We've selected 10 pockets from 8 finalists in the HUGE HYPE STRINGING CONTEST and will now narrow the field down to 3 for Gary Gait and Chris Heim to try! Look for those results in March! Feel free to make comment this week on the finalist pockets. It may influence our decision.

WARNING: Ovens, lighters, matches, knives, and other tools used in lacrosse stringing can be dangerous when not properly used. Tell your parents exactly what your plans are before using dangerous objects.

Pocket #1     Submitted by Max McCool of Vienna, VA






Pocket #2     Submitted by Chris Whitworth








Pocket #3     Submitted by Chris Pieczonka







Pocket #4     Submitted by Andrew Cain

This pocket consists of 2 dura mesh halves on the sides with a Tracker pocket piece down the middle. But what makes mine special is that I used the opposite (nylon) side of the tracker piece so the ball rolls easily giving the smoothest release with the hold of mesh on the sides. In addition, when we connected the mesh to the Tracker, the string never crosses the front of the tracker piece. By doing this it allows the ball to release smoother than anything I've ever seen and strait down the middle. By connecting the mesh directly to the sidewall as it slopes up towards the throat the pocket wraps around the ball perfectly giving great hold. Two soft hockey lace V strings allows for great accuracy without cutting down on the smoothness. Top it off with a nylon shooter on the top to make sure the ball releases with power. All in all, a great pocket. - Andrew





Pocket #5     Submitted by Chris Smith





Pocket #6     Submitted by Oman Frame






Pocket #7     Submitted by Brad Lloyd

What I did was wind the pocket string at the top of the stick so that the leathers stay very close together at the top and spread at the bottom. The leathers create a natural V channel. Instead of Traditional diamonds, I used the same sort of idea as the Dog track, but did not wind all the way down. To make use of the hype's unique sidewall, I made vertical side walls allowing the pocket to move freely up and down. This "floating pocket" provides a great cushion when catching. - Brad






Pocket #8     Submitted by Andrew Peacock






Pocket #9     Also submitted by Andrew Peacock





Pocket #10     Also submitted by Andrew Peacock





Pocket #11*     Submitted by Marcus Kirby




*late entry - mail was late in snow, but postmarked on time and we liked it.


Thanks to all for participating. We'll announce the two finalists on March 1! Send your comments on the pockets to john@tonabricks.com!

February 17, 2003




THE RULES WERE...
Create an innovative string job just for the new STX and enter to win a or a and a couple new from STX. And get your string job published on !

Just use a digital or a regular and a and then e-mail at least three good of the and your string job to !


THE PRIZES

A Gary Gait signed STX G-Force and...



two unstrung STX Hype heads and...


your choice of the STX Aquaphile jacket...


OR the STX Entrant jacket!


Our judges are Chris Heim of STX, John Weaver of E-Lacrosse, and GARY GAIT of STX! Pictures of your Hype pockets must be postmarked or e-mailed to us by February 15, 2003 (preferably in .jpg. .gif or .bmp format). We will then send out unstrung Hypes to the top three and they will string them with their pocket and send them back within a month for Gary and the other judges to try out for the final judging! All three finalists will win two Hype heads and have their pockets published by E-Lacrosse! The winner takes home a G-Force signed by Gary Gait and chooses between an STX Aquaphile jacket or an STX Entrant Jacket! We will announce the final winner on May 1, 2003. You can buy an unstrung Hype right here at the E-Lacrosse Store for only $69.99 BUT, no E-Lacrosse purchase is neccessary. You do have to at least borrow a Hype from a friend for long enough to string it and take pictures. It's a Hype stringing contest so, Yes, you have to have access to a Hype to participate. Be fully prepared to write all your steps and take more photos if you are the winner!

E-mail entries can be sent to john@tonabricks.com

or

Regular mail entries can be sent to:
E-Lacrosse Contest
P.O. Box 442
Glen Echo, MD 20812



PICTURE KEY

= Picture

= Digital Camera

= Film Camera

= Scanner

= STX Hype

= E-Lacrosse