Buying a Lacrosse Wall Rebounder for the Beginner: Simple Pointers
A lacrosse wall rebounder is a small inflatable device on which shots are taken. The ball bounces off the wall and back to the player, helping them develop their skills in shooting, passing, and catching. More experienced players may find it difficult to use these devices to practice certain techniques because they are very small and do not provide the amount of power necessary for those level of drills.
The first consideration is whether or not a lacrosse wall rebounder is required and how much it will cost. Rebounders are generally sold in two types, utility and competitive. Utility rebounders are for practicing basic skills and require more small shots to become proficient. Competitive rebounders are for more skilled players who want a professional-looking product that mimics the professional-level game. The former are generally cheaper, smaller and used by beginners while the latter is used by more experienced players who want a professional-like experience.
An easy way to tell from the price if it is a utility or competitive rebounder is to consider the ramp, which means whether it’s horizontal or vertical position is different for each model. If it’s on a smaller speed setting, then it probably belongs to the utility category.
Although most rebounders are rated up to certain weight capacities, it is crucial that you purchase one of adequate strength. Too heavy and you can get more bruises than you want, while not enough and you will find yourself having problems with excessive stress on the door frame and floor pad that can make the rebounder unusable.
Again, competitive rebounders are generally bigger than utility rebounders. As a general rule, the latter is better if you want to practice shooting more frequently and the former is better if you want something that simulates professional lacrosse games.
A very important consideration is that of price. You definitely do not have to buy the most expensive rebounder on the market to practice lacrosse because it will be sufficient to use a cheaper one sold at a departmental store as long as it has all the features listed above (except for ramp).
Besides price, the challenge with rebounders comes down to durability. Lacrosse is a contact sport, so any injury can be serious. That is why you should carefully consider whether or not a rebounder will stand up over time and whether or not it has been made sturdy enough to withstand the beating that it will take from eager young players who are practicing their skills.
If you have a rebounder with an inflatable mattress, regularly inflate it once a year to make sure that air remains inside and the surface does not become too hard and sturdy for soft balls to bounce off.