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FOR MEMBERS Welcome to US Lacrosse, where roughly 450,000 members support our efforts to develop lacrosse. Not unlike AAA, you can recoup the equivalent of your membership dues through savings offered by US Lacrosse and selected partners.


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George Mason coach Jessy Morgan delivers "The Drill Keeper: Cracking the Code" at the US Lacrosse Convention Jan. 22 in Baltimore.


GROWING THE GAME PRESEASON PREP AT LAXCON BY PAUL KROME


Incubators seem to be the trend in workspaces these days. The lacrosse community stakes a claim to its own creativity hub each January.


For the third time in four years, more than 7,000 coaches, officials, leaders, exhibitors, speakers and fans participated in the annual US Lacrosse Convention (LaxCon) for a weekend of learning in preparation for the season. The Baltimore Convention Center bustled Jan. 20-22, as US Lacrosse welcomed lacrosse enthusiasts from nearly every state and several countries to exchange ideas for development on and off the field. “From a current coach’s point of view — the best presentation lineup ever,” said Peter Tumbas, a Pittsburgh-area coach.


US Lacrosse secured many of the sport’s brightest to speak at LaxCon, including Mike Daly (Brown), Cathy Reese (Maryland), Nick Myers (Ohio State) and Ricky Fried (Georgetown and Team USA), among others. Some sessions focused on the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model, a US Lacrosse initiative that aims to introduce various concepts of lacrosse at ages appropriate for kids given their physical and cognitive development. LADM hopes to keep young people in the game longer and reignite lacrosse’s growth rate. US Lacrosse invited John O’Sullivan — founder of the Changing the Game Project, which drives to reform youth sports — to deliver the LaxCon keynote.


O’Sullivan, who has spent much of his life in soccer and witnessed the perils plaguing that sport, stressed the need to make youth sports more fun and rewarding for kids. He supported his message with seemingly easy-to- implement drills coaches can employ with their players to help them maximize their relationships and development. . “I thought he was excellent,” said West Broward (Fla.) High School girls’ coach Cary Ragbeer. “The game has to be fun.” USL


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MARCH 3


The defending NCAA women's lacrosse champion visits Tierney Field in Sparks, Md., as North Carolina plays Albany. Check out the schedule of games and events at the new US Lacrosse headquarters at uslacrosse.org/headquarters.


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One of the premier rivalries in collegiate men’s lacrosse renews at historic Homewood Field in Baltimore as Johns Hopkins hosts Syracuse. US Lacrosse members can save $2 on tickets. Learn how at uslacrosse.org/ticketdiscounts.


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The US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program conducts in Moorhead, Minn., a Level 1 instructional clinic for men’s and women’s coaches. For the schedule of all such clinics or to register, visit uslacrosse. org/cep.


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