Price: from $15
One of the most passionate, lacrosse-minded people we met along the Grow The Game Tour was a gentleman named Kiva from Washington. While in Browning, MT, he met up with us to donate a whole bunch of gear he had collected for Kevin Flynn to pass out, while he worked to grow lacrosse there.
One of the items he had was the Cradlebaby. While we have heard of this before, we were excited to finally check it out and see what all the fuss was about.
The Cradlebaby is a brilliant idea, turned into a very simple and effective design. Take one lacrosse ball, add one lanyard, mix in some magic, and you have a Cradlebaby. Even more so then that, you have a great way to effectively practice all of your cradling, dodging, switching hands, faking, and any other move that you want to practice while indoors.
What we liked most about the Cradlebaby is that it allows, and aids anyone who wants to teach a group of future young lacrosse players some of the fundamentals of the game, without having to worry about losing time to pick the ball up off the ground every few seconds.
There are a lot of people, ourselves included, who initially raised their eyebrows at this statement.
Why wouldn’t we want our kids to learn to pick up groundballs? Well there is the obvious answer of being indoors and not wanting kids to flail around with their sticks, but also the fact that a lot of very young kids could benefit greatly from taking some time with the Cradlebaby to learn basic things, like cradling, without having to focus on scooping the ball up all the time when they drop it.
The Cradlebaby describes itself as, The most effective way to improve your stick work by getting the most repetitions through increased training time. No more chasing the ball. No more dark practices. Lacrosse training, meet the indoors.
Want to see more on the Cradlebaby? Check out this demo video from the Cradlebaby website featuring the most adorable little lacrosse player you’ll ever meet.
Overall, the Cradlebaby is a very simple new tool that could help laxers of all ages hone their cradling techniques and other moves which require the ball to remain in your stick. At the very least, it will give parents some additional confidence and hope that their lacrosse playing children won’t break everything in the house.
Editor’s Note: Since this isn’t your typical piece of gear, we didn’t want to use our traditional 10-point scale. Occasionally we will come across products like that which are hard to rate, at the time, we will include it in our Gear Showcase series. Please know that just because it doesn’t have a 10-point rating, doesn’t mean we haven’t thoroughly checked it out. Enjoy!