When I was a kid I had an Amisco Warrior lacrosse stick. It was the first plastic mini sized stick for very young children. Amisco made adult sticks for a while but got out when STX and Brine got involved in costly litigation in the 70's. The company carved a niche with the mini stick for a while but also got into the goal business, by chance.
E.Stewart Friant, Jr. founded Amisco in 1966, but did not enter the lacrosse market with the Amisco Warrior detachable plastic lacrosse head until 1974. In 1976 a customer expressed the need to buy a goal which was less expensive than the popular heavy steel goals.
Just to satisfy the customer's immidiate needs Amisco fabricated what became the prototype for the 40,000 or so inexpensive galvanized goals found on fields today from Tokyo to Michigan. The evolution of products has included goals for lacrosse, box lacrosse and soccer, nets for all three, including "missed shot" nets for lacrosse and the new goal glove (patent pending) technology for easy net attachment. The founder's son Stewart Friant now runs Amisco from their new offices in Baltimore after moving from lacrosse breeding ground Cockeysville two years ago.
With a price tag of 200 bucks for the goal and net, a kid might even ask for one for christmas. At 400 plus, only schools would have them and some of them might opt not to. The truth is that I never owned one as a kid, but have one now. I reviewed it for this column, although theres not much to it. Any lacrosse player could put one together.
I also tested the Sav-UR back up net. In fact, I tested it alot. Its basically a wall of net that sits behind your practice goal so:
  1. You don't chase so many balls
  2. You don't lose so many balls
  3. You don't damage neighbor's houses
  4. You don't damage neighbors
The Sav-UR comes in a big box and is easily arranged on the ground for the recommended pre-assemby layout. I assembled mine alone and in a wooded setting. It's that easy but we recommend two assemblers and at least one adult. It's also a ton easier on a field or flat grassy yard! It's also easier to find a missed ball on a grassy surface so I needed a back up net badly in the woods. It has saved me at least 50 balls this summer alone. Balls were getting too expensive to aim for the corners anymore. It comes in two sizes: 30 feet at $150.00 and 50 feet at $180.00. Well worth it if you've ever replaced a neighbor's sliding patio glass door or never want to.
The Amisco goal is also pretty easy to assemble. An electric screwdriver is recommended to save time but this job is no problem for one person. Everything slips together before you have to screw anything. Once the goal is standing the screws are inserted and tightened and you're done. The goal is made from 1/16 inch galvanized steel tubing, has re-enforced corners and a rounded back for safety. It's about 200 bucks at LaxWorld, Bachrach, Lacrosse Unlimited and Commonwealth, but is also available from the Amisco website
The goal glove net is easy to lay out and basically wrap around the goal. Velcro straps are quick and easy. Be sure that the net and not the velcro absorbs the shots that hit the net where it meets the pipe. The velcro is plenty strong enough to hold the net together once it is wrapped around the pole but will break under the pressure of 60 mph+ shots if it the only thing holding the net to the pole. The picture to the left shows the wrong way. The Goal glove comes in three thicknesses ranging from 2.5 mm to 4.0 mm.
The cost is from 70 to 125 dollars. Even if you already have goals and need replacement nets the goal glove is recommended. It's resilient and rips less than tighter woven nets of the same thickness. We strung ours so tight it even kicks some of the balls back out of the net when we are shooting around. By the way Amisco also makes a ball return net. Maybe we'll test that one next time.