Lacrosse Backstop: How to Build a Backstop
Using a low cost lacrosse backup netting
This post is dedicated to those who have ever broken a window and truly know the value of having a Lacrosse Backstop installed behind the net.
Any dedicated Laxer will inevitably break a window unless he has a lacrosse backstop to catch the many shots that will miss. If you have never came close then you are not practicing enough.The fastest shot ever recorded was 111 mph by Paul Rabil at the MLL All-Star competition. But kids as early has 9 years old can shoot the ball 45 mph which is enough to break just about anything.
Installing a lacrosse backstop behind the goal does not have to be some huge undertaking or cost you more than a broken window would. I’ve seen lacrosse backstops at stores sell for 500 dollars and as much as 2000 dollars. With those prices I would rather take my chances in hopes that I don’t break a window. If I did it would still be saving money compared to buying one of those high priced nylon and aluminum sets.
Luckily I assembled my own lacrosse backstop that cost me less than $ 80. I attached a lacrosse backup net I bought at Amazon.com to a 16 gauge wire and attached it to my house. I then screwed a 2 X 4 into a play-set and wrapped the wire around it. And amazingly I have a low cost Lacrosse Backstop! I’ve been using mine for 5 years now. I can shoot around the mid 80′s and the net has not ripped. And the way I attached the lacrosse backstop prevents me from having to store it for the winter or move some huge product just to mow the lawn.
I have posted some pictures and a short description showing how I attached my lacrosse backstop in the backyard. But depending on the layout of your backyard you might how to do things a little different. It you have a large backyard, you could always purchase some aluminum poles and solid bases.
This is a snapshot of my backyard and the nylon net I bought from amazon.com. It measures 10 X 25 and it’s been in use for 5 years now without any sign of wear. I did not stretch this net to it’s full length because you need a little slack to protect the net. I’ll post a link below the photo of the lacrosse backstop net I purchased. These nets are fairly low priced and should not cost you more than $40.00.
Now there many ways you can attach the net according to the layout of your backyard. The main thing you will need is wire to attach the net to a tree, pole etc. In my pictures I used 16 gauge galvanized wire but again, depending on your circumstance a thicker or thinner wire may be used. Remember the lower the gauge the thicker the wire. You can purchase this wire at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. A 200ft galvanized steel wire should run you about $7.00.
If you look at the green arrow you will see that I attached the wire to my house. I achieved this by adding a spring to prevent the force of the wire ripping the siding off my house.
Here I used a spring, a wooden block and some looped screws which were lying around in my shed. I am positive that you can easily find these in Home Depot or perhaps lying around the house. I strongly recommend that you use a spring contraption similar to this to keep the wire intact to its foundation. The constant force of Lacrosse balls will inevitably rip the holding screws or even the wire over time without one.
It can be seen here that anything can work to crudely form an attachment for your net. A 2×4 is screwed into the Play-set sticking out enough so that the 16 gauge wire can be securely wrapped around it.
A close up view of how I put the wire through the net of the lacrosse backstop.
Another added benefit of a Do-It-Yourself Lacrosse Backstop is the flexibility of retracting the net. When I have to mow the lawn or open the space up, I simply slide it over.
A Lacrosse backstop is an excellent investment for a small initial cost if you construct you own. It took me only couple of hours and has paid for it self multiple times. Each backyard layout is different, if you have any questions be sure to ask!