This article is an edited version of one that appears in the January 2019 edition of US Lacrosse Magazine. Don’t get the magazine? Become a member of US Lacrosse today to start your subscription (among other member benefits) and to help grow the game.

When LaxCon last landed in Philadelphia, the Eagles had just wrapped up coach Chip Kelly’s first of what would be a tumultuous three seasons, the Wings had begun — unbeknownst to many — their final season on Broad Street, and “trust the process” started to shape the lowly 76ers (though the verbatim moniker wouldn’t become popularized until about 18 months later).

It’s good to be back.

The US Lacrosse Convention and Fan Fest returns Jan. 11-13 to the City of Brotherly Love, five years later, to find local fans relishing a Super Bowl championship, the new Wings’ first season as a born-again National Lacrosse League franchise, and then-general manager Sam Hinkie’s vision having taken the Sixers to their first playoff season since the 2011-12 campaign.

As such, and with hundreds of lacrosse’s top players, coaches, and officials sharing tips with thousands of eager attendees from around the country, expect a festive atmosphere inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center and adjacent Marriott hotel for this annual kickoff to the spring season.

Some highlights to hit if you’re going — or to help get you off the fence and onto uslacrosse.org/laxcon to register — appear below. Online registration offers $35 in savings vs. walk-up, but it expires Jan. 9.

Premier Lacrosse League Booth

1-7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 12
Head to the expo hall to talk with the players and executives of the newest professional lacrosse league.

Legal and Illegal Contact

4:45 p.m. Jan. 11
Officiate girls’ lacrosse? This session might be a must. CWLOA official Jennifer Whelan will dive into this point of emphasis for the 2019 season.

Keynote Speaker: Briana Scurry

7:30 a.m. Jan. 12
The two-time Olympic gold medalist goalie with the U.S. women’s soccer team made one of the most seminal plays in American sports history: a shootout save in the final of the 1999 FIFA World Cup, delivering the U.S. the championship. She’ll take the stage after a brief welcome from US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen.

Box Concepts for Field Lacrosse

9:30 a.m. Jan. 12
U.S. indoor team head coach Regy Thorpe and assistant coaches Pete Milliman and Chris Schiller will go over drills that transition to the field game for boys and girls.

Tips and Tricks of Creating an LADM Model Program

9:30 a.m. Jan. 12
Athlete development is here to stay and for good reason. Learn more from Chip Carlson, president of the Irish Banshees club and of the Michigan Chapter of US Lacrosse.

US Lacrosse Night at the Wings Game

7 p.m. Jan. 12
The sport’s national governing body celebrates its members and fans and the return of the Wings to Philadelphia. Get a combo ticket to Fan Fest at the PCC and the Wings/Swarm game at Wells Fargo Center for just $23, a savings of 35 percent vs. separate purchases. Buy tickets here.

Communicating on the Field

9:45 a.m. Jan. 13
For boys’ lacrosse officials, how you communicate is as important as what you communicate. Certified US Lacrosse trainer Bill Floria will host this fundamental session on communication with partners, coaches, players, and table staff.

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Pregame Action

Credential and Bag Pick-Up and Walk-Up Registration: 5-9 p.m. Jan. 10, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 11, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 12
Sports Medicine Symposium: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 11 (separate ticket)
Coach Development Program Levels 2 and 3 Clinics: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 11 (separate ticket)

Register for #LaxCon2019

Check out the lineup of sessions and speakers at the 2019 US Lacrosse Convention, and save $35 on walk-up prices by registering before Jan. 9, 2019.

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