Not paying attention. Lacrosse sticks are the most important part of the game for any player. A lackadaisical attitude will hinder your ability to play, therefore making it less fun. Heads will warp, strings will break and stretch, pockets will wear due to time and use. Poor maintenance will result in poor play. Especially for those who are new to the game and may develop a disdain for it and give up on one of the oldest and greatest games there is to play. A young player is more likely to lose interest if he or she cannot play the game well. However, there are precautionary measures that can be taken to avoid this problem and many of them are fairly easy. Pay attention!
In this episode of StylinStrings Lacrosse StickTech, Justin Skaggs, shop manager and all-around good guy, shows how to properly stretch a pocket using the old, reliable Old Ball and Butter Knife Trick. It may sound simple, but it works.