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The making of Ol’ Skool.

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(Vinnie Ricasio, The Art of Lax™ 1996. The South Kent School, CT)

Remember when the helmets had tie-offs at the back to properly fit and the helmet panels/sticker were almost the size of playing cards?

Remember when you added that “extra” foam chin pad for intimidation purposes, but had no idea why anybody would do such a thing – especially goalies?

Remember when equipment padding was vinyl coated and barely thick enough to protect you?

Remember when the leather palms of your L33/L35 gloves got so dry from sweat, that you splashed water on them during warm-ups just minutes before the opening whistle on game day?

Remember when the compression shorts/spandex were longer than your actual game shorts?

Remember when a simple, cotton t-shirt was all you wore underneath your equipment pads?

Remember when stringing a stick took numerous times, hours and even days? We’re talking TRADITIONAL stringing – MESH isn’t considered stringing!

Remember when the choices for a shaft were only; wood or aluminum? Plus those “dowel-shafts”?

Remember when the heads had no “pinch” and no “off-set” design?

Remember when people called the lacrosse company “STX” not by saying “S-T-X”, but by it’s real pronunciation “STICKS?”.

Remember when you played ONLY ON A GRASS FIELD?!!

If you remember when… you are a member of the Ol’ Skool!


Written by theartoflax

July 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Posted in Art, Inspiration, Lacrosse

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  1. Sadly I do remember when

    John Moser

    July 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    • Still have those gloves (Brine L35, no palms) and arm pads (Bacharach Rasin vinyl-dipped foam with big metal buckles) which I only recently replaced with some NOS Brine SAG2s, a Brine Superlight 4 (no NOT a 2+2… ), and an STX Laser Lite. I only wish I still had my LHN helmet…

      The kids who run the local Lacrosse Unlimited almost lost it when I went in there to get leather & string to go along with a new Warrior Evo2 head. “You actually know how to string like that?” I brought it back in the next day and showed them how to really do it.

      Ah… good times.

      Kevin McDermott

      July 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      • That’s right – OLD SCHOOL/REAL SCHOOL > NEW SCHOOL!


        July 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

  2. That stick is a “Sam” and you could only use a Sam shaft on it. “The Sam’s” predecessor was a monstrosity called “The Barney.” Remember when Lax players all listened to The Grateful Dead? Those were the days.

    Ryan O'Donnell

    July 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm

  3. The best part of those aluminum shafts was bending them to create an “off-set” degree before the off-set heads became the norm these days. I need to write a post on my white, STX Excalibur, 6-diamond traditional w/ a wooden shaft (like an STX crooked arrow). Hell Yeah. GET SOME!


    July 2, 2011 at 4:09 am

    • My Excalibur (Ex… not X… ) only just recently broke. Loved that stick. I never had a Crooked Arrow, but always wanted one. 2 out of 3 of our starting D line had them at one point… brutal practices!

      I still have my old bent Brine shaft somewhere.

      Will never forget one of our middies’ STX Snap-shot graphite shafts with the doweled top snapping right in half during a game!

      Kevin McDermott

      July 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  4. […] recent piece and blog post: “The making of Ol’ Skool” reminded me of a situation a few years ago to revisit and revive the days when shafts were […]

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