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I just got an e-mail from someone who is having problems getting a lacrosse ball to fit into his Paul Fox cups.

Here is a quote from my favorite piece of misinformation -- Wikipedia. In this case, they are spot on.

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A lacrosse ball is the solid rubber ball that is used to play lacrosse. It is typically white, but can be many other colors. It is usually between 7.75 and 8 inches (19-20 cm) in circumference (about 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) in diameter) and weighs between 5 and 5.25 ounces (140-150 g).


A difference in 1/4 inch in circumference translates into a difference of .079 inches. That's a pretty big difference.

ALWAYS take your cups with you when fitting them for loads.
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You know, in my little area of tennessee, I cant find lacrosse balls for sale at all. I've been to several sporting goods stores and zip
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You have to find an area where people play lacrosse. It's popular down here. If you go out of town and can find a really big sporting goods store, like Dick's Sports, they may have Lacrosse balls.

If you purchase them over the internet, you may have to purchase a dozen to get three that fit correctly.
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You're only about 70 miles from Knoxville. That's what, about a 20 minute drive? Smile

There's a Dick's Sports in Knoxville.
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Theres a DICKS sports in a town a few miles away. but they don't have any lacrosse stuff at all
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I've been to several Dick's Sports and only one of them had lacrosse balls.
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That's what a telephone is for. You call ahead.

Do I have to do all the work for you guys?
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On 2008-07-14 05:18, Bill Palmer wrote:
You have to find an area where people play lacrosse. It's popular down here. If you go out of town and can find a really big sporting goods store, like Dick's Sports, they may have Lacrosse balls.


I live in Jersey, where we don't play much lacrosse, but The Sports Athority seems to have a pretty good selection.

BTW, I am the guy who emailed Bill.
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The place to look is near a private school. Private schools generally have their athletes play games like lacrosse.
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I coach fencing- over 70 schools in NJ have varsity teams--NJ has lacrosse in all counties and more teams are being added every year. Both Modells and Sports authority carry lacrosse balls in all colors even glow in the dark. Not really that hard to find here.
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Check to see if there is a YMCA near you. If there is, check to see if they have a Lacrosse program.

Be resourceful.

Many of the cups you see in the museum are there because I looked everywhere I could think of, e-mailed, phoned, wrote letters, and made contact with collectors all over the world.

Do you know that there are people who don't have computers? Yep! I have two sets of cups that came from a magician in Hawaii who does not have a computer. I phoned him at the suggestion of a mutual friend. A month later, I had two of my best finds!

Sure, I hit some blank walls. But I hit some great cups, too!

It's like fishing, in a way. You spend more time drowning worms than you do bringing fish back into the boat!
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On a serious note -- do you think there are people who would be willing to pay for lacrosse balls that were brand new and were certified as fitting into a Paul Fox cup?

I might be willing to do some wheel work and visit some of our local places to see what I can find.
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On 2008-07-16 17:23, Bill Palmer wrote:
On a serious note -- do you think there are people who would be willing to pay for lacrosse balls that were brand new and were certified as fitting into a Paul Fox cup?

I might be willing to do some wheel work and visit some of our local places to see what I can find.


I'd pay. But how much? It would take a considerable amount of work on your part, so you would probably want to make some sort of profit off these things. An average ball costs $2-$5, and I wouldn't really want to pay more than $5+shipping per ball.
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I think that would be a great idea... I can't tell you how many times I have bought bags and bags of lacrosse balls just to find out only a couple fit my cups. Then I have to run back to the store again. Frustrating. Then you have to segregate the balls in some way for each set of cups… That way you know later on when you want to use them that they were the ones that fit…

A guaranteed fit would be worth it to me. Even at an increased price.

Maybe also look in to a material that would be less susceptible to stains as well. I love using bright white load balls... but I find myself bleaching them a lot due to the reaction they have to the oils on my hands and the metal of the cups.. Something else to think about.

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I have a reasonably low cost source for them. I know which of the stores have good lacrosse balls, so I could go over with a Paul Fox cup, fit the balls to the cup and send them. If I got a whole lot of them at the same time, it would be worth my while.

After the big convention next week, I'll see what I can do.
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On 2008-07-16 17:41, Bill Palmer wrote:
I have a reasonably low cost source for them. I know which of the stores have good lacrosse balls, so I could go over with a Paul Fox cup, fit the balls to the cup and send them. If I got a whole lot of them at the same time, it would be worth my while.

After the big convention next week, I'll see what I can do.


Sweet! Keep us posted, I am definitely interested.
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I'm in...
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Bill, would you be able to sell 7.5" baseballs as well? I haven't found a good deal on any of those so far.

Also, are there balls that look like tennis balls that will fit in Paul Fox cups? (Perhaps from a pet store)
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Matt I found some of those... I will have to look at the brand when I get home...

I got them from Target...They are lacross ball sized tennis balls.. (For Dogs)

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