Title:
Lacrosse Head With Separable Parts
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A lacrosse stick comprising a lacrosse head and a lacrosse handle. The head comprises a scoop removably attached to a throat. The scoop and the throat can be disassembled from one another to allow replacement of the individual components of the head. The head can comprise a throat, a scoop, and first and second sidewalls connecting the throat to the scoop. Each sidewall can include a top support spaced from a bottom support. A removable stanchion can be spaced between one of the top supports and one of the bottom supports. The scoop can include a molded first armature attached to a second molded armature wherein the second molded armature can be positioned substantially between the first molded armature and the throat. A handle can be integrally connected to the head. The throat can be molded with the handle such that the handle can be inseparable from the throat.



Inventors:
Macneil, Ron (Milton, CA)
Gait, Paul (Altamont, NY, US)
Application Number:
11/672958
Publication Date:
01/31/2008
Filing Date:
02/09/2007
Assignee:
J. DEBEER & SON, INC. (Guilderland, NY, US)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B59/02
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Primary Examiner:
CHAMBERS, MICHAEL S
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PATTERSON Intellectual Property Law, P.C. (NASHVILLE, TN, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A lacrosse head comprising: a throat; a scoop; first and second side walls connecting the throat to the scoop, each side wall including a top support spaced from a bottom support; and at least one removable stanchion spaced between one of the top supports to one of the bottom supports.

2. The lacrosse head of claim 1, wherein: the at least one removable sidewall stanchion includes at least one protuberance; and one of the bottom supports includes at least one opening shaped to accept the protuberance.

3. The lacrosse head of claim 1, wherein: the at least one removable sidewall stanchion includes at least one protuberance; and one of the top supports includes at least one opening shaped to accept the protuberance.

4. The lacrosse head of claim 1, wherein the first and second side walls are removably connected to the scoop and to the throat.

5. The lacrosse head of claim 1, wherein the scoop further includes a first armature attached to a second armature, the second armature positioned substantially between the first armature and the throat.

6. The lacrosse head of claim 5, wherein the second armature includes a plurality of apertures positioned to secure threads of a lacrosse pocket.

7. A lacrosse head comprising: a throat; a first side wall connected to the throat; a second side wall connected to the throat opposite the first side wall; and a scoop connected to the first and second side walls, the scoop further includes a first armature attached to a second armature, the second armature positioned substantially between the first armature and the throat.

8. The lacrosse head of claim 7, wherein the second armature includes a plurality of apertures positioned to secure threads of a lacrosse pocket.

9. The lacrosse head of claim 7, wherein the scoop further includes a first end and a second end and the first armature is attached to the second armature at the first and second ends.

10. The lacrosse head of claim 9, wherein the first armature is attached to the second armature between the first and second ends.

11. A lacrosse stick comprising a handle; and a lacrosse head integrally connected to the handle.

12. The lacrosse stick of claim 11, the lacrosse head further including a throat wherein the handle is molded to the throat.

13. The lacrosse stick of claim 11, the lacrosse head further including a throat wherein the handle is inseparable from the throat.

14. The lacrosse stick of claim 11, the lacrosse head further including a throat wherein the handle and the throat form a single element of the lacrosse stick.

15. The lacrosse stick of claim 11, the lacrosse head further including a scoop, a first side wall and a second side wall, the first and second side walls removably connecting the throat to the scoop.

16. The lacrosse stick of claim 15, wherein the first and second side walls are rotatively connect to the throat and to the scoop.

17. A lacrosse head comprising: a throat; a scoop; first and second side walls connecting the throat to the scoop, each side wall including a top support spaced from a bottom support; and each top support is composed a first material and each bottom support is composed of a second material.

18. The lacrosse head of claim 17, wherein the first material is composite.

19. The lacrosse head of claim 17, wherein the second material is composite.

20. The lacrosse head of claim 17, wherein the first and second side walls are removably connected to the scoop and to the throat.

21. A lacrosse head comprising: a throat; a scoop; first and second side walls connecting the throat to the scoop, each side wall composed of composite material.

22. The lacrosse head of claim 21, each side wall further including a top support spaced from a bottom support.

23. The lacrosse head of claim 21, wherein the top support is composed of composite material.

24. The lacrosse head of claim 21, wherein the bottom support is composed of composite material.

25. The lacrosse head of claim 21, wherein the first and second side walls are removably connected to the scoop and to the throat.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCES TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a Continuation application which claims benefit of co-pending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/459,844 filed Jul. 25, 2006, entitled “Lacrosse Head With Separable Parts” which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.

A portion of the disclosure of this patent document contains material that is subject to copyright protection. The copyright owner has no objection to the facsimile reproduction by anyone of the patent document or the patent disclosure, as it appears in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patent file or records, but otherwise reserves all copyright rights whatsoever.

All patents and publications described or discussed herein are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

It will be appreciated by those of ordinary skill in the art that lacrosse is a fast growing sport. It will further be appreciated that lacrosse sticks, which comprise a lacrosse head and a handle, are essential to playing a game of lacrosse. The lacrosse head is a collection, catching, or basket-type, element that attaches to the end of the handle. The lacrosse head is usually molded from polymers, such as duPont Xytel brand nylon. The lacrosse head has an open, or upper, side for catching and discharging a ball and a lower side to which a net or pocket is attached for holding the ball. Traditionally, a lacrosse head has a throat section that includes a ball stop for impacting a ball and a socket for receiving the handle. Traditionally, sidewalls are integrally form to the throat section proximate the ball stop and are integrally form to a scoop, or lip, distal from the throat section.

In the game of lacrosse, the lacrosse head, in combination with the handle, is used to catch the ball, hold the ball, and pass or shoot the ball. To this end, there have been several attempts to improve the lacrosse head and handle components of the lacrosse stick in order to enhance the playing of lacrosse.

For example, U.S. Pat. No. 6,723,134 discloses the use of a multi-component lacrosse stick head having overlays strategically located on the base structure of the lacrosse head. The base structure in this patent is of solid unitary structure that includes overlays attached to various locations in the unitary base structure. As such, this patent does not facilitate the individual replacement of the structural components of the lacrosse head.

Also, U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2004/0058758 discloses a lacrosse head having a frame and an articulated member moveably coupled to the frame. This member depends from the sides of the lacrosse head wherein the scoop sidewalls and throat of this lacrosse head are an inseparable structural unit.

These and other patents fail to recognize the utility in a lacrosse head having separable sections such that individual sections of the lacrosse head and stick can be individually replaced as various components weaken, fail, or are redesign with future improvements. Further, these patents fail to recognize the benefits of having different parts of the lacrosse head made of differing materials.

What is needed, then, is a lacrosse stick that comprises separable pieces such that various elements of a lacrosse head and stick can be individually separated from one another. Further, this needed lacrosse stick can have at least two separable pieces that can be individually disassembled and replaced as the need arises. This improved design can allow for customization of the lacrosse stick, including various aspects of a lacrosse head and lacrosse handle that correspond to a specific user's needs. Additionally, an individual user can customize their lacrosse stick for individual usages, such as reconfiguring the lacrosse stick for a practice or game situations, and to better facilitate a skills competition or other desired modifications. This improved design can also allow for various traditional lacrosse pockets to be pre-strung such that if a pocket breaks within the course of usage, the entire lacrosse stick does not have to be replaced or restrung at that point. This improved design also allows for easier molding and production of parts from the same or differing materials. This improved design allows a user to be able to place a desired scoop, pocket, sidewall, throat, and stick in differing combinations. This improved design allows the construction of an open sidewall using a much simpler molding or winding process. This improved design provides rotating upper and/or lower rails to improve ball control, improve pocket control, and increase pocket depth. This needed lacrosse stick is presently lacking in the art.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to lacrosse sports equipment. More particularly, the present invention relates to an improved lacrosse stick.

Disclosed herein is lacrosse stick comprising a lacrosse head and a handle. The lacrosse comprises a scoop removably attached to a throat. The scoop and the throat can be disassembled from one another to allow replacement of the individual components of the lacrosse head. Also included is a lacrosse head comprising a throat, a scoop, and first and second sidewalls connecting the throat to the scoop. Each sidewall includes a top support spaced from the bottom support. At least one removable stanchion can be spaced between one of the top supports and one of the bottom supports.

The lacrosse head can comprise a throat, first and second sidewalls connected to the throat, and a scoop connected to the first and second sidewalls. The scoop further includes a molded first armature attached to a second molded armature wherein the second molded armature can be positioned substantially between the first molded armature and the throat.

The lacrosse stick can comprise a lacrosse head integrally connected to the handle. The throat of the lacrosse head can be molded with the handle such that the handle can be inseparable from the throat.

In a preferred embodiment, the lacrosse head comprises a throat removably attached to a scoop. The throat and scoop are removably attached to one another to facilitate the separation of the components of the lacrosse head. Also, included are first and second sidewalls each including a throat end and a scoop end. The throat end of each sidewall can be removably attached to the throat and the scoop end of each sidewall can be removably attached to the scoop. As such, in this embodiment, the throat, the first and second sidewalls, and the scoop are removably attached to one another. Additionally, the first and second sidewalls can be rotatively attached to the throat and the scoop. As such, the individual sidewalls can rotate relative to the throat or rotate relative to the scoop. Preferably the sidewalls can rotate relative to both the throat and the scoop.

In an alternative embodiment, the first and second sidewalls further include a top and a bottom support. Each top support can be rotatively attached to the scoop and to the throat and each bottom support can be rotatively attached to the scoop and to the throat.

The scoop includes a first end having first top and bottom fasteners and a second end having second top and bottom fasteners. The throat includes a first end having first top and bottom fasteners and a second end having second top and bottom fasteners. The first top support of the first sidewall can be rotatively attached to each first top fastener while the first bottom support of the first sidewall can be rotatively attached to each first bottom fastener. The second top support of the second sidewall can be rotatively attached to each second top fastener and the second bottom support of the second sidewall can be rotatively attached to each second bottom fastener. Additionally, each top support can be removably attached to the scoop and the throat independent of the attachment of each bottom support to the scoop and to the throat. Additionally, each top support can be rotatively attached to the scoop or to the throat independent of the rotatable attachment of each bottom support to the scoop or to the throat.

Alternately, each sidewall can include at least one removable sidewall stanchion positioned between the top support and the bottom support. The removable sidewall stanchion can include at least one protuberance and either the top support or the bottom support can include at least one opening shaped to accept the protuberance.

In an alternate embodiment, the scoop further includes a first molded armature attached to a second molded armature. The second molded armature can be positioned substantially between the first molded armature and the throat. The second molded includes a plurality of apertures positioned to secure threads to the lacrosse head pocket.

In an alternate embodiment the lacrosse head further includes first and second top supports and first and second bottom supports positioned between the throat and the scoop. The first and second top supports are fixed to the throat and removably attached to the scoop while the first and second bottom supports are fixed to the scoop and removably attached to the throat. As such the combination of a removable scoop fixed to the bottom supports, wherein the bottom supports are removably attached to the throat, facilitates a quick replacement of a preassembled lacrosse pocket when the preassembled lacrosse pocket is attached to the removable scoop and bottom supports. The scoop and the bottom supports can be designed to correspond directly to top supports and a throat to result in an overall lacrosse head.

The first and second bottom supports can include a plurality of apertures positioned to secure threads of a lacrosse pocket.

It is therefore a general object of the present invention to provide a lacrosse stick having separable parts.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a lacrosse head having separable parts.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a lacrosse head having a throat that is separable from the scoop.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a lacrosse head having a scoop, sidewalls and a throat that are removably attached.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a lacrosse head having sidewalls rotatively connected to the scoop and the throat of the lacrosse head.

Yet still another object of the present invention is to provide a lacrosse head having multiple removable sections whereby a lacrosse pocket can be easily replaced.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a lacrosse stick having an integral head and handle.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a lacrosse stick having an integral throat and handle.

Yet object of the present invention is to provide a lacrosse head having sidewalls rotatively connected to the scoop and throat to allow a lacrosse pocket to be manually adjusted.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a lacrosse head having removable supporting members positioned between top and bottom side rails.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a scoop having multiple structural components wherein the attachment of the cross-netting to the scoop is spaced from the end of the scoop.

And yet another object of the present invention is to provide a lacrosse head having removable clips facilitating the replacement of a lacrosse net.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide an open sidewall design that can be made such that the upper rail is one material and the lower rail is another material with each rail being more easily molded, manufactured and/or made from a fiber composite material.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a rotating upper rail that can improve ball control, pocket control, and pocket depth.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a rotating lower rail that can improve ball control, pocket control, and pocket depth.

Numerous other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art, upon the reading of the following disclosure, when viewed in conjunction with the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a top view of a lacrosse stick made in accordance with the current disclosure.

FIG. 2 is a side view of a lacrosse head made in accordance with the current disclosure.

FIG. 3 is a top view of the lacrosse head shown in FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a partial side view of a lacrosse head made in accordance with the current invention.

FIG. 5 is a top partial view of a lacrosse stick made in accordance with the current invention. FIG. 5 shows the lacrosse head and handle assembled.

FIG. 6 shows an expanded view of the lacrosse head shown in FIG. 5. FIG. 6 shows an example of the integral nature of the throat and handle of the lacrosse stick.

FIG. 7 is a side view of the lacrosse head shown in FIG. 5.

FIG. 8 is an expanded side view of the lacrosse head shown in FIG. 7.

FIG. 9A is a cross-sectional view of the lacrosse head shown in FIG. 7 taken along line 9-9.

FIG. 9B is an alternate cross-sectional view of a lacrosse head taken along line 9-9.

FIG. 9C is another alternate cross-sectional view of a lacrosse head taken along line 9-9.

FIG. 10A is an embodiment of a connection end used to connect the components of the lacrosse head.

FIG. 10B is an alternate embodiment of a connection end used to connect the components of the lacrosse head.

FIG. 10C is another alternate embodiment of a connection end used to connect the components of the lacrosse head.

FIG. 11 is an expanded side view of an alternate embodiment of a lacrosse head wherein the bottom sidewalls are affixed to the scoop and the top sidewalls are affixed to the throat.

FIG. 12 is a top view of the lacrosse head shown in FIG. 11.

FIG. 13 is a partial cross-sectional view showing one of the removable stanchions positioned between the top and bottom side rails.

FIG. 14 is a detailed view of an embodiment of the stanchion and an embodiment of the protuberance and the interaction of this protuberance with an opening in one of the sidewalls.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring generally now to FIGS. 1-14, a lacrosse stick is shown and generally designated by the numeral 10. The lacrosse stick 10 comprises a handle 11 or 12 and a lacrosse head 14. The lacrosse stick 10 is used to manipulate a lacrosse ball 16 during the game of lacrosse. The lacrosse ball 16 is usually held, controlled, and transferred with the aid of a lacrosse net 18, which can also be described as a lacrosse pocket 18. The lacrosse net 18 normally comprises various threads 19 that are attached to the lacrosse head 14 and compiled to form the lacrosse net 18.

In a first embodiment, the lacrosse stick 10 comprises a handle 12 integrally connected to the lacrosse head 14. In this embodiment the handle 12 can be formed as a part of the lacrosse head 14. For example, the handle 12 and the lacrosse head 14 can be molded together to form a single piece. The handle 12 can be molded together with the throat 20 of the lacrosse head 14. As such, the handle 12 can be described as being inseparable from the throat 20, or the handle 12 and the throat 20 can be described as forming a single element of the lacrosse stick 10. Alternately, the lacrosse stick 10 can include a handle 11 that can be attached to the lacrosse head 14 in a conventional manner. This handle 11 can be separated from the lacrosse head 14.

In another embodiment, the lacrosse head 14 further includes a scoop 22, a first sidewall 24 and a second sidewall 26. The first and second sidewalls 24 and 26 are connected to the scoop 22 to the throat 20. The first and second sidewalls 24 and 26 can be removably attach the scoop 22 to the throat 20 such that the throat 20 and/or handle 11 or 12 of the lacrosse stick 10 can be separated from the scoop 22, first sidewall 24, and second sidewall 26. The first and second sidewalls 24 and 26 can also be rotatively connected to the throat 20 and scoop 22 to allow rotative motion of the first and second sidewalls 24 and 26 relative to the throat 20 and scoop 22.

In an alternate embodiment, the lacrosse head 14 comprises a throat 20 removably attached to a scoop 22. The lacrosse head 14 can be designed such that the throat 20 can be separated from the scoop 22. This removable attachment allows replacement of individual components of a lacrosse head 14 as these components are used and experience wear and/or failure.

The lacrosse head 14, which can be molded from polymers, including various types of plastic, can further include a first sidewall 24 having a throat end 28 and a scoop end 30. The throat end 28 can be removably attached to the throat 20 while the scoop end 30 can be removably attached to the scoop 22. Additionally, a second sidewall 26 can be positioned opposite the first sidewall 24. The second sidewall 26 includes a throat end 32 and a scoop end 34. The throat end 32 can be removably attached to the throat 20 while the scoop end 34 can be removably attached to the scoop 22. The removable attachment between the various elements of the lacrosse head, namely the throat 20, scoop 22, first sidewall 24, and second sidewall 26, facilitates the separation of these parts of the lacrosse head 14 by a user of the lacrosse head 14.

The first sidewall 24 further includes a first top support 36 and a first bottom support 38. The second sidewall 26 further includes a second top support 40 and a second bottom support 42. The scoop 22 includes a first end 44 having a first top fastener 46 and a first bottom fastener 48 and a second end 50 having a second top fastener 52 and a second bottom fastener 54. The throat 20 includes a first end 56 having a first top fastener 58 and a first bottom fastener 60 and a second end 62 having a second top fastener 64 and a second bottom fastener 66.

Preferably, the first top support 36 can be removably attached to the scoop 22 independent of the removable attachment of the first bottom support 38 and the scoop 22. The first top support 36 can be removably attached to the throat 20 independent of the removable attachment of the first bottom support 38 to the throat 20. The second top support 40 can be removably attached to the scoop 22 independent of the removable attachment of the second bottom support 42 to the scoop 22. The second top support 40 can be removably attached to the throat 20 independent of the removable attachment of the second bottom support 42 to the throat 20. Alternately stated, the first top support 36 can be removably attached to the scoop 22 and the throat 20 independent of the removable attachment of the first bottom support 38 to the scoop 22 and the throat 20. Correspondingly, the second top support 40 can be removably attached to the scoop 22 and the throat 20 independent of the removable attachment of the second bottom support 42 to the scoop 22 and throat 20. This is best illustrated in FIGS. 2, 3, 4, 7, and 8.

Additionally, the first top support 36 of the first sidewall 24 can be rotatively attached to each first top fastener 46 and 58. The first bottom support 38 of the first sidewall 24 can be rotatively attached to each first bottom fastener 48 and 60. The second top support 40 of the second sidewall 26 can be rotatively attached to each second top fastener 52 and 64. The second bottom support 42 of the second sidewall 26 can be rotatively attached to each second bottom fastener 54 and 66. As such, the supports can be rotatively attached to the scoop 22 and throat 20.

Each sidewall 24 and 26 of the lacrosse head 14 can include at least one removable sidewall stanchion 70 positioned between the top support 36 or 40 and the bottom support 38 or 42, respectively. The removable sidewall stanchion 70 can span the distance between the top support 36 or 40 and the bottom support 38 or 42. Alternately, the stanchion 70 can engage just one of the supports 36, 38, 40, or 42 and be spaced from the corresponding support 36, 38, 40, or 42.

Preferably, the removable sidewall stanchion 70 includes at least one protuberance 72 and one of the supports 36, 38, 40, or 42 includes an opening 74 shaped to accept the protuberance 72. The top supports 36 and 40 contain the opening 74 that can be shaped to accept the protuberance 72. This interaction between the opening 74 and the protuberance 72 can be best seen in FIGS. 13 and 14. The opening 74 and protuberance 72 can specifically be shaped with angles 76 and 78 as well as a notch 80 to facilitate the removable nature of the stanchion 70 with respect to the support 36, 38, 40, or 42. Other designs and shapes of the opening 74 and protuberance 72 can be used to facilitate this interaction and remain within the inventive scope of this disclosure.

The scoop 22 can further include a first armature 82 attached to a second armature 84 wherein the second armature 84 can be positioned substantially between the first armature 82 and the throat 20. The second armature 84 can include a plurality of apertures 86 positioned to secure the threads 19 of a lacrosse pocket 18. The first end 44 of the scoop 22 can include an attachment between the first armature 82 and a second armature 84. The second end 50 of the scoop 22 can include an attachment between the first armature 82 and the second armature 84. Alternately stated, the first armature 82 and second armature 84 can be attached at the first and second ends 44 and 50 of the scoop 22.

This type of attachment facilitates at least one scoop opening 88 that can reduce the weight of the scoop 22, and the overall lacrosse head 14, without substantially compromising the integrity of the scoop 22 of the lacrosse head 14. The scoop opening 88 can be sized such that a ball 16 cannot pass through the scoop opening 88. Additionally, the first armature 82 can be attached to the second armature 84 between the first and second ends 44 and 50. This intermediary attachment facilitates the structural integrity of the scoop 22 and lacrosse head 14, while facilitating multiple scoop openings 88 that are sized to retain the lacrosse ball 16 within the lacrosse head 14.

In an alternate embodiment, the throat end 28 of the first sidewall 24 can be rotatively connected to the throat 20 while the scoop end 30 of the first sidewall 24 can be rotatively connected to the scoop 22. The throat end 32 of the second sidewall 26 can be rotatively connected to the throat 20 and the scoop end 34 of the second sidewall 26 can be rotatively connected to the scoop 22. This rotative connection between the sidewalls 24 and 26 and the throat 20 and scoop 22 facilitates adjustment of the sidewalls 24 and 26 relative to the throat 20 and scoop 22. This adjustment can allow a user of the lacrosse head 14 to make specific adjustments to the shape of the lacrosse head 14, including the footprint and perimeter of the lacrosse head 14, as well as adjustments to the lacrosse pocket 18.

For example the lacrosse pocket 18 can be attached to the bottom supports 38 and 42 of the first and second sidewalls 24 and 26, respectively. As such, rotation of the bottom supports 38 and 42 can vary the depth 17 of the lacrosse pocket 18, which in turn facilitates adjustments in the shot accuracy, consistency, and speed of a ball 16 from the lacrosse head 14. Additionally, rotation of the top supports 46 and 40 can vary the top opening plane 15 of the lacrosse head 14. This adjustment once again can allow a user of the lacrosse head 14 to facilitate adjustments various shot making characteristics of the lacrosse head 14 and pocket 18 during the use of the lacrosse head 14.

Preferably, each sidewall 24 and 26 can be rotatable relative to the scoop 22 and throat 20 independent of the other sidewall 24 or 26. Each support 36, 38, 40, and 42 can also be rotatable relative to the throat 20 and scoop 22 independent of the other supports 36, 38, 40, and 42. Additionally, the sidewalls 24 and 26 can be removably attached to the throat 20 and scoop 22 while being rotatively connected to the throat 20 and scoop 22. In a most preferred embodiment, the supports 36, 38, 40 and 42 are removably attached to the throat 20 and scoop 22 while being rotatively connected to the throat 20 and scoop 22.

In an alternate embodiment, a lacrosse head 14 comprises a throat 100 removably attached to a scoop 102. First and second top supports 104 and 106 and first and second bottom supports 108 and 110 are positioned between the throat 100 and scoop 102. The first and second top supports 104 and 106 are fixed to the throat 100 and removably attached to the scoop 102. First and second bottom supports 108 and 110 are fixed to the scoop 102 and removably attached to the throat 100.

As best seen in FIGS. 11 and 12, this configuration removably attaches the throat 100 to the scoop 102 to facilitate separation of the throat 100 from the scoop 102. This configuration also facilitates the replacement of a lacrosse pocket 18 that can be prestrung, or pre-attached, to the scoop 102, first bottom support 108 and second bottom support 110. As such, speedy replacement of a lacrosse pocket 18 that comprises a potion of an overall lacrosse head 14 can readily be accomplished.

The fact that the throat 100 can be fixed to top supports 102 and 106 and scoop 102 can be fixed to bottom supports 108 and 110 facilitates increased stability in the lacrosse head 14. However, the flexibility of having detachable portions of a lacrosse head 14 can still be realized.

In this embodiment the lacrosse head 14 can include a separable handle 11 or an integral handle 12. If the handle 12 is integral to the lacrosse head 14, this handle 12 can be inseparable from the throat 100.

The bottom supports 38, 42, 108, and 110 can include a plurality of apertures 86 that are positioned to secure threads 19 of a lacrosse pocket 18. The stringing of the threads 19 of a lacrosse pocket 18 onto the bottom supports 38 and 42 or 108 and 110 allow a removal of those supports and the scoop 22 from the remainder of the lacrosse head 14. This removal of the scoop 22 and supports 38 and 42 or 108 and 110 facilitates a quick and easy replacement of the lacrosse pocket 18. For example, a second combination of bottom supports 38 and 42 or 108 and 110 in combination with a second scoop 22 facilitates the preassembly of a lacrosse pocket 18 on that second combination such that the lacrosse pocket 18 can quickly be replaced or repaired during a short pause in the action of a lacrosse game. This quick repair or replacement can carry over to the lacrosse stick 10 when the separable elements of the lacrosse stick 10 are in need of attention.

Each sidewall 24 and 26 can include engaging ends 94 that are designed to engage the fasteners 46, 48, 52, 54, 58, 60, 64, and 66 of the throat 20 and scoop 22. FIGS. 10A-10C show various examples of the engaging ends 94 that can be used to removably attach the elements of the lacrosse head 14. These engaging ends 94 have various contours and projections that can be used to removably engage the various fasteners of the throat 20 and scoop 22. Alternatively, the throat 20 and scoop 22 can include the projections shown in FIGS. 10A-10C while the sidewalls 24 and 26 include orifices, or fasteners, that accept the various protrusions to removably engage the throat 20 and scoop 22 to the sidewalls 24 and 26. Alternately stated, the ends of the sidewalls 24 and 26 can be inserted into the scoop 22 and throat 20 to secure the sidewalls 24 and 26 to the throat 20 and the scoop 22, respectively. Alternately, ends of the throat 20 and scoop 22 can be inserted into the sidewalls 24 and 26 to removably secure the throat 20 and scoop 22 to the sidewalls 24 and 26.

For example, as shown in FIGS. 2-8, an engaging end 94 can removably engage one of the fasteners of the throat 20 or scoop 22 through insertion of the engaging end 94 in to the fastener. The engaging end 94 can include a projection 95 that engages a clasping orifice 96 on one of the ends 44, 50, 56, or 62 of the throat 20 or scoop 22. The clasping orifice 96 can expose the projection 95 such that the projection 95 can be depressed and allowed to slide back through the fastener such that the sidewall 24 or 26 can be separated from the throat 20 or scoop 22. As seen in FIGS. 3 and 5, the engaging ends 94 of the second side 26 are shown in a partially exposed view to facilitate the explanation of the interaction between the engaging ends 94 and fasteners of the scoop 22 and throat 20. Specifically, the projections 95 are shown internally engaging the clasping orifices 96.

The ability to form sidewalls 24 and 26 from two pieces also facilitates more flexibility in the manufacture of the lacrosse head. Traditional open sidewalls can create molding challenges and make the use of composites in the construction of those open side walls and the overall lacrosse head difficult. This is due to the problems associated with attempting to create holes or openings in fiber once it is form.

The provision of two part sidewalls allows each piece of the sidewall to be made independently and then combined to create the open sidewalls. Thus, any mold used to make the fiber sidewalls would not have to create the entire opening or hole of the combined sidewall. Further, fibers used in a composite material would not have to be placed through the mold hole. Additionally, this facilitates the upper rail and lower rails being made of differing materials.

For instance, the lower rail could be made of Zytel while the lower rail could be made of a composite material. Additionally, while present heads are usually molded to create a unitary scoop, sidewalls, and throat, the present invention allows these pieces to be made separately thereby easing the manufacturing process along the same lines as the individual sidewalls.

Thus, although there have been described particular embodiments of the present invention of a new and useful Lacrosse Head With Separable Parts, it is not intended that such references be construed as limitations upon the scope of this invention except as set forth in the following claims.