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Speaking At The 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention

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Coach Lou Corsetti and I are speaking once again at the 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention! This will be Lou’s 15th time speaking and my second time.

Coach Lou is speaking to men’s coaches from 9-10AM on Sunday, January 12th on “Progressive Shooting that Becomes the Foundation Of Your Offense“. He’ll be on the demo field explaining how to run progressive shooting drills that encourage players to shoot and look for additional options if denied a good shooting opportunity. He is representing Atlanta Youth Lacrosse and the Riverwood High School Lacrosse Program.

Last year I spoke to youth coaches about getting players to effectively work together as a team. This year I am co-speaking with fellow officials trainer Greg Hite. We are speaking to adult officials about how to better train youth officials from 2-3PM on Saturday, January 11th in our presentation, “Training Youth Officials Without Making Their Heads Explode“. Greg and I are representing our work at Atlanta Lacrosse Official and the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association.

We are both looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends in Philly, and making a bunch of new ones!

If I have the time I will try to do some live-blogging of the convention while we are up there.

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2013 US Lacrosse National Convention Recap

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I’m almost close to being back in the real world following the 2013 US Lacrosse National Convention. Unfortunately, I am still craving cheesesteaks and wishing the convention lasted just a little bit longer. I got to see a lot of old friends from past conventions, officials who moved out of the state, and met a lot of new friends who are doing truly incredible work all over the country through lacrosse. I do want to say that I am sorry I did not live-blog the convention as I had in year’s past. I was busy rehearsing my first presentation and I wanted to make sure I knew everything I wanted to say to the group of coaches I was going to be speaking to. So today is a recap of the 2013 convention including what I learned and how the whole convention went for me.

I thought the entire convention was a fantastic experience. I learned a ton from top officials from around the country, hung out with many different coaches, presented my very first topic on youth lacrosse, and became a certified lacrosse officials trainer. I cannot express enough my gratitude for the effort the speakers put into their presentations. It was clearly evident that everyone I saw present had a passion for the game of lacrosse and wanted to give back to the game that gave them so much.

This convention was a little different for me because I was selected to present. I decided to speak about a topic that I am very passionate about, which is team building in youth sports. I titled my presentation, “Putting the ‘I’ in Team: How to get Individuals to Play for One Another.” During my talk I broke the presentation down into these four sections:

  • Practice Drills – solid drills that work well for U9 and U11 teams
  • Set Plays – a few plays that young players can run well
  • Managing Parents – how to integrate parent and team goals
  • Coaching Philosophy – how my coaching philosophy has changed since I started coaching and what I believe is most beneficial to the players at that age

I presented for one hour at 8:00am on Saturday morning to about 25-30 youth coaches. My dad recorded the entire speech, which I will post on our AYL YouTube page as soon as I can. For now though you can Click Here to download the PowerPoint presentation that I used during the speech.

Speech aside I got to meet the guys from Wheelchair Lacrosse once again, and I am stoked to report that they are expanding rapidly across the country. At the Marriott Lobby I ran into Charlie who told me all about Fields of Growth. An organization that completely blew my mind. This organization is bringing lacrosse to countries all over the world that have never even heard of the sport, let alone seen a lacrosse stick or goal. So far they have brought lacrosse to Uganda and Jamaica, and you can read more about their efforts here: www.fieldsofgrowthintl.org/our-wor/overview/. I was enthralled by Charlie’s stories of his recent trip to Jamaica and how much the young players enjoyed the game. He said it was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life and I can certainly see why. If you are interested in supporting Fields of Growth head to their donate page!

Overall the convention was great. I learned a bunch, laughed a ton and enjoyed seeing everyone excited about the upcoming lacrosse season!


The 2013 US Lacrosse National Convention

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I am pleased to announce that my father, Lou Corsetti, and I will be speaking at the 2013 US Lacrosse National Convention! This is my Dad’s fourteen time speaking at the convention, but it is my very first and I am incredibly excited. Being selected as a presenter is a tremendous honor, and I am looking forward to representing Atlanta Youth Lacrosse at the convention.

So what in the world are we speaking about? My Dad’s presentation is entitled, “This Is Not Working – Changing Your Practice Without Changing Your Foundation.” He will be presenting on the Demo Field during the convention, which is a mini sprint-turf field used to demonstrate drills and plays for the coaches watching the presentation. Coach Lou decided on his topic after his 2012 Lacrosse season with the Riverwood Raiders. Shortly before the middle of the season he revamped all of his practice plans because the team was not performing up to the standards of the coaching staff. Mainly, the team could not pick up ground balls. So he went back to basics with multiple drills designed to improve his team’s ability to pick up ground balls, and by the end of the season they were decidedly a ground ball team.

My presentation is geared towards U9 and U11 coaches and is entitled, “Putting The ‘I’ In Team: Getting Individuals To Play For One Another.” The presentation will cover the following four topics:

  • Practice drills emphasizing the basics and more advanced drills that build upon those basics.
  • Set plays and formations that were successful in U11 games.
  • A coaching philosophy that can be applied to any U11 team.
  • Successfully managing parent expectations.

While I’ve coached many youth teams over the years, I decided to apply to speak at the convention following my summer spent as the head coach for the U11 Coyotes Team. I had a blast coaching this group of young players, but what got me truly excited was seeing how the players interacted with one another from the first game of the travel season to the last game. In our first game, players were still learning to trust their teammates to do their jobs on the field. By the end of our first tournament the team had gelled into one unit, and by the last game of the season they all knew their buddy had their back on and off the field. That meant more to me than any of the wins we earned during the summer.

As I’ve done over the past two years, I will be live-blogging the convention while I’m up in Philadelphia. So definitely stay tuned to the AYL Blog as we get closer to the convention.