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Texas, Hotbeds and Sweet, Sweet Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics.

2 - Published March 7, 2013 by in Stick Tech
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Texas

I’m not messing with it; no sir. Back to the spring weekend routine and off to Austin I went, and without even a glance back. For those of you who have not been, it is truly a heartwarming place, especially for the funky and alternatively inclined. Friendly faces, nature, weird, music and deliciousness work as well together as a dog wagging its tail in Austin.

Like my previous two ventures, the first workshop was packed to the brim with 23 or so players. The second day in Austin had four for the traditional and eleven or so for the second mesh workshop there; on the third day in Houston, the mesh workshop had four or five and the traditional had about the same. The traditional workshop was especially unique in Houston, as we had a dad who finally realized his dream of stringing a traditional pocket and there was an original Sam in attendance (with the rounded shaft), which got the traddie makeover it deserved.

And, as always, the overwhelming support for the project continued in the Lone Star State; I’d like to thank as many as I can below with a quick blurb and image, below:

Thanks to awesome Jet Blue employee for photo *TSA-censor*

Thanks to awesome Jet Blue employee for photo *TSA-censor* – T is for Texas.

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Thank you Texas for your weather. MMM

Thanks to StickDoctor.net for all the goodies and awesome stringing supplies!

Thanks to StickDoctor.net for all the goodies and awesome stringing supplies! Odor Gladiator was along for the ride with a few giveaways, too (not pictured).

Featured, middle and working hard, in the black polo, is my new friend, Nick Coyne, of Chillax Customs in Ft. Worth. Nick helped all weekend and was awesome enough to drive me around! @chillax_customs

Featured, middle and working hard, in the black polo, is my new friend, Nick Coyne, of Chillax Customs in Ft. Worth. Nick helped all weekend and was awesome enough to drive me around! Instagram: @chillax_customs Also pictured, Trey Foster, in the red jacket, is an amazing HS player from St. Stephens who helped on Friday night.

Jason, left in white shirt, from Texas Box Lacrosse, helped out too. Bringing box to Texas? That plus all-year round playing weather = look out rest of country.

Jason, left in white shirt, from Texas Box Lacrosse, helped out too. Bringing box to Texas? That plus all-year round playing weather = look out rest of country.

Brett Schneider and family were especially gracious, and Brett got some complements on being a great teacher from one of the lax dads. Instagram: brettsky123

Brett Schneider and family were especially gracious, and Brett got some complements on being a great teacher from one of the lax dads. Instagram: brettsky123

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Lacrosse4All in Houston had an amazing turn out for traditional! A range of young and old made for the best Q and A so far.

ATX Pizza in North Austin supplied the venue and delicious pizza (even a vegan one for me); also featured at the table in front of me are Evan and Oliver, who both helped out. Instagram: @oliverdina

ATX Pizza in North Austin supplied the venue and delicious pizza (even a vegan one for me); also featured at the table in front of me are Evan and Oliver, who both helped out. Instagram: @oliverdina

Lacrosse4All with the warehouse style venue for mesh workshop (we had a little mini soccer ball battle after the workshops SHHH)

Lacrosse4All with the warehouse style venue for mesh workshop (we had a little mini soccer ball battle after the workshops SHHH); thanks to Caleb and Zach for helping out, and Anthony from Lax4All for setting it all up.

Special thanks to the Schneiders for putting us up, at our soccer fi...hotel room, in Houston!

Special thanks to the Schneiders for putting us up in our soccer fi…hotel room, in Houston!

Hotbeds

A quick note about the response I’ve been receiving in traditional hotbed areas of lacrosse vs. the up and coming areas: the up and coming areas have been super receptive to doing this workshop, gathering knowledge and spreading the word, but, in many of the hotbed areas, this has not been the case. I’m not sure if it’s due to saturation of lacrosse knowledge or that the way of getting your stick strung is more culturally ingrained into these areas, but I suspect the latter.

The pendulum swings out of reach for those who don’t keep swinging; I suspect, with the amount of information and coaching that is spreading across the country like wildfire, that many of the newer areas will catch up in no time, if some of them have not already.

A big hotbed this weekend in Long Island that has no registrations so far! Also doing a little workshop in NYC on Sunday night, which is still available for registration here, too. Share with some NY laxers!

Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics

For those of you who know me personally enough to know my musical tendencies, you know that I usually stick with the old stuff, the soul, the funky and the good feeling vibes. This band, who my buddy introduced me to, has that soul vibe I listen for in music; I’m just glad this type of music is still being made. And, fingers crossed, they might be playing a little show at my place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

Enjoy..

http://youtu.be/1z053CJUGKw

 

 

 

 

 

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