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What Defines OLD SCHOOL Lacrosse Gear?

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Is this old School? It's 10 years old!

Editor’s Note: As we’ve run through Old School after Old School, we’ve seen a ton of lacrosse products, photos, video and more from decades past.  But what exactly makes a stick truly Old School?  Does the stick have to made of wood?  Does the plastic head have to be non-offset?  Or does it just have to be out of production?  Could an offset head be old school?  We got an email from Bill Mensch, who just happens to be a great guy (get it?), and he asked us this very question.  Check out Bill’s email below, and try to help us define What Is Old School?

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An original Warrior Razor sits on my workbench, and I’m trying to decide if it is something that I could submit to laxallstars.com for the Old School Series.

On the one hand, it’s pretty outdated.  The head came out around 2002 and since then both the Razor 2.0 and the the Razor Pro have been released, and most recently the Razor X.

On the other hand, it’s a modern head; has the keyhole shape, and it’s off-set; so how is that old school?

Warrior Razer Head lacrosse lax

Is this old School? It's 10 years old!

So when does a lacrosse head go from “not new” to Old School?  Did it become old school as soon as the Razor 2.0 came out, or does the fact that it’s offset and has a modern shape mean it will never be old school; meaning the term is purely reserved for sticks made before the Brine Edge ushered in the age of off-set sticks.

If that is the case, and a manufacturer of today released a closed wall, straight, triangular shaped head, would that be old school right away?

These are not questions I, or anyone, should expect concrete answers to; as reasonable people are entitled to have different opinions.  However, discussing things like this helps up grasp the massive changes in the game’s equipment over the past 40 years. While I was checking out the website for the new book, “Lacrosse – The Ancient Game” that Jeff Brunelle posted about, I was struck by what Brett Bucktooth said about the game.

He said, “From the wooden stick carved from the tree, to the animal hide that’s used for the netting, it’s a connection with everything around us.”

2010-09-15-nationscup Brett Bucktooth

Brett Bucktooth photo courtesy Syracsue.com

Ok, that is definitely old school.

The Old School series needs YOU to keep it going. Do you have something to share? Email  info@lacrossseallstars.com with “OLD SCHOOL” in the subject line to keep the memories alive.

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6 Comments

  • Anything pre-STX Laser Lite is old school to me. When the plastic heads took on that wavy shape, the game was never the same. My game changed drastically when I went from a Superlite II to a High Wall.

  • I don’t know if I buy the whole line in the sand thing, and it’s the Brine Edge that is making me say that.  It had the old triangle shape and more importantly the back flared out like the Turbo/Viper/Dominator.  It feels old school to me, great on the end of a pole.  The Oz came out at the same time, and I would consider that old school.    
      

  • My first stick was a Laser Lite. Then I played with a Brine Magnum, a Hi-Wall, and an Excalibur before switching to an OG Sam. Seems backward, I know.

    I guess old school is a relative term, but I agree with Woody. The OG STX Sam and Brine Superlight 2 (not 2+2) are old school. Everything after that…not so much.

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