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06-01-2009, 08:03 PM
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Composite stick question

So, I play in a ball hockey league. For the last year and a half I've been playing in this other league that was played on gym floors. I used to use my one piece composite sticks there since... well, they worked rather well, and I was comfortable with them.

The new league I'm in plays on indoors on cement, though. I assume it'd be a horrible idea to switch back to the one pieces since the floor would just grind it down quickly (I'm using my old wood stick for now).

Would I be right to assume this? Or would using an old composite stick once a week for an hour not be the end of the world?

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06-01-2009, 09:23 PM
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It wouldn't be the end of the world necessarily, I play in an adult league sometimes at an outdoor rink with a concrete surface and alot of guys there use composite sticks. But if I were you I would go with wood, it will last you longer, they are cheaper to replace, and I done know about you just I think they feel better when playing on a concrete surface.

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If it's smooth concrete, you should be fine. And I can't imagine you would be playing on anything else.

Bring a woodie just in case, or even better anything with an ABS blade, but bring the composite too. If it's smooth concrete like in most garages, you should be fine using a composite stick.

If it's rough at all, don't use a composite.

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It would be way more cost effective to get a wooden shaft with a plastic blade. Plastic is the way to go for ball hockey, composite cant even compare.

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If it's smooth concrete, you should be fine. And I can't imagine you would be playing on anything else.

Bring a woodie just in case, or even better anything with an ABS blade, but bring the composite too. If it's smooth concrete like in most garages, you should be fine using a composite stick.

If it's rough at all, don't use a composite.
Yeah, it's smooth. I'm playing on an ice rink, without the ice. I'll probably bring an old stick that I haven't used for a while, just to see how it goes.

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Yeah, it's smooth. I'm playing on an ice rink, without the ice. I'll probably bring an old stick that I haven't used for a while, just to see how it goes.
If it's an ice rink with out the ice their shouldn't be a problem with grinding down a composite. The smooth concrete would probably grind it down less then ice.

Now if it was outdoor rink/street pavement type stuff that's a whole different story.

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As many have said, if it's indoors, the concrete should be sealed and very smooth, and your composite stick will survive just fine.

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I guess I'll try this tonight and see how it goes.

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I got my 1st composite stick 3-4 years ago, I played quite a bit with it and I started using it on the street last year and i still use it today. Obviously it's starting to show wear and tear on the heel of the stick, but playing on the street just about every other day, I consider it to still be in very good shape.

So I wouldn't worry about using it once a week for 1 hour...

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I got my 1st composite stick 3-4 years ago, I played quite a bit with it and I started using it on the street last year and i still use it today. Obviously it's starting to show wear and tear on the heel of the stick, but playing on the street just about every other day, I consider it to still be in very good shape.

So I wouldn't worry about using it once a week for 1 hour...
I don't think that's very smart...but if it works for you...what stick was it, and how much?

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I'm not sure about anything ball hockey, but I have a One90 shaft and Montreal M95 blade for outdoor shooting practice. It's a wood blade with ABS core and bottom so it holds up for a really long time yet stays stiff and is pretty cheap. Shoots great.

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do you guys tape the bottom of the stick for indoors play? or use a "blade tape" to grip the ball better?

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well, taping the bottom with black tape will mark the surface (dunno about white tho) and the tape will quickly wear off anyways

and i dont ever tape my sticks for ball/road hockey depending on the ball. If the ball is hard plastic, unyielding, then tape doesnt matter. BUT if the ball is soft and squeezable, then dont use tape, it 'grips' the ball way too much when you are shooting/passing and even stickhandling. The blade sort of slides over the ball.

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