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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.

Featured Image Credit – www.uslacrosse.org

Cheers,
Gordon

Live Blogging the Convention – Day 0

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We are live in the city of brotherly love, also known as Philadelphia. Coach Lou, Coach Shaun Lux, Coach/Official Andy Halperin and I are at the 2012 US Lacrosse Convention, and we could not be more excited for it. From watching a variety of coaches on the live field, to understanding more nuanced officiating concepts, we are here to bring the best of the convention back to Atlanta. Our goal is to better ourselves as coaches, officials, and stewards of the game, and translate that betterment into positive action in the lacrosse community in Georgia. If we learn one thing each, this trip will be completely worth it, but from this blogger’s experience, we will all learn far more than just one thing.

Pat's King Of Steaks

Pat's King Of Steaks

Upon arriving in Phillly, Coach Lou made good on his promise and had our cab driver make a beeline to Pat’s King of Steaks. An unbelievably good spot for an authentic Philly cheesesteak. I had a Pepper Cheesesteak. The first, last, and middle bites were all heaven. I’m hoping that we have a few more opportunities for quality cheesesteaks while we’re here.

After our cheesesteak excursion, we checked into our hotel and proceeded towards the Convention registration. Here we all got the goodie bag, which included a myriad of lacrosse publications, a lanyard for our ID tag, gloves, and, for some reason, a frisbee.

With our registration complete we headed towards the hotel lobby to share drinks and hilarious story after hilarious story. As usual, Coach Lou had all of us dying with some clever jokes. Being in the lobby, we ran into a lot of friends and acquaintances. That is by far the best thing about the lacrosse community, it is so close knit. We couldn’t go ten minutes without someone going “Louie!, Shaun!”

Eventually though, your trusty blogger had to call it a night and get some studying done. Make sure to tune in tomorrow night for a write up on the first official day of the convention!

Cheers,
Gordon