A classic and long standing pattern of traditional lacrosse pocket sidewall construction is the Native American Sidewall Structure, which is often referred to as the Double Sidewall. When constructing a traditional pocket there are many sidewall options to choose from, and we really like this one. As with most aspects of stringing, the options for variation are only limited by your creativity!
This method results in two sidewall strings running along each of the head’s sidewalls. This gives more
durability to the pocket and can extend its life span. Structurally speaking, it allows the stringer to affect how sturdy the connection points where the outer channel is locked off to the sidewall. Stringers can lace the cross lace through both strings, resulting in more rigidity and a stiffer and more secure segment of the pocket. This is useful in the top 3rd of the pocket where you want the slope of the channel to hold its shape and remain dependable. This will affect the release of the ball, and minimize adjustments.
Stringers can also string the sweet spot of the pocket through only the “outer side wall string” which will result in additional slack. This concept parallels doubling (the action of stringing two diamonds of a mesh pocket into one open sidewall segment to create additional slack) in modern mesh pockets. When a pocket has a strategically placed weak point, the ball will naturally settle there. Additionally, a stringer can lace a larger portion of the outer channel to only the outer string to create a “sway” in their pocket.
Native American Sidewall Tutorial Video
This looser pocket will swing back and forth more freely than what may be considered standard. There are endless customization options when stringing traditional pockets and only a few of them were mentioned in this article. Utilizing a Native American or Double Sidewall Structure will be a very useful tool in your attempt to master traditional lacrosse pocket stringing.