Are you the type of player that doesn’t want to define your playing style? One minute you may bull dodge your way in front of the cage then throw in numerous roll dodges to get your defender off balance. It is tricky to characterize your game to just one playing style but one thing is for certain, when you step onto the field your skill set is so versatile that your opponent won’t know what to expect next from you.
One of the best examples of a truly versatile player in today’s game is none other than Lyle Thompson. Since his rise from the playing fields on the Onondaga Reservation to the University of Albany and onto the pros and international competitions, Lyle has become known as one of the dangerous attackmen to date. We don’t think anyone will argue that point, but in case you need some convincing just check out some of his highlights.
Outside of spending countless hours getting comfortable with your stick and time spent improving your athleticism, it is important to gear up with equipment that is just as versatile as you. From the footwear that should support you through your ankle breaking dodges to the protective equipment that will hold up in the toughest battles while giving you the freedom to play.
As a versatile player’s game cannot be defined by one particular style, your equipment should not be defined by a single position. Because as an elusive player, you will play many different roles on field from the enforcer to the outside shooter depending on the situation so you need a stick that can do it all. The Nike Lakota U and the Warrior Evo AX1 have both proven to stand to the test on both ends of the field. The Lakota is not only narrow enough for the attackman but stiff enough for the defenseman. Oh, and did we mention that it is a personal favorite of Lyle Thompsons? The Evo AX1 on the same line is engineered with an incredible amount of strength to withstand the most vicious of checks while also flexing to give you extra power behind your shot.
A big part in what makes your game so tricky is your footwork. You have the speed to zip past your opponent but can also dip, dodge, dive and cut away at any given moment. That is why it’s important to find a pair of cleats that perfectly balance lightweight and support. Two great cleats that do just that are the Nike Huarache V and the Under Armour Banshee. Both are constructed in a mid-high cut with plethora of studs to keep you grounded. The Huarache V cleats, now with its finger trap design will shift and lock in your feet upon any sudden movement. The Banshees similarly features a form-fitting collar that will hold tight under the pressure and adjust with your every movement.
Being a versatile player means you will find yourself in an array of situations on field. One minute you may be sandwiched between defenders in front of the crease and the next you have open turf in front of you while running in transition. That is why you need protective equipment that can handle any situation while also let you move freely. Two gloves that are great examples of this are the Maverik M3 and the STX Surgeon 500. The M3 has become one of the more popular gloves in the game for its lightweight nature and wider frame that will cover more of your hand. The new STX Surgeon 500 glove was designed to provide ultimate protection with the carbon fiber reinforced thumb blocks while remaining extremely flexible with its 360 degree cuff system.
Although your game cannot be defined to one style, we now know that its versatile nature is something to be reckoned with. So gear up with a selection of versatile sticks, cleats and protective equipment from LACROSSE.COM and continue to leave your opponent wondering, what you will do next!