Almost every lacrosse player has experienced the panic that ensues when their favorite piece of equipment is unavailable prior to a game. It’s one of the biggest arguments in favor of having an extra set of backup equipment. Players are typically most concerned about their lacrosse stick.
However, every elite player should have a complete set of backup equipment, even though it can represent a considerable expense. It’s also important that both sets of equipment be properly broken in so the player will feel as comfortable playing with their alternate equipment as they do with their favorites. It can mean the difference between playing well or not being able to play at all.
No matter how well players care for and maintain their equipment, the potential always exists for a stick to break or the mesh to give out – always at the most inopportune moment. It’s important to remember that sticks aren’t the only equipment that can break, wear out, develop a problematic issue, or otherwise be deemed useless for play.
Everyone has misplaced their equipment at some point, but finding it is an entirely different matter. No matter what piece of equipment it happens to be, there’s a very good chance that it will be lost forever. It can be helpful for athletes to retrace their steps, but there’s no guarantee it will be found. If it’s equipment that’s highly recognizable, there’s a very good possibility that it’s been found and is being kept as a souvenir.
While it doesn’t happen very often, the potential exists for a player’s equipment to be outright stolen. There are typically two culprits – those that want a souvenir and individuals that are attempting to stack the odds in favor of the opposing team. It’s something that no elite player expects to encounter, but it does happen.