Coaches, officials and organizational leaders can find significant value by registering for either of two lacrosse-specific professional development and networking events, but only if they do so before the calendar turns to November.

The US Lacrosse Convention (LaxCon), set for Philadelphia Jan. 11-13, 2019, currently has tickets available for just $130 for the general public and $90 for members of US Lacrosse. Each rate represents a $70 savings vs. their respective walk-up rates.

The US Lacrosse West Regional Conference, set for Las Vegas Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018, this month offers registration at $90 for the public and $60 for US Lacrosse members, discounts of $30 on their respective walk-up price points.

LaxCon draws upwards up 7,000 each year as the sport’s largest educational event, trade show and fan fest. While the West Regional Conference is designed to be much smaller in scale, both events give coaches, officials and leaders the opportunity to get better at what they do and, in turn, help to give kids a more positive lacrosse experience.

“If you had to sum up these events in three words, they’d be learn, network and develop,” Kim Rogers, director of events at US Lacrosse, said. “We are bringing in speakers that are at the top of their games. You can come to these events and immerse yourself in learning more about what you do in lacrosse, not to mention make connections and friendships. Then when you return home, you can apply what you’ve learned to help develop the sport in your community.”

US Lacrosse has confirmed dozens of speakers, including NCAA champion-caliber coaches, and more are on the way as the fall continues. The sport’s national governing body long has emphasized the need to provide youth and high school athletes with a positive lacrosse experience, and the knowledge base that permeates from events like LaxCon and the West Regional Conference goes a long way toward helping coaches, officials and volunteer leaders do just that.

Keeping kids in lacrosse longer also can help combat some negative trends in youth sports across the country. The Sports and Fitness Industry Association and the Aspen Institute last week released their annual study on youth sports. The Washington Post headlined its follow-up story, “Youth sports still struggling with dropping participation, high costs and bad coaches, study finds.”

The study revealed that significant majorities of coaches lacked sport-specific training, something US Lacrosse offers via a variety of means including its annual Convention and newly created West Regional Conference. So there’s value in attending one or both, and even more value before the above registration promotions expire at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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