Welcome to the Season 2 Finals of String League! What happens when you gather five of the best stringers, give them absolutely no rules, and let their creativity shine? The result is a slew of top notch and innovative traditional pockets that would have been unthinkable 10 years ago.
Chris Wilson was tasked with judging the final challenge of the 2016 season. As the reigning champion we thought it was only fitting that he weigh in on what has been an epic and intense season. Due to the level of skill shown in every entry, @lacrosseman was forced to base his decisions on the most minor of flaws.
His insight and explanation showed his in-depth knowledge of the stringing techniques used. Anyone dedicated to the art of pocket stringing will appreciate the vast amounts of stringing terminology dropped throughout season finale.
Season 2 Finals – String League!
@FLstringer churned out a close victory. @Richie_b_77 was on his heals in the final hours of the competition, and a win in the final week would have taken him to first place. The final competition comes with double the points, making the leaderboard in flux. It was up to @lacrosseman to decide between the two leading men. @FLstringer transitioned between multiple techniques flawlessly, and it was enough to tip the scales into his favor, but just by a hair.
I think that is what I love most about doing this competition. Stringers today are so good that these competitions boil down to the smallest of flaws. These imperfections (for lack of a better word) are so minute that any of our judges could easily make the same mistake on any given day.
This shows the maturity of this art form, and it shows how it has solidified into a respected and important part of our game. After all the years I have spent making lacrosse sticks, it is very inspiring to know that it will never get stale, and that people like these String Leaguers will keep pushing the envelope.