Lacrosse Backstops

Lacrosse Backstop: How to Build a Backstop

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.

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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!

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10 comments to Lacrosse Backstop: How to Build a Backstop

  • Thanks for coming by Wilt! I would like to suggest you check out http://www.stretchinout.blogspot.com and http://www.odiehawkins.blogspot.com too
    Jaycee

  • Jay

    I would like to duplicate this back up net in my back yard, except i don’t have anyting, like the house to attach it to.
    Could you tell me where you bought the net (couldn’t find it on amazon) Do you have any suggestion for poles to use for a freestanding contraption? I was thinking of pownding threaded steel poles into the ground. But i don’t know how to attach the net to the poles? any suggestions would help. Thanks.

    • admin

      Hey Jay,

      I bought the net from amazon.com. If you look at the top of the post, you will see a blue highlighted box with a picture of the net. Click on the picture of where it says “buy now at amazon.com.” It is in stock.

      For the poles, I would suggest taking a large painter’s bucket, filling it with concrete and sticking the poles in there. I don’t know how well it would work if you just pound them into the ground because the soil would shift with the weather unless you first pounded a steel sleeve deep into the ground. I think concrete and a painter’s bucket would be easier. Also see if you have like a patio base lying around.

      I used a 16 gauge wire to attach the net. Some parts I just wrapped it around the pole. I would be careful with tying it too tight. Depending on how close the backstop is the the goal, I would maybe use some type of elastic cord to lessen the impact on the net.

      If you need anymore help, please ask.

  • Rich

    Your net looks black but the net on the Amazon site you link to only comes in white. Do you know where I can get black-colored netting like yours?

    • admin

      Hey Rich, I purchased my net from Amazon, but it looks like they may be out of black nets, at least from the pictures. I can’t remember if the net I purchased was actually black or they just sent me that particular color.

  • Useful information, many thanks to the author. It is puzzling to me now, but in general, the usefulness and importance is overwhelming. Very much thanks again and good luck.

  • Curtis

    I love your setup and plan on doing a similar one in my yard but I am concerned with the quality of the netting. Before I buy it from amazon, I was wondering if the ball ever travels through the net or if the net has ever torn. I have a beginners net with similar netting which tears easily (My guess is because of the tension), and I just want to make sure this is a smart purchase. Thanks!

    • admin

      Hey Curtis, thanks for the comment. I’ve had the same net behind my goal for 5 years now and it hasn’t ripped. Think of it this way, a 50 dollar net will be 1/5 the cost of a broken window. If you have any doubts, purchase a netting with a thicker gauge. Remember, you should leave slack it the net..having high tension on the net will have a higher chance of ripping. Another thing if you are worried about it ripping, bring the goal further away from the net if possible. 5 – 6 feet would be more than enough distance for any high school player.

      Good Luck!

  • Shay

    I am about to buy the net from amazon but just wondering did you get the 10′ by 10′ nylon net? Just making sure before I buy. And also what do you suggest using for the poles other than wood or pvc pipe?

    • admin

      Hello, sorry for the late reply. I used the 15′X25′. Bigger is better but you should check the size of your yard first and see what would work best. You can use aluminum poles, I think that would work well.

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