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Back from LaxCon 2012 – A Sum-Up of the Weekend

Posted by Barry Marenberg on January 15, 2012

Awesome time at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Philly this past weekend.  The US Lacrosse LaxCon is such a great annual event when men’s and women’s coaches from all levels of the sport (youth through pro), from all over the country, come together and meet and learn from each other.

This year’s convention weekend started out with the required trip to Pat’s for a cheese steak. My traveling companion was skeptical and didn’t think it would be that great.  How wrong he was!!  I’ve been to Pat’s dozens of times on my many trips to Philly and it is without a doubt the best there is.  It never changes and it’s just SO GOOD.

The Convention holds a HUGE expo hall in which 100s of lacrosse-related companies set up booths to display and sell their products.  It’s a lax fan’s dream.  All the new equipment is on display along with all sorts of other great stuff.  There are booths from Maverik, STX, Easton, Champion, Dick’s, Cascade, Stylin Strings, the Art of Lax, and many others.  One of the really cool products out these days are HeadWrapz custom decals for lacrosse helmets.  HeadWrapz (HeadWrapz) had a table display of some very very wicked stuff including this awesome Iron Maiden helmet!!  I also had a chance to try on the sweet new Rome gloves from Maverik (Maverik Lacrosse).  I think I may need a new pair of gloves very soon!!

Because the convention is all about learning and networking, big time college coaches like John Danowski (Duke) and Bill Tierney (Denver) walk freely amongst the rest of us “mortals”.  They are very approachable and welcome the opportunity to meet and speak with the coaches that are developing their future superstars.  Got to see my favorite lacrosse artist, Vinnie Ricasio of theartoflax.com (The Art of Lax), Connor Wilson from lacrosseallstars.com (Lacrosse Allstars) and Kyle Devitte of Inside Lacrosse (and a Clark alum like me!)  Many of the top H.S. and college coaches are in attendance as well as many professional lacrosse players.  I spent some time chatting with the very popular CON BRO CHILL (Connor Martin – Con Bro Chill).  If you don’t know who CON BRO CHILL is – ask your son!!  I also spoke with Brodie Merrill, Ned Crotty, Kyle Sweeney, Kyle Harrison and Sean Morris.  

In addition to all the great stuff in the expo hall and the networking with lacrosse greats, there is an entire weekend of live and classroom presentations for coaches of all levels (and for both men’s and women’s lax) as well as for lacrosse referees and officials.  I attended some awesome presentations where I picked up some great new drills and plays that I hope to incorporate into my team’s practices and use in games this coming season.  The Convention keynote address on Friday night was given by Herm Edwards, the former NY Jets and Kansas City Chiefs football coach.  After the keynote address it was off to the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft that was held in the ballroom of the very hotel I was staying in.  It was great to stand about 10 feet from the podium and watch as the Commissioner of the MLL announced the draft picks by the MLL teams.

After a ton of walking, listening, watching and talking all weekend it was time to leave Philly and head back home – albeit with a backpack filled with notes and printouts from many of the presentations.  I’ll be studying these over the next few weeks as I begin preparing for my team’s first practice.  Thanks US Lacrosse and Philadelphia for another great LaxCon. See you next year for sure!

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