Check out the rest of our Traditional Archive for more leather and cross lace know how.

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Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

5 Comments

  • Really excited to see how it turns out. I think I need to go back and measure how low my shooters are on my pocket. I usually string my pocket mid-high from the start and then pound it in and wall ball until it breaks in. My pockets start out pretty shallow, but after a few days it starts to get deeper.

  • These are definitely going to be my game sticks for this year (Currently playing in the MCLA Div 2). Both have the shooters just right above the 4″ rule so I’m clear there. The Pita throws incredibly smooth, but it doesn’t have the greatest hold. That’ll probably be my backup. The 5D trad is the blacked out Throne Leathers kit I won recently on here. It throws like a dream and has great hold. The bottom interlocks are a bit jumbled together but it allows for the ball to sit right underneath them better when one-handed craddling, so I don’t think I’ll be changing that up.

  • Connor, I know I’m kind of splitting hairs here, but this seems like a valid place to get your opinion/answer. Looking at your sidewalls, I see you ran them over each other, just as the Stanwick’s father does theirs. However, I was under the impression that under the new rule changes for college that the sidewall can only be ran in one direction in hopes of eliminating the double sidewalls that some folks have used in the past. If this is true, does that make this technique illegal? I know Wells used his at Hop this year with the same sidewall you have here. Any insight/thoughts?

    P.S. just threw a 6D trad in my new torque, be on the lookout for it!

    -tBird

  • I believe it does make this technique illegal. I was going through the rule-book a few weeks back and I’m pretty sure I saw that in there. @tBird_SSlax

  • Connor, I know I’m kind of splitting hairs here, but this seems like a valid place to get your opinion/answer. Looking at your sidewalls, I see you ran them over each other, just as the Stanwick’s father does theirs. However, I was under the impression that under the new rule changes for college that the sidewall can only be ran in one direction in hopes of eliminating the double sidewalls that some folks have used in the past. If this is true, does that make this technique illegal? I know Wells used his at Hop this year with the same sidewall you have here. Any insight/thoughts?

    P.S. just threw a 6D trad in my new torque, be on the lookout for it!

    -tBird

    This is a GREAT question. (I believe, but could be wrong) The rule says you can only have one sidewall string, but makes no mention of how many times it can be run up and down. Since I use one piece to go down then back up, I BELIEVE it is still kosher… I am pretty sure the one string rule was for stuff like this:

    http://sweet.laxallstars.com/files/2011/10/1.jpg

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