I took my daughter to the Gary Gait Lacrosse clinic today in the Syracuse, NY area at the CNY Family Sports Center at Jones Road. The sports center was packed and both boys and girls were instructed through dodging, shooting, agility drills and more. I was fortunate enough a few days prior to the event to get a hold of someone who was sponsoring the program and was able to get a Lacrosse Packguy in as one of the raffle prizes. Why not get a little publicity at the same time as my daughter learns from one of the greatest players ever.
I showed a couple people (parents) who were waiting and watching their children and they took interest of this new product developed in Syracuse, when the creator’s daughter kept losing her mouth guard. Over a series of molds and trials, the Lacrosse packguy was made to be rugged and “do things a bag can’t,” explains Pat Guy, when I asked about the organizational tool. The piece itself is made from rubberized plastic and can hold all of your Lacrosse equipment, but does not put undue stress on the head of the stick, which can be easily removed when needed, without affecting the equipment. Unlike a bag, it can get wet and easily hangs on a hook of some sort to allow gear to dry. It contains a specific spot for both a Lacrosse ball and mouth guard, so that you do not have to search all over the bag to locate it from your previous practice or game.
The Lacrosse Packguy is so easy to use, even my 8 year old mastered it in about 1 minute and even helps with promoting it for me. She is the star in one of the videos listed at http://BasicLacrosse.com, where you may see a demo by both me and one of my daughter showing just how easy it is to use. Mom’s and Dad’s all over will love how it can easily hang up when at the house, so there are not piles of equipment laying all over. The fact that it promotes drying will help to prevent the smell from progressing, which often results when wet gear is left in a bag until the next practice.
As the raffle got under way, my bright yellow/gold Lacrosse Packguy seemed to stand out against a sea of dark shirts, Frisbees, hats and of course the sticks and other equipment that was being offered. Kids kept coming up and looking right over the Packguy. The helpers would move it somewhat to promote that it was there and perhaps get a taker. Finally, Gary Gait himself picked it up and was telling the kids it was a Lacrosse tool to hold all your gear (as some started to give odd looks and question what it was). Finally when all the Lacrosse gear was basically gone, Gary passed it to a boy of about 14-16 who seemed somewhat confused. I was able to catch up with him when he was coming off the field to show him how it worked, after which he seemed a little more grateful that he had won this prize.
As the Lacrosse packguy is new to the Lacrosse world, it might take some time getting use to the stares and questions. I am looking forward to talking to people about this great new organizational tool and showing them just what they are missing by not using one. As time goes on and the news spreads, they will become more comfortable with the item and will want to get one or give one to someone else as they know the value it possesses.
After the event, I waited in line with my daughter for an autographed poster of the 2010 Syracuse Women’s Lacrosse team (THANKS GIRLS!!!) I was able to show and talk to Gary Gait about the product again. He said he had seen it at a summer tournament (at the school where the Developer sends his kids ironically) but was not using it currently with his team. I gave him my card of course and will definitely contact him about working with his team in the future in regards to this product.
We were taught early on where I played at Shove Park and West Genesee, to never lean on our sticks, but instead to value and respect them. We would though always throw all of our equipment onto the head when we were bringing it home for the weekend or over the summer to box Lacrosse etc. The same continued at college where I was a Red Dragon at Cortland State where it would go on the stick itself or in a bag. When you wanted to play catch again, you would have to take everything off and leave a pile behind which didn’t always make people happy. Now all those problems are easily solved with the Lacrosse Packguy! Everything fits on this new tool. There is even a place to hook your carabineer up for your keys so you do not lose them.
If you are sick of your, or your children’s/friend’s/roommate’s/neighbor’s gear being all over the place, then head over to http://BasicLacrosse.com where you can find out about ordering and having the Lacrosse packguy shipped to your house. Team rates apply for larger orders and you can contact DaveGardner@BasicLacrosse.com to determine a price.
When all was said and done, my 8 year old daughter was tired from all the drills she completed and starving as it was about 7:30 by the time we left the sports center. She enjoyed the day and again helped me out in letting people know about the Lacrosse packguy! Now, if I can just learn some of the tricks that Gary Gait has mastered, I would be all set.