It's been a while since I have been involved in equipment checks (thank goodness) but I am pretty sure that a request regarding ANY equipment has to be specific. A coach can't say to a ref ... "we want player #__ checked over from head to toe - we know he's cheating - we're just not sure how - but we're sure we can get him on something."
With a stick, my experience has been that you have to say what you think is illegal and ask that it be checked (length, pinch, strings, etc.). I have never asked for a check but I have had it asked against us. The referees have usually been clear to me or our captains about what was being checked.
I'm not sure what you mean about the sticks all being checked before the game. I can't see that the refs would do that. Did the team staff do it? That would be wise. We have also rechecked during a game because as someone above said things DO change - whether on purpose or not.
Posted on May 24, 2012, 3:56 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52