Thank you for the info. Unfortunately his travel coach wants him to start getting use to a long pole for 4th grade. So I have no choice but to purchase one.
I would question any travel coach suggesting that an 8 year old needs to start playing with a long pole. Like one of the earlier posters said - he should be working on stick skills, body positioning, and footwork. Any good coach should know that.
Obviously your kid does not play travel. EVERY travel team from 4th grade up has the defense with a long pole. This is my son's 2nd year with a long pole and if it is cut to a proper height he will be just fine!
We're talking about an 8 year old, not a 11 year old, all of you playing travel in 2,3,4 grade are crazy, there's no real upside and half the kids will burn out before HS. The problem is everyone is paranoid and conned into believing that they must start playing right away to secure a spot on tye top teams. trust me if your kid belongs the coaches will find him