What is a Lacrosse Stick Called? Lacrosse Stick Parts

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Lacrosse players use different lingo and slang when referring to their sticks and the different parts of their sticks, but it is still called the lacrosse stick. If you are a beginner player, parent, coach, referee, or spectator this article is for you.

A lacrosse stick is called a lacrosse stick, Crosse, or just a stick for short. Some players like to give their lacrosse sticks nicknames as well. Different names and slang can change regionally as well. 

Almost every part of your lacrosse stick can be customized, replaced, and repaired. When shopping for new parts do your research and see what will work best for you. Lacrosse sticks can even vary between positions and women’s and men’s leagues.

The basics stick includes a goalie stick, an attacker’s stick, a midfielder’s stick, and a defender’s stick. For a beginner player, I would recommend a more generic stick or a midfielder’s stick.

What Are The Parts of a Lacrosse Stick? Lacrosse Stick Diagram

The basic parts of the lacrosse stick are the head, the pocket, and the shaft. There are many different parts of the stick that you will learn along the way. Some parts are more important to know if you are restringing your head or customizing your stick, but a basic lacrosse stick will have all the parts you need already set up for you. 

What is the stick part of a lacrosse stick called?

The stick part of the lacrosse stick is called the shaft. Players also use the term stick to refer to their entire lacrosse stick and not just the shaft.

Sticks can come in many different colors, sizes, and styles, depending on your position and preference. The lacrosse stick regulations have changed over the years, but the shaft has generally stayed the same. 

What Is The Long Part of a Lacrosse Stick Called?

The long part of the lacrosse stick is called the shaft and it is typically a long metal pole but it can also be made of other materials such as wood or composite.

The shape of the shaft can vary as well between being smooth or ridged. Players also like to wrap grip tape around the bottom and top of the shaft for better grip and control. The shaft is where players will hold their lacrosse stick during games because it is against the rules to hold the net of the lacrosse stick. 

Also, we have the stick’s bottom; there will be an end cap that covers the end of the pipe or stick. Players refer to the end of the stick as the butt of the stick. The end cap is an important piece that protects the stick from having an exposed edge that can be dangerous if it hits yourself or another person. 

What Is The Net Part of a Lacrosse Stick Called?

The net of the lacrosse stick has a few different names depending on which part you are referring to. The actual net material is just called the netting or the mesh, but when it is strung into the lacrosse stick’s head, the net creates a pocket.

Your mesh can come in different colors, depending on your preference. If your mesh rips or breaks, you can replace it and have your head restrung. 

1. Pocket

The pocket is the part of the net where you can hold the ball easily. When you are cradling the ball stays in the pocket, so it doesn’t fall out. The pocket can protect the ball from falling out while you are running or being defended by other players.

The deepness and shape of your pocket are very important and can affect your throwing and shooting. The referees even check your pocket before games to make sure it’s proper regulation; a deeper pocket can give players an unfair advantage. 

2. Strings 

The net of the lacrosse stick is held to the head by lacrosse strings. There are different strings for different purposes, such as the top, bottom, and sidewall strings. There are also the shooter strings that affect the way the ball releases from your pocket.

The way your strings are strung can depend on the rules and regulations which have changed over the years. Double-check to make sure your strings are up to code. 

What is The Head of The Lacrosse Stick Called?

The head of the lacrosse stick is the plastic part that the netting is tied to. Depending on your field position you may have a different looking head. The heads can also look different for men and women players. The defensive heads are a little wider and the attacker’s heads are a little narrower and curved. The head shape is designed to give you an advantage in either catching and defending or throwing and shooting fast shots. 

Lacrosse head parts


The rounded top part of the head is called the scoop. The scoop is where you scoop the ball up off of the ground. This part can have different tilts and shapes depending on your field position. 


The sidewall is the side of the head and it functions as the structural integrity of the head. Different heads may have different designs on the sidewall. Overall the sidewall should be strong and hold up after hitting and scooping groundballs but also flexible for passing and shooting. 


The throat is the part where the lacrosse stick head attaches to the shaft. The throat slide over the shaft and usually a screw helps to hold the head in place. The throat can also come in different angles which can affect your throwing and overall gameplay. 

Is Lacrosse Goalie Sticks Different?

The goalie has a different stick than everyone else on the field. Goalie sticks have a much larger head and a deeper pocket. Their stick is designed for stopping goals and catching fastballs. They can also throw the ball quite far but may not have good accuracy and cradling abilities as a regular lacrosse stick. 

Men’s VS Women’s Lacrosse Sticks: Is It Diffrent?

Men and women players have very different lacrosse sticks, so be sure to buy the stick that is appropriate for You. The biggest difference is that the men’s stick has a deeper pocket and the women’s stick has a flatter pocket. The women’s stick also has a shallower sidewall.

In a co-ed league, they typically use the men’s sticks, but it depends on your league. The rules of women’s and men’s lacrosse are very different and as well as their stick regulations.

In men’s lacrosse, the shafts come in different lengths for the attackers, midfielders, and defensive players. The defensive players have longer shafts that enable them to throw the ball farther down the field. 

Lacrosse sticks can seem tricky to newcomers at first, but with the basic lingo, you can ask questions and learn more about your lacrosse stick in no time. A beginner player can learn a lot from a beginner’s stick and move on to a more specialized lacrosse stick as they learn and advance.

Long time players may even accumulate multiple sticks over the years as their gameplay changes and try out new positions. Every lacrosse stick is different and very personal to its owner, so have fun and appreciate your lacrosse stick as an extension of yourself.