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Zen, Lacrosse and the Art of Stringing Workshops Coming to Utah

Zen, Lax and the Art of StringingTypically the clinics that come to Utah are focused on becoming better players or coaches, but what about your stick? On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Greg Rose will be coming to Tribal West Lacrosse to teach the beautiful art of a well strung stick to fit your needs on the field.
“The reason that I started teaching kids to string sticks is because of the gap between how important it is to have a stick strung to fit your needs,” said Rose. “The lacrosse community doesn’t put enough emphasis on it.”
The workshop at Tribal West is part of the Zen, Lacrosse and the Art of Stringing tour where Rose has been traveling the country, teaching players how to recognize what type of player they are and how to translate that to their stick.
“Teaching kids to string their own sticks makes them reflect on how they play and what style of player they are,” said Rose. “Most players pass the ball so it’s important to string a stick more towards passing. If you happen to be one of the few players on the end of a play, then it’s good to string a stick for passing and shooting. Far more passes are made than shots in a game.”
Rose also said, “The Zen, Lacrosse and the Art of Stringing workshops that are coming to Utah are just as much about the actual stringing of the pocket as the formulation of new ideas through learning, conceptually, what a pocket is all about and what that means to you.”
Rose feels the stringing of a stick is tangible way to teach kids about their life. Stringing a stick the proper way gets you thinking about what you do on the field and how you play. In life, it’s important to reflect upon what you are a person and adjust your strings if needed to be who you want to be.
Rose, who has been playing, coaching or refereeing since 5th grade, if banished to an island for life would take a Proton U head because of its durability and versatility at any position, strung with 7 Diamond Traditional because it’s his favorite type of mesh and lasts longer, although it is the only thing that keeps him from being full vegan, on top of any shaft that is octagonal, not rounded.
What can you expect from the workshop?
Workshop participants will be with hands on pocket for the majority of the workshop! This just means that, although you’re engaged in the technical aspect of stringing for the majority of the session and not just listening to me lecture, your mind is working on levels of creativity in relation to your pocket and game that it may not have otherwise considered.
There will be constant relationships made between a pocket and how it plays on the field, which is invaluable in learning something technical – without a real world application, the retaining of knowledge is much harder. Why do you think kids say, “When will I ever use Algebra II again in my life?” Good teachers find a way to make it relatable, even if through theory.
Here is a typical mesh workshop schedule:
-10 minutes Personal and Pocket Intro
-15 minutes Topstring
-90 minutes Sidewalls
-5 minutes Bottom String
-15 minutes Shooting Strings
-15 minutes Finishing Up and Outro
Every player will leave with a strung lacrosse head, the knowledge to tweak that pocket and to string a pocket from scratch. Throughout the entire workshop, students will have access to a number of stringers, young and old, that will be able to assist them and give some personal insight into what they like and why; we also encourage the sharing of ideas back with the instructors as well as with other players.
“I’ve said it a hundred times, and I’ll say it at least another hundred before this season is over: no matter if you never string again after learning how to do it, you will still be at least doubly more informed about what a pocket is and how it relates to your game and motion, which would undoubtedly produce better performance after figuring out the right pocket for you. Next time you see a big-time HS, College or Pro player, make sure to ask them if having a pocket that works to their playing style is important to them; I bet the answer would be yes.” – Greg Rose
For more information or to sign up for the workshop, please go to the registration page and choose WORKSHOP REGISTRATION for Traditional or Mesh on the right hand side then hit the ‘Back this Project’ button. Space is limited so sign up today!
In addition to the workshops around the country, Rose will be making a book that chronicles his travels as well as gives people a tangible resource for stick stringing. Follow his journeys on Twitter or his website.

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