My son has become involved with the sport of lacrosse.
FANTASTIC GAME!!! I wish I had known about it when I was young and now that I am not I wish there were a league for old farts like me.
Dog Brother trivia: Top Dog used to play a little bit of lacrosse and to my eye it was a subtle and important influence to the distinctive quality of his movement (as was his being a defensive end for Columbia University's football team for one season).
Here are some entries from the thread on DBMA Lacrosse Staff on the DBMA Association Forum:
Here are some of the rules for lacrosse regarding contact:
From Lacrosse, fundmentals for winning by David Urick
1: Slashing: Stirking an opponent anywhere other than the gloved hand on the stick;
2: Tripping: obstructing an opponent at or below the knees with the stick, hands, arms, feet, or legs;
3: illegal body checking: BC'g from the rear, above the shoulders, below the knees, or when the opponent is not in possession of the ball or within 5 yards of a loose ball.
4: Cross checking: checking with the part of the stick between the hands (this an interesting reason why the Kalimba staff grip intrigues Coach Brooks so much-- there is NO area between the hands!)
5) Unsportsmanlike conduct
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A) HOLDING: Holding an opponent of stick. A player may hold off an opp in possession of the ball or within 5 yardsw of a loose ball with either a closed gloved hand on the hand of his stick or with either forearm. However both hand of the defender must be upon his stick. When holding off, a player must only exert pressure equal to that of his opponent (THIS is where the techniques, tactics, strategies I am developing get close to crossing the line. I believe these issues can be solved, but until we get referees to acknowledge it, it is just Coach Brooks and my opinion)
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Here is some conventional 1x1 defense thinking:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8bn6oTsnOUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWJuqldYbk8&feature=related
Many staff systems have lots of spinning moves as part of using the range potential of the weapon in the context of 360 degrees. Obviously, not having to worry here about getting hit in the back or the head facilitates spin moves greatly.
One of the ideas I am working with here is to use the "thirds grip" (a major element of our 6' staff subsystem) to have, in effect, an attack stick (i.e. the shorter stick middies and attackers use for both attack and defense) on each side of the defender. This contrasts to current practice wherein the attack stick is only on one side-- middies and attackers do so because that is the nature of the length of their stick and defenders seek to use the reach advantage of the d-stick and to force the attacker to commit sooner whether he is going left or right.
Note here the use of theory and technique from the Merge Theory VL, as in the use of Kalimba type merges done on the uppercut line with each each end of the d-stick.
The thirds grip also allows a fluid transition to the grip of the Kalimba game for a shorter staff (4-5 foot typically)-- which also allows for checking the the third of the stick that is in front of me without breaking the rule against checking with the lenght of the stick between my hands!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHowi-6c5cI&feature=player_embedded